Live TV tips for Saturday – ITV Racing tips for Aintree, Doncaster and Wincanton
Live TV tips for Saturday ITV Racing
Another round of ITV Racing action comes to our screens on Saturday with coverage of three of the day’s meetings in the afternoon before the cameras go stateside for day two of the Breeders Cup. Our tipping team pick out their live TV tips for Saturday on ITV Racing.
There is plenty of live TV horse racing action for punters to ponder over on Saturday with the ITV Racing cameras in action at three of the day’s UK meetings prior to heading over the pond to cover day two of the Breeders’ Cup.
Ed Chamberlain and the team will have their usual expert tips, insights and analysis for the best of the day’s racing from Aintree and Wincanton over the sticks, while the flat season draws to a conclusion at Doncaster.
Ten races in all go to post across the trio of televised meetings and our tipping team pick out their live TV tips for Saturday on ITV Racing and best bets for all ten races..
LIVE TV TIPS FOR SATURDAY – ITV RACING TIPS FOR AINTREE, DONCASTER & WINCANTON
1:08 Aintree – Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle (Pertemps Hurdle Series Qualifier) (GBB Race) Cl2 (4yo+) 3m½f
REMASTERED might be worth chancing back over hurdles on his reappearance and David Pipe’s charge has gone well fresh in the past so may be capable of a big run here.
The Network gelding won three times over fences last term in a light campaign – all on testing ground – which included victory in a Grade Two at Ascot prior to posting a solid fifth to Galvin in the National Hunt Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.
He’s proven himself to be a better chaser than hurdler, but he has won twice in this sphere and makes his return to the smaller obstacles racing from a good mark and with rain in the weather forecast the ground could come right for him.
Given his record fresh where he’s won twice following absences in excess of 200 days he can post a big run on his return to action.
1:25 Doncaster – Virgin Bet Handicap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-105) 7f
TOMFRE goes well in the mud and the Cable Bay gelding might be worth chancing to get back to winning ways here having taken this contest twelve months ago which was the last time he tasted victory.
Ralph Beckett’s charge bounced back from a couple of lesser runs to finish runner-up at Leicester last month, beaten two lengths by Able Kane and the handicapper has left him alone at the weights meaning he can compete from just 1lb higher than when successful in the race last year.
Soft ground is ideal for him although he’d have no issues should the ground get even deeper and if building on that recent return to form then he could go one better here.
1:50 Wincanton – John Romans Park Homes “Rising Stars” Novices’ Chase (Grade 2) (GBB Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m4f
The defection of Bravemansgame opens this contest up a little and while Mick Pastor is on a winning run at present it might be worth chancing FAIVOIR to come out on top having appeared overawed by the Cheltenham fences when last seen.
Dan Skelton’s charge had been a prolific winning hurdler last term, winning five times in all and he immediately took to the larger obstacles on his reappearance this season following wind surgery to readily beat off Annual Invictus – winner since – at Uttoxeter although that one turned the tables next time with the Skelton runner only finishing fourth and well beaten having made a few jumping errors.
He could be capable of quickly bouncing back from that lesser run however and it is still early days for him over fences where he could improve further, while Bridget Andrews is unbeaten on him in five runs and the pair renew their partnership.
More is needed but after just two starts over fences it is entirely possible that he has more to offer and no surprise if he were to serve it up to Paul Nicholls’ likely hot-favourite who is on a five-timer.
2:05 Doncaster – Virgin Bet Wentworth Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (3yo+) 6f
Typically competitive contest and it might be worth chancing BIELSA to return to winning ways having possibly just found Group Three company too much latest.
This season’s Ayr Gold Cup winner where he ploughed a route up the stands’ rail for an impressive victory he may have been going a shade quicker than he wanted to go in the Bengough Stakes; but he was still there at the two furlong pole before gradually weakening out of things to eventually finish seventh.
Despite the result it wasn’t at all a bad run and he may be more suited to this slightly easier level of competition where he can turn in a bold bid at a venue where he is 2-2 over course and distance which includes in soft ground and no surprise to see him in the mix under Silvestre De Sousa.
2:15 Aintree – Betway Grand Sefton Handicap Chase (GBB Race) Cl2 (6yo+) 2m5f
SENIOR CITIZEN is a chaser to keep on the right side of this season and the Tobougg gelding can follow up his recent return to winning ways with another success here.
