Friday ITV Racing tips – TV best bets for York, Newmarket and Chepstow
The ITV Racing cameras are back in action on Friday with a bumper nine-race schedule of TV racing; we give our Friday ITV Racing tips for the day’s televised racing.
A fantastic Friday of live TV horse racing action awaits punters as the ITV Racing cameras are back in action with a classy nine-race line-up that sees racing from York and Newmarket on the flat and Chepstow over jumps as the National Hunt season begins in earnest.
York’s fixture also sees the rearranged Cumberland Lodge Stakes going to post; while at Newmarket where it is day one of the Future Starts Festival, there is Group One action with the Fillies’ Mile on the agenda.
Ed Chamberlain and the team will be on hand to offer their usual expert tips, insights and post-race analysis on all the action and we’ve picked out our Friday ITV Racing tips for the day’s TV racing.
FRIDAY ITV RACING TIPS – TV SELECTIONS FOR YORK, NEWMARKET & CHEPSTOW
1:35 York – Betsafe Cumberland Lodge Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 (3yo+) 1m4f
Only four runners for the rearranged Group Three and LOGICIAN is impossible to oppose having showed his well-being routing one other rival on his reappearance over this course and distance last month.
John Gosden’s Frankel colt boasts an unbeaten record which includes winning last season’s St Leger and overcame a life-threatening illness to make a winning return last month, beating a useful sort in Mythical Magic by an easy seven lengths.
Softer ground here is a slight unknown, but he should handle the conditions having won on good-to-soft previously and he’ll be sharper for his reappearance so can improve on the back of the outing to win here and extend his unbeaten record.
1:50 Newmarket – Newmarket Academy Godolphin Beacon Project Cornwallis Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 (2yo) 5f
METHOD is readily forgiven his below-par run last time out in the Middle Park Stakes where his saddle slipped early in the race and Martyn Meade’s charge can quickly bounce back to winning form.
The Mehmas colt had looked a smart prospect beforehand, winning both previous starts at six furlongs which included a Listed contest at Newbury where he beat a subsequent Group Three winner. His debut success at Doncaster also saw him beat Fev Rover who has gone on to win a Group Two so the form of his wins is very strong.
He’s shown plenty of speed so this drop to the minimum trip ought not to pose any problems and with plenty of potential still he is taken to get back on the scoresheet here although he does have to prove effectiveness on the softer ground.
2:05 York – Betsafe Double Winnings Handicap Cl2 (4yo+ 0-100) 1m
Progressive PLANTADREAM has come back to form following a break and the Planteur gelding can find himself back on the scoresheet in this contest.
Jim Best’s charge is a dual-winner this campaign already having won at Lingfield on the all-weather in June and he can be forgiven his two subsequent outings which came at Royal Ascot in the Silver Royal Hunt Cup behind Sir Busker and at Epsom where he failed to handle the track behind Sky Defender.
Following a couple of months off he has since struck at Ascot, beating Tulfarris, and then chasing home the reopposing Hortzadar at Goodwood last month, beaten just over one length having been given too much to do.
He’s better off at the weights with that rival now and a stronger pace here should see him in better light so no surprise if he delivers an improved effort and he can get back to winning ways.
2:25 Newmarket – Godolphin Lifetime Care Oh So Sharp Stakes (Group 3) (Fillies) Cl1 (2yo) 7f
Irish raider THINKING OF YOU gets the vote to strike in this contest having been a shade unlucky not to win the Weld Park Stakes over this trip latest when beaten around two lengths into third behind Elysium.
Joseph O’Brien’s American Pharoah filly had won on soft ground on debut previously, beating Colfer Kay at Limerick and she met with trouble in running latest and denied a clear run although she caught the eye with her finishing effort and would surely have gone close with a little more luck.
Proven soft ground ability allied with the potential for better still makes the Irish challenger worthy of plenty of respect and she ought to go close here under Ryan Moore.
2:40 York – Betsafe Handicap (Heritage Handicap) Cl2 (3yo 0-105) 1m6f
Lightly-raced ISPAHAN could be worth chancing to find another chunk of improvement and David Simcock’s thrice-raced Lope De Vega colt can get off the mark.
