Friday TV racing best bets – ITV Racing tips for Sandown and Exeter
Friday sees the return of the ITV Racing cameras to our screens and we’ve picked out our TV racing best bets for Sandown and Exeter.
There’s some top-class horse racing action to enjoy on our TV screens on Friday with the best of the day’s action from two of the day’s meetings.
The ITV Racing cameras will be in attendance for four races live from Sandown as day one of the Tingle Creek meeting gets underway with the feature race of the afternoon being the Grade Two Ballymore Winter Novices’ Hurdle.
Meanwhile there are also three raced from Exeter spearheaded by the gruelling Close Brothers Handicap Chase over a marathon 3m 6f trip.
Ed Chamberlain and the team will be on hand as usual to offer their expert horse racing tips, insights and post-race analysis on Friday’s TV action and we’ve also picked out our TV racing best bets at Sandown and Exeter.
FRIDAY TV RACING BEST BETS – ITV RACING TIPS FOR SANDOWN AND EXETER
1:50 Sandown – My Oddsboost On Betfair Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (GBB Race) Cl3 (4yo+ 0-135) 2m4f
This looks a decent contest featuring a number of potential improvers over fences but FUNAMBULE SIVOLA is quickly turned out under a penalty for an impressive chase debut win at Wetherby nine days ago and Venetia Williams’ charge can double up.
The Noroit gelding was having his first start following wind surgery having not convinced over hurdles last term and he ran out an easy seven lengths’ victor on his return, beating Exelerator Express in good fashion and giving the impression there was more in the locker.
The front pair pulled well clear of the third and there could be better to come on the back of that reappearance which will surely have sharpened him up. A 7lbs penalty might not prove enough of a burden to preventing a quick follow-up victory and while this is a deeper race he ought to make his presence felt again and no surprise to see him going close.
2:05 Exeter – Download The tote Placepot App Novices’ Chase (GBB Race) Cl2 (4yo+) 2m3f
This looks a match between Bold Plan and THE BIG BREAKAWAY although the biggest danger to the latter is more likely to be the obstacles and Colin Tizzard’s charge is impossible to oppose having run out an easy winner of his chase debut at Cheltenham three weeks ago.
The imposing Getaway gelding was a point-to-point winner in Ireland prior to winning twice over hurdles last term and finishing fourth to Envoi Allen at the Cheltenham Festival when registering his sole defeat.
He was a ready winner at Cheltenham on his return despite appearing to race in snatches and lazily for a time; but he ultimately finished well on top, posting a ten lengths’ defeat of Doc Penfro with The Butcher Said a further ten lengths adrift in third.
Neither of those rivals did much to uphold the form in subsequent starts but the Tizzard runner made a very good impression and this drop in trip is unlikely to hold any fears. He would be giving Evan Williams’ charge 13lbs in a handicap so he’s 5lbs to the good under his penalty against that rival on these terms and ought to prove tough to beat.
2:25 Sandown – Ballymore Winter Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2) (GBB Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m4f
A cracking race in prospect with none of the quintet ruled out although STAR GATE looked something out of the ordinary when bolting up in a strong contest at Chepstow in October and sure to improve for that effort Evan Williams’ charge gets the vote to extend his unbeaten record.
The Imperial Monarch gelding had won an Irish point-to-point back in February prior to joining this yard but he ran out an easy seven lengths’ winner on his hurdling debut and first start for Williams when readily scoring over Everglow at the Welsh venue despite making a couple of mistakes and being hampered early.
Ultimately impressive on that occasion he has since seen the form boosted by the third winning next time out; while the fourth and fifth have both made the frame in subsequent starts and there’s surely more to come from him.
His victory last time is backed up by the clock and further improvement ought to see him going close despite this rise in class.
2:40 Exeter – tote.co.uk Home Of The Placepot Handicap Chase Cl3 (4yo+ 0-140) 2m3f
SEVARANO justified strong market support when just prevailing to post a debut chase success over Mahlervous at Sandown last month, but with that run under his belt and the experience of the larger obstacles likely to stand him in good stead Oliver Sherwood’s charge can double up here.
A smart hurdler last term, winning twice and making the frame in three successive defeats which included behind the high-class Mcfabulous at Kempton the Shantou gelding appeared to adapt really well to the larger obstacles with a series of accurate leaps over the tricky Sandown fences and there’s likely plenty to come from him in this discipline.
That was a really nice performance for a debutant given the nature of Sandown’s fences and he can only improve for that effort which was his first in eight months so he’ll be sharper this time around.
He’s also proven over hurdles that he can handle softer ground and this trip suits well so he appears to have plenty in his favour and no surprise to see him follow up that debut success given his potential form better to come.
3:00 Sandown – Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle (Pertemps Hurdle Series Qualifier) (GBB Race) Cl2 (4yo+) 2m7½f
STORM ARISING got back on the scoresheet when making a winning reappearance at Lingfield last month and likely to prove sharper for that run Paul Nicholls’ charge can improve to follow up here.
The Yeats gelding showed some fair form over timber during the 2018/19 season following his switch from the point-to-point ranks, finishing fifth to Cheltenham Festival winner Lisnagar Oscar and winning at Wincanton.
He continued to run well last term without adding to his tally, but he appeared to appreciate the step up in trip when narrowly prevailing over Potters Hedger when last seen, rallying well to get up close home having looked held.
Likely to come on for that effort which has since been boosted by subsequent wins from the third and fourth horses home he could be leniently treated by a 3lbs rise in the weights and every chance he can follow up here for his in-form yard that continues amongst the winners.
3:15 Exeter – Close Brothers Handicap Chase Cl3 (4yo+ 0-125) 3m6½f
This marathon trip ought to take some getting and several of these runners tackle the longer trip for the first time; however BERMEO could be worth siding with and Johnny Farrelly’s charge shapes as if this longer trip is within his range.
The Definite Article gelding has proven himself to be a very useful stayer and he’s been in good form this campaign with two wins from six starts at Uttoxeter and Cheltenham respectively, subsequently running really well back there latest in an amateur riders’ contest where he was beaten less than one length behind Storm Control.
That run came despite being 2lbs out of the weights and he kept on well after the last where he was closing down the winner with every stride although ultimately coming off second best. The front trio pulled a along way clear however and the handicapper has only pushed hum up 4lbs for that run although Mitch Bastyan’s claim sees 3lbs coming back off.
He might ideally want better ground than this given that his best form and the bulk of his winning has been on good ground or at worst good-to-soft; but assuming these conditions don’t inconvenience then he can make his presence felt and a return to winning ways looks distinctly possible in a wide-open marathon contest.
3:35 Sandown – Listen To Weighed-In Podcast On Betfair Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (Challenger Mares’ Series Qualifiier) Cl3 (3yo+ 0-130) 2m4f
It might be worth chancing VEGAS BLUE to bounce back from a slightly disappointing run at Kempton last month although it is possible that the Getaway mare found her stamina stretched on that occasion and could do better over this shorter trip.
Nicky Henderson’s charge was 2-2 in bumpers, scoring at Bangor and Huntingdon respectively with the latter coming in a Listed contest; she then showed a fair amount of ability in her two starts over hurdles either side of a ten-months absence and got off the mark back at Huntingdon in October on her seasonal debut.
Only third when last seen and beaten around six lengths she was under pressure turning in and could only muster one pace behind Switch Hitter and Malinello who pulled clear. But she was well clear in turn of the only other finisher and possibly didn’t get home.
This shorter trip might suit her better and assuming the softer ground doesn’t catch her out then she could easily bounce back with a better effort.