ITV Racing best bets on Sunday 16 August – TV tips for Ripon and Newbury

ITV Racing best bets on Sunday at Ripon and Newbury.ITV Racing best bets on Sunday at Ripon and Newbury.

There is more TV racing action on Sunday and we give our Ripon and Newbury ITV Racing best bets.

Televised horse racing action continues on Sunday with live TV racing from the cards at Ripon and Newbury. The Great St Wilfred Stakes is the feature race of the day and the competitive sprint handicap takes place at Ripon, while there is competitive handicap action also at Newbury as well as a Listed contest.

Seven races in all head to post on Sunday’s TV schedule and Ed Chamberlain and the team will be on hand again with their usual expert racing tips, insights and post-race analysis; while Brian Healy gives his Ripon and Newbury ITV Racing best bets.


1:50 Newbury – Unibet Extra Places Every Day Handicap Cl4 (3yo+ 0-85) 1m

RISK TAKER was an impressive winner at Haydock last month, readily scoring by almost five lengths from Tacitly and Clive Cox’s charge can follow up here.

The Lope De Vega gelding was having just his fourth start that day and despite playing up in the stalls he won with something in hand having always raced prominently before readily asserting for the win.

That form has since been boosted with both the runner-up and third winning since and there’s likely better still to come from him despite the handicapper hitting him with a 9lbs rise in the weights.

He proved soft ground to be no issue that day and the return to one mile is unlikely to present a problem so every chance he can follow up.

2:05 Ripon – Best Odds Guaranteed Handicap Cl3 (3yo+ 0-90) 1m

David O’Meara has farmed this prize in the last couple of seasons and HORTZADAR can give the trainer a hat-trick of successes.

The Sepoy gelding took this contest twelve months ago, beating Donncha by a half-length and while that represents his last success he’s given notice in his past couple of outings that he might be readying up to strike.

Third on his last outing at Thirsk last month, beaten around four lengths behind Top Rank, he perhaps wasn’t helped by the steady pace. He should get a stronger pace this time and he can race from the same mark as when successful last year so looks set for a big run with his good claimer taking off an additional 5lbs.

David O’Meara saddles one of our ITV Racing best bets at Ripon on Sunday.

2:25 Newbury – Unibet 3 Uniboosts A Day Handicap Cl3 (3yo+ 0-95) 7f

With the Roger Varian camp in decent fettle it might be worth a play on MOTTRIB who won over this course on debut last June in similar soft ground conditions to these where he ran out a near-three lengths’ winner over Baadirr.

The Invincible Spirit colt hasn’t disgraced himself in a trio of subsequent outings including when finishing fifth at Glorious Goodwood recently behind Toro Strike.

He finished only four lengths behind the runner-up who has won since and having been eased 2lbs in the ratings following that run he could be capable of going close back at this venue and with soft ground again likely to prove more suitable.

The Varian camp are running at a 28% strike-rate over the past two weeks and it would no surprise to see the selection deliver a big performance.

2:40 Ripon – William Hill Ripon Hornblower Conditions Stakes (Plus 10 Race) Cl2 (2yo) 6f

Only four runners but none of the quartet can be dismissed although preference is for RED FASCINATOR who got off the mark at the second attempt with a win over course and distance and the Kodiac filly could be up to the task of going in again.

Karl Burke’s charge had shaped with promise in the soft ground at Haydock on her debut, finishing four lengths’ third behind Kohinoor. She showed the benefit of that experience to strike next time, running out a similar distance winner here over Mashmoom where she made all and hinted at further improvement to come.

The third from that race has won since and while this represents a step up in class she likely has considerable progress in her locker. She may lack the experience of her three rivals, but she looked a smart prospect in that win and with more to come looks worth sticking with to follow up.

3:00 Newbury – Unibet You’re On Handicap Cl3 (3yo+ 0-90) 1m5½f

FRONTISPIECE was a dead-heat winner of this race twelve months ago and Amanda Perrett’s charge can win outright this time around having shaped well on his recent return to action at Newmarket.

The Shamardal gelding won twice for Sir Michael Stoute prior to joining this yard and he’s since held his form well for his new trainer where he’s shown a liking for the Newbury track, scoring both his successes last term at this track.

His latest return at Newmarket came in the wake of wind surgery and he was entitled to have needed that outing after more than eight months off. He should strip fitter now as a result and only 1lb higher in the ratings than twelve months ago when sharing the honours in this contest then he ought to go close again.

Frontispiece (centre) can strike at Newbury for our ITV Racing best bets column.

3:15 Ripon – William Hill Great St Wilfrid Handicap Cl2 (3yo+) 6f

DAKOTA GOLD blitzed rivals in this contest twelve months ago and while the Equiano gelding hasn’t been in the same form this campaign he could benefit from the return to handicapping which may seen Michael Dods’ charge come back to his best.

His win in this race last term was one of five successes he enjoyed which also included a pair of Listed prizes at York and Ascot. He’s struggled this term to get competitive in Pattern company, last seen finishing ninth behind Tabdeed in the Hackwood Stakes and a return to handicapping is no gimme from a mark of 107.

That said, he ended his campaign last term rated 110 when taking the Listed Rous Stakes and he only has 3lbs more on his back this time around compared to twelve months ago despite being rated considerably higher.

Also runner-up in the 2018 renewal he clearly goes well at this track and while progress seems to have stalled it would be no surprise to see him bounce back with a return to form at this venue.

3:35 Newbury – Unibet St Hugh’s Fillies’ Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (2yo) 5f

CAROLINE DALE has some very solid form to call on having stepped up on a promising debut at Lingfield on the all-weather to finish a very good third in the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot.

David Loughnane’s charge got off the mark at the third attempt with a ready victory over Mahale at Windsor last month, scoring by just over two lengths having made all the running; the third from that contest has won twice since.

Last seen finishing just over one length third behind Santosha in the Group Three Princess Margaret Stakes at Ascot, she might just have been made too much use of over the longer trip and looks worth siding with back at the minimum distance where she sets the form standard.

This is a slightly easier test dropping back out of Group company and still with the potential for improvement could well get back on the scoresheet here.