ITV Racing best bets on Saturday – Live TV tips for Newcastle, Newmarket and Curragh
ITV Racing best bets on Saturday
The ITV Racing cameras are back in action for the first time since Royal Ascot and the team have eight races live from the day’s horse racing fixtures. We’ve looked over the live TV line-up and picked out our ITV Racing best bets on Saturday.
Eight live TV races will be the order of the day on ITV Racing as Ed Chamberlain and the team return to our TV screens on Saturday with coverage of the meetings at Newcastle and Newmarket as well the feature Irish Derby from the Curragh.
It is Northumberland Plate day at Newcastle with the feature also joined by the Group Three Chipchase Stakes; while the Group Three Criterion Stakes heads up the day’s card on the July Course at Newmarket.
The ITV Racing crew will have their usual expert racing tips, insights and post-race analysis on all the action and we’ve looked over the day’s schedule of live TV racing to pick out our ITV Racing best bets on Saturday.
ITV RACING BEST BETS SATURDAY 26 JUNE – LIVE TV TIPS FOR NEWCASTLE, NEWMARKET & CURRAGH
1:45 Newcastle – williamhill.com Best Odds Guaranteed Handicap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-100) 6f
WOVEN could get back on the winning trail having run well in defeat the last twice following his switch to this yard from David Simcock.
The Dutch Art gelding scored his last win for that yard when successful at Meydan last January and although he failed to add to his tally last summer in a number of starts he largely ran with credit. Now with Michael Dods he found only one too good on his reappearance at Redcar in April and posted a very good fourth latest behind the useful Mr Lupton at York where he was only beaten around one length.
He can compete from the same mark here which is 2lbs below his last winning rating and he’s made the frame on both starts on this surface so the return to tapeta will hold few fears; he can post a big effort in this competitive TV opener and no surprise to see him in the mix again.
2:05 Newmarket – Maureen Brittain Memorial Empress Fillies’ Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (2yo) 6f
George Boughey continues in good form with his two-year olds and it might be worth sticking with CACHET who ran much better than the bare result when finishing fifth in the recent Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Aclaim filly can get back to winning ways here.
She had won well here on her debut on the Rowley Mile, powering to a five lengths’ victory over Before Dawn and she was possibly unsuited by softer ground at Ascot latest where she was unable to show the same finishing speed as she had done the time before.
That was a very creditable effort and there could be better to come from her back on a better surface and with further improvement anticipated for a yard making a name for itself this term.
2:20 Newcastle – William Hill Chipchase Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 (3yo+) 6f
KHUZAAM has a good record on artificial surfaces and the Kitten’s Joy gelding can get back to winning ways here.
Roger Varian’s charge has won four times on polytrack in the past couple of seasons, including twice this term before clashing with Palace Pier at Sandown in April where he shaped as if amiss having done plenty in front before weakening quickly once headed.
He’s surely better than that and perhaps he is better on an artificial surface, so while he tackles tapeta for the first time there’d be little shock if he were to bounce back with a better effort away from turf given he has a positive profile on the all-weather.
Forgiven that Sandown flop last time he’s worth another chance and he can make his presence felt in this contest with Jim Crowley preferring him to Khaadem who runs in the same colours.
2:40 Newmarket – Close Brothers Fred Archer Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 1m4f
Although he was disappointing on his reappearance at Newbury last month in the Aston Park Stakes it is likely that LOGICIAN needed that run and John Gosden’s charge should be sharper now.
The 2019 St Leger winner raced only twice last term, winning at Doncaster on his return before shaping as if amiss at York in the Cumberland Lodge to lose his unbeaten record although the soft ground likely wouldn’t have helped him on that occasion.
Underfoot conditions again might not have been ideal on his latest reappearance but he ran well below his best and ought to come on for that outing so a better peformance here can’t be ruled out now the Frankel entire has had a run.
That Newbury contest has proved very decent however with the winner since finishing runner-up in the Coronation Cup and if the five-year old can recapture his old form then he could get back to winning ways here.
2:55 Newcastle – William Hill Pick Your Places Northumberland Vase Handicap (Consolation Race For The Northumberland) Cl2 (3yo+) 2m½f
INDIGO TIMES has built up a very good record on the all-weather in recent times, winning twice on polytrack last summer at Chelmsford and returning in the early weeks of this year to reel off a hat-trick of victories on polytrack and fibresand at Southwell.
Soft ground might not have suited when tried back on turf following three months off at Goodwood but David Simcock’s charge quickly left that form behind when resuming winning ways at Kempton earlier this month, running out an easy three lengths’ winner over Teqany.
The Alhebayeb gelding faces a much tougher test here upped markedly in class; but his impressive record thus far on an artificial surface since being sent up in trip can’t be ignored and with further improvement to come he could post a big run.
Tapeta has proven no issue in the past although he hasn’t won on this surface; nevertheless he can continue his progress on the all-weather where he can post a big effort.
3:15 Newmarket – Close Brothers Criterion Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 (3yo+) 7f
Kinross has to back up his return to winning ways now running under a penalty and it might be worth chancing GLORIOUS JOURNEY to gain some revenge having finished third to that one when the pair met at Haydock last month.
Charlie Appleby’s charge was beaten around three lengths where he perhaps wasn’t seen to best effect. However he’s proven to be a consistent performer and the Dubawi gelding can run another solid race.
He has some good form at a higher level than this, winning a Group Two in Meydan last January and making the frame in the Challenge Stakes at Newmarket having also won at Listed level. That recent return from almost 100 days off should have sharpened him up and he’s capable of turning in another big performance where he’s 3lbs better off now with his last-time conquerer.
3:30 Newcastle – William Hill Northumberland Plate Handicap (Heritage Handicap) Cl2 (3yo+) 2m½f
Group Two winner Trueshan could be hard to beat but it might be worth chancing DUBIOUS AFFAIR to come out on top here having gone close at Royal Ascot on his reappearance earlier in the month in the Copper House Stakes and if this doesn’t come too soon the Frankel mare could get back to winning ways.
Charlie Fellowes’ charge was a three-time winner last term on turf before running with credit in Pattern company and might not have been suited by soft ground behind Trueshan in the Long Distance Cup.
She’s won on polytrack in the past and if handling tapeta on this occasion could yet be capable of better in a competitive race where she’s 4lbs well in given she’s due to go up in the handicap but can compete here from the same mark as at Ascot.
With a strong pace to aim at she ought have the race run to suit and every chance she can go close here if getting the breaks at the right time.
3:45 Curragh – Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby (Group 1) (3yo) 1m4f
A few of these lined up in the Epsom equivalent and the likes of Hurricane Lane and Mac Swiney ought to be in the mix; but at a bigger price it may be worth chancing on a return to form by VAN GOGH who got himself into all sorts of trouble in the French Derby and the American Pharoah colt is surely better than he showed.
Aidan O’Brien’s charge is one of five in the race from Ballydoyle and Colin Keane again takes the reins having partnered him in France where he ran on to finish tenth having found himself boxed in on all sides turing into the final straight and unable to get out. It is debatable he’d have made much impression on the impressive winner, but he’d surely have finished a lot closer and it would be unfair to judge him on that effort having ran well in third the time before in the Irish 2000 Guineas.
He won twice last term including a Group One in France and he could improve for this step up in trip so is perhaps worth another chance. He has done his winning on softer ground, but he’s twice placed on quicker ground so these conditions should be too much of a problem and he can post a big run tackling the extra distance now despite stablemate High Definition looking the stable’s first string.