ITV Racing tips on Saturday – Best TV bets at Cheltenham, Doncaster and Newbury
Plenty of classy televised horse racing action takes place on Saturday with action from three of the day’s meetings and we’ve looked over the best of the day’s racing to give our ITV Racing tips on Saturday.
Saturday’s live TV horse racing sees plenty of classy racing action going to post including the final Group One of the season at Doncaster and the second day of the Cheltenham Showcase Meeting over jumps.
There is also racing from Newbury with Group Three action and nine races in all will make up Saturday’s ITV Racing programme where Ed Chamberlain and the team will be on hand as usual to offer their usual expert racing tips, insights and post-race analysis for all the day’s TV racing; while we’ve looked through the schedule and pick out our ITV Racing tips on Saturday.
ITV RACING TIPS ON SATURDAY – CHELTENHAM, DONCASTER & NEWBURY
1:45 Doncaster – vertem.co.uk Doncaster Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (2yo) 6f
JUST FRANK looks a hugely progressive prospect who arrives here on a hat-trick having struck at Thirsk in September following a break and following up over this trip when last seen at Newmarket earlier in the month where the Epaulette gelding ran out an impressive winner of a valuable sales race.
Les Eyre’s charge made all that day despite being drawn on the far side in what was a competitive contest and he should have no issue with the trip on the quicker ground having shown speed previously and his earlier Thirsk win came on good ground.
This is a step up in class, but he likely has significantly more to come and he can make a bold bid for his three-timer.
2:05 Cheltenham – Masterson Holdings Hurdle Cl2 (4yo) 2m½f
ALLMANKIND had reopposing Botox Has behind when taking Grade Two honours over course and distance, backing up that victory with a Grade One success at Chepstow prior to finishing third in the Triumph Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.
He held every chance over the last following the exit of runaway leader Goshen who would have won easily had he not crashed out; but Dan Skelton’s charge faded on the uphill climb to the line although he possibly paid the price for going off too hard.
The Skelton team have started the campaign well and there could be more to come from the Sea The Moon gelding who can progress this term. He has to give 4lbs now to Gary Moore’s Botox Has having beaten that one off levels last term; but he has the scope for considerably more and if returning here at the top of his game ought to prove hard to beat.
2:20 Doncaster – Vertem Very Different Stockbrokers Handicap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-105) 5f
It could be worth giving another chance to course winner VENTUROUS who is yet to score this season but has run well on a number of occasions including when finishing third at Chester on his penultimate start.
David Barron’s charge struck his last win back in January 2020 at Newcastle over this trip and he’s largely contested at a good level since and ran better than the bare result when last seen at Wolverhampton earlier this month where he was denied a clear run in finishing fifth behind Full Authority.
The handicapper has dropped him 1lb in the weights while Ray Dawson’s 5lbs claim further eases his burden and he can race here now from significantly below his last winning mark so every chance of a big run on ground that shouldn’t inconvenience back at the minimum trip.
2:40 Cheltenham – Best Odds At Matchbook Novices’ Chase (GBB Race) Cl2 (4yo+) 2m4f
Only four go to post for this contest and PILEON can make a winning transition to chasing having looked a very promising sort last term where he won twice and was denied on the line in the Martin Pipe Hurdle during the Cheltenham Festival.
Philip Hobbs’ Yeats gelding placed twice between the flags prior to joining this yard and following an Exeter bumper win made a pleasing return to action last term to finish fourth here behind Chantry House, better for the run.
He won twice following that run, scoring at Catterick and Ffos Las in the mud prior to being collared on the line here in March and he can progress again now his attentions are switched to chasing where he gets 5lbs from his three rivals and the weight concession might prove to his advantage.
While he does concede chase experience he didn’t take long to develop into a smart hurdler last term and he could hit the ground running on his return to quickly get back on the scoresheet and open his win account over fences at the first attempt.
2:55 Doncaster – Vertem Futurity Trophy Stakes (Group 1) Cl1 (2yo) 1m
Dewhurst runner-up Wembley is expected to go close to giving Aidan O’Brien another win in this race, but it could be worth siding with Godolphin runner ONE RULER to come out on top and the Dubawi colt can add to his tally.
