ITV Racing Selections – Tips For All Six ITV3 Races On Thursday Afternoon

The ITV cameras are busy on Thursday, with afternoon action on ITV3, as well as the evening Racing League action on ITV4. The afternoon racing includes the pick of the action from Doncaster’s St Leger Festival, plus the Jump Jockeys Derby Handicap at Epsom.

We talk you through our selections for each race in the afternoon, including our pick for two Group 2 races on the card – the May Hill Stakes and Park Hill Stakes. Check those out below, alongside today’s best bets – which are free to view on-site now.

*Odds Correct at time of posting – 1pm Wednesday 7th September*

Coco Jamboo (1:25 Doncaster) – 8/1

Just one winning favourite in the last five years doesn’t bode well to Bonnie Angel’s chances, and one that has caught our eye to take her on with is Marco Botti’s COCO JAMBOO. She has some interesting form that puts her in with a good chance here. 

The pick of that form is her third at Newbury in June. The winner that day – Rage Of Bamby, bolted at Leicester earlier this week, and the runner-up Dandy Alys won next time out and has since finished second in the Group 3 Sweet Solera Stakes. That form is some of the best in here, so if she can repeat that effort she should go close. 

She was third on her most recent run, with the winner Amichi following up in Class 2 company and the second Delirious Dream also winning next time out. 

Her form is working out extremely well and it’s surely a matter of time before she wins. We’re banking on that being in here and she’s available at tempting odds!

Galeron (2:00 Doncaster) – 14/1

Cold Case looks set to go off as favourite after his impressive third in the Gimcrack, but GALERON wasn’t too far behind, and with a 7lb swing in the weights he can reverse that form and gain a second career victory. 

He finished fifth on debut in a race that has worked out extremely well. Both the winner (Royal Scotsman) and third (Mischief Magic) have since won at Group level, and the fourth placed Show Respect was second in the Group 2 July Stakes. Galeron then won next time out, giving weight and a beating to Trilium, who has since won the Group 3 Molecomb Stakes.

The step up to 7f didn’t work out as he could only finish sixth in the Vintage Stakes, before dropping back to 6f for the Gimcrack. Frankie Dettori takes over and with a nice pull in the weights with Cold Case he can steer Galeron to victory.

Militry Decoration (2:15 Epsom) – 8/1

These races are always good fun and we’re siding with one whose jockey has won two of the last five renewals of the race. Tom Cannon won with Starluck in 2015 and on board Berrahri last year, and he can steer MILITRY DECORATION to victory here. 

With one win and four placed finishes in his seven races this year, he’s in probably the best form of his career, and with a solid record of this trip he looks primed for a big performance here. He has a better record on turf than on the AW so the return to turf is another plus. 

Trainer Camilla Poulton has only ever sent one horse to Doncaster (Aced It), and that horse won. She has two horses in this race and with Tom Cannon having a fine record on the flat, our preference is to side with his ride Militry Decoration.

Dance In The Grass (2:35 Doncaster) – 11/8

The May Hill Stakes has been won by some high class Fillies in the past, including Laurens and last year’s winner Inspiral, and DANCE IN THE GRASS can add her name to the illustrious list.

Charlie & Mark Johnston’s star has won both races so far, and it’s her most recent win in the Listed Star Stakes that was the more impressive. Both her and Fairy Cross pulled six lengths clear from the field, and she stayed on strongly to get past her and it was a hugely impressive performance. Fairy Cross has since made all to win the Group 3 Prestige Fillies’ Stakes at Goodwood last month to further boost that form.

She faces some high-class rivals in here, notably Frankness and Crystallium, but Dance Is The Grass looks a highly promising filly and we make her one of the strongest bets of the day.

Believe In Love (3:10 Doncaster) – 5/1

Roger Varian has an extremely strong hand in this, with the market leader Eshaada and Believe In Love also prominent in the betting. Eshaada is an extremely talented horse, but we’re siding with BELIEVE IN LOVE, who looks an excellent price to take on those at the top of the betting. Her best efforts have come over this trip and after a close third in the race back in 2020, we’re expecting her to land the honours on Thursday. 

Her record over this trip reads 113171621 (4-9), and includes a close second in Group 1 company at Longchamp last year. This is undoubtedly her optimum trip, which she proved when winning the Bronte Cup earlier this year, after staying on strongly to see off the challenge of the opposing Urban Artist. 

She failed to handle the step back in trip in the Lancashire Oaks when finishing behind Eshaada, but she still did best of those racing off the pace, and coming back up in trip she will be seen to best effect and can reverse that form with her stablemate. 

Roger Varian has top jockey Andrea Atzeni booked for the ride, which with all due respect to Ray Dawson has to be seen as an upgrade. The Italian jockey won this race in 2014 on board Silk Sari and he can steer Believe In Love to a deserved victory here at a cracking price. 

Billyb (3:45 Doncaster) – 9/1

This isn’t a hugely strong race and with Ann Duffield in excellent form of late (31% strike-rate in the past two weeks) we’re siding with her runner BILLYB. He’s been running well all summer, including a win over C&D in July, and is more than good enough to win this. 

He had No Nay Nicki back in second when winning here in July, and that one chased home Adaay In Asia next time out, which isn’t bad form! Add to that, the third horse home that day, Point Lynas, has since won his next two races. The fifth placed horse Jump The Gun also won next time out, so the form of that race has been boosted multiple times. 

Paul Hanagan has been in red-hot form (4 winners from his last 16 rides) and in the five races he’s been on board Billyb, he’s only ever finished outside of the places once, placing in three and winning one. Narrow that down to races over this trip, and it’s one win and two runner-up finishes from three races. 

Zainalarab has won his last three and is the obvious danger, but at the odds we’d much rather side with Billyb to continue the trainer and jockey’s excellent recent form.