He has improved with each start, finishing third on his seasonal return at Doncaster in July behind Sea Of Style and he found only Zeeband too strong by a short-head latest at Thirsk in the Hambleton Cup where he was caught on the post by the winner with the front pair pulling four lengths clear.
That form has been done no harm since and a 4lbs rise might underestimate his potential for further improvement. He appeared to cope well with the softer ground in that Thirsk outing so these conditions should hold no fears and it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see him progress again where he can win this valuable prize for all he probably needs a bit more.
3:00 Newmarket – Godolphin Stud & Stable Staff Awards Challenge Stakes (Group 2) Cl1 (3yo+) 7f
KHALOOSY looked every inch a Group performer when demolishing his field in impressive style to win the Britannia Stakes in soft ground and while Roger Varian’s charge has struggled since to back up that impression in two starts in Group Three company the Dubawi colt is given another chance.
He has finished third on both of his subsequent runs in the wake of that impressive win, although he possibly wasn’t best suited by quicker ground in the Thoroughbred Stakes behind Tilsit; while the ground was borderline heavy when crossing the line in third in the Superior Mile behind Top Rank.
Still low mileage however and with the potential for better he has shown a tendency not to settle which is a slight worry; but he’s clearly talented as his Royal Ascot win attests and he’s likely to get a decent pace here which should help him as he drops back to seven furlongs.
Proven soft ground form is a plus and he could remain capable of better so he looks worth sticking with to reproduce what he showed at Ascot in June.
3:15 Chepstow – Unibet Persian War Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2) (GBB Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m3½f
The first Grade Two contest of the new jumps season should go the way of MCFABULOUS who chases a hat-trick of wins and looks a high-class prospect having struck wins at Market Rasen and Kempton last term, the latter coming in the EBF Final where he ran out a six lengths’ victor over Severano.
Paul Nicholls’ Milan gelding also won a Grade Two bumper and there’s sure to be more to come from the six-year old this season who will appreciate this surface on his return.
He looked a very smart prospect at Kempton last season and the Ditcheat team have started the new campaign quite well. Open to plenty of progress this term and with no doubts over trip or ground the selection can give the yard another winner in the race having won it twice in the last five years.
3:35 Newmarket – bet365 Fillies’ Mile (Group 1) Cl1 (2yo) 1m
PRETTY GORGEOUS and Shale are closely matched on their encounters in Ireland with Donnacha’s Shale holding a slight lead over brother Joseph’s Lawman Filly; however it is Joseph’s runner who gets the nod to come out on top this time around.
Both of her defeats behind Shale have come on quicker ground, but she impressively beat the same rival inbetween her reversals when scoring readily in the Debutante Stakes at the Curragh in August and she arguably would have beaten Shale again in the more recent Moyglare Stud Stakes had the ground been softer where there was less than one length between them.
This extra furlong should suit the selection who will relish this deeper ground having looked well suited by testing conditions when scoring her win in August and she was fancied to win in France last weekend prior to being taken out following the contaminated feed issue.
She can go well here with the extra distance a potential catalyst for better and no surprise if she were to make her presence felt.
4:10 Newmarket – bet365 Old Rowley Cup Handicap (Heritage Handicap) Cl2 (3yo) 1m4f
SURREY PRIDE looks a progressive sort who should be suited by this extra quarter mile and Joseph Tuite’s charge can land his hat-trick.
The Lope De Vega colt rounded off last season with a win on just his second outing at Bath and he got back on the winning trail with a gutsy success at Newbury where despite conceding first run he was able to get up late to deny Hms President by a neck.
There was better still when he struck at Chester latest, scoring easier than the official winning margin suggests and suited by the fast pace which he’ll likely encounter here again. That form hasn’t quite stood up and he finds himself in a deeper race following a 6lbs rise in the weights.
However he’s still lightly-raced and likely open to plenty of improvement with this step up in trip a potential source of progress and every chance he can make his presence felt where he can land a hat-trick of successes now.