Friday ITV Racing tips – Live TV tips for Newmarket and Lingfield
We’ve taken a look at Friday’s televised racing action and give our Friday ITV Racing tips and best bets for all seven live races.
For the first time since UK horse racing burst back onto the scene following its’ enforced hiatus the ITV Racing cameras return to action on Friday with a seven-race card featuring the best of the action from the meetings at Newmarket and Lingfield.
The rearranged Group One Coronation Cup spearheads the Friday racecard at Flat HQ; while the Epsom Oaks and Epsom Derby Trials are the feature races of the afternoon at Lingfield.
Getting underway from 1.50pm, Ed Chamberlain and the team return with their usual expert tips, insights and post-race analysis for all seven televised contests, and Brian Healy gives his race-by-race Friday ITV racing tips.
1:50 NEWMARKET – Betway Handicap Cl2 (4yo+ 0-105) 6f
A competitive handicap to start things off and it might be worth siding with SUMMERGHAND who is likely to be sharper than most of these rivals having wintered in Dubai where he raced four times.
David O’Meara’s charge ran well without winning whilst on his travels, failing to add to his Boxing Day success at Wolverhampton where he beat Documenting by a half-length over six furlongs.
The Lope De Vega gelding has slipped back to that winning all-weather mark, and he was placed from this mark in last season’s Stewards’ Cup as well as also make the frame from 2lbs higher in the Ayr Gold Cup so he should be very competitive here.
He has also run well when fresh in the past and there looks to be plenty in his favour here so every chance he can post a big effort in the TV opener and get our ITV Racing tips off to a flying start.
2:05 LINGFIELD – Betsafe Racing From Over 40 Countries Handicap Cl3 (3yo 0-95) 7f
SURF DANCER won twice last term, taking a Leicester novices’ contest in good style and then following up switched to the all-weather at Chelmsford where the Lope De Vega colt saw off Light Angel by a half-length to win a conditions event.
He had finished just over three lengths’ fifth to the smart Mums Tipple on debut and William Haggas’ charge still looked a little rough around the edges in that last win, running green under pressure but doing enough to hold off the runner-up.
His latest outing saw him step up to Group Three company where the heavy ground was probably not to his liking when finishing down the field in the Horris Hill Stakes. But he should appreciate this quicker surface and an opening mark of 94 looks very fair.
Open to improvement he can go well under Tom Marquand and no surprise to see him the mix.
2:25 NEWMARKET – Betway Abernant Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 (3yo+) 6f
BRANDO goes well at this venue and Kevin Ryan’s charge can regain this Group Three prize which he has won in two of the last three years.
The Pivotal gelding kept good company last term despite only finishing third in the race twelve months ago, regaining the winning thread at Hamilton in June prior to returning to Group One company where he acquitted himself well without adding to his tally.
He ended his season with a good fourth to Donjuan Triumphant in the British Champion Sprint at Ascot on heavy ground; but he’s equally as effective on a quicker surface and he sets a stiff standard back at this level.
With 7lbs and more in hand of his rivals on official ratings he should prove a tough nut to crack if fully wound up ahead of his return; but he has won first time up in four of his last five seasons so a lack of a run may not prove too much of a disadvantage.
2:40 LINGFIELD – Betsafe Top Price All Runners Oaks Trial Fillies’ Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (3yo) 1m3½f
MISS YODA won her first two starts last term, scoring in a Kempton maiden event on her debut and then following up in good style at Sandown in September where the Sea The Stars filly beat Dogged.
That rival has won since as has the third horse home so the form looks solid and John Gosden’s charge subsequently lost no caste in defeat when contesting the Group Three Zetland Stakes at Newmarket on her final outing.
She found only Max Vega too strong on that occasion but may have found herself bogged down in the soft conditions and she could prove a different proposition now returning to a less testing surface. This step up in trip looks a good move and the extra distance may well unlock improvement given there’s plenty of stamina in her pedigree.
A potentially smart prosect, there appears every chance she can make a winning reappearance and she can collect this Listed prize to give her trainer back-to-back wins in the race following Anapurna’s success twelve months ago. She’s our ITV Racing tips best bet for success on Friday.
3:00 NEWMARKET – Betway Paradise Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (3yo+) 1m
Sangarius was an impressive winner when last seen and Sir Michael Stoute’s charge could prove a tough nut to crack if producing a similar effort. However there could be some value in siding with CENTURY DREAM who was a Group Three winner a couple of seasons ago when winning the 2018 Diomed Stakes.
That season also saw Simon Crisford’s charge finish third in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes on British Champions Day as well as post a number of highly creditable runs at Meydan prior to a slightly disappointing campaign last term.
Last seen finishing fifth in a French Listed contest, he’s since had wind surgery which might well deliver a jolt of improvement to the Cape Cross entire and a quicker surface holds no fears given he’s already proven himself adept on a range of underfoot conditions as well as over this course and distance.
An improving Sangarius could hold too many guns but this Crisford-trained runner can run well and every chance he can make the frame.
3:15 LINGFIELD – Betsafe Derby Trial Stakes (Listed Race) (Colts & Geldings) Cl1 (3yo) 1m3½f
ENGLISH KING stepped up on an encouraging debut at Newmarket to score readily next time out at Newcastle; Ed Walker’s charge can progress again to follow up that success returned to turf.
He ran out a near-two lengths’ winner of that Newcastle contest, travelling well and readily putting Waleydd and others to the sword in decisive fashion and he was value for more than the official margin.
Both the runner-up and third horses home have won since to give the form a boost and while he has to prove stamina for this longer trip he didn’t appear to be stopping over ten furlongs last time out. If seeing out the additional yardage then he ought to go well and he can double up his win tally.
3:35 NEWMARKET – Hurworth Bloodstock Coronation Cup Stakes (Group 1) Cl1 (4yo+) 1m4f
This latest renewal of the Coronation Cup could be a cracker of a contest with the fast-improving Ghaiyyath and multiple Group One winner Stradivarius both in the line-up alongside last season’s Epsom Derby hero Anthony Van Dyck.
However DEFOE might be the one to upset the applecart having improved markedly having been gelded ahead of last term. Roger Varian’s charge won this corresponding race twelve months ago at Epsom before following up in good style to land the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Possibly amiss when disappointing in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes the Dalakhani gelding was absent for almost eight months before returning at Meydan in March where he was denied only by a short-head behind Loxley in the Dubai City Of Gold.
While he might ideally prefer softer ground than the conditions he’ll get on this occasion, he ought to handle this quicker ground and he can continue to make his presence felt at this top level despite having something to find on official ratings.