ITV Racing tips on Saturday – Live TV tips for Ascot and York
ITV Racing tips on Saturday at Ascot and York
The ITV Racing cameras are back in action with another round of live TV horse racing action taking in the best of the meetings at Ascot and York. We’ve picked out our ITV Racing tips on Saturday and best bets for the day’s televised coverage.
We have another cracking line-up of live TV horse racing action on Saturday where seven races in all head to post featuring the best of the day’s racing at Ascot and York.
The feature race of the day comes from Ascot where the Group One King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes takes centre stage on a card that also includes the competitive International Stakes Handicap; while over at York the Group Two York Stakes is the main feature of the day on the Knavesmire.
Ed Chamberlain and the team will be on hand as usual with their expert horse racing tips, insights and post-rose analysis on every live TV race and we’ve looked over the day’s scheduled coverage to pick out our ITV Racing tips on Saturday and best bets for the day’s TV racing.
ITV RACING TIPS ON SATURDAY – LIVE TV TIPS FOR ASCOT & YORK
1:50 Ascot – Princess Margaret Keeneland Stakes (Group 3) (Fillies) Cl1 (2yo) 6f
Although DESERT DREAMER finished a neck behind reopposing System at Newmarket last month it may be worth chancing Stuart Williams’ charge to reverse the form of that defeat here and gain some revenge.
The Oasis Dream filly might have won there but for meeting trouble in running at a crucial stage and while she got to the front in the last furlong she couldn’t quite hold off Richard Hannons’ charge who wore her down late.
However the selection found another chunk of progress to finish runner-up in a Group Two contest latest and that run sets the standard where she was beaten two lengths by the impressive Sandrine, running on well late.
There’s surely more to come from her and she can get back on the winning trail here tackling a Group Three now if replicating that last effort.
2:05 York – Sky Bet “Jump Jockeys’ Nunthorpe” Handicap (To Be Ridden By Professional Jump Jockeys) Cl3 (4yo+ 0-90) 5f
NIBRAS AGAIN won this race two years ago from a mark of 75 and it might be worth chancing Paul Midgley’s charge to regain his crown having shaped as if coming to the boil in recent runs.
The Kyllachy gelding won twice last term and having placed on his first two runs of the campaign following wind surgery he’s bounced back from a couple of lesser efforts to register successive runner-up finishes the last twice at Nottingham and Newmarket.
Only beaten a short-head in the latest of those runs last month he can compete here from the same mark as when successful in this race two seasons back and the seven-year old can make his presence felt once more as he bids to get back to winning ways here.
2:25 Ascot – Porsche Handicap Cl2 (3yo 0-105) 1m
FANTASTIC FOX shaped like a non-stayer in the soft ground when tried over ten furlongs in the Golden Gates Handicap but the Frankel colt is taken to bounce back here and Roger Varian’s charge can resume winning ways.
Beaten just under two lengths on his reappearance by Snow Lantern at Newbury in April he got off the mark on his next start at Hamilton where he impressively ran out a seven lengths’ victor over Noble Crusade.
The form of that Newbury return is certainly working out well while his Hamilton victory has seen the runner-up in that race go on to win twice since and he can resume winning ways himself here dropping back to one mile on much quicker ground than he tackled last time.
Likely to have improvement to come he’s worth another chance to build on the promise he had shown at Newbury and Hamilton and no surprise if he were do better here.
2:40 York – Sky Bet Dash Handicap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-105) 6f
This looks competitive with no obvious standout candidate for glory so a chance is taken on GOLDEN APOLLO who has been getting better with each run this term and Tim Easterby’s charge could get back to winning ways.
The Pivotal gelding is a past course and distance winner who has also made the frame three times at the venue including when runner-up in the race twelve months ago from 3lbs higher behind reopposing Muscika who has been frustratingly inconsistent this term.
Having looked in need of his reappearance at Haydock in May the Easterby runner has bounced back from a lesser run over seven furlongs to make the frame in both recent outings and he’s handicapped to go close here on his old form so can give a good account here.
3:00 Ascot – Moet & Chandon International Stakes (Heritage Handicap) Cl2 (3yo+) 7f
A typically competitive big field handicap could go the way of STAR OF ORION who is low mileage and still unexposed, and Ralph Beckett’s charge showed steadily progressive form last term.
A debut winner he made the frame in his next three outings including a valuable sales event at the Curragh prior to a very creditable fifth in the Horris Hill at Newbury.
Never seen to best effect on his reappearance in the Britannia Stakes where he likely needed the run but was drawn on the wrong side of the course and never involved he readily bounced back quickly dropped to seven furlongs at Newmarket earlier in the month where he was a ready winner from Twaasol and a 3lbs penalty for that win is offset by Laura Pearson taking off 5lbs.
He has a higher draw to contend with here which can prove a positive and the lightly-raced Footstepsinthesand gelding can find another chunk of improvement to go close in this contest.
3:15 York – Sky Bet York Stakes (Group 2) Cl1 (3yo+) 1m2½f
MOHAAFETH has looked a potentially top class performer this term and William Haggas’ charge can maintain his unbeaten season with a fifth straight success.
The Frankel colt had been talked about as an Epsom Derby candidate following a trio of impressive victories that included a Listed success at Newmarket in May; however he swerved the colts’ Classic before returning at Royal Ascot where he blitzed rivals to win the Hampton Court Stakes and there’s surely better to come from the three year old who gets weight all round from this field.
His bare form needs improving upon but he’s certainly one that is going the right way and he should have ideal racing conditions with stablemate Montatham unlikely to hang about in front and ensure a good pace.
He looks a top-class prospect and no surprise to see him deliver another big performance here.
3:35 Ascot – King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) Cl1 (3yo+) 1m4f
LOVE has won seven of her eleven career starts including the last four and Aidan O’Brien’s charge can land another victory here at the expense of Derby hero Adayar.
The Galileo filly went from strength to strength last term following a successful juvenile campaign, winning all three of her starts which included the 1000 Guineas and Epsom Oaks prior to taking the Yorkshire Oaks in impressive style.
She added to her tally on her return when beating Audarya in the Prince Of Wale’s Stakes at Royal Ascot last month, making all the running and finding plenty in front when challenged. Given that was her first run of the season she’s sure to come on for the outing and will be sharper still this time around with time to recover from the exertions.
Proven on softer ground as well as on a quicker surface the forecast thunderstorms shouldn’t present too much of an issue and she looks the one to beat here despite likely facing some competition for the lead.