ITV Racing Tips – Best Bets Across Saturday’s Races
ITV Best Bets on Saturday, December 4th
The cards at Sandown and Aintree are as competitive as ever on Saturday and here at Racing Tips, we have scoured through the cards to provide our ITV best bets. Check these out below, with our top tips providing extra selections on what promises to be a fantastic day of racing.
Stolen Silver (1.50 Sandown)
This year’s Grade 1 Henry VIII Novices’ Chase looks a wide-open renewal and things could be set up for STOLEN SILVER, who is one of the more experienced runners in this line-up.
The 6yo has yet to finish out of the first five over fences and has looked better than ever this season since joining Sam Thomas, backing up an impressive Market Rasen success when going down by just a neck in a competitive Cheltenham handicap last month.
That looked a fine performance attempting to concede weight to a potential graded operator in Editeur Du Gite, and it suggested that he should thrive chasing a strong pace on this stiff track.
Greaneteen (2.25 Sandown)
Paul Nicholls has enjoyed a fine record with his runners in the Grade 1 Tingle Creek and he will be hoping to continue that on Saturday with GREANETEEN.
This Chris Giles owned gelding finished second to stablemate Politologue in this very race last year and went on to land the Grade 1 Celebration Chase over course and distance later that season.
The Tingle Creek was immediately nominated as a potential target for Greaneteen after that success and a recent pipe-opener at Exeter is expected to have blown off the cobwebs for Greaneteen, who rates the value play at the prices.
Hogan’s Height (2.40 Aintree)
Jamie Snowden’s HOGAN’S HEIGHT did not go unbacked for the Grand Sefton over these fences last month, where he could only finish sixth, but that run strongly suggested that he needed to step back up in trip – something he gets here in the 3m2f Becher Handicap Chase.
Hogan’s Height took the 2019 Grand Sefton off a mark just 2lb above the one that he currently finds himself on, and a return to softer conditions certainly won’t inconvenience.
Gavin Sheehan – who has been aboard for exactly half of this 10yo’s wins – retains familiarities here, and the market may have overreacted to that latest run from Hogan’s Height, where he was found to have lost a shoe post-race.
Red Infantry (3.00 Sandown)
Horses aged 10 or older have won three of the last four renewals of the London National, and the only double-digit aged representative for this year’s renewal is RED INFANTRY, who looks too well handicapped to ignore off a mark of 130.
This gelding was a winner at Doncaster as recently as March and is entitled to come on plenty for a recent spin at Warwick where he just appeared to blow up at the business end having been up towards the head of the action for most of the race.
Red Infantry finished runner-up in this very race back in 2018 off a mark 7lb higher than the one he currently finds himself on, and these genuinely good ground conditions will without doubt play to his strengths.
The booking of Brian Hughes looks a particularly interesting one for Red Infantry, who can be expected to keep staying on when many of these have long cried enough.
Elvis Mail (3.15 Aintree)
If there is a horse lurking on a mark that underestimates them in Aintree’s concluding 2m4f handicap hurdle it could well be ELVIS MAIL, who reverts to timber having lost his way over the larger obstacles.
Elvis Mail is currently 4-8 in this discipline, with his latest hurdles run resulting in a victory at Kelso off a mark just 2lb above the one on which he currently races off.
Having lost hinted at improvement to come over 2m4f, this could well prove the time to catch Nick Alexander’s charge.
Benson (3.35 Sandown)
The best bet across the live Saturday ITV races comes in the concluding Listed Handicap Hurdle, where the enigmatic BENSON returns to action.
Dr Richard Newland’s charge brought up a hat-trick last year when taking this very race, and a subsequent fourth at Ascot now looks an exceptional piece of form.
Benson was beaten just over 6l there by Not So Sleepy (now rated 18lb higher) and Buzz (now rated 7lb higher), with the subsequent Grade 1 winning Belfast Banter one place behind Benson in fifth.
That run in isolation makes Benson look potentially chucked in here off his mark of 135, with a recent 2m5f comeback run at Cheltenham suggesting that a strong pace over this 2m distance was in-fact his optimum conditions.