ITV Racing tips on Saturday 1 May – TV best bets at Newmarket, Goodwood and Thirsk
ITV Racing tips on Saturday 1 May
Top-class horse racing action returns to our TV screens on Saturday with coverage of three meetings on the flat. We’ve picked out our ITV Racing tips on Saturday and best bets on the telly.
All eyes will be on Newmarket on Saturday where the Qipco 2000 Guineas spearheads six live races on ITV Racing with the colts’ Classic – the first Classic of the season – dominating a top-quality racecard at Flat HQ.
Four races from the Rowley Mile course will feature on ITV Racing on Saturday with the Group Two Jockey Club Stakes also on the agenda; while there is also Listed racing from Goodwood and a competitive handicap contest at Thirsk to look forward to as TV punters settle down for six live TV races.
Ed Chamberlain and the team will be on hand again with their usual expert racing tips, insights and post-race analysis; while we also pick out our ITV Racing tips on Saturday and best bets for the day’s TV coverage.
ITV RACING TIPS ON SATURDAY – TV BEST BETS AT NEWMARKET, THIRSK & GOODWOOD
1:50 Newmarket – “My Oddsboost” On Betfair Suffolk Stakes Cl2 (3yo+) 1m1f
Soft ground was probably to blame for the poor performance of BELL ROCK in the Balmoral Handicap when last seen; but Andrew Balding’s charge had won on his reappearance that season over this course and the Kingman gelding might be worth chancing to repeat the feat.
That success was followed up by a good sixth under a penalty just ten days later in the Royal Hunt Cup and he was giving reopposing Maydanny almost a stone when beaten by five lengths behind that rival at Goodwood when finishing third.
Having returned here to finish third in the Cambridgeshire he ran flat at Ascot which may have been down to the ground. However this much quicker surface will suit and considerably better off at the weights with Maydanny he can turn the tables on his reappearance.
Given he ran well of this mark last term and won first time up he ought to remain competitive; while William Carver’s 5lbs claim effectively brings him back to the same mark as when winning here last June so it would be no surprise to see him turn in a big effort here.
2:05 Goodwood – MansionBet Best Odds Guaranteed Conqueror Fillies’ Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (3yo+) 1m
AMNIARIX has proven progressive on the all-weather over the winter months, registering a hat-trick of victories at Wolverhampton twice and Kempton which includes defeats of Toronado Queen and Shimmering Dawn.
Ed Walker’s charge returned from three months off the track to post a very good third in Listed company back at Kempton in April when beaten three lengths into third by Lavender’s Blue and entitled to progress further the Speightstown filly can remain competitive.
She perhaps wasn’t suited by the steady pace on that occasion as she appeared to get outpaced before running on again; she might benefit from more of a gallop which she’s likely to get here and back on turf she can progress again and ought to go close with the benefit of that recent run under her belt.
2:25 Newmarket – Betfair Palace House Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 (3yo+) 5f
Veteran sprinter JUDICIAL finished runner-up in this contest in 2018 and 2020 and Julie Camacho’s charge can get off the mark for the season on his reappearance.
The Iffraaj gelding won twice last term following his runner-up finish in this last campaign, scoring at Newcastle and Chester and running much better in defeat than his subsequent form figures suggest.
His most recent fifth place finish at Lingfield represents useful form and he’s well-suited by a stiff five furlongs on quick ground so he has plenty going for him here as well as a decent record when turning out fresh.
The nine-year old does give upwards of three years to his rivals so could be vulnerable to a younger improver; but he’s well proven at this level and he ought to give another good account.
2:40 Thirsk – Cliff Stud Thirsk Hunt Cup Handicap Cl2 (4yo+ 0-105) 1m
Lightly-raced ACQUITTED might be worth siding with to go one better than on his reappearance where he found only a race-fit rival too strong in the Doncaster Spring Mile.
Hugo Palmer’s charge had looked set for good things as a juvenile, winning two of three starts and making a decent reappearance behind Palace Pier at Newcastle last June.
Things didn’t go to plan thereafter and he failed to beat a rival in two subsequent starts at Ascot and Sandown; but he bounced back in no uncertain terms on his latest reappearance, only headed close home by the winner who battled back gamely.
That winner has gone in again since to boost the form, while the third and fifth horses home have both ran well in defeat; there’s also been a couple of subsequent winners from those who finished further back and a 1lb rise in the weights looks very workable as a consequence.
He has to back up that performance but that may well occur this campaign and he can make his presence felt.
3:00 Newmarket – Betfair Exchange Jockey Club Stakes (Group 2) Cl1 (4yo+) 1m4
PYLEDRIVER thrived last term to win twice in Group Two company, landing the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Great Voltigeur before turning in an excellent third to Galileo Chrome in the St Leger.
The Harbour Watch colt disappointed when last seen although probably failed to handle the soft conditions at Ascot when dropped to ten furlongs and the trip also was likely against him. But he returns here with ground much more in his favour and the trip is more suitable and ran well fresh last term so looks to have plenty in his favour here.
William Muir‘s charge could have more to offer this term and it wouldn’t be a shock to see him firmly in the mix in this Group Two where he can get off the mark for the season with a win.
3:40 Newmarket – Qipco 2000 Guineas Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) Cl1 (3yo) 1m
THUNDER MOON and Wembley renew rivalry in this contest with the score one apiece between Joseph and Aidan O’Brien’s respective runners and it could be the young master’s charge which comes out on top here.
The Zoffany colt had beaten Wembley at the Curragh in September, taking the National Stakes readily despite twice being badly hampered in a field that also included St Mark’s Basilica, Master Of The Seas and Lucky Vega.
That was his second win in succession and he ran well in defeat behind St Mark’s Basilica and Wembley when third in the Dewhurst here in October, possibly not coping as well with the softer ground as the front two but still only beaten around two lengths.
A return to better ground and a step up in trip could well show him in a better light on his reappearance and he remains with plenty of scope for improvement so it wouldn’t come as a huge shock to see him in the thick of things here.