ITV Racing tips on Friday 23 October – Live TV tips for Cheltenham and Doncaster

The start of the Cheltenham Festival will be missing its famous roar this yearThe start of the Cheltenham Festival will be missing its famous roar this year

We pay our first visit to Cheltenham for the new jumps season on Friday and the TV cameras will have the best of the action from Prestbury Park and Doncaster. We give our ITV Racing tips on Friday for the televised races at both meetings.

Some excellent action both over jumps and on the flat hits our TV screens on Thursday as day one of the Vertem Futurity Meeting at Doncaster on the level is joined by the first day of Cheltenham’s Showcase Meeting live on ITV Racing where six races will be shown as-they-happen.

Ed Chamberlain and the team will be on hand with their usual expert racing tips, insights and post-race analysis on all the live TV racing action, while we pick out our ITV Racing tips on Friday.


1:50 Cheltenham – Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle (GBB Race) Cl2 (4yo+) 2m5f

Some very promising sorts on show in the Cheltenham opener and it might be worth chancing on race-fit DOES HE KNOW who ran out an impressive winner of a minor contest at Ludlow earlier in the month.

Kim Bailey’s charge was getting off the mark at the third attempt over hurdles having finished runner-up on both starts last term , including in soft ground when denied only one length behind House Island over this trip and he ran out a convincing seven lengths’ winner when landing that breakthrough success over Zarrar.

The runner-up has done little harm to the form by finishing in the same position next time and while this demands more from the son of Alkaased he might well be able to find further improvement to make his presence felt here with the benefit of a previous run under his belt.

With stamina assured and proven form on the ground he’s expected to go well in this contest and he can follow up that latest success here.

2:25 Cheltenham – Matchbook Better Way To Bet Novices’ Chase (GBB Race) Cl2 (5yo+) 3m½f

GALVIN was well fancied to win a Listed contest here during the Cheltenham Festival but was beaten into second behind Imperial Aura; but Gordon Elliott’s charge has since reeled off three successive wins since the return of racing, scoring twice at Killarney and latterly when taking a Grade Three contest at Tipperary earlier in the month.

The Gold Well gelding ran out an easy winner on that occasion, only needing to be pushed out to score and he should prove tough to beat back here where he can continue to improve and this longer trip may well elicit some further progress.

He’s a good ground winner over hurdles and fences so underfoot conditions are unlikely to present any issue given he’s also won on softer and he looks set to play a big role here with Robbie Power booked.

ITV Racing tips on Friday 23 October. Top trainer Gordon Elliott can saddle a Cheltenham winner.

2:40 Doncaster – Vertem Investing In The Future Handicap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-105) 6f

JONAH JONES has yet to strike for this yard in five runs, but the No Nay Never gelding is chanced to strike here having largely run well in competitive handicaps since joining the Ed Walker stable.

A winner for his previous handler Tom Dascombe, he has finished third on three occasions for his current yard including latest when beaten just one length behind Fortamour at Ascot last month.

He had finished fifth at York the time before and turns out here from the same mark so ought to remain competitive for this latest run where the softer ground may show him in better light and coincide with an even better effort.

This is competitive but he holds solid claims on the pick of his form and no surprise to see him firmly in the mix.

3:00 Cheltenham – Handicap Hurdle Cl3 (3yo+ 0-140) 2m5f

OUR POWER could be worth chancing in what promises to be a very competitive handicap and Nigel Twiston-Davies’ charge can go well on his seasonal reappearance.

The Power gelding showed a good level of form when trained by Alan King, winning on the flat and twice over hurdles before tackling some hot races which included the Martin Pipe Hurdle at the 2019 Cheltenham Festival.

He’s shown progressive form since joining this yard and being stepped up in trip, twice finishing third in the winter before beating the smart The Butcher Said over this trip at Kempton and there could be better to come this term where he remains an unexposed sort over this distance.

While he’s 6lbs higher here following that win, he ought to go well for a yard that invariably has its’ runners to the fore in the early weeks and every chance the five-year old can strike here.

ITV Racing tips on Friday 23 October. Nigel Twiston-Davies can saddle a winner at Cheltenham on Friday.

ITV Racing tips on Friday 23 October. Nigel Twiston-Davies can saddle a winner at Cheltenham on Friday.

3:15 Doncaster – Handicap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-105) 1m6½f

OPERA GIFT is turned out quickly under a penalty having won impressively at Yarmouth last week and Andrew Balding’s charge can strike again to bring up a hat-trick of successes.

The Nathaniel colt shaped well when finishing fourth on debut at Goodwood but hinted that a stiffer test might suit; he won next time out when stepped up in trip at Pontefract and improved again latest on the softer ground to run out a three lengths’ victor over Duke Of Condicote.

This is tougher upped in grade and he has a 6lbs penalty to carry for that recent win; but he is still 2lbs well-in at the weights given he’s due to go up a further 2lbs in future and with the conditions seemingly no issue he can go well again granted a strong pace to aim at.

3:35 Cheltenham – Bentley Flying Spur Handicap Chase (GBB Race) Cl2 (4yo+) 2m

ROUGE VIF won first time up last term on his chase debut, scoring at Market Rasen and Harry Whittington’s charge can repeat the feat here by scoring on his first run of the new campaign.

Progressive over hurdles, the Sageburg gelding continued his improvement over fences last term and developed into a smart chaser that also saw him finish runner-up and win in Group Two contests following wind surgery, taking the Kingmaker Chase at Warwick in good style before running a blinder to finish third in the Arkle Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.

That form sets a pretty solid standard and has been boosted since with the fifth winning on his return recently and this is represents an easier task. While he might ideally want softer ground than this he can make his presence felt in this contest where he looks to feature on a winnable mark on his handicap debut.