ITV Racing tips 12 June – Saturday live TV tips at Sandown, York and Chester
Saturday ITV Racing tips 12 June
The ITV Racing team are back in action on Saturday with action from three of the day’s fixtures going to post across the UK; we’ve picked out our Saturday live TV tips and best bets for the day’s televised racing.
There’s plenty of horse racing action for punters to look forward to on their TV screens on Saturday with eight races live from three of the day’s meetings taking place across the UK.
Saturday’s ITV Racing comes from Chester, York and Sandown and features Listed racing as well as some competitive handicap action as we head into Royal Ascot next week and two races apiece come from the Roodeye and the Esher track, while York’s Knavesmire boasts four races live on TV.
Ed Chamberlain and the team will as usual be on hand to cover the action with their usual expert racing tips, insights and post-race analysis and we’ve also picked out our Saturday live TV best bets for the day’s telly racing coverage.
ITV RACING TIPS 12 JUNE – SATURDAY LIVE TV TIPS AT SANDOWN, YORK & CHESTER
1:40 Chester – Racing Welfare Supporting Racings Workforce Handicap Cl3 (3yo 0-95) 5f
HAVAGOMECCA is going the right way judging by her latest win at Haydock last month where the Havana Gold filly ran out a comfortable winner over Big Thanks and Michael Dods’ charge can continue her improvement to follow up here.
Also a winner at Newcastle in April she was disappointing back there next time although was possibly amiss; but she has bounced back in no uncertain terms with a good third at Beverley prior to her resumption of winning ways latest and a 7lbs rise for that effort might not be enough to halt her progress.
She has the plum draw to work from here and if the quicker ground doesn’t prove a negative given that last win came in the mud then she could strike again.
2:00 York – Queen Mother’s Cup Handicap (For Female Amateur Jockeys) Cl3 (3yo+ 0-95) 1m4f
CARLOS FELIX was a winner on the level for David Simcock prior to a move to Dan Skelton for a stint over hurdles where he kept good company in a couple of starts for that handler in Listed and Grade One races.
The Lope De Vega gelding has since joined Phil Kirby and he ran well back on the flat at Chester early last month, finishing runner-up to Potenza and he possibly just found himself stretched by the longer trip back there next time having raced freely.
A little more restraint back down in trip could see him bounce back to winning form here with Gina Andrews a top jockey booking in this female riders-only event and it would be no surprise to see him running well.
2:15 Sandown – Coral “Beaten By A Length” Free Bet Scurry Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (3yo) 5f
ATALIS BAY won three times last term, progressing with each start and while he went off the boil late on in outings at Newmarket and Wolverhampton he had excuses for both those lesser efforts.
Marco Botti’s Cable Bay colt has returned from a break in good fettle, regaining the winning thread at Nottingham in April with a defeat of Burning Cash and he stepped up on that performance to chase home Winter Power latest at York in the Westow Stakes although he was no match for the winner.
He did pull five lengths clear of the third horse however and there could be more to come from him having already beaten a couple of these rivals in previous runs.
Further improvement ought to see him involved again at the finish and he can resume winning ways in this Listed contest.
2:35 York – JCB Handicap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-105) 7f
BAASHIR doesn’t have many miles on the clock, winning at Salisbury back in July last year before tackling some decent handicaps although he failed to land a blow.
Charlie Hills’ charge ran well on his reappearance at Nottingham in May having been gelded in the interim, finding only Cruyff Turn too strong – a winner again since – and he possibly wasn’t entirely suited by polytrack next time when only sixth behind Karibana at Chelmsford latest.
He raced quite keenly that day, perhaps doing too much and he is maybe better judged on his previous outing which assuming he can replicate back on turf here then the Muhaarar gelding could bounce back with a better effort and he can make his presence felt with further progress not ruled out.
2:50 Sandown – Play Coral ‘Racing-Super-Series’ For Free Handicap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-100) 1m
LATEST GENERATION was a winner at Doncaster last term prior to tackling the Group Three Autumn Stakes where he might have found the soft ground against him although he shaped better than the bare result in eventually finishing seventh.
Simon Crisford’s charge wasn’t seen out again until making a return at Newbury last month where he raced too freely and failed to get home behind Hurricane Lane, fading into sixth having helped force the pace.
He’s back in trip here but should be sharper for that recent run and given how the form is working out there could be more to come from the Frankel colt who could yet do better now fitted with a tongue-tie for the first time.
He also made the frame on his only previous outing at this venue and he can build on his reappearance effort to be a factor in this contest where an opening mark of 93 may underestimate his potential for improvement especially if the headgear has a positive effect.
3:05 York – Sky Bet Race To The Ebor Grand Cup Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 1m6f
Only four runners for this Listed prize which could go to MAKAWEE who was a Goodwood winner over this trip last September and David O’Meara’s charge has run well on both outings this campaign without adding to her win tally.
Runner-up back at Goodwood behidn Alpinista where she was only beaten a short-head she was possibly just blunted by softer conditions here last month in the Bronte Cup, unable to quicken in the ground but keeping on for third behind Tribal Craft.
A return to a quicker surface is likely to prove a positive for the Farhh mare who has Jim Crowley up for this assignment and she has a decent record here with a win and three placed efforts from seven outings so another big run wouldn’t come as a surprise although none of the quartet which goes to post for this contest can be ruled out.
She gets weight all round however from this field and she can make that advantage tell with a return to winning ways here.
3:20 Chester – nationalracehorseweek.uk Handicap Cl2 (3yo 0-100) 1m4½f
Mark Johnston saddles three in this race and it might pay to side with LOVE IS GOLDEN who won over course and distance in May and the Golden Horn colt can repeat the dose.
Also a winner at Ripon last August the Johnston runner followed up his reappearance victory with a good second at Goodwood last Saturday, only beaten one length behind Rushmore although perhaps worried out of things by the winner leaning into him and carrying him off a true line.
He also gave that winner around a stone in weight so the effort was all the more creditable in the circumstances and if arriving in similar form he could be capable of getting back on the scoresheet returned to the scene of his latest victory.
3:40 York – Pavers Foundation Catherine Memorial Sprint Handicap (Heritage Handicap) Cl2 (3yo 0-105) 6f
A competitive TV finale can go to JADWAL who has rattled the crossbar on each of his last three starts and Charlie Hills’ charge can go one better despite the handicapper applying more pressure.
The Mustajeeb gelding was a winner at Newmarket last July, beating Et Tu Brute by just over two lengths but he failed to match that level in a pair of subsequent starts upped in grade at Ascot and Nottingham.
He has improved this season though to reel off three successive runner-up efforts on the all-weather and turf latterly, beaten less than one length by Jumby at Newmarket last month where he was perhaps made too much use of and he was collared late.
That form though has been boosted with both the third and fourth horses winning since and he was clear of the third horse home at Newmarket so a 7lbs rise for that outing could prove workable. Big fields are no problem and he acts well on quick ground so a big run here wouldn’t come as a surprise and he can get back to winning ways.