Saturday best bets for ITV Racing – TV tips at Newbury and Newmarket
We give our Saturday TV best bets for ITV Racing where seven races will be shown live from the meetings at Newbury and Newmarket’s July Course.
Armchair punters will have seven races to enjoy on Saturday with some top-class horse racing fare taking place at both Newbury and Newmarket’s July Course.
The feature race of the afternoon comes in the shape of the Hungerford Stakes at Newbury and the Group Two feature is joined by the Geoffrey Freer Stakes on a quality schedule at the Berkshire track.
Meanwhile at Flat HQ there is some competitive handicap action including the ever-interesting Grey Horse Handicap, a race open exclusively to grey horses.
Ed Chamberlain and the team will be on hand again with their usual expert racing tips, insights and post-race analysis; while Brian Healy gives his race-by-race best bets for ITV Racing on Saturday.
SATURDAY BEST BETS FOR ITV RACING – NEWBURY & NEWMARKET
1:50 Newbury – Denford Stakes (Listed Race) (Formerly The Washington Singer Stakes) Cl1 (2yo) 7f
Four debutante winners put their records on the line and GURU could be the one to side with having produced a taking performance over course and distance last month and the Kingman colt build on the experience to follow up.
John Gosden’s charge might only have had a nose to spare at the line but he wasn’t given a hard race and he ran green throughout having blown the start so likely has considerably more to come. He won under hands and heels, finding plenty in the process and he looks sure to progress with that under his belt.
That form doesn’t look too bad with a subsequent winner coming out of that contest and having struck readily he’s sure to have more to offer so every every chance he can progress on the back of that first victory.
2:05 Newmarket – Heed Your Hunch At Betway Handicap Cl4 (3yo+ 0-85) 1m4f
NIGHT BEAR has shown some improved form since being equipped with blinkers, building on a promising third on his reappearance in June to get off the mark upped in trip at Redcar where the Dragon Pulse colt scored by three-parts of a length from Time Voyage.
Ed Vaughn’s charge subsequently found only the prolific Revolver too strong at Haydock on his latest outing, beaten just one length; that one has won twice since, while the third has also struck a subsequent success so the form looks decent.
The slightly softer ground on that occasion might not have suited, but these quicker conditions and a drop back in trip could see him improve again and he can continue to get competitive so no surprise to see him in the thick of things again.
2:25 Newbury – Unibet You’re On Handicap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-105) 1m
AFAAK hasn’t won since landing the 2019 Royal Hunt Cup but it might be worth chancing Charlie Hills’ charge to come back to form having ran respectably when last seen out during Glorious Goodwood.
The Oasis Dream gelding had struggled in the wake of that last success, but the application of cheekpieces appeared to have a positive effect where he finished just two lengths’ third behind Prompting in the recent Golden Mile.
He has to back up that performance, but he can race from the same mark as at Goodwood and another bold bid looks likely especially if the headgear continues to have a positive effect.
2:40 Newmarket – Betway Handicap Cl3 (3yo 0-90) 7f
BROUGHTONS GOLD appeared to win a shade cosily at Windsor last month and the Lethal Force gelding can strike again with further improvement anticipated from Tom Clover’s charge.
That half-length victory over Doc Sportello hinted at better to come; but it also took his win record to three wins from five starts and the form of that latest success has been boosted by the third horse home winning since.
A 4lbs rise in the handicap for that latest success remains workable and there could be further improvement to come; while this return to seven furlongs will hold no fears for him having won his only previous start at this trip on the all-weather last October.
This represents a tougher test upped to a Class 3 contest, but he’s one who is going the right way and with scope for better still he can make his presence felt.
3:00 Newbury – Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Geoffrey Freer Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 (3yo+) 1m5½f
With the threat of rain around it might be worth chancing MORANDO who will relish any further easing of the ground and Andrew Balding’s charge can get back to winning ways.
The Kendargent gelding won twice last term in soft ground as well as finding only Technician too strong in this race where he was beaten less than one length. Given the subsequent exploits of the winner he clearly bumped into one and he quickly bounced back from that reversal with an easy win at Ascot over the reopposing Sextant in the Cumberland Lodge.
Only seventh on his return at Ascot in the Hardwicke Stakes he was entitled to have needed that outing and he can build on the run to do much better. Conditions may yet come in his favour and he can prove better than he was able to show at Ascot last time with an improved effort here.
3:15 Newmarket – Betway Grey Horse Handicap Cl4 (3yo+ 0-85) 6f
Case Key bids for a third win in this race including twelve months ago, but BUCCANEERS VAULT can thwart him and the Aussie Rules gelding can get back on the scoresheet.
Paul Midgley’s charge won twice towards the end of last campaign, scoring successes at Thirsk and Redcar, and he got back on the scoresheet when making a post-lockdown return at Redcar in June with a defeat of Normandy Barriere.
Although he’s been beaten on both subsequent outings he’s been far from disgraced and latterly finished a very fair fourth behind Treacherous at Haydock last month. That form looks fair with the winner going in again since while the runner-up, fifth and sixth horses home have all bagged silve medals since.
He’s 1lb lower here and has Megan Nicholls’ 3lbs claim to further offset his burden at the weights; quicker ground is no problem and he’ll handle any ease in the ground should the forecast rain arrive so every chance he can produce a big effort here.
3:35 Newbury – Unibet Hungerford Stakes (Group 2) Cl1 (3yo+) 7f
THREAT is better than he’s been able to show on both his runs this term and Richard Hannon’s charge can bounce back to winning ways.
The Footstepsinthesand won twice in Group Two company during his juvenile campaign last year, landing the Gimcrack and Champagne Stakes before running respectably behind Earthlight on his final outing of the season in the Group One Middle Park Stakes.
Not seen at his best on his return over one mile at Royal Ascot, beaten seven lengths by Palace Pier in the St James’s Palace Stakes, his run in the July Cup can be ignored as he met with trouble in running when only beating two home.
He’s better than that and he can bounce back over this extra furlong and easing into a Group Two. While this isn’t an easy assignment he should continue to give a good account and every chance he can get back on the scoresheet.