Charlie Appleby’s charge won a Sandown maiden on his second start and ran well in defeat here in the Flying Scotsman Stakes behind New Mandate, eventually finishing third but perhaps not being entirely suited by the way the race developed.
He was also short of room late on which didn’t help although he was arguably beaten; but he stepped up on that effort faced with a stiffer test latest at Newmarket where he ran out a convincing winner of the Autumn Stakes despite behind forced to race wide.
That bare form leaves him with some improvement to find, but the prospect of softer ground will hold no fears and he has stamina assured so open to further progress he can make his presence felt.
3:15 Cheltenham – Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle (Pertemps Hurdle Series Qualifier) (GBB Race) Cl2 (4yo+) 3m
CHAMPAGNE COURT might be worth chancing back over hurdles and Jeremy Scott’s charge ran well on his last foray over the smaller obstacles here when finishing fourth in the 2019 Martin Pipe Hurdle behind Early Doors.
The Court Cave gelding finished runner-up on his seasonal reappearance last term in Chepstow Silver Trophy before switching to chasing where he won his first two starts; he then contested twice here including the Northern Trust Chase where he finished eighth to Imperial Aura at the Cheltenham Festival.
He’s back over hurdles here from a lower rating 4lbs below his last successful mark over fences and a wind surgery since last being seen might help eke out some improvement in the Court Cave gelding who has a decent record fresh and he might be able to make his presence felt here in this competitive contest if at his best.
3:35 Newbury – Molson Coors Beverage Company Stakes (Registered As The Horris Hill Stakes) (Group 3) Cl1 (2yo) 7f
EXISTENT bolted up when last seen at Newmarket following a 105-day absence, thumping Bill Peyto by six lengths in heavy ground over this distance and John Gosden’s charge can improve again to take this Group Three prize.
The Kingman colt had shown ability on his debut at Newmarket in June, finishing third prior to contesting the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot although he could never land a blow there having been slow to leave the gates although he ran on well without threatening.
He’s open to plenty of improvement on the back of his breakthrough success and he’ll be sharper for the outing which came after more than three months off; also proven over the trip and in the ground he looks set for a big run and he should make his presence felt with plenty in his favour for all this represents a step up in class.
3:50 Cheltenham – Matchbook Betting Exchange Handicap Chase (GBB Race) Cl2 (4yo+) 3m1f
Frodon is back in a handicap after his exploits in Graded company in seasons past and his presence keeps the weight down for his rivals. Paul Nicholls’ charge ought to go well on his seasonal bow but it might be worth chancing veteran COGRY who has a very good record here and a strong affinity with this race having won it in 2017 and making the frame in each of the past two renewals.
Nigel Twiston-Davies’ charge isn’t getting any younger and turns out here as an eleven-year old; but he is a four-time course winner and could make his presence felt again with a visor replacing cheekpieces.
His last win came here last December when beating Rock The Kasbah in the Grade Three BetVictor Handicap Chase – his second successive win in that race – and he’s 1lb lower than when finding only Doing Fine too strong here on New Years’ Day.
A tough and gutsy performer he can make his presence felt again at this venue if fully wound up and no surprise to see him involved again.
4:10 Newbury – Pravha Stakes (Registered As The St Simon Stakes) (Group 3) Cl1 (3yo+) 1m4f
ALOUNAK failed to produce his best at Windsor in August when last seen, failing to beat a rival in Listed company behind Le Don De Vie; but it might be worth giving another chance to Andrew Balding’s charge who had been contesting at a good level previously and had largely run well.
The Camelot entire had finished runner-up in the Grade One Canadian International when trained by Waldemar Hicks prior to joining this yard and he posted his best effort for his current handler when runner-up behind Fanny Logan at Royal Ascot in deep ground in the Hardwicke Stakes.
He’s not been at his best on better ground subsequently and while the going was soft latest he wasn’t seen to best effect and may be worth forgiving that effort.
His overall form stacks up very well against this field and while his form figures perhaps don’t inspire confidence back in a Group Three he can belie recent performances to get off the mark for his current yard where a reproduction of his Hardwicke run would likely make him tough to beat.
It would come as no surprise then to see a big run from the highest-rated runner in the line-up and he can go close.