Saturday ITV Racing best bets – Live TV tips at Newmarket and Newbury
Saturday ITV Racing best bets and tips at Newmarket and Newbury
The ITV Racing cameras move from York to cover two top-class fixtures on Saturday and we’ve looked over the day’s TV racing to pick out our Saturday ITV Racing best bets and tips.
Having covered some top-class horse racing action already this week with the York Dante Festival the ITV Racing cameras head to Newmarket and Newbury on Saturday for more televised racing on the flat where more classy action awaits TV punters.
Seven races head to post across both of the day’s televised fixtures which is headed by the Group One Lockinge Stakes at Newbury and the Berkshire track accounts for four of the day’s live TV races with the card also including Listed and Group Three action.
Meanwhile three races come from Newmarket and the Rowley Mile course where there is a pair of Listed contests featuring on the card at Flat HQ. We’ve looked over the day’s TV racing to pick out our Saturday ITV Racing best bets and tips while Ed Chamberlain and the team will have all their usual TV tips, insights and analysis on the day’s live racing.
SATURDAY ITV RACING BEST BETS – LIVE TV TIPS AT NEWMARKET & NEWBURY
1:50 Newbury – BetVictor Carnarvon Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (3yo) 6f
CREATIVE FORCE has won three of his four career starts, only meeting with defeat when disappointing in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot last June and the Godolphin runner is 2-2 this term in handicaps at Newmarket.
The latest of those saw the Dubawi gelding score with something in hand over Perotto and Charlie Appleby’s charge can continue his improvement to land the three-timer at the expense of fellow last-time scorer Tactical who has to concede the selection 3lbs.
That one also drops back to six furlongs here while the Godolphin horse has proven very adept at this distance and is open to plenty of improvement. He does need to find a shade more against the royal runner on form balance, but he’s less exposed and can continue to progress where he can land his hat-trick.
2:05 Newmarket – Betway Fairway Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (3yo) 1m2f
John Leeper was impressive when getting off the mark at Newcastle a fortnight ago but assuming this doesn’t come too quick for him then FANCY MAN can give that rival weight and a beating dropping back in trip to what looks his optimum distance.
Richard Hannon’s charge won twice from three starts last campaign including a Listed contest at Haydock where he was a ready winner from Alenquer in softer ground.
Having looked in need of his reappearance at Newmarket in the Feilden Stakes where he was just behind a subsequent Group Three winner he possibly found twelve furlongs stretching him in the Chester Vase and this shorter trip could prove ideal.
The Pride Of Dubai colt sets a decent standard on his form to date and he’s the highest rated in the field as well as proven in the conditions so a big run wouldn’t be a surprise from the Hannon runner who can get back to winning ways assuming he’s none the worse for his recent Chester exertions.
2:25 Newbury – Al Rayyan Stakes (Registered As The Aston Park Stakes) (Group 3) Cl1 (4yo+) 1m4f
LOGICIAN lost his unbeaten record in disappointing style at York back in October when failing to beat a ival home behind Euchen Glen in the Cumberland Lodge Stakes although John Gosden’s charge was surely amiss given how badly he hung to his right and he’s better than that.
The Frankel horse had reeled off six straight victories prior to that disappointing effort which included on his seasonal return at Doncaster in September and the 2019 St Leger winner can bounce back here.
He’s very lightly raced for a five-year old and he still has scope for improvement back from another absence. Clearly he still has something to offer given connections keep faith with him after his truncated season last term and if fully wound up on his return he could prove tough to beat reunited with Frankie Dettori who is unbeaten on him.
2:40 Newmarket – Betway King Charles II Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (3yo) 7f
DEVILWALA was never getting competitive in the 2000 Guineas on his last outing, but with sights eased back in class it might be worth chancing the Kodiac colt to bounce back.
A debut winner for Archie Watson he progressed to make the frame in the Gimcrack at York before struggling in the Mill Reef Stakes, beating only one home behind Alkumait. He subsequently tried in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf where he was always on the back foot having blown the start but eventually finished eighth.
Now with Ralph Beckett he made a promising return to action in the Craven Stakes where he finished fourth prior to his Guineas attempt and back at a more suitable level here he can do better with first-time blinkers now applied which could help him find a shade more improvement.
If able to recapture some of the smart form he showed as a juvenile then he could get back to winning ways here for a yard which continues in decent form.
3:00 Newbury – BetVictor London Gold Cup Handicap Cl2 (3yo) 1m2f
KING FRANKEL progressed steadily last term, twice making the frame from three starts – both at Goodwood – and Mark Johnston’s charge has continued his race by race improvement this term, finding only one too good at Pontefract on his reappearance and then going one better back there three weeks later.
The Frankel colt ran out a wide margin winner that day although he only had two other runners to beat which he did convincingly and in a fast time in making all the running.
Now trying handicaps he might have been let in lightly from an 82 rating given how easily he won last time although this certainly represents a stiffer test of his credentials. Nevertheless he is open to plenty of improvement and he can make his presence felt here for his in-form yard where he can get involved at the business end of the contest.
3:15 Newmarket – Heed Your Hunch At Betway Handicap Cl2 (3yo 0-105) 6f
PEROTTO can build on a promising reappearance here at the start of the month when finding only Creative Force too good and the New Bay gelding can go one better here.
Marcus Tregoning’s charge won twice last term from seven races where he also made the frame four times including here in October over course and distance behind the reopposing Just Frank. He’s better off with that rival at the weights and perhaps didn’t quite handle the ground as well as some of the others.
He’ll surely be sharper for that outing and can do better if the softer ground here again doesn’t pose an issue; he could have more to offer and he can go close in this competitive contest with Ray Dawson’s 3lbs claim negating a small rise in the weights.
3:35 Newbury – Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) Cl1 (4yo+) 1m
PALACE PIER took a little while to warm up on his recent reappearance in the Group Two Bet365 Mile, but he ultimately won readily by a big margin and the Kingman colt could be hard to beat here with further improvement anticipated now the cobwebs have been blown off.
He didn’t have much to beat to be fair with his main rival again failing to handle turf, but he couldn’t have been more impressive once he clicked into gear and he easily atoned for his below-par run last term at Ascot in the QEII Stakes where he didn’t appear at home on the softer ground.
He had been undefeated prior to that start, winning five times which included successive Group One contests at Ascot and Deauville respectively and he rates the one to beat here on form while he has 8lbs in hand of Lope Y Fernandez on official ratings.
Softer ground would be a slight worry once more given there’s rain forecast; but if he can handle the underfoot conditions then he’s likely to prove a tough nut to crack and he can add another Group One win to his tally.