Friday ITV Racing best bets – TV tips for York and Newbury

Friday ITV Racing best bets and TV tips for York and Newbury.Friday ITV Racing best bets and TV tips for York and Newbury.

Friday ITV Racing best bets and tips

There’s more classy horse racing action live on TV on Friday with the third and final day of the York Dante Festival taking centre stage where the Group Two Yorkshire Cup is the feature race on another classy card. We’ve picked out our Friday ITV Racing best bets and tips the day’s televised racing.

Another cracking day of live TV horse racing action awaits punters on Friday with the ITV Racing cameras again covering the York Dante Festival where there is Group Two action featuring amid the five races to come live from the Knavesmire.

There is also one race from Newbury as their Lockinge Meeting gets underway and Ed Chamberlain and the team will have all their usual expert racing tips, insights and analysis on all the action; while we’ve also looked through the day’s TV schedule to pick out our Friday ITV Racing best bets and tips.


1:40 York – Langleys Solicitors British EBF Marygate Fillies’ Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (2yo) 5f

CRAZYLAND looked a potentially smart prospect when beating a couple of these on debut at Windsor last month and open to plenty of improvement Clive Cox’s charge can double up here and confirm the form in the process.

The Kodiac filly is bred to be speedy and she showed plenty of it to run out a ready winner over Sienna Bonnie who reopposes here, scoring by just over one length but doing the job with something to spare.

This is a competitive contest however with several good types in opposition; but she made a really good impression in that debut effort and both the runner-up and fourth – who also runs here – have scored subsequent wins.

With further improvement anticipated she looks worth chancing to maintain her unbeaten record for a yard in good form at present.

Friday ITV Racing best bets and tips. Clive Cox can get Friday's TV racing off to a winning start. Friday ITV Racing best bets and tips. Clive Cox can get Friday’s TV racing off to a winning start.[/caption]

2:10 York – Oaks Farm Stables Fillies’ Stakes (Registered As The Michael Seely Memorial) (Listed Race) Cl1 (3yo) 1m

SNOW LANTERN looked a classy sort when readily landing a good Newbury maiden contest last month and Richard Hannon’s charge can build on that success here to strike again upped to Listed company.

The Frankel filly had run promisingly on debut last term, finding only Zabeel Queen too good who has gone on to make the frame in Group Two company; she also beat several subsequent winners and appeared to win a shade cosily on her return to action, scoring by almost two lengths and just being pushed out.

That race too has thrown up a couple of winners since and she rates a very exciting prospect who can improve again and she’s worth a chance at this higher grade.

2:25 Newbury – Casumo Best Odds Guaranteed Handicap Cl2 (4yo+ 0-100) 6f

It might be worth giving a chance to MAJOR JUMBO who perhaps isn’t as good as he was but still remains a capable sort and he should strip fitter for his reappearance at Wolverhampton following more than five months off.

The Zebedee gelding hasn’t won since scoring in a Listed contest at Chester back in August 2019, but he’s largely run well in defeat since in Pattern company and if running up to something like his best form then he could prove the answer here despite taking on lesser exposed rivals.

He’s been given a chance by the handicapper who has eased him a further 2lbs in the weights following his reappearance, while a promising claimer can take a further 7lbs off his back so he’s weighted here for a big run back on turf.

If he can build on his reappearance then he ought to go close here and Kevn Ryan’s charge can get back on the scoresheet.

Friday ITV Racing best bets and tips. Major Jumbo can get back on the winning trail at Newbury.

Friday ITV Racing best bets and tips. Major Jumbo can get back on the winning trail at Newbury.

2:40 York – Matchbook “Best Value” Exchange Handicap Cl2 (4yo+ 0-100) 1m2½f

IRISH ADMIRAL had a couple of runs in Ireland for John Feane prior to joining forces with William Haggas who often enjoys success at this venue.

The French Navy gelding looked a potentially useful prospect when running out a two lengths’ winner on debut for Feane at Dundalk last August and then ran creditably in defeat at Leopardstown when tried in a Listed race behind Surrounding, finishing third.

Following his switch and a six-month absence he returned to action with a smooth success at Wolverhampton and likely to be sharper with that under his belt he can improve again now trying handicaps where a mark of 95 might underestimate his potential for better.

Still thoroughly unexposed he ought to be suited by this step up in trip which can deliver more progress and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him firmly in the mix here.

3:10 York – Matchbook Yorkshire Cup Stakes (Group 2) (British Champions Series) Cl1 (4yo+) 1m6f

Sir Ron Priestley is going from strength to strength and ought to be hard to pass. However Irish Derby winner SANTIAGO could be the one to side with and Aidan O’Brien’s charge can get back on track having likely been sharpened up by a recent run at Navan.

The Authorized colt ran out a comfortable winner of the Queen’s Vase at Royal Ascot last June, beating Berkshire Rocco comfortably prior to landing Classic glory at the Curragh where he outbattled the classy Tiger Moth and that form has certainly received a number of boosts since.

Third subsequently behind Stradivarius in the Goodwood Cup and fourth in the St Leger where he was beaten just over one length he shaped well on his return despite turning in a slightly below-par effort when only fourth to Baron Samdei although the outing was probably needed.

He can do better with that under his belt and he can make the most of the 3lbs he received from Mark Johnston’s charge to get back on the winning trail.

Friday ITV Racing best bets and tips. Aidan O'Brien's Santiago can win the Yorkshire Cup.

Friday ITV Racing best bets and tips. Aidan O’Brien’s Santiago can win the Yorkshire Cup.

3:40 York – Jigsaw Sports Branding Handicap Cl4 (3yo+ 0-85) 7f

Competitive handicap action to close out Friday’s ITV Racing and a chance is taken on a return to winning form by DANIELSFLYER who was possibly unsuited by having to cut out his own running in a messy four-runner affair at Ayr last time out when chasing a hat-trick.

Michael Dods’ charge ought to be more at home in this bigger field where he’s likely to get more pace to aim at and the Dandy Man gelding could get back on track having won two of his previous three starts at Newcastle and Redcar respectively.

Those were his first wins in almost three years, but he had largely run well in defeat before getting back on track and his latest win at Redcar saw him win a shade comfortably; while his latest third to Hong Kong Harry was boosted by the winner going in again.

He’s been eased 1lb in the weights but he’s very well treated on old form and the demands of this race might suit him better so he’s chanced to run well and he can get involved at the business end in this competitive TV closer.