ITV Racing best bets – Saturday live TV tips for Haydock, Beverley and Chester
ITV Racing best bets and tips on Saturday 29 May
The ITV Racing cameras are back in action on Saturday with live TV coverage of the best of the day’s racing from three fixtures on the flat where some competitive and classy contests await. We’ve picked out our Saturday live TV tips for Haydock, Beverley and Chester.
Spearheading Saturday’s coverage are four races from Haydock including the Group Three John Of Gaunt Stakes and Pinnacle Stakes; while at Beverley there are three races headed by the Two-Year Old Trophy.
Completing Saturday’s eight-race live TV line-up is a competitive handicap contest at Chester and Ed Chamberlain and the team will be on hand with all their usual expert racing tips, insights and post-race analysis.
We’ve taken a look through the day’s scheduled TV horse racing action and have picked out our Saturday live TV tips and best bets for all eight races that will be shown live on Saturday’s broadcast.
SATURDAY LIVE TV TIPS – ITV RACING BEST BETS FOR HAYDOCK, BEVERLEY & CHESTER
1:45 Haydock – Betway Handicap Cl3 (4yo+ 0-95) 6f
BIELSA won four of his first five career starts but struggled last term to get competitive in a number of Class 2 contests with his best run arguably coming on his final start when finishing four lengths’ fifth behind Gulliver at York.
There have been better signs this term from Kevin Ryan’s charge who found only one too good on his seasonal debut at Ayr before running a very good fifth behind Mr Lupton when fitted with first-time cheekpieces back at York earlier in the month where he eventuallly finished fifth.
He travelled well into that race but was unable to sustain his effort to the line having taken up the running heading into the last furlong and his finishing position certainly wasn’t helped when hampered close home.
The handicapper has dropped him 1lb and he takes a step down in class here into a Class 3; he can go well as a consequence and he handles soft ground well so a big run wouldn’t come as a surprise.
2:00 Beverley – Hilary Needler Trophy Fillies’ Conditions Stakes (GBB Race) Cl2 (2yo) 5f
LUCY LULU made an instant impact when getting off the mark in decent style at Doncaster at the beginning of the month and Roger Fell’s charge subsequently lost no caste in defeat when finding only one too good at Catterick eight days ago.
The Muhaarar filly was beaten five lengths that day behind an impressive all-the-way winner who was getting 7lbs from the selection; but while she met with defeat she showed she could handle a slow surface and so these conditions should hold no fears.
There is a slight worry that this may come too soon given she had quite a hard race when last seen. However this doesn’t look a particularly strong race and she could be worth chancing to run a big race given she’s already shown fair form in the ground unlike the rest of her rivals who have it to prove.
2:20 Haydock – Betway Achilles Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (3yo+) 5f
Listed winner MOSS GILL might be worth chancing to bounce back to winning form having subsequently finished third to Battaash in the Nunthorpe at York last term although he’s failed to match that level since.
Ed Bethell’s charge has won on soft ground in the past and he ran well for second on the all-weather back in February when chasing home Lord Riddiford in the Listed Hever Sprint prior to heading to Dubai to contest the Al Quoz Sprint.
The No Nay Never gelding was never competitive there but he’ll find this test much more suitable and he arrives fresh which is a bonus given his record following a break is very decent where he’s only once finished out of the frame following breaks of 60 days or more.
First-time cheekpieces are also applied here which could eke out some improvement in the five year old and he can make his presence felt back at this level on ground that will hold no fears.
2:40 Chester – tote+ Pays You More At tote.co.uk Handicap Cl2 (4yo+ 0-105) 7½f
EJTILAAB might be worth chancing to get back to winning ways having ran better than the bare result over course and distance earlier in the month.
Ian Williams’ charge finished fifth that day from a wide draw behind Grove Ferry where he had reopposing Another Batt one place in arrears; he’s 3lbs better off with that rival here who has won since and the Slade Power gelding can operate from the plum draw on the inside this time.
He’s still relatively lightly raced and he struck over this distance at Chelmsford in November having also finished runner-up over course and distance the time before. There was a lot to like about his reapperance third at Musselburgh in April while the form of his most recent run here has seen both the runner-up and third win subsequently as well as the aforementioned Another Batt.
Assuming the softer ground doesn’t prove a negative he can make his presence felt here having been eased 1lb in the weights and no surprise to see him involved at the finish.
2:55 Haydock – Betway Pinnacle Stakes (Group 3) (Fillies & Mares) Cl1 (4yo+) 1m4f
CABALETTA progressed well last term, winning a Listed contest at Newbury in June before twice making the frame in starts at Goodwood in Group company although she was soundly beaten by Subjectivist on the second of those.
The step up to Group One level proved too much for William Haggas’ charge in the Champion Fillies & Mares’ Stakes on British Champions’ Day where she beat only two home; but she ran better than the bare result on her seasonal debut at York behind Queen Power in the Middleton Stakes, shaping as if she’d be better for the run.
She finished third that day, possibly finding the trip too sharp and better is expected now back up in distance and with the ground unlikely to hold any fears given she won her debut on heavy ground. First-time blinkers are applied which may also help eke out some improvement and she can get back to winning ways here.
3:10 Beverley – bet365 Continental Two Year Old Trophy Conditions Stakes (GBB Race) (Colts & Geldings) Cl2 (2yo) 5f
THE GATEKEEPER might have been stretched by six furlongs when last seen at Newbury earlier in the month, fading to finish fifth of six runners behind Dukebox.
Mark Johnston’s charge can however be given another chance having chased home Brocklesby winner Chipotle at Ascot the time before and winning on debut at Musselburgh – form which has since been boosted.
The Excelebration colt possibly went off too hard over the longer trip but he could do better here dropping back to the minimum trip and assuming he handles the significantly softer ground he can get back on the winning trail with the form of his Ascot second being the strongest on offer here.
If he can run up to that level then he should be involved at the business end and he can bounce back from his lesser run last time.
3:30 Haydock – Betway John Of Gaunt Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 (4yo+) 7f
SAFE VOYAGE failed to land any sort of a blow in the Lockinge on his reappearance but John Quinn’s charge can prove a different proposition now with that outing under his belt.
The Fast Company gelding won three times last term which included Group Two wins at York and Leopardstown and he also finished just a half-length third behind One Master at Longchamp in a Group One before heading to the Breeders’ Cup.
He cut little ice there and likely would have needed his reappearance where he failed to beat a rival behind the impressive Palace Pier. However he’ll be a lot sharper now and a return to this venue could see him do better given his record at the Merseyside track reads 11112, while he also handles soft ground very well.
Those wins here include this race in 2019 and likely to come on for his seasonal bow he can get back to winning ways here.
3:45 Beverley – bet365 Handicap Cl3 (3yo+ 0-95) 7½f
SIBAAQ is 2-2 at this venue and Mark Johnston’s charge can extend that sequence where he should strip fitter for his reappearance last month where he struck by one length over this course and distance to deny Yorkshire Lady.
The Dark Angel gelding also won here last August and he subsequently placed in a couple of decent handicaps including under a penalty at Goodwood where he was beaten just one length by Wholelotafun in soft ground.
He won a shade readily when last seen, making most and pulling out more late on to hold off his rivals and the runner-up has won since to give the form a boost. A 4lbs rise in the ratings looks manageable and he can continue to progress to strike again here with the deeper ground unlikely to present too much of an issue given he appeared to handle it quite well at Goodwood last term.
This is a slight rise in class taking in a Class 3 contest now, but he can make his presence felt from the front and if the ground doesn’t hold him back he ought to go close.