ITV Racing tips for Sunday 26 July – Top TV tips for Ascot, York and Curragh
There’s more ITV Racing on our screens on Sunday with another eight live TV races covering the best of the action from three of the day’s scheduled fixtures including Group One action from the Curragh. We give our ITV Racing tips for Sunday’s TV racing.
Armchair punters are set to enjoy another round of live TV horse racing action on Sunday as the ITV Racing cameras roll for another day at both Ascot and York as well as from the Curragh in Ireland.
Eight races in all will feature on Sunday’s broadcast including the Group One Tattersalls Gold Cup from the Curragh; while there are two Group Three contests taking place at Ascot. Meanwhile the card at York has some competitive handicap action and a Listed contest.
Ed Chamberlain and the team will be on hand again to offer up their usual expert racing tips, insights and post-race analysis on all Sunday’s live TV action and Brian Healy gives his ITV Racing tips for Sunday for all eight races.
ITV RACING TIPS SUNDAY 26 JULY – ASCOT, YORK & CURRAGH
1:55 Ascot – Play Nifty Fifty Exclusively At Betfred Handicap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-105) 5f
MAGIC J looks progressive and the Scat Daddy colt found a jolt of improvement to get back on the scoresheet at Sandown ten days ago, readily beating Koncheck and Ed Vaughn’s charge can follow up.
2-3 on turf, winning on his racecourse debut back in September 2018 he’s finished third or better in all but one of his starts on grass and the all-weather; his sole disappointment came in Listed company when tried over a mile and he didn’t stay the trip. However, sprinting has proven much more his forte and he twice finished runner-up prior to his latest win.
First-time cheekpieces sported last term appeared to deliver some progress and he travelled well in the race before readily asserting and although an 8lbs rise in the weights demands more he looks one that is going the right way and there’s likely better still to come from him.
Yet to finish out of the frame over this distance or on turf he’s expected to mount another bold bid and no surprise if he collects again here.
2:10 York – Sky Bet Daily Price Boosts Handicap Cl3 (4yo+ 0-95) 7f
PRESIDENTIAL didn’t kick on last campaign from a successful 2018, failing to add to his tally and largely running below his best. Roger Fell’s charge however has bounced back to better form following a break and the Invincible Spirit gelding made a winning reappearance at Doncaster last month.
He struck by one length from Muntadab on that occasion, and while he’s been beaten on both subsequent outings he’s done little wrong and was beaten less than one length at Newmarket on his last start behind Masked Identity.
There’s a suspicion that he doesn’t have too much room to manoeuvre from this mark, but he has managed to make the frame from a slightly higher rating so ought to remain competitive especially if there’s any easing of the ground. That said, he has won on quick ground before and may not be too ground dependant.
Assuming he continues to produce similar performances to his last few starts then he can get involved in this competitive contest.
2:30 Ascot- Betfred “Fred’s Pushes” Handicap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-105) 1m4f
DAL HORRISGLE is one of two runners in the race for trainer William Haggas and the Nathaniel gelding is forgiven a below-par reappearance at Newmarket last month behind Desert Icon.
The lightly raced sort showed some progressive form last term, winning twice before finding Group Three company two hot in subsequent runs at Goodwood including the Gordon Stakes and he was possibly amiss on his final run in the March Stakes.
A recent return to action over what was likely an inadequate trip will have blown away any cobwebs and he can do better now with that outing under his belt and returning to a more suitable yardage.
He probably needs a shade more to feature here but can progress for that recent run and can prove a different proposition now.
2:45 York – Sky Bet Extended Dash Handicap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-105) 6f
GEORGE BOWEN is taken to build on his recent return to form where Richard Fahey’s found only the smart Summerghand too strong in a Pontefract contest earlier in the month.
The Dark Angel gelding wasn’t at his best last term despite winning on the all-weather last March, often failing to trouble the judge in numberous starts which included failing to beat a rival on his last visit to this venue.
It was possible though he had been feeling the effects of a busy season in his last couple of runs and having looked in need of the outing on his return at Newmarket produced a much better effort to go down only by a half-length when last seen.
The eight-year old has the ability to exploit this mark if consenting to produce his best form and he’s a course and distance winner so could be worth chancing to get back on the scoresheet here given he’s 15lbs below the mark from which he last struck on the all-weather.
2:55 Curragh – Tattersalls Gold Cup (Group 1) (3yo+) 1m2f
This should be all about MAGICAL who swerved another clash with Enable in Saturday’s King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes to take in this Group One and Aidan O’Briens’ charge should prove a cut above this field.
A winner of five races last term which included two Group Ones – this race was one of them – she lost no caste in defeats behind both Enable and Crystal Ocean before posting a very creditable fifth in the Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe.
She ran out an easy winner on her latest reappearance in the Pretty Polly Stakes, beating Cayenne Pepper by almost five lengths and with that one running well subsequently in the Irish Oaks she sets a very stiff standard.
With upwards of 7lbs to spare over this field of opponents she’s likely to prove too much to handle for her rivals and another Group One win beckons for the Galileo mare.
3:05 Ascot – Betfred Valiant Fillies’ Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 (3yo+) 1m
This could prove a decent opportunity for BILLESDON BROOK to get back on the scoresheet having finished runner-up in three of her four starts this term including the Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket earlier in the month.
Richard Hannon has his string in decent form and the Champs Elysees mare was only beaten a neck behind Farzeen in that latest Group One, running on without quite matching the winner. She had the reopposing Agincourt behind and can confirm places with that rival.
The return to a quicker surface holds no fears and she’s likely to prove a tough nut to crack back in a Group Three where she sets an obvious standard. Her last success came in last season’s Sun Chariot Stakes and a reproduction of that or her recent Falmouth performance ought to be good enough to see her get back on the scoresheet.
3:20 York – British Stallion Studs EBF Lyric Fillies’ Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (3yo+) 1m2½f
Fanny Logan took this prize twelve months ago for John Gosden and the trainer’s FRANCONIA looks hard to oppose having impressed on her recent return at Newbury where the Frankel filly readily saw of subsequent Listed winner Cabaletta by four lengths.
The fourth and fifth horses home in that Newbury race have both since finished runner-up in Listed and Group Two company respectively so that form looks very solid.
She’s expected to improve for the reappearance which will have sharpened her up further and looked an exciting prospect in that cosy success last time so may well prove a tough nut to crack in this contest; she can hand her trainer a second successive win in the race where it will take a good one to stop her on the evidence of her last-time win.
3:40 Ascot – Princess Margaret Betfred Stakes (Group 3) (Fillies) Cl1 (2yo) 6f
MORE BEAUTIFUL finished behind the reopposing Caroline Dale when a disappointing favourite for the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot last month; but the War Front filly is worth another chance and this extra distance could see her in a better light.
A Naas winner on her debut where she posted an impressive victory over Roses Blue in a race that has thrown up several winners since, she looked outpaced when seen finishing only ninth in the Ascot Group Two contest.
Aidan O’Brien‘s charge could however be worth another chance stepping up now in distance and it wouldn’t come as a surprise if she bounced back here with a much better performance than was the case last time out.