ITV Racing Tips – Selections For All Eight Races on Saturday
Our Editor’s Tips Across All ITV Races
The cards at Newbury and Newcastle are packed with stars on Saturday. Five races from Newbury and three from Newcastle will be screened live on ITV3 and ITV and our editor has tipped one horse from each televised race.
Killer Clown – 1:15 Newbury
It will be interesting to see how Somptueux gets on for Henry de Bromhead and Rachael Blackmore ahead of the Ladbrokes Trophy. However, though Irish runners have done so well in their raids on British handicaps this year, he isn’t obviously well-treated. Preference is for KILLER CLOWN, who made his return in the Old Roan Chase at Aintree recently. Though only sixth that day, the form of that contest is working out very strongly and he should improve. There are handicap victories awaiting Topofthecotswolds and Espoir De Teillee at some point soon too.
Valleres – 1:30 Newcastle
Only four runners for this novices’ handicap and it’s very difficult to oppose VALLERES, who was third in a bunched finish to a Newbury handicap on his return. The sixth from that race, Oscar Robertson, hacked up on his next start earlier this week and Valleres has been dropped 1lb despite that effort. We didn’t learn anything about Winds Of Fire on his chasing debut, but that makes him the most intriguing rival ahead of Cooper’s Cross and Tupelo Mississippi.
Ch’tibello – 1:50 Newbury
Nicky Henderson’s Lecale’s Article has an obviously alluring profile, but he’s arguably achieved less than his handicap mark to date. A chance is therefore taken on the fitness of CH’TIBELLO who may be in the veteran stage of his career now and has not been seen recently. However, if he gets anywhere near the form of any of his runs from the last three years, he’d be able to challenge from a rating of 147, which is only 1lb higher than when he took the 2019 County Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.
Spiritofthegames – 2:05 Newcastle
It has been over three years since his last victory, but SPIRITOFTHEGAMES has gone close in some very big races. He’s probably more of a stayer nowadays, so this trip should prove preferable to the two-and-a-half miles he faced in the Paddy Power Gold Cup when a staying on ninth. He’s been dropped 3lbs for that which is generous. The admirably consistent Aye Right is surely due to win a race of this nature at some point, while last year’s third Cool Mix is another to consider.
Onemorefortheroad – 2:25 Newbury
A fascinating handicap in which all four runners come off the back of wins last time out. Soaring Glory is progressive and could end up being very high class. However, the form of his run four weeks ago has taken some knocks and he’s taken on with ONEMOREFORTHEROAD who looks to have improved this season and galloped right away at Huntingdon most recently. Gowel Road didn’t shape like he wanted dropping back in trip when winning at Cheltenham and Captain Morgs rather inherited his Ascot race after the runner-up blundered at the last.
Eklat De Rire – 3:00 Newbury
There’s only been one Irish-trained winner of the Ladbrokes Trophy since 1980. However, such is their current dominance over the Brits that EKLAT DE RIRE remains a confident selection to go close. Second season chasers often have a good chance in this race, as they are unexposed and usually avoid the grip of the handicapper. That is certainly the case for Henry de Bromhead’s charge, who has won all three chases in which he’s completed. He is generally a very sound jumper, so his unseat at Cheltenham is not a concern. Last year’s winner Cloth Cap is expected to run a big race again, while Annamix and Ontheropes look dangerous for Willie Mullins.
Monmiral – 3:15 Newcastle
If Epatante’s back issues are sorted and she can repeat any of her form from 2019/20, she will be very difficult to beat. However, she has to prove that now and while MONMIRAL also has questions to answer, his potential makes him the preferred choice. He’ll need the forecast rain to arrive if he is to run, but if it does, this four-year-old looked out of the ordinary last year. Juveniles often have difficulty maintaining their form when breaking into open company, but his win at Aintree, over Adagio, marked him as a possible superstar.
Sao – 3:35 Newbury
A lot of these have form tied in from two-mile handicaps at Ascot recently. The pick of those would be Frero Banbou who should improve for his reappearance, but SAO caught the eye when second at Aintree recently. He was conceding over a stone to an impressive winner who won again earlier in the week and Rebecca Menzies’ horses have a 60% run to form rate. It might also be worth watching the market on Star Max who will have his first run for David Pipe after leaving Joseph O’Brien.