ITV Racing best bets – Saturday live TV tips at Doncaster, Kempton and Newbury
Saturday live TV tips for ITV Racing
The ITV Racing cameras are back in action on Saturday with a bumper eight-race line-up of racing action on the flat and over jumps; we’ve picked out our Saturday live TV tips for the afternoon.
There’s plenty more live horse racing action to look forward to on Saturday as the ITV Racing cameras return to action with eight races live across three of the day’s fixtures.
The cameras will be in action at Newbury for two live races including a Grade Two contest; while on the all-weather at Kempton there are also two races from the Sunbury track including the Listed Magnolia Stakes.
However the feature race of the day comes from Doncaster as we welcome back the flat with the start of the 2021 Flat racing season with the traditional curtainraiser of the Lincoln Handicap which spearheads four races live from Town Moor.
Ed Chamberlain and the team will be on hand again to offer up their usual expert horse racing tips, insights and post-race analysis; while we’ve also looked over the day’s TV racing and have picked out our Saturday live TV tips for the afternoon.
SATURDAY LIVE TV TIPS – ITV RACING BEST BETS AT DONCASTER, KEMPTON & NEWBURY
1:45 Kempton – Ladbrokes Magnolia Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 1m2f
GLOBAL GIANT was progressive last term following his switch to John Gosden, winning a Listed contest at Newbury last July and making the frame in the Group Three Rose Of Lancaster Stakes prior to finding only one too good in the Bahrain International Trophy.
The Shamardal entire was last seen contesting the Saudi Cup at Riyadh last month but struggled to land a blow behind stablemate Mishriff and he beat only two rivals home although was possibly unsuited by the dirt surface on that occasion.
But returning to a more suitable surface for this outing where he’ll have been sharpened up by that run he could quickly bounce back and he’s 2-3 on the all-weather with wins on polytrack and tapeta and the lightly-raced six-year old ought to prove tough to beat back in a Listed contest where he should go close under Rab Havlin.
2:00 Doncaster – Unibet Doncaster Mile Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 1m
MONTATHAM excelled last season, winning on his seasonal debut and adding two further successes to his tally as well as posting a pair of runner-up efforts including in Listed company at Sandown where he readily saw off Posted by three lengths.
William Haggas’ charge finished down the field when last seen contesting the Cambridgeshire Handicap at Newmarket but that run can be forgiven as he was drawn on the wrong side of the track and he possibly just failed to see out the extra furlong.
Despite beating only a few home it was a better run than it appears at face value and he can bounce back to form on his reappearance having won his last two seasonal debuts. The Showcasing gelding is open to further improvement this term and he looks a leading candidate in a strong renewal of this contest.
2:15 Kempton – Ladbrokes Rosebery Handicap (London Middle Distance Series Qualifier) Cl2 (4yo+ 0-105) 1m3f
AL ZARAQAAN returns to action following three months off the track but the Golden Horn colt was thriving when last seen in action and can pick up where he left off.
William Haggas’ charge has won his last three starts since being stepped up in trip, scoring on turf at Doncaster over this distance in June and then posting successive all-weather wins here and at Lingfield over the winter.
The latter came over twelve furlongs but he should have no issue dropping back to this shorter trip and he’s won twice on the back of breaks so his absence from the track shouldn’t be of any concern.
He’s also proven on this surface which is another plus and with further improvement anticipated he can successfully give away weight to this field and extend his winning sequence to four
2:35 Doncaster – Unibet Spring Mile Handicap Cl2 (4yo+) 1m
It might be worth siding with ARTISTIC RIFLES in this competitive contest which might provide a clue to any possible draw bias and the War Command gelding is 2-3 over course and distance with race-fitness also on his side.
Ed Bethell’s charge is relatively low mileage for a five-year old and he won twice over course and distance in the 2019 season when trained by Charlie Hills although he struggled in better races subsequently including beating only two home in the Qatar Handicap during that season’s Glorious Goodwood Festival.
