Friday live TV tips – ITV Racing tips for Musselburgh, Exeter and Tramore
ITV Racing Friday live TV tips
The ITV Racing cameras are back in action on New Years’ Day with seven live races and we’ve picked out our Friday live TV tips for the day’s televised racing.
A very Happy New Year to all readers!
The first day of 2021 sees the ITV Racing cameras return to our TV screens with seven live races across three of the day’s fixtures across the UK and Ireland.
While we might have lost the traditional New Years’ Day fixture at Cheltenham where the Relkeel Hurdle and Dipper Novices’ Chase were both on the agenda we still have action to enjoy from Musselburgh which stages a quality New Years’ Day racecard headed by the Hogmaneigh Handicap Hurdle; while Exeter are also featured on Friday’s broadcast alongside a Grade Three contest in Ireland at Clonmel.
Ed Chamberlain and the team will have all their usual expert racing tips, insights and post-race analysis for the New Years’ Day racing coverage and we look to get 2021 off to a profitable start with our Friday live TV tips.
FRIDAY LIVE TV TIPS – NEW YEARS’ DAY ITV RACING BEST BETS
1:20 Musselburgh – Betway Handicap Hurdle Cl3 (4yo+ 0-140) 2m4f
SEBASTOPOL won the Scottish County Hurdle at this venue back in February, beating Ashington by a half-length to register his second hurdles success having previously struck at Wincanton and Tom Lacey’s charge can get back on the scoresheet returned to this venue.
The Fame And Glory gelding boasts some very solid hurdles form behind the likes of Thomas Darby and he ran better than the bare result back from a break when last seen finishing sixth in a Listed hurdle contest at Newbury which may have been needed.
He’s likely to be sharper now with that outing under his belt, while the form doesn’t look too shabby with the winner since giving a good account in the Grade One Christmas Hurdle, while the fourth contested a competitive Ascot handicap next time.
A longer trip here could unlock further improvement and he’s expected to progress for his comeback run so every chance he can make his presence felt in this easier grade and he ought to go close if softer ground doesn’t stop him.
1:40 Exeter – Every Race Live On Racing TV Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (Challenger Mares’ Hurdle Series Qualifier) Cl3 (4yo+ 0-125) 2m2½f
Assuming a relatively quick turnaround doesn’t present an issue SEXY LOT might be able to get back on track having been thwarted in her hat-trick attempt at Hereford little over two weeks ago.
David Pipe’s Camelot filly had registered a brace of victories at Ffos Las and Chepstow in testing ground, showing progressive form in the process and running out a six lengths’ winner on the latter occasion.
The handicapper hit him hard for that win but his latest outing suggested he still had scope despite the higher rating, beaten only a half-length into second by Thibault with the front pair pulling almost eight lengths clear of the third.
A further 6lbs rise will demand more from her as she takes in a better class of race, but she’s proven in the conditions and still relatively lightly raced she could have more still to offer and reunited with David Noonan who steered her to her last victory the pair could combine to get back to winning ways.
1:55 Musselburgh – Betway Hogmaneigh Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race) Cl2 (4yo+) 1m7½f
Dan Skelton is having a good time of things at present and PROSCHEMA could be worth chancing to bounce back having possibly found heavy ground in the Greatwood Hurdle against him last time and he can benefit from a less testing surface and easier grade here.
The Declaration Of War gelding is relatively lightly raced over hurdles having joined this yard from Tom Dascombe whre he was a smart performer on the level and he struck at the second time of asking over timber when beating Cheddleton at Wetherby last November.
A good runner-up back at the Yorkshire venue on his return where he was denied by two lengths by Anemoi, he was disappointing at Cheltenham when last seen although the ground and higher grade are both feasible excuses.
This looks a much more suitable test and with the yard in good form it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him quickly bounce back from that effort with an improved run and this rating might not prove prohibitive so a big effort is expected from the Skelton runner.
2:15 Exeter – Watch On Racing TV Now! Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (GBB Race) Cl3 (5yo+ 0-135) 2m3f
Westend Story could go close if his jumping holds up, but WAGNER returns from a short break having had wind surgery and Anthony Honeyball’s charge gets the vote to resume winning ways.
The Mahler gelding is a former winner between the flags and the lightly-raced sort struck over hurdles at the second attempt when scoring by a wide margin at Fontwell in March, beating Hit The Rocks by the best part of 20 lengths.
Possibly in need of the run when disappointing on his return at Carlisle in November he could improve for having had his wind done and switching to chasing now where he’s bred to make an impact and as a winning point-to-pointer should adapt to the larger obstacles.
Thrust straight into a handicap by his shrewd yard which continues amongst the winners he could be capable of exploiting a 122 rating and a big run here wouldn’t surprise if taking to chasing.
2:37 Tramore – Savills New Year’s Day Chase (Grade 3) (5yo+) 2m5½f
Only five runners and all being well a clear round should give dual-Cheltenham Festival winner and Gold Cup champion AL BOUM PHOTO a trio of wins in this race.
The Buck’s Boum gelding has taken this contest for the past two years, twelve months ago lowering the colours of reopposing stablemate Acapella Bourgeois by six lengths on his seasonal return before heading straight to the Festival where he successfully defended his Gold Cup crown.
Willie Mullins’ star chaser had followed the same path in the 2018/19 season and he should prove impossible to oppose given he goes very well fresh and has the beating of Acapaella Bourgeois on their run in this contest twelve months ago where he gave the runner-up 11lbs.
The pair clash with only 4lbs separating them this time so the form of twelve months ago should be upheld; while the yard’s other runner Brahma Bull was readily beaten by Minella Indo at Navan in November and needs to step up again.
The Mullins trio should dominate this prize but the dual-Gold Cup winner should readily come out on top if all is well with him.
2:50 Exeter – Join Racing TV Now Handicap Chase Cl3 (5yo+ 0-130) 3m
ASK ME EARLY largely jumped well when making a successful start to his chase career in similar conditions to these at Chepstow last month and Harry Fry’s charge can step up on that performance to strike again.
The Ask gelding had won in points previously and the lightly-raced sort twice finished third over hurdles either side of an absence in testing conditions so this ground today will hold no fears for the six-year old who is open to plenty of progress.
He won readily at the Welsh venue last time with a five lengths’ victory where he found plenty for pressure to score a gutsy success and a subsequent 6lbs rise in the weights may not be enough to prevent a repeat if arriving in similar vein so he gets the vote to make it 2-2 over fences for his in-form yard.
3:05 Musselburgh – Betway ‘Auld Reekie’ Handicap Chase Cl2 (5yo+ 0-145) 2m4½f
COOL MIX can get back to winning ways and Ian Jardine’s charge arrives here in good form where he bids to better his third place finish in this race twelve months ago.
The Fair Mix gelding found only one too good on his reappearance at Kelso in September but scored readily on his next outing at Wetherby where he ran out a four lengths’ winner over Sky Pirate; that form has been boosted with the runner-up, third and fifth horses home all winning since and the eight-year old hasn’t been disgraced in successive defeats following that victory.
Third to Modus at Aintree in November he latterly filled the same spot in the Rehearsal Chase at Newcastle behind Yorkhill, running on well to be beaten only five lengths having earlier been badly hampered and almost unseating his rider who lost his irons for a spell during the race.
He can race from the same mark here and the return to this distance is no problem so a big run wouldn’t come as a surprise with conditions no issue having won a hurdles contest on heavy ground previously.