ITV Racing tips on Saturday – TV best bets at Goodwood, Haydock, York and Curragh
ITV Racing tips on Saturday 22 May
What a line-up of live TV horse racing is in store for punters on Saturday with ten races scheduled to be shown on ITV Racing. We’ve looked over the day’s televised line-up and pick out our ITV Racing tips on Saturday.
TV punters are in for a bumper crop of horse racing action on Saturday with the ITV Racing cameras covering ten cracking races covering the best of the day’s action across the UK as well as showing the day’s Irish 2000 Guineas from the Curragh.
In addition to the Irish Classic race the cameras will also be in action at Goodwood for two races with the Listed Festival Stakes the main event; while Haydock has five races live including the Group Two Sandy Lane Stakes.
Meanwhile there is also racing from York where the Group Three Bronte Cup dominates the action on the Knavesmire which accounts for two of the day’s races on the broadcast.
Ed Chamberlain and the team will as usual be on hand with their expert racing tips, insights and analysis on the action while we’ve picked out our ITV Racing tips on Saturday 22 May for all ten races.
ITV RACING TIPS ON SATURDAY – TV BEST BETS AT GOODWOOD, HAYDOCK, YORK & CURRAGH
1:40 Goodwood – MansionBet Watch And Bet Handicap Cl2 (4yo+ 0-105) 1m6f
HOCHFIELD has already seen plenty of action this term but he is as tough as old boots and the Cape Cross gelding can get back to winning ways here.
A winner at Nottingham in April he just failed to get up at Hamilton next time just five days later under a penalty and he ran with great credit after just another five-day gap when finishing third in the Chester Cup.
Mark Johnston is no stranger to success here and the Cape Cross gelding is a past course and distance winner who should find this slightly easier than that Chester assignment; assuming he isn’t feeling the effects of his recent busy spell then he ought to go well back here and he can make his presence felt again.
1:55 Haydock – Casumo Horse Racing And Sports Betting Handicap Cl3 (4yo+ 0-90) 7f
TOM COLLINS rounded off his time with David Elsworth by scoring a win at Pontefract in soft ground, beating Dashing Roger by a neck before being moved to William Haggas’ yard.
The Dubawi gelding looked in need of the run when beating only three home in the Thirsk Hunt Cup at the beginning of the month although the quicker ground might not have been altogether ideal for him and he could do better here faced with a softer surface.
He’s likely to come on for that reappearance run which will surely have sharpened him up, while he application of cheekpieces could also prove a positive move and the headgear can eke out some improvement so there’s be little surprise in seeing him do better here for his top yard.
2:10 Goodwood – MansionBet Beaten By A Head Festival Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 1m2f
With the prospect of further rain then STORMY ANTARCTIC might be worth siding with in this Listed prize and Ed Walker’s charge can get back to winning ways here.
The Stormy Atlantic gelding didn’t hit the heights expected of him in his younger days, but he remains capable of smart form as he showed when winning a German Group Three a couple of years ago and making the frame in last season’s Prix D’Ispahan behind Persian King.
Wind surgery ahead of his latest return to action has seen him deliver back-to-back runner-up finishes in Listed contests at Kempton and Windsor latterly although he arguably tossed away a win last time out by idling badly and wandering when looking in command.
He has proven form here having placed at the venue previously and should have no issue with this extra distance; while he enjoys getting his toe in and the softer ground will surely suit him so he can post a big run here to get back on the scoresheet.
2:25 Haydock – Download The Casumo App Today Handicap Cl2 (4yo+ 0-100) 2m
POSTILIO wasn’t seen to best effect in the Chester Cup consolation race earlier in the month, badly hampered at the start and forced to race further back and wider than Andrea Atzeni likely wanted.
However Roger Varian’s charge made up a ton of late ground to finish runner-up behind reopposing Green Book who he meets on better terms and with a bit more luck the Galileo colt can come out on top here.
A Salisbury winner last August on his final run of the campaign he has returned this season in good heart, finishing runner-up on his reappearance at Kempton behnd Sleeping Lion prior to that Chester run and there’s surely more to come from him as a lightly-raced and unexposed stayer.
Softer ground holds no fears and a 3lbs rise is very workable as he lines up again in opposition to Venetia Williams’ charge who exploited a lenient mark. The selection was giving the winner 15lbs and was beaten five lengths; now the pair face off with the Varian runner enjoying a 7lbs pull at the weights which may be enough to see him turn the tables this time around.
2:40 York – William Hill Bronte Cup Fillies’ Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 (4yo+) 1m6f
MIGHTY BLUE struck last term at the Curragh to open her account for Joseph O’Brien at the fourth attempt, but he had won in France previously and the Authorized mare got back on the winning trail when last seen out, posting an impressive seven lengths’ victory in a Listed contest at Gowran Park.
