ITV Racing best bets – Live TV tips for Ascot, Newmarket and Haydock
ITV Racing best bets on Shergar Cup Day
The ITV Racing cameras are back in action on Saturday with coverage of three of the day’s meetings across the country and we’ve picked out our ITV Racing best bets and tips for the day’s televised racing.
A busy day of TV racing action is in prospect for armchair punters on Saturday with a bumper crop of nine races which includes full coverage of the Shergar Cup Meeting at Ascot and the team event accounts for six of the day’s nine televised contests.
There is also Group Three action on the agenda at Haydock where two races go to post on TV headed by the Rose Of Lancaster Stakes; while Newmarket weigh in with the Group Three Sweet Solera Stakes on an action-packed afternoon of flat racing action.
As is usual Ed Chamberlain and the team will be on hand with their expert racing tips, insights and post-race analysis and we’ve looked over the live TV schedule to pick out our ITV Racing best bets on Shergar Cup day and the rest of the TV racing action.
ITV RACING BEST BETS – LIVE TV TIPS FOR ASCOT, NEWMARKET & HAYDOCK
12:50 Ascot – Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Dash (Handicap) Cl2 (3yo+ 0-105) 5f
TIS MARVELLOUS can get back to winning ways here and the Harbour Watch gelding has a fair record at the track where he is a dual-winner.
Clive Cox’s charge hasn’t added to his tally since scoring at Leicester last September but he went close on his next run in a Group Three at Newbury and was possibly unsuited by proper soft ground at Nottingham on his final start.
He’s been in good form in recent outings, finishing fourth over C&D in the Heritage and then third back here last month behind Mountain Peak and he can race from the same mark which is 5lbs below his last winning rating so he should make his presence felt again here assuming the ground doesn’t become too testing.
1:25 Ascot – Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Stayers (Handicap) Cl2 (4yo+ 0-100) 2m
UBER COOL had been a progressive stayer prior to a lengthy absence; but the Born To Sea gelding showed no ill effects for his spell on the sidelines when making a winning return at Chester in May.
Jane Chapple-Hyam’s charge has been given plenty of time to recover for that run where he ran out a two lengths’ victor over Buriram and the form looks solid with the runner-up third and fourth horses all running well for places since with the latter going on to win at York last month.
He’s been pushed up 5lbs for that success so his new rating applies a little more pressure. However he was impressive at Chester last time and he’s relatively low mileage for one of his years so there could still be some improvement to come and he can go in again.
2:00 Ascot – Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Challenge (Handicap) Cl3 (4yo+ 0-95) 1m4f
GRAPHITE was a useful sort in France when trained by Andre Fabre and the Shamardal gelding has shown up well in a handful of starts for current handler Terry Kent, latterly finding only one too good at Newmarket last month.
He was beaten just over one length on that occasion behind Duke Of Condicote where he was wearing a tongue-tie for just the second time, running on well without quite matching the winner.
His earlier fourth at Newmarket behind Torcello has since been franked with the runner-up winning since prior to having a tilt at a valuable Royal Ascot prize and he’s only 2lbs higher for his latest effort so could make his presence felt again, especially if he were to recapture some of his best French form which saw him win twice at Group Three level.
2:25 Haydock – MansionBet Bet £10 Get £20 Handicap (London Mile Series Qualifier) Cl3 (3yo+ 0-95) 1m
FANTASTIC FOX can get back to winning ways in this Listed contest and the Frankel colt looked a decent sort when making his third career start a winning one at Hamilton in May where he routed Noble Crusade and others by seven lengths.
He shaped as the trip on the soft ground in the Golden Gates Handicap at Royal Ascot stretched his stamina and back at one mile for his last start on better ground back at Ascot saw him beaten less than one length behind Guru where he wasn’t seen to best effect off a slow pace in a race which turned into a sprint.
There should be a bit more speed to this contest which can show him in a better light and he can get back on the scoresheet.
2:35 Ascot – Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Mile (Handicap) Cl2 (4yo+ 0-100) 1m
VINTAGER can go well under Nicola Currie and the Mastercraftsman gelding can get back to winning ways here.
Simon and Ed Crisford’s charge has been running well in defeat since scoring on the all-weather at Chantilly back in December last year where he was rated 112 and his latest victory came at Windsor in June when running out a one length winner from Epic Endeavour.
That form hasn’t stood up but he ran other solid race at Ayr latest behind Marie’s Diamond where he was only beaten around a length and that winner has since run well in defeat in a valuable contest at Hamilton.
Rated 99 here he is very capable of a big run if at his best and it is easy to forget he’s won at Group level previously when trained by Charlie Appleby so he doesn’t lack for ability and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the six-year old heavily involved.
2:50 Newmarket – 100% Racingtv Profits Back To Racing Sweet Solera Stakes (Group 3) (Fillies) Cl1 (2yo) 7f
SUNSTRIKE went into the Albany Stakes on the back of a win at Kempton and the John and Thady Gosden-trained filly could be forgiven that effort where she was slow to break and possibly found the soft ground against her despite her running on late although she had no chance.
The Dark Angel filly bounced back from that effort at Sandown latest when finishing fourth to Inspiral in a Listed contest, not helped by failing to get a clear run. However she is arguably better than she’s been able to show in those recent outings and can be given another chance.
She was only a neck behind reopposing Wild Beauty despite her more troubled passage through the race and further improvement ought to see her firmly in the frame as she goes back up in class and with a likely strong pace to aim at.
3:10 Ascot – Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Classic (Handicap) Cl3 (3yo 0-95) 1m4f
Lightly-raced BARN OWL could get back on track here and Roger Charlton’s charge can quickly return to winning ways.
The Frankel colt improved for wind surgery to get off the mark at Ripon in June, beating Babindi by a nose and both the runner-up and third horse home have won since to boost the form.
He then ran well at Sandown last month when finishing runner-up to Just Fine where the shorter trip might have been against him. Despite the defeat he turned in a solid run behind the easy winner and he’ll appreciate this return to a longer trip so remains capable of better.
The assessor has left him alone at the weights for this latest run and he should go well under Hayley Turner given he’s still relatively unexposed.
3:45 Ascot – Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Sprint (Handicap) Cl2 (3yo 0-100) 6f
POPMASTER’s sole run out of the frame came on proper heavy ground at Ascot in June but Ed Walker’s charge quickly bounced back on better ground to go close at Newmarket on his next start and the Gutaifan gelding resumed the winning trend at Doncaster latest when running out a one length winner over Bergerac.
A dual-winner last term on the all-weather he made the frame in his first three outings of the new campaign, including only being beaten a half-length by Rohaan and there’s likely a bigger performance to come from him given he looks a progressive sprinter.
This is a slightly tougher assignment he takes in now and the handicapper has pushed him up 5lbs for that recent success; however the manner of his win last time hinted that he still had improvement to come and he should give another good account here.
4:10 Haydock – MansionBet Rose Of Lancaster Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 (3yo+) 1m2½f
REAL WORLD is progressing well and arrives here on a hat-trick of victories having taken the Royal Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot in good style on his return from three months off the track and then following up in Listed company latest at Newbury when returned to this longer trip.
Saeed Bin Suroor’s charge readily held off Derab on that occasion with the pair pulling four lengths clear of the rest and it was a very creditable effort given he briefly found himself outpaced before finding a change of gear and he won going away at the finish.
This is tougher still upped to Group Three company but he likely has more to offer and he can take another step up the ladder with a third successive victory and prove himself a potentially top-class middle distance performer.