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

The ITV cameras are at Ascot, Haydock and Kempton to show nine of the key races on Saturday 3rd September. We talk you through our selections for each race, including our pick for the Group 1 Haydock Sprint Cup. Check those out below, alongside today’s best bets – which are free to view on-site now.

*Odds Correct at time of posting – 2:55pm Friday 2nd September*

Naval Power (1:15 Haydock) – 1/2

Charlie Appleby’s NAVAL POWER is a short price in the opening ITV race, and deservedly so. Unbeaten after three starts, he should take the world of beating in this. 

The Listed victory at Ascot was his most impressive performance to date. The way he went clear when jockey William Buick asked for his effort was so good to watch, and he should be far too good for these. 

Richard Hannon has a decent record in this race and Dark Thirty looks overpriced – he could follow the selection home. But for win purposes, it’s all about Naval Power.

Bayside Boy (1:45 Haydock) – 5/1

We’re keen to take on the favourite Reach For The Moon in this, who has found one too good in each of his last three races.Roger Varian’s BAYSIDE BOY is the one we’re taking him on with. 

Having done most of his racing in Group 1 company, he was a shade disappointing when fourth in the Thoroughbred Stakes, but on the pick of his form he looks more than capable in this company. He was only beaten two and a half lengths by Native Trail in the Dewhurst, and that is probably the best form on offer in this. 

He’s already beaten Reach For The Moon too, when winning the Champagne Stakes last year. William Buick takes over in the saddle for the first time and that’s a huge positive with the form he’s in. If he can get Bayside Boy back to last year’s form he really should be winning this.

Dubai Honour (2:05 Kempton) – 5/2

This is one of the better races of the day, and it can go to DUBAI HONOUR. It’s been over a year since William Haggas’ gelding has raced outside of Group 1-2 company and he should really be too good for them here. 

Since returning from Meydan, he’s finished a nose second to Sir Busker in the York Stakes, before a fourth placed finish behind the monstrous Baaeed in the Juddmonte International last month. He was over four lengths clear of the fifth Native Trail, so that form isn’t bad at all. 

The drop back into calmer waters here will be a welcome one, and receiving weight from both Mostahdaf and Solid Stone is a further boost. This looks a golden opportunity to see him back in the winners enclosure.

Inverness (2:20 Haydock) – 9/1

This looks wide open, but it could pay to side with Charles Hills’ INVERNESS. He’s been knocking on the door of late and now could be the time he finally gets his head in front. 

He was no match for Soulcombe in the Melrose, but to be fair to him nothing was! Adjuvant finished a neck ahead of him that day, but he’s 3lb better off with that rival when taking into account Benoit De La Sayette’s 3lb claim on board Adjuvant. 

He’s well drawn in stall 6 (12 of the last 13 winners came from stalls 3-10), and he looks to be in with a huge chance of landing a first win in almost a year. With most firms offering extra places (Skybet offering SIX places), he’s a solid E/W bet.

Cabinet Maker (2:40 Kempton) – 17/2

This is another race that looks difficult to call, but it may be worth siding with Charlie & Mark Johnston’s CABINET MAKER. Horses from double-figure draws have won seven of the last nine renewals, which bodes well for our selection who is drawn in stall 13. 

Although he’s been racing in lower quality races, he’s won his last three races over this trip, including twice over C&D. This is a marked step up in class, but he gets in off just 8st 2lb, so gets a stone off some of the market leaders here. 

Franny Norton is in excellent form at the moment (7 winners in the last two weeks – 35% strike-rate) and he can continue his excellent run by steering Cabinet Maker to a fourth winner from his last five races in this.

Euchen Glen (2:55 Haydock) – 15/2

We were initially siding with Soulcombe, but he’s been ruled out due to a dirty scope. Instead, it could be worth siding with the old boy in the group, EUCHEN GLEN. He won the race in 2020 and if he has a clear passage he could follow up here.

He’s had a nightmare route in his last two races, including getting stuck behind a wall of horses in the Ebor, but he’s put in some encouraging runs nonetheless. With a smaller field to aim at here, he has less chance of getting blocked off, so should certainly go close in this.  

He’s put in some impressive speed figures, so providing Paul Mulrennan gets him in a good position he looks a solid bet in this.

Aratus (3:15 Ascot) – 15/2

Clive Cox’s ARATUS raced on the wrong part of the track when sixth in the International Stakes, but he’s drawn much better here and he can get back to winning ways in this. 

He finished behind Fresh (1st) and Documenting (5th) in the International Stakes, but both were drawn and raced down the centre of the track. Aratus is much better off at the weights with Fresh this time, and with a better draw here he’s more than capable of reversing that form. 

From his eight races over this trip, he’s won four and placed in another, so knows what it takes to win over the distance. The fact he has a better draw here makes him a solid option and it’s difficult to see him not finishing in the places.

Naval Crown (3:30 Haydock) – 9/2

Charlie Appleby’s NAVAL CROWN is the only horse in the line up with a Group 1 win this year, and with jockey William Buick in red-hot form, he can steer him to a second Group 1 victory.

Since returning from Meydan, he was a 33/1 winner of the Group 1 Platinum Jubilee Stakes, and was just touched off by Alcohol Free in the July Cup. The most recent run came at Deauville in the Prix Maurice de Gheest, where he could only finish fifth (Minzaal in 2nd). The ground may have been a touch too soft for him that day, having never won on ground softer than good.

His mark of 118 makes him the highest rated in the field and he can prove his class here, giving trainer Charlie Appleby an eight Group 1 win of the year.

La Yakel (3:45 Ascot) – 11/2

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

Charlie Appleby has a pretty good chance of winning this, with four runners in the field, but we’re keen to take him on with William Haggas’ LA YAKEL

He has put in some eye catching runs in his three runs so far. The debut third at Nottingham was one in particular, finishing third behind Secret State and Laasudood, and that’s despite being slowly away and having his path blocked when making his run. Both horses who finished ahead of him that day won next time out, and Secret State was runner-up in the Group 2 Great Voltigeur Stakes last month. 

He was hampered again on his next run, but still came home strongly to finish third. It all went to plan in his most recent run though, finishing comfortably clear of the rest to gain a maiden win. 

He’s off a lowly mark of 87 on his handicap debut here, and with Adam Farragher taking an extra 5lb off him, he could be difficult to catch!