ITV Racing Tips – Previews & Selections for All Eight Saturday Races
ITV Racing Tips on Saturday, February 12th
The cards at Newbury and Warwick make up the live ITV action, we have scoured through these to provide our ITV tips for all eight scheduled races. Check these out below, with our top tips providing extra selections on what promises to be an unmissable day of racing.
Bravemansgame (1.15 Newbury, Betfair Cheltenham Roarcast Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase)
The form of the Paul Nicholls yard has been well publicised recently, but even so, it is difficult to get away from the claims of BRAVEMANSGAME dropped to this level.
The 7yo has jumped impeccably in his three chase starts to date, and even accounting for the fact that he’s beaten only nine rivals during that time his latest victory came at Grade 1 level when accounting for last weekend’s runaway Towton winner Ahoy Senor.
He holds an official rating of 159 and although that means he must concede upwards of 16lb now running at handicap level he looks well equipped to carry a big weight and simply put should prove a class above these and book his spot at next month’s Cheltenham Festival.
Grumpy Charley can be a little in and out but still rates the main danger to the selection.
Recommended BetBRAVEMANSGAME (1:15pm Newbury) 4/5 Bet Now! New Customers only. 18+. T&C’s Apply. begambleaware.org.
Marie’s Rock (1.35 Warwick, Virgin Bet Warwick Mares’ Hurdle)
Paul Webber’s Indefatigable has proven a superstar for connections down the years and one of her seven career wins came in the 2020 renewal of this contest. She is now a 9yo, however, must concede weight all round, and looks in need of 3m.
The better bet at the prices, therefore, appears to be MARIE’S ROCK.
Nicky Henderson’s charge looked a potentially classy horse early in her career and got herself back in the winner’s circle at Kempton on penultimate run, when demolishing a solid field of middle-distance handicappers.
She failed to complete in the Lanzarote back at that venue subsequently, yet that showing can easily be forgiven as she was all but brought down by a faller at the second hurdle.
Barring incident she can gain compensation here, with trip, track, and ground all looking in her favour.
Recommended BetMARIE'S ROCK (1:35pm Warwick) 3/1 Bet Now! New Customers only. 18+. T&C’s Apply. begambleaware.org.
The Brimming Water (1.50 Newbury, Daily Rewards With Betfair Handicap Hurdle)
This looks a fairly modest staying handicap hurdle. Last year’s winner Polish is back down to his winning mark of 130 and should go well, albeit recent performances haven’t exactly screamed imminent winner.
Risk And Roll is up 10lb for his latest win, and the other all arrive out of sorts, so it’s difficult to look past Sam Drinkwater’s THE BRIMMING WATER.
This son of Yeats showed a great attitude to score at Wetherby on Boxing Day, and the runner-up, Unexpected Party, has since franked that form at Ascot.
Although a beaten favourite stepped up to 3m at Haydock subsequently, The Brimming Water is now fitted with a first-time tongue tie, which could help him to see out this distance, and on the pick of his form there are surely races to be won with him off a mark of 127.
Recommended BetTHE BRIMMING WATER (1:50pm Newbury) 3/1 Bet Now! New Customers only. 18+. T&C’s Apply. begambleaware.org.
Third Time Lucki (2.05 Warwick, Virgin Bet Kingmaker Novices’ Chase)
A cracking renewal of the Kingmaker in prospect.
THIRD TIME LUCKI was behind Edwardstone in the Henry VIII Novices’ Chase at Sandown in December, yet he put that showing behind him when demolishing a smart field in the Lightning Novices’ Chase at Doncaster last month.
For Pleasure set a solid pace that day and can be expected to perform front-running duties once again, something that should concern potential Brave Seasca backers.
Edwardstone has had an excellent season and is a course and distance winner, yet there’s a feeling that he caught Third Time Lucki on an off-day at Sandown and if Dan Skelton’s charge is back to his best here he looks worth backing to reverse the form.
