ITV Racing tips Saturday 23 November – Live TV tips for Haydock and Ascot

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Brian Healy looks ahead to Saturday's live TV horse racing action and gives his ITV racing tips for the day's televised coverage of Haydock and Ascot.

The ITV Racing cameras are in action again on Saturday with more classy action covering the best of the day’s racing from Haydock where the Grade One Betfair Chase goes to post, as well as from Ascot where there is Grade Two action with the Christy1965 Chase featuring a mouthwatering clash between Altior and Cyrname.

In all, seven races will make up Saturday’s broadcast with four from Haydock, and a trio of contests from Ascot.

1:50 Haydock – Betfair Exchange Handicap Hurdle Cl2 (4yo+) 2m3f
2:05 Ascot – Christy 1965 Chase (Grade 2) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m5f
2:25 Haydock – Betfair Best Odds On ITV Races Stayers’ Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) Cl1 (4yo+) 3m½f
2:40 Ascot – Coral Hurdle (Registered As The Ascot Hurdle) (Grade 2) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m3½f
3:00 Haydock – Betfair Chase (Grade 1) (Registered As The Lancashire Chase) Cl1 (5yo+) 3m1½f
3:20 Ascot – Gerard Bertrand Hurst Park Handicap Chase Cl2 (4yo+) 2m1f
3:40 Haydock – Better Value On The Betfair Exchange Stayers’ Handicap Chase Cl3 (4yo+ 0-135) 3m4½f

Ed Chamberlain and the team will be on hand again to offer their usual expert tips, insights and post-race analysis on all the live TV action, and Brian Healy gives his ITV racing tips and race-by-race selections for Saturday’s telly racing.

1:50 Haydock – Betfair Exchange Handicap Hurdle Cl2 (4yo+) 2m3f

HONEST VIC (13/2, 888Sport) got to within a head of Brio Conti in a competitive handicap at Ascot back in February, and Henry Daly’s charge can follow up his most recent success at Market Rasen on his reappearance last month.

The Kalanisi gelding had a short-head to spare over subsequent Aintree scorer Skandiburg on that occasion, with the pair pulling some fifteen lengths clear of the remainder. He showed a real tenacity to hold on and repel the strong challenge of the runner-up, and he can remain competitive despite a 6lbs rise in the weights.

He is 2-3 since being fitted with a visor, and while this represents a tougher test back up in grade he ought to be sharper for that recent winning reappearance and he can strike again.

2:05 Ascot – Christy 1965 Chase (Grade 2) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m5f

It is disappointing that only three runners turn out for this Grade Two prize, but despite the numbers this contest throws up a fascinating duel between rising chase star Cyrname and the imperious ALTIOR (4/6, Ladbrokes) who steps up markedly in trip and goes beyond 2m 2f for the first time in hs career.

And if the longer trip doesn’t present an issue then the dual-Champion Chase winner can put the young pretender to the sword and extend his unbeaten obstacles sequence to 20 wins.

Paul Nicholls’ progressive chaser rounded off last term with a Grade One win at this venue, beating Waiting Patiently to land the Ascot Chase, and he has had wind surgery since that outing. He had also won a handicap here prior to that success, but he had appeared to need his reappearance that season and it may be the case again here, while that Ascot Chase perhaps wasn’t the strongest of renewals.

Nevertheless, he was impressive in his victory but he was being trounced in handicaps earlier in that campaign and now taking on the dual-Champion Chase winner demands significantly more, and Nicky Henderson’s star looked last term as if he was ready for a step up in trip despite winning all five of his starts.

His last seven victories have all come at Grade One level, and he has beaten the best around over two miles despite perhaps posting more workmanlike than flashy performances in his last few wins. However, he should get a good pace here with the front-running Cyrname likely to set the fractions, and if he sees out the extra distance then the High Chaparral gelding should make it win number 15 over fences.

Altior

Altior can win the Christy1965 Chase at Ascot on Saturday

2:25 Haydock – Betfair Best Odds On ITV Races Stayers’ Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) Cl1 (4yo+) 3m½f

LISNAGAR OSCAR (15/2, Paddy Power) won the Grade Two Prestige Novices’ Hurdle over course and distance last term prior to posting solid runs in defeat at the Cheltenham and Aintree Festivals, and Rebecca Curtis’ charge could be worth chancing back over the smaller obstacles to resume winning ways returned to the scene of his latest success.

The Oscar gelding has had two chase starts this campaign, narrowly beaten on his return at Chepstow but going the wrong way when readily thrashed by almost twenty lengths next time at Stratford behind the impressive Black Op.

Perhaps the testing ground on that occasion wasn’t to his liking, and he could do better on this quicker surface where he returns to hurdles from what could prove a workable opening mark so it wouldn’t come as a huge surprise to see him bouncing back here with a better effort.

