ITV Racing Tips – Previews & Selections for All ELEVEN Saturday Races
ITV Racing Tips on Saturday, August 6th
The cards at Ascot, Haydock, Newmarket and the Curragh make up the live ITV action, we have scoured through these to provide our tips for all eleven scheduled races. Check these out below, with our top tips providing Nap, Double, Treble and Lucky 15 selections on what promises to be an unmissable day of racing.
Bowman (1.35 Ascot) 16/1
Orbaan is an obvious player for the Dubai Duty Free Full Of Surprises Classified Stakes on the back of his impressive Golden Mile success. He’s far from the most prolific, however, with that just his fourth career win, and his first since July 2020, and with that in mind BOWMAN is preferred.
The first thing to note when looking at this lineup is that the majority prefer to be held up, and that leaves the potential for Bowman to nick this from the front.
Laura Mongan’s charge did exactly that when running out an 80/1 winner at Epsom on Derby Day, and went close to repeating the trick back at that venue next time out.
He was below his best at Goodwood ten days ago, yet his form figures at that venue now read 080, so there’s every chance that the track doesn’t suit, and it’s worth noting that he only gave best late on there.
Aussie rider Kerrin McEvoy gets the ride here, and if he judges the pace right Bowman might not see another rival.
Recommended BetBOWMAN (1:35pm Ascot) 16/1 Bet Now! New Customers only. 18+. T&C’s Apply. begambleaware.org.
Manaccan (2.10 Ascot) 6/1
We know plenty about lots of these runners, but the 3yo MANACCAN is the angle into the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Dash making just his ninth career start.
John Ryan’s colt was a smart juvenile last term, bolting up in a Newmarket novice before running creditable races in defeat in pattern company at the backend of the season.
He stepped forward on a Newmarket reappearance when a close-up fifth in the Palace Of Holyroodhouse Handicap over this course and distance, and that form’s received boosts since.
Manaccan looked a little unfortunate at Chester last time, failing to get a clear run on the inner until late, and once he’d got through, the winner had flown. This more galloping track will suit Manaccan, and there’s a suspicion that he may be a pattern horse masquerading as a handicapper.
Recommended BetMANACCAN (2:10pm Ascot) 6/1 Bet Now! New Customers only. 18+. T&C’s Apply. begambleaware.org.
Electrical Storm (2.25 Haydock) 2/1
The Betfred ‘Play Fred’s £5 Million’ Handicap looks like a good opportunity for ELECTRICAL STORM to get back to winning ways.
Saeed bin Suroor’s 5yo returned from a 551-day absence to land a York handicap back in June, and he was far from disgraced when attempting to supplement that at Sandown last time, doing best of those that raced up with the pace in finishing third, only giving best inside the last half-furlong.
He’ll be far better suited by dropping back to a mile on this less demanding track, whilst being by Dubawi, the softer ground won’t inconvenience either. Some of Electrical Storm’s early-career form behind the likes of Well Of Wisdom and Threat suggests that he’s a well-handicapped horse off a mark of 92, and with respect to the remainder of this field he looks the class angle in the race.
Recommended BetELECTRICAL STORM (2:25pm Haydock) 2/1 Bet Now! New Customers only. 18+. T&C’s Apply. begambleaware.org.
Island Brave (2.45 Ascot) 9/1
Super Superjack is bound to be popular for this year’s Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Stayers, having looked unfortunate not to land a Glorious Goodwood handicap last Friday.
It’s going to take all of jockey Nicola Currie’s nouse to get the gelding in front, however, given he’s far from the easiest ride going, and therefore at the prices preference instead goes to ISLAND BRAVE.
Heather Main’s 8yo is a classy sort when on song, as he showed when showing a game attitude to land the Old Borough Cup at Haydock last September.
He’s 0-9 since then, but has caught the eye the last twice, running better than the bare result when tenth in the Copper Horse Handicap here (only beaten just over 5l) before a respectable Northumberland Plate eighth behind the high-class Trueshan.
Island Brave has now dropped to a mark of 95, which is 3lb below his Old Borough Cup winning rating, and this quick ground will suit him. He did well to finish a close fourth in this race last year coming from well off the pace on ground softer than ideal, so 12 months later on a faster surface off a 4lb lower mark, he must firmly enter calculations.
Recommended BetISLAND BRAVE (2:45pm Ascot) 9/1 Bet Now! New Customers only. 18+. T&C’s Apply. begambleaware.org.
Anmaat (3.00 Haydock) 5/1
Grocer Jack was very impressive in Listed company at Newbury last time, but everything possible went his way there and the form’s certainly open to question.
Whether he truly warrants an official rating of 118 has to be open to question, and the vote instead here goes to the progressive ANMAAT.
This Shadwell gelding is yet to finish out of the three in eight starts to date, looking mightily unlucky not to take the Cambridgeshire at Newmarket back in September after being run down in the shadows of the post.
Anmaat was backed into joint-favouritism for the prestigious John Smith’s Cup at York on seasonal reappearance, and he justified that support by running out a cosy half-length winner. The runner-up (who Anmaat conceded 10lb to) has since franked the form with a Listed success, whilst the fourth has also won since, so the form looks strong.
This will be Anmaat’s first run in pattern company but he’s certainly going the right way and some of his early career form includes a Kempton novice run where he split subsequent Group winners, which would suggest that he’s certainly not out of place in this company.
Recommended BetANMAAT (3:00pm Haydock) 5/1 Bet Now! New Customers only. 18+. T&C’s Apply. begambleaware.org.
