ITV Racing best bets – Tips for Saturday’s TV Racing at Cheltenham, Doncaster and Newbury
ITV Racing tips for Saturday’s TV racing
TV punters have plenty of live TV horse racing action to look forward to on Saturday with a bumper crop of ten races on the agenda. Our tipping team have picked out their ITV Racing best bets and tips for Saturday’s TV racing.
There’s plenty of live TV horse racing action going to post on Saturday’s ITV Racing schedule with ten races from three of the day’s fixtures on the agenda featuring flat and jumps racing action.
The cameras will be at Cheltenham for day two of the Showcase Meeting, while the final Group One race of the current flat racing season heads up coverage from Doncaster. Completing the Saturday schedule is Newbury who weighs in with two Group Three contests.
As usual Ed Chamberlain and the team will be on hand with all their usual expert racing tips, insights and analysis and our tipping team have picked out their ITV Racing best bets and tips for Saturday’s TV racing.
ITV RACING BEST BETS – TIPS FOR SATURDAY’S TV RACING AT CHELTENHAM, DONCASTER & NEWBURY
1:45 Cheltenham – NHS Vaccinating Heroes Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (Challenger Two Mile Series Qualifier) Cl3 (3yo+ 0-140) 2m½f
SAMBA DANCER showed some fair form in Ireland when trained by Elizabeth Doyle, but the Zambezi Sun gelding has taken his performances up a level since joining Fergal O’Brien and the six-year old can continue his upward curve.
One of two in the race for the trainer he made a good impression on his first start for his new yard at Worcester in August, finding only one too good before registering a brace of victories at Uttoxeter and Stratford latterly, running out a six lengths’ winner on the second occasion.
He won readily that day and a 6lbs rise in the weights might prove lenient given he could have more improvement to come for this yard and the drop to two miles shouldn’t be an issue over this stiff track so another big run wouldn’t come as a surprise.
2:00 Newbury – Virgin Bet Horris Hill Stakes (Registered As The Horris Hill Stakes) (Group 3) (Colts & Geldings) Cl1 (2yo) 7f
HOO YA MAL can get back to winning ways here with the forecast heavy ground unlikely to be a problem for Andrew Balding’s charge who could have better yet to come.
Third on debut in similar conditions at Sandown the Territories colt ran out an impressive winner on his next start on much quicker ground at York and lost out only by a nose behind Noble Truth in a Listed contest at Doncaster latest.
That rival reopposes here and the selection was just outbattled; but on this softer ground he might be able to turn the tables now for all he’ll need to improve if he’s to do so. He’s had more of a break though than his main rival and he might be able to come out on top this time.
2:20 Cheltenham – 888Sport What’s Your Thinking Handicap Chase (GBB Race) Cl2 (4yo+) 3m1f
It might be worth chancing COOL MIX who goes well fresh and Ian Jardine’s charge steps back in trip following an excellent fifth in the Scottish Grand National when last seen.
The Fair Mix gelding found a Grade Three contest too much on his only previous visit to this track last January behind Cepage, but he subsequently underwent wind surgery and his efforts last term were much improved.
Placed in all five starts prior to his Ayr bid which included a defeat of Sky Pirate at Wetherby he chased home the likes of Modus and Romain De Senam either side of finishing third in the Rehearsal Chase at Newcastle and he was only eight lengths adrift at Ayr on his final outing.
Unexposed as a chaser he could go well off this mark and he’s run well fresh in the past so he could be a big player in this contest.
2:35 Newbury – Virgin Bet St Simon Stakes (Registered As The St Simon Stakes) (Group 3) Cl1 (3yo+) 1m4f
SISKANY is likely to be hard to beat here and the progressive Dubawi gelding can continue his upward curve to register another win.
Charlie Appleby’s charge is a three-time winner this term which includes in soft ground at Sandown back in May and he proved the mud to be no issue over this longer trip when finding only the smart Nagano too good at Goodwood in July.
Having returned from a break with a comprehensive defeat of Farhan when last seen he steps up in grade now into Pattern company and likely to have more to offer he ought to prove a tough nut to crack if the heavy ground doesn’t prove an issue although he’s proven on soft.
While this is harder he should make his presence felt and no surprise if the Godolphin runner were to go in again.
2:55 Cheltenham – Masterson Holdings Hurdle (GBB Race) Cl2 (4yo) 2m½f
Tritonic may not have handled the track when disappointing in the Triumph Hurdle but remains with potential; however STEPNEY CAUSEWAY went from strength to strength over hurdles last term, winning four times and Dan Skelton’s charge can continue his progress.