2:40 Ascot – Coral Hurdle (Registered As The Ascot Hurdle) (Grade 2) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m3½f

If The Cap Fits won this race twelve months ago, coming from out of the clouds to score; but he had had the benefit of a run prior and the Milan gelding doesn’t have that luxury here.

However, ROKSANA (11/4, William Hill) does arrive here on the back of an earlier outing, and Dan Skelton’s charge can gain revenge on her defeat behind the defending champion when the pair clashed at Aintree back in April over three miles where Harry Fry’s charge came out on top.

The Dubai Destination mare won the Grade One Mares’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival last term, although she benefited from the fall of Benie Des Dieux having looked booked for the runner-up berth.

She made a very pleasing return to action when just denied by the rallying Top Notch two weeks ago at Aintree, and likely to be sharper now she could take plenty of beating now if building on that outing.

With race-fitness on her side as well as receiving 7lbs from the reigning champion she could take full advantage here to get back on the scoresheet.

3:00 Haydock – Betfair Chase (Grade 1) (Registered As The Lancashire Chase) Cl1 (5yo+) 3m1½f

Bristol De Mai is unbeaten in four starts at the Merseyside track, and Nigel Twiston-Davies’ charge is sure to make a bold bid for a third successive Betfair Chase crown.

However, the Saddler Maker gelding might be forced to play second-fiddle to the rising star LOSTINTRANSLATION (13/8, William Hill) who made an impressive return to action at Carlisle earlier in the month, and Colin Tizzard’s charge can improve for the run.

A Grade One runner-up as a hurdler, he took a little time last term to get to grips with fences although he likely would have beaten La Bague Au Roi on his second outing when taking the third-last fence at Newbury by the roots when travelling best and losing all chance with that blunder.

He then gamely won the Dipper Novices’ Chase at Cheltenham, beating Defi Du Seuil, and he lost no caste in defeat in subsequent runs behind that rival at Sandown and Cheltenham before making a Grade One breakthrough upped in trip at Aintree where he vanquished RSA Chase winner Topofthegame.

One slight mistake aside at Carlisle on his reapperance, he jumped for fun to demolish his rivals in the Listed Colin Parker Memorial Chase and he will only get better so every chance he can cement his growing status as one of the most promising staying chasers in training with a win here.

Lostintranslation

Lostintranslation can continue his rise to the top by winning Saturday’s Betfair Chase.

3:20 Ascot – Gerard Bertrand Hurst Park Handicap Chase Cl2 (4yo+) 2m1f

CAPELAND (9/2, Ladbrokes) likely would have got the better of the reopposing Diego Du Charmil in the recent Byrne Group Chase over course and distance but for being bumped out of the race by the eventual winner on the run to the last fence, where the winner crashed through the wing of the fence but not before pushing his stablemate onto the wrong side of the fence rail.

Paul Nicholls’ charge however could gain some revenge here, and a repeat of that performance where he was travelling best the Nicholls pair on the run to the last could see him come out on top this time around with a bit more luck in running.

The Poliglote gelding won three times over fences last season, and he was getting 4lbs at the weights from his stablemate last time out, so he meets his last-time conquerer on better terms now.

Assuming that last-fence mishap last time out hasn’t dented confidence or left a mark then he ought to give another bold show here and he can come out on top.

3:40 Haydock – Better Value On The Betfair Exchange Stayers’ Handicap Chase Cl3 (4yo+ 0-135) 3m4½f

KNOW THE SCORE (4/1, Coral) can step up on his reappearance success at Worcester in October, and David Pipe’s charge can make it 2-2 for the season.

The Flemensfirth gelding was a hurdles winner at Hexham last December, and he ran better than the result in both subsequent defeats at Bangor and Wetherby respectively before returning from seven months off the track and wind surgery to beat Supremely Lucky latest.

That was his chase debut, and he scored readily by a half-length with the front pair pulling clear of the rest. He has a 7lbs rise in the weights to contend with here, but there could be better still to come from him, and likely to strip fitter for that return then he can follow up here.

David Pipe

David Pipe can saddle a TV winner on Saturday.

ITV RACING TIPS SATURDAY 23 NOVEMBER – ASCOT & HAYDOCK

1:50 Haydock – HONEST VIC (13/2, 888Sport)
2:05 Ascot – ALTIOR (4/6, Ladbrokes)
2:25 Haydock – LISNAGAR OSCAR (15/2, Paddy Power)
2:40 Ascot – ROKSANA (11/4, William Hill)
3:00 Haydock – LOSTINTRANSLATION (13/8, William Hill)
3:20 Ascot – CAPELAND (9/2, Ladbrokes)
3:40 Haydock – KNOW THE SCORE (4/1, Coral)