The Whipmaster (3.20 Ascot) 4/1
Ascot’s Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Challenge market is currently headed by Pride Of Priory, who has won his last two starts. Both of those victories came in single-figure field sizes on the all-weather, however, and he’s got a little to prove back in this bigger field on turf.
Second favourite Charging Thunder is also chasing a hat-trick, albeit he looked all out to score at Newmarket last time, and a 2lb rise demands more.
Gary Moore’s THE WHIPMASTER came up short last time in his bid for a fifth consecutive win, but he might just have bumped into one there, and it’s worth noting that the front two pulled 14l clear of the remainder of the field.
The handicapper has pushed The Whipmaster up a pound for that, but there’s every chance that we’re still yet to see the best of him, with an impressive Windsor handicap success on the penultimate start a victory worth taking note of.
Recommended BetTHE WHIPMASTER (3:20pm Ascot) 4/1 Bet Now! New Customers only. 18+. T&C’s Apply. begambleaware.org.
Ivory Madonna (3.40 Newmarket) 6/1
There’s Group action in store at Newmarket on Saturday in the shape of the Jewson Sweet Solera Stakes, with IVORY MADONNA fancied to belatedly gain her first career success.
This grey stepped forward markedly on a respectable Goodwood debut to finish a 66/1 third in the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot, form which has been franked with the second now a Group 2 winner and the fourth a Group 3 winner.
At both Goodwood and Ascot Ivory Madonna fell out of the stalls, but she was more professional when runner-up in a novice over course and distance last time, and whilst it was a little disappointing that she couldn’t get the job done there she wasn’t beaten all that far behind a potentially smart debutante.
On her Royal Ascot running, Ivory Madonna is, without doubt, the one to beat here, and whilst there are some once-raced last-time-out winners sitting prominently in the betting, this tends to go to a filly with plenty of race experience, which is a bracket that Ivory Madonna certainly falls into.
Recommended BetIVORY MADONNA (3:40pm Newmarket) 6/1 Bet Now! New Customers only. 18+. T&C’s Apply. begambleaware.org.
Montassib (3.55 Ascot) 5/2
The best bet across the Saturday ITV races comes in the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Mile, where MONTASSIB can be backed with confidence to get back to winning ways.
This son of Exceed And Excel has only been seen the five times on the track, winning his first three starts before going close in the competitive Buckingham Palace and Bunbury Cup Handicaps the last twice.
On both occasions, Montassib has shaped as though he’d appreciate stepping up to a mile, which he finally does here, and it’s obviously fallen well that Danny Tudhope has been drawn to ride, given he already knows the horse having ridden him to score on debut.
Bopedro made a promising debut for David O’Meara when fourth here a fortnight ago, and Jamie Spencer looks a good match for this confirmed hold-up horse. He might be better suited to Ascot’s straight mile than this track, however.
Recommended BetMONTASSIB (3:55pm Ascot) 5/2 Bet Now! New Customers only. 18+. T&C’s Apply. begambleaware.org.
Bradsell (4.15 Curragh) 7/4
The Group 1 action this weekend comes from the Curragh, which hosts an enthralling renewal of the Phoenix Stakes.
Blackbeard is a potentially overpriced runner here given that there appears a possibility that he’ll be allowed an uncontested lead and is well suited to this track.
Preference goes to BRADSELL, however, who had both Blackbeard and Persian Force behind when landing the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot last time.
This race was immediately nominated as his next target, and that Coventry form has received boost after boost since with the second, third and fourth all now Group 2 winners. Bradsell was in front for quite a while at Ascot but expect him to be delivered later here under Hollie Doyle, and this can seem him claim Group 1 honours for trainer Archie Watson.
Recommended BetBRADSELL (4:15pm Curragh) 7/4 Bet Now! New Customers only. 18+. T&C’s Apply. begambleaware.org.
Berkshire Breeze (4.30 Ascot) 7/2
This year’s Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Classic looks like a good opportunity for BERKSHIRE BREEZE to belatedly break his maiden tag.
Andrew Balding’s charge hasn’t managed to score in his six starts to date, yet he has finished no worse than fourth in any of those outings and has some very smart form to his name which includes a Chester maiden third to the now 107-rated Secret State (94-rated Honiton second).
That form suggests that a mark of 85 may well underestimate Berkshire Breeze, and he comes into this on the back of a career-best in a 1m6f handicap here, when a fast-finishing second, beaten just a head.
Berkshire Shadow appeared to briefly hit the front there before spotting the chute back to the parade ring and hanging to his left.
Whilst evidently not the most straightforward, a strongly run 1m4f might just see Berkshire Breeze to best effect, and trainer Andrew Balding and owners the Berkshire partnership have previous in this event having sent out Berkshire Blue to land the 2018 renewal.
Recommended BetBERKSHIRE BREEZE (4:30pm Ascot) 7/2 Bet Now! New Customers only. 18+. T&C’s Apply. begambleaware.org.
Spangled Mac (5.05 Ascot) 9/2
There’s little doubt that Razeyna is a well-handicapped horse here and she can’t be dismissed, but she is a filly that needs things to drop right and has been beaten at skinny odds in two of her four career starts, so might not be one to take a short price about.
Preference instead goes to the more straightforward SPANGLED MAC, who has now managed to win each of his last four starts, all wins admittedly coming in small fields at a lower level than this.
He wasn’t far off the current Nunthorpe favourite in a Bath novice back in June, however, when attempting to concede 5lb, which obviously now looks an above-average piece of form, and he won authoritatively at Yarmouth last time despite hanging left.
Spangled Mac won with bags in hand there, so it’s no shock to see him up 6lb, and he strikes as the type who might be even better in a stronger race, a theory which is put to the test today.