ITV Racing Selections – Tips For All Eight ITV Races on Saturday

ITV Racing Selections – Saturday 27th August

The ITV cameras are at Beverley, Goodwood and Newmarket to show eight of the key races on Saturday. We talk you through our selections for each race, including our picks for the three Group races on the Goodwood card. Check those out below, alongside today’s best bets – which are free to view on-site now.

*Odds Correct at time of posting – 2:30pm Friday 26th August*

Outrun The Storm (13:30 Beverley) – 5/2

The first race on ITV looks a difficult race to solve but we think the bookies have got it right with OUTRUN THE STORM. Richard Fahey’s gelding is in good form and the drop back into class 4 company can see him back in the winners enclosure. 

His last two runs have come in Class 3 company, finishing runner-up on both occasions. He’s finished within a length of the winner in both races, and both horses who have beaten him (Divine Magic and Auditor) have gone on to run well in better races, which is a welcome boost to our selections chances in this. 

His last win came in class 4 company back in June, where he made all and stayed on gamely, and a repeat of that performance should be enough for him to win here.

Mottisfont (13:50 Goodwood) – 8/1

The first Group action on Saturday and it looks wide open. None of these have encountered soft ground before so it could be a difficult race to call but MOTTISFONT looks a big price and is the one who gets our vote. 

After running out a shock 20/1 winner on debut, Hughie Morrison stuck her straight into Group 3 company in the Sweet Solera Stakes, where she ran well to finish just over a length back in third to the impressive winner Lakota Sioux. She just edged out Ivory Madonna, who is in this race too, and she had previously finished ahead of Queen Olly (also in this), despite blowing the start. 

The danger could come from Bright Diamond, who could hardly have been more impressive when bolting up at Newmarket on debut. But, with a solid Group 3 run under her belt already, we would rather side with Mottisfont.

Post Impressionist (2:05 Beverley) – 11/4

William Haggas has a tremendous record in the Lincoln and will be looking to strike with Mujtaba.

POST IMPRESSIONIST should take a bit of beating here for the top team of William Haggas. There’s a feeling that he hasn’t quite reached his top level. He’s been a beaten favourite the last twice, including last time at Chester when he was odds-on. We’re not convinced that Chester was his bag at all and are willing to forgive that run.

He’s previously been 2nd to impressive Royal Ascot winner Eldar Eldarov which reads pretty well in the context of this race. This looks a moderate affair and it should be between him and Kitsune Power.

The track and small field should massively help him and he should be more than up to winning this.

Tacarib Bay (2:25 Goodwood) – 5/1

This looks a decent race and Richard Hannon’s TACARIB BAY looks the one to side with. His record over 7f reads 3201, with the duck egg coming in the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot, when he was hampered badly when the groups merged. Other than that, he’s looked a cracking prospect.

He won on soft ground at the start of July, and the runner-up won next time out to boost that form. His last start he stepped up to a mile trip for the first time and only found Tempus too good. That horse has since followed up in a Group 3 so that form looks solid. 

He does have a wide draw to deal with but providing he can handle that, he looks a cracking bet. The danger could be recent C&D winner Lyndon B, but he needs to prove that was no fluke. Tacarib Bay has nothing to prove and is a confident selection.

Tis Marvellous (2:40 Beverley) – 7/2

Last year’s winner TIS MARVELLOUS has a fantastic chance to follow up here. Clive Cox’s gelding has his sights lowered having been racing in Group company recently and his recent record in Listed company makes him the one they have to beat. 

After signing off last year with a victory in the Rous Stakes (Listed) at Ascot, he’s only been seen twice this year – a sixth placed finish in the Palace House Stakes (G3) and finishing tenth in the King’s Stand Stakes (G1) at Royal Ascot. This is a much more realistic effort and he can show why he’s the highest rated horse in here. 

Existent looks to be the E/W play in this, with his fourth in the Coral Charge behind Raasel some of the best form on offer in this. But for win purposes, we’re backing Tis Marvellous to make it back-to-back victories in the race.

Hoo Ya Mal (3:00 Goodwood) – 1/4

This is a weak renewal of the March Stakes and looks a golden opportunity for HOO YA MAL to gain just a second win of his career. He’s yet to race over 1m 4f and hasn’t exactly been screaming out for a step up in trip, but the opposition are no way near his level and it would be a shock if he lost this. 

The pick of his form is his runner-up finish in the Epsom Derby earlier this year, but his recent third in the Gordon Stakes received a welcome boost when the runner-up Deauville Legend ran out a comfortable winner of the Great Voltigeur Stakes last week. 

If he has any realistic ambitions of being a contender for the St Leger next month, he needs to be winning this, and it would be a major upset if he didn’t land the honours.

Vadream (3:15 Newmarket) – 13/2

Charlie Fellowes has his yard in fine form of late, currently operating at a 22% strike-rate in recent weeks, and can land another winner with VADREAM. She’s had a short break and will appreciate the drop in class into Listed company. 

Her three efforts this year don’t look much on paper, but she’s been in much better quality races than what she will face here. She finished sixth in the Duke Of York stakes (Group 2) on her seasonal return, but dwelt at the start and never got close enough to mount a serious challenge. She was slowly away again in the Platinum Jubilee Stakes (Group 1) at Royal Ascot, which put paid to her chances in that. Her most recent race came over in France, and she didn’t put up much of a challenge there either. 

This will be the first time dropping out of Group company since her debut run, and she’s put in some solid performances in that time to show she is more than capable of a win at this level. Her last win came on soft ground so she will appreciate the expected soft going and can gain a much needed win here.

Mutasaabeq (3:35 Goodwood) – 11/10

This is another weak renewal on the Goodwood card and it looks to be MUTASAABEQ’s to lose. He has yet to win over this distance but has gone close on multiple occasions and this looks like a good opportunity to gain that elusive win over a mile. 

He’s only finished behind four horses this year:

  • Lights On (finished 6th in the G1 Queen Anne Stakes next time out)
  • Megallan (hasn’t raced since)
  • Modern News (runner-up in G3 Sovereign Stakes last time out)
  • Chindit (finished 6th in G1 Sussex Stakes next time out)

Those four have all gone on to bigger and better things and Charles Hills’ colt has finished ahead of some big names in those races, including beating July Cup winner Alcohol Free in the Bet365 Mile. 

He’s won over soft ground before so the going won’t be an issue, and providing he has the stamina he really shouldn’t be losing this. Of the rest, Escobar looks to be the biggest danger after just missing out last week at York. We wouldn’t put you off the reverse forecast of Mutasaabeq/Escobar!