ITV7 Selections for Saturday’s Racing at Wetherby & Ascot – £50,000 Jackpot on Offer!
ITV7 Selections for Saturday’s Wetherby & Ascot Meetings
The popular free-to-play ITV7 competition provides players with the opportunity to win real cash prizes by identifying the winners of seven select races. This Saturday’s competition centres around Ascot and Wetherby’s top jumps cards, with £50,000 on offer for the winner. We have provided tips for all seven races below – which make up our advised ITV7.
SAM BARTON – Race 1 (1:35pm Ascot)
The opening race for Saturday’s £50k ITV7 can go the way of Emma Lavelle’s SAM BARTON. This 6yo runs in the silks of the late Trevor Hemmings and that suggests that although he did respectably over hurdles last season he would always improve once sent over these obstacles. His mark looks a workable one and stable could hardly be in better form so barring incident should be bang there at the business end.
MIRANDA – Race 2 (1:55pm Wetherby)
The safest play here is MIRANDA, who ran out a very comfortable winner of a Doncaster Grade 2 on penultimate outing. She was not quite at that level when a distant fifth in Sandown’s Imperial Cup subsequently but that effort is easily forgiven on account of the very testing ground conditions. Back on a sounder surface here, and back against her own sex, she should prove tough to beat.
BOOTHILL – Race 3 (2:10pm Ascot)
Harry Fry’s BOOTHILL may have been limited to just the bumper start and sole hurdles start in two rules appearances to date, but he has created quite the impression in winning both of them. Although beating little at Taunton last time the manner of victory marked him down as a high-class horse and it seems possible that the handicapper could have let him in lightly here off an opening handicap mark of 135.
THOMAS DARBY – Race 4 (2:30pm Wetherby)
Olly Murphy has his string in flying form at present and his THOMAS DARBY is one of the stable’s leading lights. The 2019 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle runner-up has long shaped as though tackling 3m would unlock some improvement, and that certainly appeared to be the case when he finished third in an Aintree Grade 1 when last seen. He has a solid record fresh and remains open to progression over this distance, so gets the nod here.
EDITEUR DU GITE – Race 5 (2:45pm Ascot)
EDITEUR DU GITE had a very progressive profile last season, making all to land competitive handicaps at both Newbury and Aintree. He looked value for further than the bare margin of victory on both occasions, but particularly at Aintree, where a final fence mistake didn’t aid his chances. That Aintree form has worked out well since, and he has run well at this track previously, so expect a bold showing here on reappearance.
REAL STEEL – Race 6 (3:20pm Ascot)
Those towards the top of the market don’t make a great deal of appeal for this competitive handicap, and it may just be worth taking a chance on REAL STEEL. This gelding has some excellent backform to his name for Willie Mullins which includes a close-up sixth in the 2020 Cheltenham Gold Cup. His form since joining Paul Nicholls has been impossible to compare to that, but it has come at a higher level than this and a mark of 150 looks very lenient on his very best form.
ANGEL OF HARLEM – Race 7 (3:40pm Wetherby)
A devilishly tricky closer in prospect with a chance taken on ANGEL OF HARLEM. Olly Murphy’s mare has been off the track now for just shy of two years so has clearly had her issues, but she reappears with her stable in scintillating form, and is running off a mark 1lb lower than her last winning one in this sphere.