ITV Racing tips for York and Sandown – Saturday’s TV best bets
The TV cameras are back in action again on Saturday and we have ITV Racing tips for York and Sandown as the Ebor Festival draws to a conclusion.
More top quality horse racing action hits our TV screens on Saturday as the fourth and final day of the York Ebor Festival is joined on the day’s coverage by Sandown.
Nine races in all will go to post, five from the Knavesmire headed by the eponymously-titled Ebor Handicap on a card that also includes the Group Two City Of York Stakes; while competitive action is also the order of the day at Sandown where there will be four races shown live from the Esher venue.
Ed Chamberlain and the team will be on hand once more to offer up their usual expert horse racing tips, insights and post-race analysis for all the action and Brian Healy gives his race-by-race Saturday ITV Racing tips for York and Sandown’s coverage.
ITV RACING TIPS FOR YORK AND SANDOWN – FRIDAY’S TV SELECTIONS
1:50 York – Sky Bet And Symphony Group Strensall Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 (3yo+) 1m1f
MISS O’CONNOR ran well for a long way on her recent return to action at Ascot last month and with that outing under her belt William Haggas’ charge can build on the run to go close here.
The Roderic O’connor mare was progressive last term, winning all four starts in testing conditions that included a Group Three win in France where she beat Kourkan by one length. She was far from disgraced in that reapparance behind Lady Bowthorpe but might have needed the outing and can do better now.
The winner was impressive that day and the selection can be given another chance over this stiffer test while any easing of the ground will be in her favour and every chance she can get back to winning ways here.
2:05 Sandown – Betway Handicap Cl3 (3yo 0-90) 1m2f
BRILLIANT LIGHT found only one too good on his debut at Newbury last month, finishing five lengths adrift of Darain; that form took a boost when the winner went in again before running with some credit here behind Pyledriver in the Great Voltigeur.
Saeed bin Suroor’s charge put that experience to good use to get off the mark at the second attempt, beating Crystal Pegasus by a neck at Wolverhampton with the front two pulling clear. He had to dig deep to fend off the runner-up but it was a decent effort and there’s surely more to come from the Sea The Stars gelding who can progress again.
Drop back to this trip shouldn’t present an issue and still unexposed he looks set to post a big effort switching to a handicap where an opening mark of 88 back on turf might not overestimate his abilities to progress.
2:25 York – Sky Bet Melrose Handicap (Heritage Handicap) Cl2 (3yo 0-105) 1m6f
MIDNIGHTS LEGACY is 3-4 in his career and he shaped when scoring at Haydock latest that he would appreciate an even stiffer test of stamina; Alan King’s charge gets that here and the Midnight Legend colt can strike again to enhance his winning record.
That latest win came when stepped up to twelve furlongs and he showed a game attitude to score having been outpaced but rallying well for the victory over Indigo Lake and Pot Of Paint who dead-headed for the runner-up berth.
A further quarter-mile to travel here could prove up his street and with the conditions no problem he can post another big effort where he can add to his winning tally.
2:40 Sandown – Heed Your Hunch At Betway Handicap Cl3 (4yo+ 0-90) 1m
BAROSSA RED scored his last win when the ground was heavy, scoring at Haydock back in August last year and Andrew Balding’s charge could get back on the scoresheet here.
The ground might not be testing enough for the son of Tamayuz who has build on a fair return at Chelmsford in June to finish third on both subsequent outings at Haydock and Newbury latest where he was beaten only two lengths behind Confide in what was a very decent contest.
He possibly went off too hard on that occasion under a change of tactics, but there’s no shortage of pace here and he ought to get the run run to suit where he can pounce late from the same mark to return to winning ways,
He’s still relatively low mileage and could have another chunk of improvement to come; if the ground deteriorates then his chances will improve and no surprise if he posts another big effort here.
3:00 York – Sky Bet City Of York Stakes (Group 2) Cl1 (3yo+) 7f
ONE MASTER won a shade easier than the narrow margin of victory might suggest at Goodwood last month in the Oak Tree Stakes and the Fastnet Rock mare can follow up here.
The ground that day was probably fast enough for William Haggas’ charge who ideally wants softer ground, but she travelled like the best horse in the race and despite meeting with plenty of trouble and having to force her way through she won a shade readily in the end.
The third and fourth horses home have both run well since in defeat, the latter in a Group Two contest last weekend and if this doesn’t come too soon she can continue to make her presence felt especially if the ground comes up on the soft side of good.
3:15 Sandown – Play 4 To Win At Betway Handicap Cl3 (3yo 0-90) 1m
MAKRAM returned from almost five months off the track to resume winning ways at Ascot and Roger Charlton’s charge can improve again to follow up.
The Make Believe gelding was making his turf debut on that occasion, having raced three times on the all-weather which yielded a win at Lingfield back in February although he shaped as if amiss next time out.
His Ascot win saw him score a shade readily and the form looks fair with solid performances since by a few who were behind him. The handicapper has pushed him up 9lbs for that win which makes things a bit tougher, but he’s going the right way and thoroughly unexposed on this surface.
Open to improvement he can make his presence felt here and no surprise to see him in the mix at the business end of the contest.
3:40 York – Sky Bet Ebor Handicap (Heritage Handicap) Cl2 (4yo+) 1m6f
A typically competitive contest can go the way of Godolphin and GHOSTWATCH who has progressed on the back of his return from a lengthy absence, filling the frame in successive starts at Newmarket and Deauville latterly.
The Dubawi gelding won four times during the 2018 season including the Melrose Handicap over course and distance and an Ascot Listed prize. He hasn’t been beaten far in his last two runs having clearly needed his reappearance at Newmarket in June and still relatively low-mileage might have scope for better still.
This mark could prove workable then and he can post a big effort with course and distance form to call upon, while Charlie Appleby‘s only once finished out of the frame over this trip. It wouldn’t come as a surprise then to see him in the mix in the Saturday feature race.
3:55 Sandown – Betway Fillies’ Handicap Cl5 (3yo+ 0-70) 7f
QUEEN’S COURSE is progressing well since switching to this yard, finishing third on her first outing for David O’Meara at Haydock and then scoring readily at Doncaster last Saturday with a two lengths’ defeat of Serenading where she showed a decent turn of foot to take the spoils.
The handicapper has reacted to that run with a 9lbs rise in the weights, but it is feasible to think the lightly-raced Gleneagles filly has more to offer and granted further improvement she could be set to strike again.
She takes on more exposed and ordinary rivals despite her new mark forcing her up in class and while she does need to improve herself once more, it would be no surprise to see her find another jolt of progress to double her tally in what looks a fairly ordinary contest.
4:10 York – Julia Graves Roses Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (2yo) 5f
POLITICS stepped up on a very promising debut runner-up effort at Pontefract in July to go one better at Sandown earlier this month and Andrew Balding’s charge can improve again to double up.
The Muhaarar colt ran out a two lengths’ victor over Dark Illusion, making most and scoring a shade readily where he looked a smart sort in the making. The runner-up has won since to give the form a boost, while the third horse home wasn’t disgraced in a handicap here on Wednesday.
Softer ground would be an unknown to consider but he’s one very much going the right way and with the potential for better to come he can strike again here.