The New Approach gelding was firmly brushed aside by Tritonic when making his hurdles debut at Ascot in January, perhaps not suited by the softer ground, and he’s won all four starts since on better ground including wide margin victories at Stratford and Ayr when last seen.
This is tougher but he’s had a wind operation since that last outing and he could progress again this season. He’s likely to get his own way up front in this contest and his wind operation might unlock another level of improvement so every chance he can continue where he left off in receipt of 8lbs from Alan King’s charge.
3:15 Doncaster – Vertem Futurity Trophy Stakes (Group 1) (No Geldings) Cl1 (2yo) 1m
Luxembourg could hand Aidan O’Brien another win in this race but it might be worth taking him on with BAYSIDE BOY who proved himself a smart sort with a very good third in the recent Dewhurst Stakes, running on well having missed the break and arguably not seen to best effect.
Roger Varian’s charge will bid to emulate the yard’s 2013 winner Kingston Hill and the New Bay colt is already a course winner having taken the Champagne Stakes here in September where he showed softer ground to be no issue when beating Reach For The Moon.
He got up late there and that run allied with his latest Newmarket performance suggest he’ll be well served by this longer trip so there’s every chance of improvement to come stepping up to one mile; while the softer ground shouldn’t be too much of an issue with his sire having won on heavy ground in France.
A repeat of his Dewhurst performance – assuming he breaks better – should put him firmly in the mix here and he can go close.
3:30 Cheltenham – 888Sport Handicap Chase (GBB Race) Cl2 (4yo+) 2m
Sky Pirate sets a solid standard but may need this first run and it might be worth sticking with LEAPAWAY who has won two of his last three starts and Philip Hobbs’ charge can make the most of his race fitness advantage to strike again.
This is a tougher contest than he’s taken in in recent starts but he won well when last seen at Worcester last month, beating amongst others Mercian Prince who won at Kempton last weekend and the reopposing Bathiva.
He’s up 3lbs for that last victory and takes a step up in grade into a Class Two contest so will need to find some improvement in this tougher race; however with a fitness advantage and seemingly getting his act together now over the larger obstacles he might be worth chancing to find the requisite progress needed to be a factor in this contest.
3:50 Doncaster – Virgin Bet Doncaster Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (2yo) 6f
FLAMING RIB is thriving and if handling the likely softer ground Tom Dascombe’s charge could be hard to stop from adding another win to his tally.
The Ribchester colt has won his last three starts in good fashion – all under this rider – and he ran out an easy winner of a Chester handicap latest, beating Navello by three lengths and there could be more to come from him despite this being a step up in grade.
He was a winner on good-to-soft ground at Nottingham in May and finished only a half-length third to Robasta at Ascot in July in similar conditions so there’s hope he’ll handle the softer ground here; while his sire did win two Group Ones in the mud so he looks worth chancing he’ll find no issues with the ground.
3-3 under this rider the pair can combine again for another success and no surprise if he comes out on top again stepping up in class.
4:05 Cheltenham – Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle (Pertemps Hurdle Series Qualifier) (GBB Race) Cl2 (4yo+) 3m
A competitive contest where a chance is taken on GEORDIE DES CHAMPS who returns to hurdles following a lesser effort on his recent reappearance over fences at Chepstow and Rebecca Curtis’ charge can bounce back.
The Robin Des Champs gelding had been in good form over the summer, winning twice at Ffos Las by narrow margins and he looked rusty following four months off when finishing fifth behind Some Chaos over fences last time.
A five-time winner over hurdles he’s still relatively low-mileage for a ten-year old and he’s placed from higher marks than this in the past so he might be worth siding with on the back of that recent Chepstow spin which will have sharpened him up.
4:20 Doncaster – Virgin Bet Handicap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-105) 5f
BOUNDLESS POWER has come right back to his best in recent starts and the Slade Power gelding can go in again having won three weeks ago in a competitive contest at Ascot in the mud.
Michael Appleby’s charge handles these conditions well and having won twice earlier in the season at Nottingham bounced back from a couple of lesser runs to go close behind Hurricane Ivor over this course and distance in the Portland Handicap, beaten just a half-length.
That run was bettered latest when running out a ready winner of a decent handicap in heavy ground, beating Rebel At Dawn and a 4lbs rise for that victory could still leave him on a workable mark.
With no issues over the ground he should remain competitive and every chance he can make his presence felt once more having already run well at this track.