Friday ITV Racing tips – Live TV tips at Chester and Market Rasen
Friday ITV Racing tips and best bets
There’s more ITV Racing for TV punters to enjoy on Friday with further coverage of Chester spearheading the day’s TV action. We’ve picked out our Friday ITV Racing tips and best bets.
Another day and more ITV Racing action comes onto our TV screens with further coverage of the Boodles May Festival at Chester spearheading Friday’s broadcast along with some jumps racing from Market Rasen.
There is Group Two racing on the agenda at Chester with the Huxley Stakes joining a typically competitive renewal of the Chester Cup on another cracking afternoon of racing action on the Roodee where five races feature on the day’s ITV Racing broadcast.
In addition there is also action over the sticks with one race from Market Rasen and Ed Chamberlain and the team will be on hand as usual with their expert racing tips, insights and post-race analysis while we’ve also picked out our Friday ITV Racing tips and best bets for the day’s TV racing.
FRIDAY ITV RACING TIPS – LIVE TV TIPS AT CHESTER AND MARKET RASEN
1:45 Chester – tote+ Placepots Pay More Earl Grosvenor Handicap Cl2 (4yo+ 0-105) 7½f
REVICH has a decent record at this venue and the Requinto gelding can get back to winning ways.
Richard Spencer’s charge won twice over course and distance last term and rain well in defeat at Ascot subsequently when finishing a close fifth behind Documenting in the Porsche Handicap although he was disappointing on his final start of the season following a break at Doncaster in November.
He’s bounced back well however this term, posting a creditable sixth in the Lincoln Handicap and fourth at Newbury last month in the Spring Cup which represents some good form and he can continue to remain competitive here eased 1lb and back at this venue where he’s run well previously.
Operating from the plum inside draw he can make his presence felt and it wouldn’t be a shock to see him in the mix here.
2:00 Market Rasen – Unibet “You’re On” Handicap Chase Cl3 (5yo+ 0-130) 3m
AS YOU LIKE turned in his best effort for some time when finishing third at Southwell last month and Jonjo O’Neill’s charge might be able to build on that effort to get back to winning ways here.
The Beneficial gelding struck his previous win at the same venue last July off 8lbs higher, going close to a follow-up victory at Perth the following month before the wheels came off somewhat although it is possible that soft ground over the winter wasn’t altogether to his liking.
He had better ground back at Southwell latest which is likely a reason for his better form and he’s handicapped to go very close off this mark if he can back up that better recent effort returning to this venue where he’s won in the past.
2:15 Chester – Melodi Media Huxley Stakes (Group 2) Cl1 (4yo+) 1m2½f
ARMORY can make a winning reappearance in the day’s feature race and Aidan O’Brien’s charge brings some classy form to the table.
A triple-winner as a juvenile and placed three times in Group One company he continued to acquit himself well last term at the top table, winning a Group Three at the Curragh in August before making the frame in the Irish Champion Stakes and Cox Plate latterly when last seen.
The Galileo colt returns here from more than six months off following that trip to Australia, but he ran well on his reappearance last term when fourth to Siskin in the Irish 2000 Guineas and he sets the standard on official ratings.
Assuming he handles this tight, turning track then he ought to go well and he can get off the mark for the season.
2:45 Chester – tote+ Chester Cup Handicap Cl2 (4yo+) 2m2½f
Although his form figures don’t inspire confidence it might be worth chancing on a return to form by COEUR DE LION who has run well on both his starts at this venue and a return here might spark a return to better form for Alan King’s charge.
The Pour Moi gelding has a win and a runner-up effort to his name here from runs in the Chester Plate, taking that prize in 2019 having finished second the previous year and he’s usually a reliable sort in these types of races as he showed when winning the Ascot Stakes last June although subsequent runs were a little underwhelming including when down the field in the Cesarewitch.
Back from a break at Newbury last month he may just have needed that reappearance when seventh to Elysian Flame and he can strip fitter now for that run so may well step up on his performance to give a good account back here off the same mark.
3:15 Chester – Boodles Conditions Stakes Cl3 (3yo+) 5f
Assuming he’s fully wound up ahead of his reappearance EL ASTRONAUTE could take some pegging back around here and the Approve gelding can get back to winning ways following eight months off.
John Quinn’s charge has two wins and three places from six starts over course and distance and he made a winning return twelve months ago with a Listed victory at Doncaster. He has traditionally gone well fresh in the past so lack of a recent run might not be too much of an issue.
He had a light campaign last term, racing just four times and he’s not been seen since disappointing at Leicester where he beat only one home behind Tis Marvellous although he may not have been suited by that track however and given his record here he could prove a tough nut to crack if back to his best despite having to give away upwards of 3lbs.
3:45 Chester – Retraining Of Racehorses Handicap Cl2 (4yo+ 0-105) 1m2½f
Restorer goes well here and ought to be on the premises but it might be worth chancing on a return to form by FOX TAL who doesn’t have many miles on the clock and was a winner at Doncaster back in September 2019 before going on to post a very creditable fourth behind Magical in the Qipco Champion Stakes.
Things went wrong for Andrew Balding’s charge last term and the Sea The Stars gelding failed to fire in a handful of starts which included finishing last of six at Kempton behind Enable in September; but he’s been gelded since that run and returns to action where he makes his handicap debut.
A mark of 104 might prove to be workable with the application of a hood a possible catalyst for improvement in the lightly-raced five-year old who has won first time up in the past and if he were to come back to the sort of form he showed as a three-year old then he could go well here.