Friday ITV Racing best bets – TV Racing tips at Sandown and Perth
Friday ITV Racing best bets
Punters have some TV horse racing action to look forward to and we’ve picked out our Friday ITV Racing best bets.
TV horse racing action returns to our television screens on Friday with racing action on the flat and over the sticks for punters to get stuck into.
Classy action unfolds on the flat at Sandown where the Group Two Bet365 Mile is the feature of the day on a card that also includes a pair of Group Three contests. Meanwhile the Highland National Handicap Chase is the feature race of the day at Perth.
As is usual Ed Chamberlain, Oli Bell and the team will have all their usual expert racing tips, insights and post-race analysis for the day’s racing; we’ve picked out our Friday ITV Racing best bets and tips at Perth and Sandown.
FRIDAY ITV RACING BEST BETS – TV RACING TIPS AT SANDOWN & PERTH
1:50 Sandown – bet365 Esher Cup Handicap Cl2 (3yo 0-100) 1m
DINGLE looked one to keep onside when turning in an eye-catching third last weekend at Newbury and with more to come turned out quickly Richard Hannon’s charge can get back on the scoresheet with this return to one mile sure to suit.
The Footstepsinthesand colt progressed well as a juvenile, finishing a good third in a competitive maiden on his second starts and then getting the better of Recovery Run when upped to this trip at Kempton in September. The runner-up and fourth from that contest both won next time out to boost that piece of form.
Making his return from more than seven months off at Newbury last weekend he travelled well through the race but lacked the finishing speed of the front two and he was hampered late by the runner-up. He’ll be sharper now with that under his belt and the stiffer test will suit so every chance he can improve for the outing which could represent some smart form in time.
Assuming he doesn’t find this coming too soon he can go close in another competitive contest now where he can compete from the same mark.
2:25 Sandown – bet365 Gordon Richards Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 (4yo+) 1m2f
This looks a very strong renewal and THUNDEROUS can make a winning return to action.
Mark Johnston’s charge has won four of his five starts with his sole defeat coming on his seasonal reappearance last campaign when taking in the Listed Fairway Stakes at Newmarket; he was beaten two lengths on that occasion but stepped up on the run to deny Highest Ground by a neck in the Dante Stakes at York.
The Night Of Thunder colt hasn’t been seen since so fitness is a slight concern given his defeat on his return last June; but the yard can get one ready and have started the season well. He rates the type who could improve as a four-year old and he can give a good account of himself here with conditions no problem.
He likely will need to find some measure of improvement but that wouldn’t come as a surprise to see him step up again this term and he can make his presence felt.
2:40 Perth – William Hill Highland National Handicap Chase (For The Julian Llewellen Palmer Memorial Trophy) Cl3 (5yo+ 0-130) 3m6½f
Although he’s not been the most consistent it might be worth chancing ALMINAR to hold onto the level of form he showed at Wincanton last month and the Arakan gelding can follow up the win he registered on that occasion.
Nigel Hawke’s charge hasn’t normally followed up on his better efforts and since a Chepstow win last January he has alternated finishing third with pulled-up efforts until resuming winning ways latest with a ten lengths’ defeat of Premiumaccess.
Perhaps the tongue-tie and visor headgear combination has been the key as he ran well in defeat in the same combination at Kelso in December but he disappointed either side of that run when equipped with blinkers although the visor returned for his latest run and he turned in a much improved effort.
He’s up 5lbs for that and while it takes something of a leap of faith that he’ll be in the same mood he could go close if maintaining the level of form he showed last time where he could make the frame.
3:00 Sandown – bet365 Mile (Group 2) Cl1 (4yo+) 1m
It is easy to excuse the below par run of PALACE PIER in last season’s QEII Stakes; but despite the defeat the Kingman colt wasn’t disgraced in finishing third to The Revenant having probably found conditions too soft for him.
John and Thady Gosden’s charge had progressed hand over fist last term having gone unbeaten in his juvenile campaign, adding another trio of victories to his collection which include two Group Ones where he beat both Pinatubo and Alpine Star respectively and he went into the Ascot showpiece in October still with a 100% record.
After that run it transpired he had lost a shoe so the effort could be upgraded given he didn’t appear wholly at home on the soft ground and back on quicker ground he could prove a cut above these rivals. He’s gone well fresh in the past and comes out best at the weights on these terms where he has 10lbs in hand on official ratings.
He’s a clear form pick on last season’s exploits and while he gives up race-fitness to a couple of these he should be a tough nut to crack and he make a winning return.
3:35 Sandown – bet365 Classic Trial (Group 3) Cl1 (3yo) 1m2f
ETONIAN could be worth another chancing having bombed out in the Dewhurst when last seen although the Olympic Glory gelding may have been unsuited by the soft ground there.
Richard Hannon’s charge had won both his previous starts on quicker ground – both here – which included beating King Vega when taking the Group Three Solario Stakes readily and despite slipping on the bend four furlongs out.
He struggled in the mud at Newmarket when last seen but this is a drop back down in grade and the better ground this time should see him in a better light; while the step up in trip could yield some improvement.
He looks one who could make into a very good three-year old and with the yard in good form he can make his presence felt back at this venue where he’s unbeaten.