Alan King’s charge has already proven adept over these obstacles, finishing seventh in this race twelve months ago and third in the more recent Topham Chase so a return to the Grand National fences will hold no fears.
He ran out a ready winner of a decent chase contest at Market Rasen last month, beating Guy by two lengths and jumping well throughout. There’s likely better still to come and so long as the ground doesn’t become to testing he can make light of a 5lbs rise to land the spoils again back over these fences.
2:25 Wincanton – Richard Barber Memorial Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race) Cl2 (4yo+) 2m5½f
CUT THE MUSTARD is a tentative choice for a competitive handicap and the Al Namix mare could make her presence felt back over the smaller obstacles here.
A very decent hurdler in Ireland when trained by Willie Mullins she took in some very competitive contests including the 2019 County Handicap before going over fences where she won twice over the larger obstacles for the master of Closutton before transferring to Paul Nicholls.
She largely ran well last term over fences without threatening to resume winning ways, but she’s since had wind surgery and returns from a break back over hurdles where she could still be fairly treated from her current mark.
This is certainly a competitive return but if she were to recapture the best of her Irish hurdles form then she ought to make her presence felt and it could be significant that Harry Cobden sides with the nine-year old over the other Ditcheat runner.
2:40 Doncaster – Virgin Bet November Handicap Cl2 (3yo+) 1m4f
DARK JEDI is holding is form well this term and Tim Easterby’s charge can get back on the scoresheet here.
The Kodiac gelding was a winner at Ripon in July and he’s proven consistent in defeat since, most recently beaten just a neck over course and distance in similar conditions by Aaddeey and a repeat of that effort would put him firmly in the mix again from just 2lbs higher in the handicap.
He hadn’t been seen to best effect the time before at York where he was hampered behind a subsequent Listed winner and he probably wouldn’t need to find too much improvement to play a part here and he can go well in a competitive handicap to bring the curtain down on the flat season.
3:00 Wincanton – 60th Badger Beer Handicap Chase (Listed Race) (GBB Race) Cl1 (4yo+ 0-155) 3m1f
OFALLTHEGINJOINTS made a promising start to chasing last term, winning at the second attempt when going in at Exeter although subsequent runs were much poorer and he pulled up on his final start over the larger obstacles at Uttoxeter in May.
Colin Tizzard’s charge might have needed his reappearance back over hurdles behind Trincomalee back at Uttoxeter last month, eventually finishing fifth of six runners and that run will have brought him on for this return to chasing where he could prove a different proposition.
The yard had a torrid season last term but runners this term have shown a bit more especially over fences and the Stowaway gelding could follow suit with blinkers now deployed in hope the headgear produces another jolt of improvement.
3:20 Aintree – Betway Hurdle (GBB Race) Cl2 (4yo+) 2m4f
Cases can be made for all six of these runners but it might pay to stick with last year’s winner SUMMERVILLE BOY to repeat the feat and the Sandmason gelding can resume winning ways on his reappearance.
Tom George’s charge was a very high class hurdler in his prime, winning the 2018 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle before a short stint over fences in the 2019 season which resulted in him quickly reverting to hurdles following a fall at Sandown and he duly won the Relkeel Hurdle before being beaten on his next two starts including in the Stayers’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.
He was a narrow winner from Ch’tibello last term in this contest but was subsequently disappointing in three further starts and he might be best when fresh given his record on the back of a break while he comes out best of this field at the weights so another big run can’t be safely ruled out.
3:35 Wincanton – Unibet Elite Hurdle (Grade 2) (GBB Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 1m7f
It is all or nothing with GOSHEN who while supremely talented has a mind of his own as he showed when proving totally unsteerable in the Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival and he took a fierce hold at Punchestown in the Paddy Power Champion Hurdle at the Punchestown Festival the following month, eventually finishing fifth.
Despite those notable blips Gary Moore’s charge did turn in one of the performances of the season over course and distance previous to those runs when romping to victory in the Kingwell Hurdle and it might be worth chancing the Authorized gelding to be on his best behaviour.
He has an excellent record when going right handed and while he certainly comes with risks he is capable of a bold show if the enigmatic character decides to he’s on a going day.