He did win his only start following a long absence when trained by James Bethell, getting the better of Dawaaleeb by a nose at Redcar and back from another six months off finished just over one length third behind United Front at Newcastle last month and that race has thrown up a subsequent winner.
On the balance of his form he does have a bit to find stepping back up to this level; but he has a good record here and may still have more improvement to find so might be worth chancing to raise him game with Andrea Atzeni taking the reins on Ed Bethell’s charge.
2:50 Newbury – BetVictor Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race) Cl2 (4yo+) 2m3f
With several of Paul Nicholls’ runners underperforming in recent days it may be worth siding with hat-trick seeking HUDSON DE GRUGY who arrives at the top of his game and Gary Moore’s charge can continue his improvement.
The Falco gelding rounded off his time in France by winning a bumper and since joining his new yard he has shown plenty of ability in finishing runner-up in a decent contest at Sandown before adding a brace of wins to his record at the Esher track.
His latest run saw him beat Global Agreement by 17 lengths despite ploughing his way through the third-last hurdle and obliterating the obstacle; but that mistake barely halted him and he finished off the race impressively.
While that bare form might not prove the strongest it was a very good performance and he’s entitled to plenty of respect stepping up again in class despite being 8lbs higher in the weights here. There’s likely better to come from him and he looks one to keep on the right side of so no surprise to see him go well here.
3:10 Doncaster – Unibet Lincoln (Heritage Handicap) Cl2 (4yo+) 1m
It could be worth giving a chance to lightly-raced GROVE FERRY who can go well at a big price for Andrew Balding.
The Excelebration gelding won two of his first three starts in the 2019 campaign and while he failed to add to his tally last term he largely ran well and made the frame in four of his five starts which include at this venue where he found only one too good in Tomfre, beaten just a half-length.
However returning from a break on the all-weather last month he got back on the winning trail with a defeat of Intuitive at Lingfield and there could be further improvement to come from him with his 5lbs penalty offset by the claim of William Carver so he can effectively run off the same mark.
He’s proven he can handle a quicker surface and a return to turf could yield further progress so every chance he can post a big effort here where he’s drawn in the middle of the track.
3:25 Newbury – EBF BetVictor ‘National Hunt’ Novices’ Mares’ Hurdle (A Limited Handicap) (Grade 2) (Series Final) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m4½f
MISTY WHISKY is given another chance despite jumping poorly at Sandown when last seen and Harry Fry’s charge can get back on track here.
Smart in bumpers and progressive over hurdles during the 2019/20 season the Stowaway mare appeared improved in the wake of wind surgery earlier this campaign where she won back-to-back starts at Utoxeter and Ludlow prior to chasing home Boreham Bill in the Lanzarote Hurdle at Kempton under this rider.
She was a shade disappointing in finishing only third in the Jane Seymour Mares’ Hurdle at Sandown on her last start behind Anything For Love although she didn’t jump well and stumbled mid-race; her chance ended with another slow jump two out and while she plugged on well she was no match for the winner.
This better surface might see her jumping with more fluency and Lorcan Murtagh can take off 3lbs which can only help her claims of bouncing back. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see her doing so and she can go close here.
3:45 Doncaster – Unibet Cammidge Trophy Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (3yo+) 6f
Brando has a good record fresh but he’s perhaps not the force of old and it might be worth taking him on with stablemate EMARAATY ANA who is lightly raced for a five-year old and Kevin Ryan’s charge can go close under Andrea Atzeni if fully wound up ahead of his return.
The 2018 Gimcrack winner contested at Group One level the following campaign and took advantage of a drop in class to win a conditions event on his final 2019 start at Salisbury. Having then ran well in defeat in a couple of starts last term which included the Abernant Stakes at Newmarket on his reappearance where he finished ahead of a couple of these he struggled to land a blow behind Battaash in the Nunthorpe Stakes last August.
He might have been unsuited by the drop to the minimum trip on that occasion although he certainly didn’t help his cause by missing the break. It is interesting also that the cheekpieces he wore that day are dispensed with here, but the Shamardal gelding may appreciate the return to this trip and the easier grade where he can give a good account of himself and he should make his presence felt.