ITV Racing tips on Sunday – TV tips for Haydock, Musselburgh and Curragh
ITV Racing tips on Sunday 12 September
There is more televised horse racing action to look forward to on Sunday following four classy days’ of coverage from Doncaster and we’ve picked out our ITV Racing tips on Sunday and best bets for the day’s TV schedule.
After four excellent days of TV racing action from Doncaster and the St Leger Festival there is plenty of live TV racing action also on Sunday where Ed Chamberlain and the team will have more expert tips, insights and analysis for the day’s racing.
Live TV racing on Sunday comes from the cards at Haydock where the Sunday Series continues, as well as from the card at Musselburgh; while also being featured is the best of the action from the Curragh on day two of Irish Champions Weekend.
Ten races in all will feature on the day’s TV schedule and we’ve picked out our ITV Racing tips on Sunday and best bets for all the action.
ITV RACING TIPS ON SUNDAY – TV TIPS FOR HAYDOCK, MUSSELBURGH & CURRAGH
4:10 Haydock – Sky Bet Sunday Apprentice Training Series Handicap (Part Of The Racing Excellence Initiative) Cl4 (3yo+ 0-85) 5f
HARROGATE has been in good form of late and might be worth chancing to go in again under a good apprentice.
Paul Midgley’s charge has won two of his last three starts, scoring at Musselburgh in July and getting back on track when outpointing Dapper Man at Ripon last month. He had finished third inbetween behind Glorious Rio who reopposes here but he was attempting to give that rival 19lbs and was only beaten just over two lengths.
There’s much less between them this time around and given he was rated in the mid-80s at his best he can certainly remain competitive from just 3lbs higher than last time out.
4:35 Haydock – Sky Bet Sunday Series Sprint Handicap (Jockey Club Grassroots Sprint Series Qualifier) Cl4 (3yo+ 0-85) 6f
ANCIENT TIMES could be worth siding with here having won two of his last three starts and Hayley Turner can get another tune out of Harry Eustace’s charge having partnered the Exceed and Excel gelding to both those wins.
The latest of those came when running out a narrow winner over Marlay Park at Epsom last month, helping to force the pace and running on well from two out to register the win although he did get the run of the race on that occasion and this will be tougher upped 3lbs and facing more competition for the lead.
But the runner-up and third from that last win have both franked the form since and still relatively low-mileage he may have more to offer and there’d be no surprise in seeing him go close again here.
4:40 Curragh – Comer Group International Irish St. Leger (Group 1) (3yo+) 1m6f
This looks competitive on paper despite lacking any bona-fide Group One performer and EMPEROR OF THE SUN is a tentative selection in an open renewal.
Donnacha O’Brien’s charge was a Leopardstown winner back in May in a Listed contest and he ran well in defeat subseqeuntly when fifth to Subjectivist in the Ascot Gold Cup. He may not have been suited by the track at Goodwood next time but bounced back with a very good third behind reopposing Twilight Payment here last month in the St Leger Trial where he was only beaten two lengths.
He has a bit to find on that evidence having seemingly been beaten fair and square; but the quicker ground here may improve his chances and he can run well.
5:00 Haydock – Sky Bet Sunday Series Newcomers’ EBF Maiden Stakes (GBB Race) Cl4 (2yo) 6f
The market should guide but Kevin Ryan has been doing quite well with his juvenile newcomers this term and MOTHER SHIPTON could be worth an interest.
The Showcasing filly is related to some smart winners and she’s bred to be speedy so could make her mark here for a yard in good order at present.
5:20 Musselburgh – Sky Bet Musselburgh Gold Cup Handicap Cl3 (3yo 0-90) 2m
THE VEGAS RAIDER has been in rude health on the all-weather in recent weeks, twice making the frame at Chelmsford before going in there in August and following up at the same track on his first crack at two miles where he was impressive in dishing out a six lengths’ defeat of Eagle One.
Michael Bell’s charge takes a big step back up in class from that Class 6 contest but he isn’t alone in that regard and the 8lbs rise in the weights he has been hit with for that facile win has been partly offset by Billy Garritty’s claim.
Further improvement certainly can’t be ruled out returning to turf and he can post a big run in pursuit of his hat-trick of wins.
5:30 Haydock – Sky Bet Sunday Series Nursery Handicap (Jockey Club Grassroots Nursery Qualifier) Cl4 (2yo 0-80) 7f
ST ANDREW’S CASTLE had won on debut at Ayr back in June, beating Stromboli by a nose and showing a good attitude but the Iffraaj colt couldn’t back up that win next time out at Thirsk in novice company where he finished fourth although only beaten just over one length.
The winner of that race has come out and won since though and he shaped as if he may benefit from a stiffer test given how he finished off that race so this extra furlong ought to suit on that evidence and he can improve again tackling a handicap now.
With a stronger pace likely here he ought to make his presence felt and a mark of 79 looks workable so no surprise to see a big run from Iain Jardine’s charge.
5:45 Curragh – Irish Stallion Farms EBF “Northfields” Handicap (Premier Handicap) (3yo+) 1m2f
Lightly-raced VULTAN has returned this term in good order, winning at Roscommon on his reappearance in May and making the frame on all three subsequent starts which include finishing runner-up here two runs ago behind Effernock Fizz.
Soft ground was possibly an excuse for a below-par run at Tramore latest where he could only finish fourth to Gee Rex and beaten a fair distance, but back on quicker ground here he could do better.
The drop back to ten furlongs could also be a positive and the handicapper has eased him 1lb in the weights so he could be capable of a big performance with the prospect of further improvement to come given his lightly-raced profile.
6:00 Haydock – Sky Bet Sunday Series Fillies’ Handicap Cl4 (3yo+ 0-80) 1m
TURANDOT has run well on all three start at this venue and the Frankel filly could be worth chancing to get back to winning ways.
David O’Meara’s charge is a dual-winner this term with victories at Ayr and over course and distance two starts ago when beating Baby Alya by two lengths where she recorded a good time.
Not in the same form at Thirsk next time she can do better returning to this venue and having been eased 1lb in the weights can make her presence felt here given the form of that Thirsk run has seen both the runner-up and third win since.
6:25 Haydock – Sky Bet Sunday Series Middle Distance Handicap (A Jockey Club Grassroots Middle Distance Qualifier) Cl4 (3yo+ 0-85) 1m2½f
YORKSHIRE LADY looks to be going the right way judging by recent starts and the Ripon winner can follow up her most recent success where she won a shade comfortably at Sandown last month.
The Mukhadram filly had been in fair form inbetween those victories, twice making the frame including at this venue when only beaten one length and she readily picked up one who had got first run on her last time out.
She’s up 6lbs here and tackles a new trip, but on the evidence of her latest start she ought to stay and she can continue her improvement to win again.
6:55 Haydock – Sky Bet Sunday Series Handicap Cl4 (3yo+ 0-85) 2m
Donald McCain doesn’t have too many runners on the flat but GOOBINATOR got the job done in good style when going in at York back in July and the Noble Mission gelding could be worth chancing to follow up.
A useful hurdler he has a decent record on the level from his five starts in this sphere where he’s won twice and finished in the frame on the other occasions and he won a shade readily on the Knavesmire with a strong late run having travelled well into the contest.
He’s been pushed up 4lbs for that success which remains workable on his hurdles rating and the form and that York victory looks solid so he ought to remain competitive and can make his presence felt again here.