ITV Racing tips Saturday 12 October – Live TV tips for Newmarket and York

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections for Saturday’s televised horse racing action from Newmarket and York.

Following on from some classy horse racing action on the flat and over the sticks on Friday, the ITV Racing cameras are back for a second successive day with more live TV racing from Newmarket and York on Saturday.

Featuring the latest renewal of the famous Cesarewitch Handicap as well as the Group One Dewhurst Stakes, Saturday’s coverage of Newmarket will see four live races going to post; while on the Knavesmire at York there will be a trio of live TV contests headed by the competitive Coral Sprint Trophy.

2:20 Newmarket – Godolphin Flying Start Zetland Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 (2yo) 1m2f

2:40 York – Rockingham Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (2yo) 6f

2:55 Newmarket – Dubai Autumn Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 (2yo) 1m

3:15 York – Smart Money’s On Coral Handicap (96Plus Race) Cl2 (3yo+ 0-110) 1m2½f

3:30 Newmarket – Darley Dewhurst Stakes (Group 1) (Colts & Fillies) Cl1 (2yo) 7f

3:50 York – Coral Sprint Trophy Handicap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-105) 6f

4:10 Newmarket – Emirates Cesarewitch Stakes (Heritage Handicap) Cl2 (3yo+) 2m2f

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

2:20 Newmarket – Godolphin Flying Start Zetland Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 (2yo) 1m2f

TRITONIC (6/1, Unibet) may want further than this ten furlongs in time, but Alan King’s charge has looked a progressive sort in his three starts to date and may still have more to come as he bids to land a hat-trick of wins.

The Sea The Stars colt shaped with promise when denied by less than one length into fourth behind Fred at Haydock on his debut, and he has since stepped up on that experience to post back-to-back wins over one mile at Ffos Las and Newbury respectively.

The latest of those saw him beat Man Of The Night by almost two lengths, scoring readily but hinting that he might prefer an even stiffer test so it is no surprise that Alan King steps him up further in distance for this latest outing.

He may have further improvement to come, and a Group One entry in the upcoming Vertem Futurity Stakes shows he is a well-regarded sort by his handler. He’ll need to post a big effort in order to justify that ambition, but he could well do so here, and he can go close in his hat-trick bid.


Alan King can get amongst the winners at Newmarket on Saturday


2:40 York – Rockingham Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (2yo) 6f

Unbeaten LAMPANG (6/4, Coral) can land a hat-trick of wins stepping up in grade having ran out an impressive winner at Ripon latest with a five lengths’ defeat of Intrinsic Bond late in September.

Tim Easterby’s Dandy Man colt had made a good first impression when beating Panic Room at Carlisle back in August, and that form has been boosted since by the runner-up and fourth horses home both winning since.

However, he stepped up considerably on that debut success to score comfortably next time out, always travelling strongly and only needing to be pushed out to score impressively. He had daylight back to the runner-up and third who had in turn pulled clear of the rest, so it was a smart effort.

That may not be the strongest form, but he was a dominant winner and he can take the step up into Listed company in his stride to land a hat-trick of successes, and he could prove a tough nut to crack here.

2:55 Newmarket – Dubai Autumn Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 (2yo) 1m

The progressive MOLATHAM (9/4, Unibet) can take another step up the ladder and enhance his exciting reputation by winning this Group Three prize and landing a hat-trick of wins in the process.

Roger Varian’s Night Of Thunder colt was denied only by Mum’s Tipple on debut at York back in July, and that form has been franked; he duly stepped up on his near miss to beat Celtic Art at York, and that form also has been boosted since.

The Varian runner then made it two wins from three starts with a defeat of the smart Wichita at Doncaster last month to take the Listed Flying Scotsman Stakes. That runner-up won a Group Three next time out, and there ought to be more to come from him as he steps up to one mile.

Entries in the Vertem Futurity Trophy and next season’s Irish 2000 Guineas mark him out as a smart prospect, and he has done nothing to dissuade that impression his runs to date. With the potential for better still, he can land his three-timer here.title=Molatham (centre) cruises to victory under Jim Crowley at Doncaster


3:15 York – Smart Money’s On Coral Handicap (96Plus Race) Cl2 (3yo+ 0-110) 1m2½f

Richard Fahey could hold the key to this contest, and COOLAGH FOREST (6/1, Coral) gets the vote to follow up his latest success over course and distance where the Elzaam colt ran out a two lengths’ winner over Poets Dawn early last month.

