ITV Racing tips Saturday 11 January – Live TV tips for Kempton and Warwick

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Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections for Saturday's live ITV Racing coverage of the meetings from Kempton and Warwick.

The ITV Racing cameras return on Saturday with seven live races featuring the best of the day’s action from two of the day’s scheduled meetings.

With action coming from both Kempton and Warwick, where highlights include the Grade Two Silviniaco Conti Chase and the Lanazarote Hurdle from the former, as well as the Grade Two Leamington Hurdle and the Grade Three Classic Chase from the latter, there is plenty of classy action for armchair punters to look forward to on another cracking afternoon of TV racing action.

1:50 Warwick – McCoy Contractors 2020 Construction News-Awards Finalist Hampton Novices’ Chase (Grade 2) Cl1 (5yo+) 3m
2:05 Kempton – Unibet Silviniaco Conti Chase (Grade 2) Cl1 (5yo+) 2m4½f
2:25 Warwick – Ballymore Leamington Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2) Cl1 (5yo+) 2m5f
2:40 Kempton – Unibet Lanzarote Handicap Hurdle (Listed Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m5f
3:00 Warwick – McCoy Contractors Civil Engineering Classic Handicap Chase (Grade 3) Cl1 (5yo+) 3m5f
3:15 Kempton – Try Unibet New Uniboosts Handicap Chase Cl2 (5yo+ 0-150) 3m
3:35 Warwick – Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle (Series Qualifier) Cl2 (5yo+) 3m1f

Ed Chamberlain and the team will be on hand to offer up their usual expert tips, insights and post-race analysis on all seven races; while Brian Healy also gives his race-by-race selections for Saturday’s TV racing.

1:50 Warwick – McCoy Contractors 2020 Construction News-Awards Finalist Hampton Novices’ Chase (Grade 2) Cl1 (5yo+) 3m

ROLL AGAIN (11/2, Coral) was still travelling strongly when departing mid-race at Kempton on Boxing Day, and if none the worse for that mishap Venetia Williams’ charge can regain the winning thread here.

The Walk In The Park gelding was a winner over hurdles for Willie Mullins prior to joining this yard, and having shaped well on his first chase start at Market Rasen in November where he found only one too good, he stepped up on that run to get off the mark over fences at Ludlow last month with a three lengths’ defeat of Bobo Mac.

That success led to him being sent off favourite for his Kempton assignment where he raced keenly in front, and he was perhaps over-bold when coming to grief at the tenth fence. However, he could make amends here if that mishap hasn’t dented his confidence, and he could still have scope for better despite his new mark kicking in now.

Soft ground clearly suits, and he proved this trip was no issue when scoring on his penultimate start so it wouldn’t come as a shock to see him bounce back here.

2:05 Kempton – Unibet Silviniaco Conti Chase (Grade 2) Cl1 (5yo+) 2m4½f

This contest could develop into a match between defending champion Top Notch and FRODON (9/4, William Hill) with Paul Nicholls’ star taken to get back on the winning trail.

The Grade One Ryanair Chase winner – where he showed real tenacity in defeating Aso at Cheltenham – was one of three of his wins over this trip last term, while he also struck over further when taking the Cotswold Chase in determined fashion from Elegant Escape.

The Nickname gelding has finished third on both of his starts this campaign, not suited by the way the race developed with multiple fences being omitted as he eventually finished third behind Forest Bihan on his return to action.

He then faced a pretty stiff task in the Betfair Chase where he took on Lostintranslation and Bristol De Mail, finishing third of the four runners who went to post where he was beaten the better part of thirty lengths but perhaps shouldn’t be judged too harshly on that outing.

Paul Nicholls’ charge won the Grade Two Pendil Novices’ Chase here a couple of seasons ago, and he should appreciate the return to this shorter and sharper trip where he can get back to winning ways in what could prove a fairly ordinary Grade Two.

He sets the standard on official ratings where he has 6lbs in hand of Top Notch, but the pair contest from level weights here and he can make that advantage count for plenty by gaining his first success of the campaign.

Frodon can win Saturday’s Silviniaco Conti Chase for trainer Paul Nicholls.

2:25 Warwick – Ballymore Leamington Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2) Cl1 (5yo+) 2m5f

Colin Tizzard has made a bit of a habit of landing big weekend prizes, and HARRY SENIOR (6/1, Paddy Power) could be another success story for the Dorset handler with the Oscar gelding taken to claim this prize.

He has shown improved form with each start, progressing well to get off the mark at the fourth attempt with a bloodless win over Global Fame at Chepstow just after Christmas where he struck by five lengths and appearing suited by the stiffer test of stamina.

On the bare form he has a little bit to find with a couple of these, but he is clearly going the right way and has proven that soft ground is no issue. This further step up in trip also ought to suit and can deliver another jolt of improvement so he could be set for a big run stepping up in grade.

