ITV Racing tips – Saturday racing TV tips at Warwick and Market Rasen
Saturday ITV Racing tips at Warwick and Market Rasen
The ITV Racing cameras are back in action on Saturday with seven races shown live from two of the day’s UK horse racing fixtures, assuming of course the weather doesn’t intervene!
All being well, Ed Chamberlain and the team will have their usual expert racing tips, insights and post-race analysis on the action from Warwick and Market Rasen with both cards going over the sticks.
Warwick’s feature race of the day is the Grade Two Leamington Novices’ Hurdle, while the Grade Three Classic Chase is also on the card; while there is Listed action at Market Rasen as well as some competitive handicap action on the card at the Lincolnshire venue.
We’ve looked over the day’s scheduled ITV Racing coverage and pick out our Saturday racing TV tips and best bets at both televised meetings.
ITV RACING TIPS 16 JANUARY – SATURDAY RACING TV TIPS AT WARWICK & MARKET RASEN
1:50 Warwick – McCoy Contractors Civils And Infrastructure Hampton Novices’ Chase (Grade 2) (GBB Race) Cl1 (5yo+) 3m
Colin Tizzard’s stable is quiet at the moment but it might be worth chancing FIDDLERONTHEROOF to give the yard a shot in the arm by taking this Grade Two prize.
The Stowaway gelding won the Tolworth Hurdle last time and made a good impression over fences, finishing runner-up to If The Cap Fits at Ffos Las in October before going one better at Exeter.
He’s done little wrong in successive runner-up efforts in Grade Two company at Newbury and Ascot and this step up in trip could unlock some improvement. He’s best treated on these terms, getting 5lbs from Paul Nicholl’s Next Destination despite being rated just 1lb lower in the official ratings and he could take advantage here.
2:05 Market Rasen – MansionBet Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race) Cl2 (4yo+) 2m½f
It might be worth chancing on a return to form by LANGER DAN who has disappointed on both his outings this term but might be rejuvenated by having had a wind operation.
Dan Skelton’s Okovango gelding won his first two starts over hurdles which included a Listed contest, after which he twice finished runner-up before running a very creditable sixth in the Fred Winter at the Cheltenham Festival behind Aramax.
He was beaten less than five lengths in that competitive contest from a mark 4lbs higher than today, while he has a good 7lbs claimer on board for this assignment so he’s clearly well-treated on these terms.
If the wind surgery has a positive effect then he could well bounce back from a couple of poor runs this term although he possibly had excuses for both, perhaps needing the run on his reappearance at Chepstow before having his stamina stretched when last seen. He remains capable of better and he could be worth chancing for his in-form yard to go well in this contest.
2:25 Warwick – Ballymore Leamington Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2) (GBB Race) Cl1 (5yo+) 2m5f
MIDNIGHT RIVER has shown progressive form over hurdles in his three starts to date, two of which have seen the Midnight Legend strike gold and Dan Skelton’s charge can land another win.
Some smart form in bumpers last term has been surpassed since switching to obstacles and he was last seen beating Gold Miner by just over one length at Leicester in November, scoring readily and looking value for more than the official winning distance.
That form might not be the strongest on offer, but his earlier runner-up at Cheltenham has been franked since by the winner going on to take a Grade Two contest and he handles these conditions so could well progress again for his in-form yard.
2:40 Market Rasen – MansionBet’s Bet 10 Get 20 Hurdle (GBB Race) Cl2 (5yo+) 2m7f
ON THE BLIND SIDE could be hard to beat if his run behind McFabulous at Kempton seven days ago hasn’t left a mark and if all is well then Nicky Henderson’s charge can get back to winning ways.
The Stowaway gelding didn’t really take to chasing over the past couple of campaigns, but he’s been rejuvenated returned to hurdles and he won on his reappearance at Cheltenham in November in a Listed contest prior to finding only one too good back there next time where he had reopposing Mohayyed – gave 9lbs – behind.
Nicky Henderson’s charge is better off at the weights with that rival and should confirm that form if repeating his performance from seven days ago and he looks the one to beat if this doesn’t come too soon.
3:00 Warwick – McCoy Contractors Civil Engineering Classic Handicap Chase (Grade 3) (GBB Race) Cl1 (5yo+) 3m5f
STORM CONTROL has been much improved by a step up in trip in recent runs and Kerry Lee’s charge arrives here chasing a hat-trick of wins having struck twice at Cheltenham, the latter of which came in a Grade Three when outgunning Potters Legend last month.
The September Storm gelding has been well served by the longer trip and he found plenty for pressure when challenged in that latest win despite idling and almost pulling himself up after the last so the he was perhaps value for more than the official winning margin.
He steps up again in trip which could unlock another jolt of improvement and a 5lbs rise in the weights might prove lenient given he’s still unexposed as a chaser. Conditions are no problem and he should give a good account here.
3:15 Market Rasen – Alan Swinbank Mares’ Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race (Listed Race) (GBB Race) Cl1 (4-6yo) 2m½f
Grangee represents Willie Mullins who won this race twelve months ago and the Great Pretender mare is the first Irish runner to travel to the UK since the travel ban was lifted.
She has to be respected but it might be worth chancing MERRY MISTRESS to make it 2-2 having looked a potentially useful sort when winning readily on her debut at Hereford last month where she struck by eight lengths.
Tom Symonds’ charge has since seen the runner-up go one better and while the form is perhaps only ordinary there could be better still to come from the Getaway mare who’ll have no issue with the conditions and open to improvement she can make her presence felt.
3:35 Warwick – Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle (Pertemps Hurdle Series Qualifier) (GBB Race) Cl2 (5yo+) 3m1f
COME ON TEDDY was progressive last term, relishing the step up to three miles to score at Market Rasen on his final start and Tom George’s charge was better for his reappearance fourth at Uttoxeter in November when readily beating On The Blind Side at Cheltenham last month where he rain out a five lengths’ victor.
He won well that day in what was a competitive contest and the runner-up has done no harm to the form; he could infact frank the form again by winning at Market Rasen earlier in the broadcast.
The Fame And Glory gelding handles testing ground well – both wins have come in the mud – and while he’s been pushed up 7lbs for that latest win there is a suspicion he has more to offer and he ought to go well again here where he can follow up that last-time success.