Also placed over hurdles at the Cheltenham Festival behind Tellmesomethinggirl in the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle she took her first piece of black type when readily disposing of Lismore and others in the Vintage Tipple Stakes where reopposing Flor De La Luna was amongst her victims.
She powered clear from the two furlong pole to register a wide margin victory and there could be more to come from her at around this trip although she’s proven adept over further. Conditions are fine for the Irish raider who ought to be buoyed by that recent success and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see her deliver another bold show as she bids to follow up.
3:00 Haydock – Join Casumo Today Silver Bowl Handicap Cl2 (3yo) 1m
HEADINGLY might not have been entirely comfortable on the Goodwood undulations when last seen, but he still ran a cracker to finish just one length runner-up behind Marsabit and back on a more conventional track layout Mark Johnston’s charge can get back on the scoresheet.
The Dawn Approach colt stepped up on a promising debut last term to get off the mark at the second attempt, scoring easily by four lengths at Chelmsford; he then returned from almost six months off to strike at Redcar, beating Villeurbanne prior to his near-miss run latest where he hung left for much of the last two furlongs and made life tough for Joe Fanning to ride him out to the line.
Softer ground here is a slight worry but he looks to be one who likely has better to come and he’s only 3lbs higher here which leaves him potentially still well-treated given his potential to improve. The return to a more conventional track can show him in a better light and he can make his presence felt here despite his big price.
3:20 Curragh – Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas (Group 1) (Colts & Fillies) (3yo) 1m
MAC SWINEY won three times last term including the Group One Vertem Futurity Trophy at Doncaster in heavy ground where Jim Bolger’s charge beat One Ruler by three parts of a length.
The New Approach colt shaped as if in need of the run behind Bolshoi Ballet in the Derrinstown Derby Trial earlier in the month where he finished around seven lengths’ seventh although the better ground there also might not have suited and he’ll likely be more at home on this softer ground.
Returning to one mile ought not to hold any fears and he likely will come on for his recent reappearance so could do better this time around and with conditions very much in his favour he can get back to winning ways despite being the yard’s second string.
3:35 Haydock – Casumo Bet10Get10 Sandy Lane Stakes (Group 2) Cl1 (3yo) 6f
THE LIR JET appeared not to settle when beaten a half-length by Chindit in the Greenham last month but with that run under his belt it might be worth chancing Michael Bell’s charge to get back to winning ways.
The Prince Of Lir colt won twice last term at five furlongs including the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot and he subsequently proved this trip no issue with a brace of runner-up finishes including in the Group One Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh.
Possibly unsuited by Newmarket when disappointing in the Middle Park he was probably stretched by one mile at the Breeders’ Cup and the return to sprint trips can see the Prince Of Lir colt return to winning form.
Softer ground shouldn’t present an issue given he won on good-to-soft at Ascot and if he can settle better this time around then he could go close.
3:50 York – williamhill.com Best Odds Guaranteed Handicap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-105) 5f
Copper Knight is always to be feared here and Tim Easterby’s charge bounced back to form latest when beating Mulzim nine days ago; the pair turn out again and ought to be involved but it might be worth chancing PENDLETON to build on a promising reappearance from a lengthy absence at Ascot little over two weeks ago.
There’s a slight fear that this may come soon enough, but the Garswood gelding had been steadily progressive during the 2019 campaign, winning at Newcastle and running with credit to make the frame several times in handicaps including here before getting back on the winning trail at Ascot in October when beating Came From the Dark over this trip in soft ground.
That form is very fair and his last run of the campaign saw him beat all bar Bielsa at Doncaster although he missed the entirety of last season. Michael Dods’ charge made a very pleasing return however and he could build on that effort having been beaten only a nose by Fresh and if he doesn’t suffer a ‘bounce’ after his lengthy layoff then he could go one better here.
4:10 Haydock – Casumo Best Odds Guaranteed Temple Stakes (Group 2) Cl1 (3yo+) 5f
Softer ground will hold no fears for LIBERTY BEACH who won first time up last term and John Quinn’s classy sprinter can repeat the dose here.
The Cable Bay filly won four of her first six starts as a juvenile which included the Group Three Molecomb Stakes and she kept top company as a three-year old following her win here on her reappearance in the Cecil Frail, locking horns with the likes of Battaash, A’Ali and Glass Slippers.
She rounded off last term with an excellent third in the Prix de L’Abbaye at Longchamp on heavy ground and a repeat of that performance would certainly put her in the mix.
With the conditions no issue and a proven record when fresh as well as winning course form to her name she looks to have plenty in her favour here and she can make a winning return to action.