Recommended BetTHIRD TIME LUCKI (2:05pm Warwick) 2/1 Bet Now! New Customers only. 18+. T&C’s Apply. begambleaware.org.
Clan Des Obeaux (2.25 Newbury, Betfair Denman Chase)
Royale Pagaille scored under a big weight in last month’s Peter Marsh Handicap Chase but he is yet to prove he can produce similar performances on better ground and looks worth opposing as a result.
Eldorado Allen has stamina to prove upped to this distance for the first time, Imperial Aura hasn’t completed a race since November 2020 and 2019 Ladbrokes Trophy winner De Rasher Counter has a 16-month absence to overcome.
By the process of elimination therefore, it is CLAN DES OBEAUX that gets the verdict.
The dual King George winner produced some scintillating performances last spring, and although below his best at Kempton on last month’s seasonal reappearance attempting to win a Grade 1 at his age first time out was always going to prove a tough ask.
Better can be expected from Clan Des Obeaux here and this will be just his second start below the top level in almost three years.
Recommended BetCLAN DES OBEAUX (2:25pm Newbury) 1/1 Bet Now! New Customers only. 18+. T&C’s Apply. begambleaware.org.
Funambule Sivola (3.00 Newbury, Betfair Exchange Game Spirit Chase)
Just the four line-up for this year’s Game Spirit but all hold some resonance of chance on their best form.
Sceau Royal took last year’s renewal and went on to finish an unlucky fifth in the Queen Mother Champion Chase, but he was well held at Sandown when last seen in this sphere and he struggled over hurdles at Cheltenham last time, which makes him look a little vulnerable under a 6lb penalty.
Hitman is the obvious danger on ratings yet he is probably at his best over 2m4f and therefore it could pay to take a chance on FUNAMBULE SIVOLA.
This 7yo gelding has proven most progressive since sent chasing, matching his career-best RPR when running out a game winner of a handicap chase at Doncaster last month.
His previous best was a staying-on 3 1/4l defeat to Shishkin in last season’s Maghull Novices’ Chase and when marrying that form up with the likes of Sceau Royal and Hitman he doesn’t seem to have masses to find.
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The King Of May (3.15 Warwick, Virgin Bet Warwick Castle Handicap Chase)
Plenty in with chances here in what looks a wide-open handicap chase, but THE KING OF MAY catches the eye having bounced back to form in some fashion when scoring at Sedgefield last month.
This clearly represents a significant step up in class, yet The King Of May appeared to have plenty in hand and a subsequent 7lb rise still leaves him 1lb below a previous winning mark.
The King Of May has classy backform in handicap chases behind the likes of Zanza and First Flow, and whilst he has run well on a variety of ground conditions it’s notable that four of five career wins have been recorded on ground officially described as good to soft – conditions he is expected to face on Saturday.
Celebre D’Allen is a handicapper going places and warrants respect reverted to fences, albeit he has a little to prove on this quicker surface, so the main danger to the selection could come via the classy Cheddleton.
Recommended BetTHE KING OF MAY (3:15pm Warwick) 9/1 Bet Now! New Customers only. 18+. T&C’s Apply. begambleaware.org.
Jpr One (3.35 Newbury, Betfair Hurdle)
Long-time market leader Broomfield Burg looked a horse to follow when dismantling a Kempton novice hurdle on Boxing Day, and his form prior has also worked out well since.
Whilst he must be respected, it is difficult to get away from the claims of JPR ONE running off just 10st 9lb here.
Colin Tizzard’s charge took an Exeter novice hurdle on racecourse debut back in November and connections waxed lyrical about him afterwards. That Exeter form has worked out very well since with the runner-up now rated 135 and the third rated 134.
That was a hell of a performance with no experience under his belt, and it adds weight to the theory that Jpr One could be let in lightly here off an opening mark of 130.
Good ground looks ideal for this Court Cave gelding (out of a Presenting mare) and a recent Taunton victory should have teed him up nicely for a tilt at this contest.