Saturday ITV Racing best bets – Live TV tips for Sandown and Haydock
Saturday ITV Racing best bets and tips
The ITV Racing cameras are back in action on Saturday with more live TV horse racing action featuring the best of the day’s fixtures. We’ve picked ou tour Saturday ITV Racing best bets and tips for the telly action.
There is more ITV horse racing action to look forward to on Saturday as the ITV Racing cameras return with coverage of the meetings at Sandown and Coral and seven races in all will unfold live on punters’ TV screens around the country.
It is Coral Eclipse Day at Sandown and the Group One contest heads four races from the Esher track which also includes the Coral Charge; while at Haydock the Group Two Lancashire Oaks is the feature race of the afternoon on a card that also hosts the Old Newton Cup.
We’ve looked over all seven of the day’s races to pick out our Saturday ITV Racing best bets and tips for the day’s televised racing action.
SATURDAY ITV RACING BEST BETS – LIVE TV TIPS FOR SANDOWN & HAYDOCK
1:50 Sandown – Coral Charge (Group 3) (Registered As The Sprint Stakes) Cl1 (3yo+) 5f
KEEP BUSY finished behind reopposing Arecibo in the recent King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot, but it might be worth chancing John Quinn’s charge to come out on top this time.
The Night Of Thunder filly ran a number of very creditable races last term including finishing runner-up in last season’s Scurry Stakes behind another of today’s opponents in Lazuli and he won at Hamilton in August.
His best run though came when beaten only a half-length by Glass Slippers in the Flying Five and he’s continued in good form this term including that Ascot run prior to getting back to winning ways in Listed company at Ayr latest.
Softer ground is certainly no problem and he can continue to give a good account of himself back up in grade into this Group Three contest.
2:05 Haydock – bet365 Handicap Cl2 (3yo) 1m6f
KONDO ISAMI ran no sort of race at Royal Ascot last month but Mark Johnston’s charge might have been amiss on that occasion and is worth another chance having looked progressive prior to that run.
The Galileo colt got off the mark at the third attempt last term at Chelmsford and he showed improved form on his seasonal reappearance and first run on turf when beating a subsequent winner at York in May prior to going close over this trip at Doncaster next time.
He had a subsequent winner behind him that day and the winner went on to run well at Royal Ascot in the Queen’s Vase. Having disappointed latest all was surely not well with him as he faded quickly and was beaten before the field turned into the straight.
That clearly wasn’t his running given his earlier progressive showings and he could be the type to bounce back.
2:25 Sandown – Coral Challenge (Handicap) Cl2 (3yo+) 1m
TRAIS FLOURS was a smart performer in his younger days and the Dansili gelding could be worth chancing to get back on the scoresheet here.
Mick Channon’s charge was ending a 17-run losing streak when going in over this course and distance last month, beating Latest Generation in good style as he took advantage of his lower rating and the run at Ascot four days later in the Royal Hunt Cup might have come too soon for him just four days on.
He carried a penalty that day but was never seen to best effect having missed the break and he eventually finished tenth of the 30 runners. However he’s dropped 3lbs in the weights following that last run and he’s had a big more of a break so could well bounce back here with a better run back at the scene of his last victory.
2:40 Haydock – bet365 Lancashire Oaks (Group 2) (Fillies & Mares) Cl1 (3yo+) 1m4f
DUBAI FOUNTAIN could be worth chancing to get back to winning ways and Mark Johnston’s charge can go close here if back to her best.
A course winner as a juvenile last term she also finished runner-up three times including in the May Hill Stakes at Doncaster and she returned this term with a defeat of Zeyaadah at Chester when tried over the longer trip for the first time in the Cheshire Oaks.
The Teofilo filly patently failed to handle the track at Epsom in the Oaks but posted a better performance when last seen in the Ribblesdale where she finished a good fifth and beaten only around four lengths.
She’s won on softer ground in the past so any rain won’t be an issue for the Johnston runner who could go well here as she bids for a return to winning ways and there’d be no shock in seeing her getting involved.
3:00 Sandown – Coral Distaff (Listed Race) (Fillies) Cl1 (3yo) 1m
STATEMENT struck a Newbury win last term in heavy ground and Martyn Meade’s charge looks worth chancing here to get back to winning ways.
The Lawman filly was beaten only a short-head on her reappearance in the Fred Darling back at Newbury by Alcohol Free who has since won a Group One and she ran better than the bare result in the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket where she finished eighth having possibly done too much in front.
She then went to Epsom and the Princess Elizabeth Stakes where she finished third although she didn’t appear totally at ease on the track and this venue might suit her better so dropping in grade for this latest run she ought to make her presence felt and she sets a decent standard.
3:15 Haydock – bet365 Old Newton Cup Handicap Cl2 (4yo+) 1m4f
GRAND BAZAAR was progressive last term, winning three times and it might be worth chancing John and Thady Gosden’s charge to improve on his reappearance third behind reopposing Zabeel Champion here.
The Golden Horn gelding was only beaten a head on that occasion by his race-fit rival at Newmarket where he was run down on the line by the winner and runner-up having tried to make all the running.
He’s sure to be sharper for that run despite a further couple of months’ break and the handicapper might have taken a chance leaving his mark unchanged so he could post a big run here on his latest return.
While this looks a strong renewal of this valuable handicap prize he ought to make his presence felt and no surprise to see him go well.
3:35 Sandown – Coral-Eclipse (Group 1) (British Champions Series) Cl1 (3yo+) 1m2f
A dismal turnout for this Group One prize with just four runners going to post and with the prospect of rain it might be worth chancing ADDEYBB to come out on top and the classy Pivotal gelding should deliver a big run having won here before.
William Haggas’ charge has won seven of his last 12 outings, taking Group One victories at home and abroad and he was last seen winning the Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick in April under Tom Marquand who boasts a very good record on the seven-year old with four wins from six runs when the pair have combined.
He also won last season’s Champion Stakes at Ascot and the course winner should make his presence felt especially if the rain comes and further eases the ground. Usual cheekpieces are redeployed after running in blinkers last time and he invariably runs well after a break so a 77-day absence isn’t offputting and there’d be no shock to see him going close.