The form of his earlier Exeter runner-up finish in November has worked out extremely well with the winner, third, fourth and fifth horses all winning since and he can find the requisite improvement for his in-form handler to make his mark at this level.

2:40 Kempton – Unibet Lanzarote Handicap Hurdle (Listed Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m5f

Having fallen over fences last time out on his reappearance, BURROWS EDGE (13/2, Unibet) reverts to timber for this competitive handicap contest, and Nicky Henderson’s charge has run well on all three previous visits to this venue.

The Martaline gelding finished a good fourth behind Mister Malarky over two miles at this venue on his hurdling debut, after which he struck back-to-back successes around this longer trip at Market Rasen and Hereford respectively.

Perhaps not seen to best effect back at two miles in subsequent starts at Ffos Las and Sandown, finishing sixth to Ballymoy on the latter occasion, he made the frame both runs last term over course and distance and he was still to be asked for effort when falling on his chase debut at Ludlow last month.

He races off the same mark here as when finishing third to Wicked Willy in the Matchbook VIP Silver Plate, and a repeat of that effort ought to put him in the mix again.

Nicky Henderson

Nicky Henderson can win the Lanzarote Hurdle with Burrow’s Edge.

3:00 Warwick – McCoy Contractors Civil Engineering Classic Handicap Chase (Grade 3) Cl1 (5yo+) 3m5f

KIMBERLITE CANDY (5/1, William Hill) found only Walk In The Mill too strong in the recent Becher Chase on his seasonal reappearance, and with that run under his belt Tom Lacey’s charge could go one better here despite a 3lbs rise in the handicap.

The Flemensfirth gelding has won three times over fences, all on ground softer or worse, and he largely acquitted himself well in a light campaign where he struck a win at Ayr as well as finishing third to Classic Ben at Sandown.

He went well for a long way in the Eider Chase at Newcastle, possibly stretched by the trip late on although the quicker ground possibly wasn’t ideal; while he again likely found the ground against him in the Irish Grand National where he pulled up behind Burrows Saint.

He ought to strip fitter for his recent Aintree return, and these conditions hold no fears having posted all his winning form in testing conditions, so he could be set for a big run if seeing out this trip and it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see him going close.

3:15 Kempton – Try Unibet New Uniboosts Handicap Chase Cl2 (5yo+ 0-150) 3m

TOUCH KICK (4/1, Unibet) is taken to get back on the winning trail in receipt of 9lbs from On The Blind Side, and Paul Nicholls’ charge can bounce back from a slightly disappointing effort when last seen out.

The Presenting gelding is already a four-time winner over fences, scoring his latest success at Fakenham on his reappearance in October, and he possibly was unsuited by the drop in trip last time out at Aintree behind Hogan’s Height in the Grand Sefton Chase.

He made a couple of mistakes over the Grand National obstacles, but he plugged on well enough and will be suited by a return to this longer trip and more conventional fences so it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see an improved effort here.

The handicapper has eased him 1lb in the weights following that outing, and he made the frame on his only previous start here over hurdles. With soft ground no issue, he can post a big run where he can make the most of the weight he receives from Nicky Henderson’s rival.

Touch Kick can bounce back to form with a win at Kempton.

3:35 Warwick – Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle (Series Qualifier) Cl2 (5yo+) 3m1f

A competitive TV closer could go the way of DOC PENFRO (9/1, Ladbrokes) with Emma Lavelle’s charge open to plenty of improvement over timber after just three starts.

The Dr Massini gelding was thought good enough to contest the 2018 Champion Bumper won by Relegate when trained by Kevin Frost, although he beat only two rivals home; but he almost made a winning start to his hurdling career at Worcester in June that year, where he was beaten four lengths behind Black Kalanisi.

Subsequently off for more than one year and having moved yards, he shaped well despite looking in need of the run at Stratford on his reapperance, and he built on that effort to get off the mark in soft ground at Bangor latest where he ran out a comfortable winner over Bryden Boy with a four lengths’ victory.

He won readily, and while that form perhaps isn’t as strong as others in the race have to offer there is a suspicion that he surely has better to come, and the lightly-raced sort could have the scope to defy his 7lbs rise in the weights with the longer trip here likely to be in his favour.


1:50 Warwick – ROLL AGAIN (11/2, Coral)
2:05 Kempton – FRODON (9/4, William Hill)
2:25 Warwick – HARRY SENIOR (6/1, Paddy Power)
2:40 Kempton – BURROWS EDGE (8/1, Unibet)
3:00 Warwick – KIMBERLITE CANDY (5/1, William Hill)
3:15 Kempton – TOUCH KICK (4/1, Unibet)
3:35 Warwick – DOC PENFRO (9/1, Ladbrokes)