A dual-winner earlier in the campaign, latterly running out an impressive winner of a Musselburgh handicap, he went off the boil somewhat in later runs following a break, although he perhaps had excuses to back up his poor runs including when failing to handle the track at Goodwood in August behind Forest Of Dean.

A change of tactics for his last outing appeared to work well, and he made all the running before finding plenty for pressure to run out a cosy winner, and a subsequent 6lbs rise could still be workable given he remains unexposed over this longer trip.

While his last win came in a slightly lower grade than this, he could be capable of making his mark back up in class and Paul Hanagan is 3-4 on the Elzaam colt so every chance the pair can combine again for another win if similar tactics are deployed.

3:30 Newmarket – Darley Dewhurst Stakes (Group 1) (Colts & Fillies) Cl1 (2yo) 7f

This is likely to be all about PINATUBO (4/11, Unibet) and whether he can cement his place at the head of the betting for next year’s Qipco 2000 Guineas, and given the way in which Charlie Appleby’s rising star has swept aside all opposition to date it would appear that this Group One outing is ripe for the picking by the unbeaten Shamardal colt.

He has progressed in leaps and bounds this campaign, winning a Group Two at Goodwood in July before routing a field which included Armory by nine lengths to run away with the National Stakes at the Curragh last month.

That in itself is decent form, with the runner-up going close in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere last weekend, while the fourth and fifth horses home both placed subsequently in Group races here during the Cambridgeshire Festival.

Still with the potential for significant improvement to come, he looks impossible to oppose on his form and performances to date, and he should have little trouble despatching this field of rivals to extend his unbeaten record to six.


Gunmetal (near, grey) powers home in a handicap at Newmarket last summer.


3:50 York – Coral Sprint Trophy Handicap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-105) 6f

It could be worth chancing on GUNMETAL (20/1, Coral) to go close given that the Clodovil gelding turns out here on the back of a very creditable runner-up effort behind Diamond Dougal at Ripon last month in the City Of The Dales Handicap.

David Barron’s charge is no stranger to these big field sprint contests, and although he hasn’t won for a year which also came at Ripon when winning last season’s Great St Wilfrid, he could be about to strike judging on that latest run.

Run down in the last furlong, he is only 1lb higher in the weights than when successful in that competitive Ripon contest last term, where he beat the progressive Dakota Gold. He should also get a strong pace to aim at in this competitive contest, while the ground is unlikely to present too much of an issue.

Assuming he can deliver a similar performance to that of his latest Ripon runner-up effort then he is entitled to be competitive in this contest and he can go well.

4:10 Newmarket – Emirates Cesarewitch Stakes (Heritage Handicap) Cl2 (3yo+) 2m2f

Three-year olds have a really poor record in this contest, but it could be worth chancing on lightly-raced RANCH HAND (12/1, Unibet) to defy the three-year old trend and Andrew Balding’s charge comes into this race on the back of a solid win at Haydock in soft ground last month, beating Trueshan by two lengths.

A stayer on the up, he was a winner of his first two starts on the all-weather back in the spring, which included a twelve lengths’ demolition of Say The Word, he was subsequently tried in Listed company when taking in the Listed Lingfield Derby Trial where he crossed the line in fifth and beaten around eight lengths behind Anthony Van Dyck despite being given too much to do.

Stepped up in distance for his next outing at this venue on the July Course where he contested the Bahrain Trophy, he was beaten around ten lengths into fifth behind Spanish Mission where he was hampered before running on late although he was never going to get seriously involved, and the ground that day may have been too quick for him in any case.

However, he looked well at home in the heavy conditions at Haydock, keeping on stoutly when faced with an even stiffer test of stamina and a 4lbs penalty for that success might not present enough of a burden to prevent him from another bold effort with this even more extreme yardage likely to suit. Assuming the drying ground doesn’t hinder, he remains a low-mileage sort who could easily have more to offer, and it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see him going well here.


2:20 Newmarket – TRITONIC (6/1, Unibet)

2:40 York – LAMPANG (6/4, Coral)

2:55 Newmarket – MOLATHAM (9/4, Unibet)

3:15 York – COOLAGH FOREST (6/1, Coral)

3:30 Newmarket – PINATUBO (4/11, Unibet)

3:50 York – GUNMETAL (20/1, Coral)

4:10 Newmarket – RANCH HAND (12/1, Unibet)