Saturday ITV Racing best bets – Live TV tips for Ascot and York
The ITV Racing cameras are back in action on Saturday with live racing from Ascot and York; we give our Saturday ITV Racing best bets and tips for every live TV race.
Armchair punters are in for another busy Saturday of horse racing action on ITV Racing where a total of nine TV races will hit the screens from Ascot and York. The feature race of the day sees the Group One King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes head to post at Ascot; while there is supporting Group Two action at York with the York Stakes taking centre stage on the Knavesmire.
Ed Chamberlain and the team will be on hand again to offer up their usual expert tips, insights and post-race analysis for every race and Brian Healy gives his race-by-race Saturday ITV Racing best bets and tips for all nine races throughout the afternoon.
SATURDAY ITV RACING BEST BETS 25 JULY – ASCOT & YORK
1:50 Ascot – BetfredTV Pat Eddery Stakes (Listed Race) (Formerly The Winkfield Stakes) Cl1 (2yo) 7f
Unbeaten Twaasol puts his unbeaten record on the line and could well step up again; but SAEIQA gets the vote to get off the mark at the third attempt and the Shalaa colt has shown plenty of ability in his two third-place finishes which includes in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot last month.
That form and also the form of his debut at Newmarket is arguably the strongest on offer and he could benefit from this longer trip so is expected to improve and he should be on the premises as he bids to get off the mark.
He looks well capable of a big run under Frankie Dettori and no surprise if he gets his head in front now.
2:05 York – Skybet Britain’s Most Popular Online Bookmaker EBF Stallions Fillies’ Handicap Cl3 (3yo+ 0-90) 1m2½f
AWARD SCHEME pulled clear along with a fellow potentially smart sort when scoring at Salisbury earlier in the month and William Haggas’ charge can follow up despite an 8lbs rise in the weights.
The Siyouni filly appeared well suited by the step up in distance on that occasion, making her handicap debut and prevailing by a neck with six lengths back to the third. That form has been boosted by the fourth going in since and there could be plenty more in the locker.
She battled back really well to register that win having been headed and that attitude will stand her in good stead; and open to improvement she can progress again to double up her win tally.
2:25 Ascot – Moet & Chandon International Stakes (Heritage Handicap) Cl2 (3yo+) 7f
EBURY is given another chance having stepped up on a moderate reappearance effort at Newmarket to finish sixth in the Buckingham Palace Handicap during Royal Ascot and Martyn Meade’s charge can build again on that latest run to get back on the scoresheet.
The Iffraaj gelding struck his sole career success to date here last September, beating Tulfarris prior to finding only one too good at Newmarket next time. He possibly needed the run on his reappearance but showed the benefit of the outing on his last start where he ran well despite being drawn on the unfavoured side.
He had four subsequent winners behind him, while the race-winner struck again on his next outing. He drops in trip which is a slight concern, but there could be better still to come from the lightly-raced four-year old who can step up again.
2:40 York – Sky Bet York Stakes (Group 2) Cl1 (3yo+) 1m2½f
ELARQAM can get back on track having failed to get home over further in the recent Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot and Mark Johnston’s charge can get back on the up.
The Frankel entire took this prize twelve months ago having earlier won twice in Listed contests and he lost no caste in defeat when finishing third to Japan in the Juddmonte International over course and distance and he was denied a clear run at Leopardstown on his final start.
Only beaten a short-head by subsequent Prince Of Wales’s Stakes winner Lord North on his return – Telecaster finished third – he’s not judged harshly on his own Royal Ascot outing and he could prove a tough nut to crack dropping back in trip to defend his title.
He can enhance his good course record here – two wins and a place from four starts – and he’s likely to prove tough to beat.
3:00 Ascot – Betfred “Nifty Fifty” Handicap Cl2 (3yo 0-105) 1m
DANCE FEVER lost his unbeaten record when only finishing fourth on his reappearance at Windsor last month, but the Sir Prancealot colt is given another chance on the back of that run which will have sharpened him up.
Clive Cox’s charge won all three starts as a juvenile, two of which came on the all-weather; he was trying one mile for the first time on his handicap debut on his return where he met trouble in running and crossed the line in fourth, beaten two lengths by Overwrite.
A subsequent winner was behind him and he ought to come on for that first outing in eight months so he is likely capable of better and no surprise if he were to bounce back here.
3:15 York – Sky Bet Club Handicap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-105) 1m
ORBAAN has to concede weight all round but David O’Meara’s charge could be worth siding with and is still a relatively lightly-raced sort who may have better still to come.
The Invincible Spirit gelding was a dual-winner in France, scoring at Listed level when trained by Andre Fabre and he rounded off his time with the master French handler when beaten only one length behind Barney Roy last May.
Having looked in need of the run when bombing out at Newmarket on his reappearance and first outing for O’Meara he showed the benefit of the outing to strike over this course and distance two weeks ago and he could improve again with a 4lbs rise looking workable.
He wouldn’t be the first to find improvement following a switch to this yard and he can continue to give a good account; it would be no surprise if he goes in again here.
3:35 Ascot – King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) Cl1 (3yo+) 1m4f
A dismal turnout for this famous and valuable Group One which should see ENABLE collect a third successive King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes crown.
John Gosden’s superstar mare has tasted defeat the last twice following a twelve-win streak – 10 Group Ones – but she was probably caught out by the very soft ground when attempting a third Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe win; while she shaped as if needing the run on her reappearance in the Coral-Eclipse Stakes.
Only two lengths behind front-running Ghaiyyath who had had the benefit of a run, she’ll likely prove a different proposition now she has a run under her belt and this return to a longer trip will be more in her favour so she looks very hard to oppose given she’s beaten main rival Japan twice already in their encounters including at Sandown last time.
3:50 York – Sky Bet Most Extra Place Races Handicap (Div I) Cl4 (4yo+ 0-77) 6f
UGO GREGORY could be worth chancing in a trappy contest and Tim Easterby’s charge can get back on the scoresheet.
The Gregorian gelding isn’t the most consistent, failing to build on a promising reappearance third at Ripon last month when only managing to finish fourth next time at Hamilton behind Edgewood.
Soft ground that day can’t be offered as an excuse as he won in the mud at Nottingham last August – one of two successes last term – but he might be worth sticking with to do better having been eased slightly in the weights and equipped with blinkers for the first time which could see him bounce back with a better performance.
4:10 Ascot – betfred.com Handicap Cl3 (3yo+ 0-90) 1m4f
JUST THE MAN wasn’t seen to best effect last time out at Kempton but Clive Cox’s charge is given another chance to get back on the scoresheet.
The Rajsaman gelding struck three times last term, two of which came on the all-weather; but he’s very capable on turf also and he can’t be judged too harshly on his latest outing having met with trouble in running and given too much to do.
Back on turf for this latest outing, the handicapper has eased him 3lbs in the ratings and he’s won from a higher mark in the past on the all-weather so could have scope to do better still on this surface where he’s unexposed at this longer trip.
He looks worth chancing to put recent disappointments behind him and he can exploit this lower mark to get back on the scoresheet.