ITV Racing best bets on Saturday – Live TV tips at Ascot, Lingfield and Haydock
ITV Racing best bets on Saturday 8 May
The ITV Racing cameras move on from Chester with more live TV racing from three of the day’s meetings and we’ve picked out our ITV Racing best bets on Saturday.
After some terrific horse racing action over the past three days at Chester the ITV Racing cameras move on with a nine-race line-up of live TV races on the flat and over the sticks.
Ascot are racing with four races live from the Berkshire venue headed by the competitive Victoria Cup Handicap; while Lingfield host their Classic trials day with trial races for both the Epsom Oaks and Epsom Derby as well as the Group Three Chartwell Fillies’ Stakes on the agenda.
Completing the nine-race line-up of TV racing action is the Grade Three Swinton Handicap Hurdle at Haydock where another typically competitive renewal awaits at the Merseyside venue.
Ed Chamberlain and the team will again be on hand to bring their usual expert racing tips, insights and post-race analaysis on all the day’s action and we’ve picked out our ITV Racing best bets on Saturday.
ITV RACING BEST BETS ON SATURDAY – LIVE TV TIPS AT ASCOT, LINGFIELD & HAYDOCK
1:55 Ascot – tote+ Exclusively At tote.co.uk British EBF Fillies’ Handicap Cl2 (3yo+) 1m
LIGHTS ON was promising last term, racing four times and winning at Newcastle while making the frame in her other three outings; Sir Michael Stoute’s charge subsequently made a winning return from almost six months off when beating Crystal Casque readily by three lengths at Nottingham last month.
The Siyouni filly raced keenly there and needed some driving although she was ultimately well on top at the end and with the potential for more to come she can defy a 7lbs rise in the ratings to strike again here.
With her yard in good form and having turned in an impressive effort on her seasonal debut she should be sharper now and can improve so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see her in the mix again.
2:15 Lingfield – Novibet Oaks Trial Fillies’ Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (3yo) 1m3½f
At a big price it could be worth giving a chance to SAVE A FOREST who arrives here on a hat-trick having won recent back-to-back wins in lesser company, but Roger Varian’s charge could have more to offer.
A well-bred filly by Kingman out of a Galileo mare she was impressive when winning on her seasonal reappearance at Wolverhampton back in March and she showed turf to be no issue subsequently, scoring over Invite at Windsor last month and this further trip could unlock another jolt of improvement.
Her bare form does need improved upon but that wouldn’t come as a huge shock if she were to find further progress and she can go close here.
2:30 Ascot – tote+ Pays More At tote.co.uk Buckhounds Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 1m4f
WITHOUT A FIGHT was progressive last term, winning three times from five starts and rounding off his campaign with a fair third of four runners in a Listed contest at Ascot in the Noel Murless Stakes where he might not have been suited by how the race developed off the slow pace.
Simon Crisford’s charge posted a decent return to action in the Group Three John Porter Stakes at Newbury last month, finding only one too good and he’ll be sharper now with that run under his belt.
The Teofilo gelding drops back into Listed company and further improvement on the back of his return ought to see him firmly in the mix here.
2:50 Lingfield – Novibet Derby Trial Stakes (Listed Race) (Colts & Geldings) Cl1 (3yo) 1m3½f
ADAYAR ran better than the bare result in the recent Bet365 Classic Trial at Sandown where the Godolphin runner found only one too good; Charlie Appleby’s charge can get back to winning ways here on the back of that run.
The Frankel colt was unruly prior to the start of that Sandown contest and was restless in the stalls, missing the break when the gates opened. He ran on well late however although just lacked a competitive gear and this step up in trip could deliver further improvement.
All things considered that run at Sandown was a very good effort and he should build on that run where he can get back on the scoresheet.
3:10 Haydock – Pertemps Network Swinton Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) (GBB Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 1m7½f
A fair sort on the flat ROWLAND WARD showed glimpses that he could be a decent hurdler during the 2019/20 campaign, winning at Kempton over the 2019 Festive period with a defeat of Thyme White.
The Sea The Stars gelding made the frame in three of four starts last term over hurdles and returned from wind surgery in March to finish fourth at Fakenham before showing improved form in a tongue-tie at Aintree where he beat reopposing Camprond by a half-length.
Despite being raised 10lbs in the weights Stuart Edmunds’ charge can confirm that form on these terms although he likely needs to find a shade more to do so; that isn’t out of the question however and he is taken to follow up here with further progress anticipated.
3:25 Lingfield – Novibet Chartwell Fillies’ Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 (3yo+) 7f
ISABELLA GILES showed progressive form last term, winning four of her six starts which included the Group Two Shadwell Rockfel Stakes at Newmarket from Nazuna and Clive Cox’s charge possibly found one mile on soft ground stretching her stamina back at Newmarket in the Fillies’ Mile on her final start of the campaign.
The Belardo filly looked in need of her reappearance at Newbury last month in the Fred Darling Stakes, finishing sixth having raced keenly and perhaps not getting home on her first run of the campaign; she should strip fitter this time though and can do better.
She carries a penalty here but she still looks well-weighted taking on the older horses and if building on that recent debut dropping back in trip here then she can make her presence felt.
3:40 Ascot – tote+ Victoria Cup (Heritage Handicap) Cl2 (4yo+) 7f
It might be worth giving another chance to FOX CHAMPION who posted his best effort for a while when beaten just one length into third in a Haydock handicap two weeks ago behind Persuasion on his first start for Ralph Beckett.
The Kodiac gelding won four of his first five starts for Richard Hannon a couple of seasons ago which included the German 2000 Guineas and he largely acquitted himself well in defeat thereafter despite his form figures suggesting otherwise.
Last term was a write-off and he failed to fire on a number of starts; but the switch to this yard might have brought about an upturn in his fortunes and a mark of 95 could prove very workable if he can recapture his past best given he was rated 110 when winning the German classic.
With sharpness now assured he should go well if his low draw doesn’t put him at a disadvantage.
4:00 Lingfield – Download The Novibet App Handicap Cl3 (4yo+ 0-95) 7½f
TURN ON THE CHARM shaped well on his reappearance at Nottingham last month and there could be more to come from the Charm Spirit gelding in the wake of that effort.
James Fanshawe’s charge won twice last term, scoring wins at Kempton and Nottingham respectively before possibly finding soft ground against him at Redcar on his final run of the campaign.
He bounced back with a good fourth on his reappearance behind Astro King, beaten three lengths and that form has been franked by the runner-up and third both winning since.
A slight drop in trip ought not to inconvenience and likely to be sharper here with that run under his belt he could get back to winning ways.
4:15 Ascot – tote+ Exclusively At tote.co.uk Handicap Cl3 (4yo+ 0-95) 1m4f
Lightly-raced GROUP ONE POWER may not live up to his name but he’s proven a useful sort and Andrew Balding’s charge can follow up his recent win on his seasonal debut.
The Lope De Vega gelding had won back-to-back on his first two career starts on the all-weather and although he met with defeat in a trio of subsequent turf starts he ran well with a very good fourth in the King George V Handicap the pick of those efforts.
He was a narrow winner over Soto Sizzler on his reappearance at Epsom last month, scoring by three-parts of a length and he should come on for that effort where a 4lbs rise in the handicap looks workable.
His last run saw him make all and while he may find it harder to dominate this time he should be capable of making his presence felt and he can go close.