ITV Racing Tips – Our Picks For All Seven ITV4 Races On Friday

ITV4 are showing seven on the key races at Haydock and Newmarket on Friday, 23rd September, including both Group 2 races at Newmarket – the Rockfel Stakes and Joel Stakes.

We talk you through our selections for each race in the afternoon, including our tips for the three group races at Newmarket. Check those out below, alongside today’s best bets – which are free to view on-site now.

*Odds Correct at time of posting – 12:10pm Thursday 22nd September*

Rogue Spirit (1.30 Haydock) – 7/2

The opener at Haydock can go the way of ROGUE SPIRIT, who will appreciate the drop back in trip and can resume winning ways in what doesn’t look the strongest of races. 

His record over 5f reads 1213, with two of the three horses to have beaten him going on to either win or place in Group company since. He was no match for Eddie’s Boy in the Super Sprint on his last attempt at this trip, but that one has since bolted up to win a Group 3 in France by over six lengths. 

He hasn’t disgraced himself since stepping up to 6f but he’ll feel much more at home back down to the minimum. George Boughey’s Al Dasim will appreciate the drop in class after a poor showing in Listed company last time out, but he’ll have to improve to get the better of Rogue Spirit, who can get us off to a winning start at Haydock.

Random Harvest (1.50 Newmarket) – 14/1

We like one at a big price in this – Ed Walker’s RANDOM HARVEST looks overpriced here and can cause a minor upset. 

Since stepping up to a mile she has won a class 3, and has placed in three of the other four races, including a close second in Listed company last month. Rising Star beat her at Royal Ascot (and again beat her in that Listed race in August), but she gained a valuable win back at Ascot the following month, beating System in the process. 

She then finished third behind Tempus two weeks later, and that one has since won twice in Group 3 company to boost that form. She stepped up to Listed company and only found Rising Star too good again, but she did finish ahead of Crenelle that day, and is 3lb better off with that rival in this.

Crystal Caprice and Zanbaq look set to be the biggest dangers (in that order), but at the prices we’re happy to take them on with Random Harvest.

Foden (2.05 Haydock) – 5/1

FODEN has been off since winning at Beverley back in April, but the form of that race has worked out well and he can make a winning reappearance following an 163 day break. 

He rattled home that day and as already mentioned, the form of that race has been boosted multiple times since:

  • 2nd Evocative Spark – Won a class 3 next time out and has since won a class 2.
  • 3rd Truely Aclaimed – Won a class 4 and class 3 since. 
  • 4th Piastrella – Won a class 4 since. 
  • 5th Exminster – Won a class 3 since. 

He won that race following a 174 day break, so the break here shouldn’t be a problem. The extra half a furlong here should be a positive, as he rattled home that day and kept on in the manner of a horse who would need further in the future.  

Recent Windsor scorer Croupier looks to be the biggest danger, but we’re confident Foden can follow up that Beverley success here.

Eternal Pearl (2.25 Newmarket) – 5/2

ETERNAL PEARL has taken the step up to 1m 4f in her stride and has won her last three races, including a Group 3 over in Deauville last time out. This will be a tougher test but the Frankel filly has the makings of being a top class filly and she gets our vote here. 

William Buick has been on board for all six of her races and remains on board here, which is a nice boost to her chances considering the red-hot form he’s been in all season. The way she won at Deauville last time out was super impressive, going from last to first in some style. She’s already won over C&D too, getting up to win a Listed race here in July.

Sea Silk Road previously beat Eternal Pearl over 1m 2f back in May and heads the betting – she will be a big danger dropping in class, but we’re hoping Eternal Pearl can put that course experience to good use here to land an impressive four-timer.

Speycaster (2.40 Haydock) – 4/1

SPEYCASTER finished a solid fourth at Haydock on his first attempt over 1m 6f, and that was a better race than this. He looks the one to side with as he bids for a first win of the season. 

That was a class 2 race he was in at Haydock, so he should appreciate this drop into class 3 company, and the form of that race has worked out nicely since. The runner-up (Giavellotto) bolted up in a similar race next time out, and followed that up by placing in the St Leger earlier this month. Speycaster was only four lengths off that runner, so that form is by far the best on offer in this. 

He had Double Cherry and Sea King well beaten at Haydock and we see no reason for either horse to reverse that form here. The biggest danger could come from Baltic Bird, who takes a big drop in class after finishing last in the Queen’s Vase, but he will have to be at his best to get the better of Speycaster.

Olivia Maralda (3.00 Newmarket) – 5/1

Commissioning looks set to go off a heavy favourite following an impressive victory on debut here back in July, but the form of that race hasn’t worked out brilliantly, so we’re taking her on with OLIVIA MARALDA.

Since stepping up to 7f, she bolted up to win at Newbury by seven lengths, before only finding Meditate too good in the Debutante Stakes. The form of that race received a welcome boost with Meditate only finding one too good in the Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes on unsuitably soft ground. 

Olivia Maralda is the only runner Irish trainer M O’Callaghan sends over to Newmarket on Friday, and we’re confident she has what it takes to win this, at the chief expense of Dance In The Grass and Commissioning.

Potapova (3.35 Newmarket) – 5/2

The drop back to a mile was a wise move with POTAPOVA, who won going away in the Atalanta Stakes last time out. She can follow up here in what doesn’t look the strongest renewal of the Joel Stakes. 

She returned to action with a close second in Listed company back in April, and the form of that race has worked out extremely well. My Astra (3rd) won next time out and came second in the G1 Pretty Polly Stakes, and Lola Showgirl (4th) won the G3 Chartwell Fillies’ Stakes next time out. 

She was then just touched off by Bashkirova in the G3 Princess Elizabeth Stakes, but Ryan Moore was slow taking the blindfold off, which put paid to her chances. She then stepped up in trip but failed to handle the extra distance. She got back to winning ways dropped back to a mile and should have enough to follow up here. 

The booking of Ryan Moore is a positive to our selections chances, with the top jockey being the second most successful jockey in the race and has won two of the last seven renewals. He can steer Potapova to a first Group 2 victory, with Tempus and Pogo the most likely to chase her home.