Saturday ITV Racing best bets – TV racing tips at Musselburgh and Haydock
Saturday ITV Racing best bets and tips
Following the Good Friday action on the all-weather the ITV Racing cameras continue to roll on Saturday with seven races live and we’ve picked out our TV racing tips on Saturday from Musselburgh and Haydock.
The televised Good Friday action all unfolded on the all-weather with some cracking action from All-Weather Champions’ Day at Lingfield as well as from Newcastle and the ITV Racing cameras roll into a second day with more live TV racing action.
The cameras will be in action north of the border at Musselburgh for the first turf meeting on the flat since last weekend’s curtain-raising fare at Doncaster; while there is also action over the sticks at Haydock.
Ed Chamberlain and the team will be on hand again with their usual expert racing tips, insights and post-race analysis; while we’ve looked over the day’s televised action to pick out our TV racing tips from both cards at Musselburgh and Haydock.
SATURDAY ITV RACING BEST BETS – TV RACING TIPS AT MUSSELBURGH & HAYDOCK
1:50 Musselburgh – Betway Musselburgh Silver Arrow Handicap Cl3 (4yo+ 0-95) 7f
Consistent MARSHAL DAN might be worth chancing to make a winning reappearance having run well on each of his last two seasonal debuts and Heather Main’s charge can go close here.
The Lawman gelding has found only one too good on his reappearance in both 2019 and 2020, and he was a three-time winner last term which included over this course and distance in October when beating Three Saints Bay.
All his winning form last term came on softer ground, but he does have winning form on better ground so he should have no issue with the conditions and he was last seen posting a creditable fourth at Newcastle in December and eased 1lb for that run he could go close here if fully primed for his return to action following a break.
2:05 Haydock – Betway Challenger Two Mile Hurdle Series Final Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race) Cl2 (4yo+) 1m7½f
Title-chasing Harry Skelton could register another winner on the board with VISION DU PUY and the Vision D’etat mare can follow up her latest win at Stratford despite this representing a tougher test.
A winner in France prior to joining Dan Skelton she made a winning debut for her top yard when successful at Perth back in April 2019 and she followed that up with a good third in a Listed hurdle behind Lady Buttons at Wetherby.
Possibly amiss next time at Cheltenham behind Dame De Compagnie she was absent for more than a year but has been working back to form and the better ground certainly helped a return to form latest. Continued drying conditions will further suit and the lightly-raced six-year old could continue to progress so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see her going close for her in-form yard which continues amongst the winners.
2:25 Musselburgh – Betway Royal Mile Handicap Cl2 (3yo 0-100) 1m
Hollie Doyle has a 60% strikerate with her rides at the Scottish track and the jockey can make the long journey north worthwhile by steering COLONEL FAULKNER to victory for Archie Watson.
The Wootton Bassett gelding made the frame in his first two starts at Doncaster and Newcastle respectively before getting off the mark when sent to France to contest a maiden at Deauville where he ran out a two lengths’ winner over Juan Seguin in December.
That form has proven fair with the runner-up making the frame next time while the fourth and fifth horses both went on to win their next outings. He was gelded after that success and there could be more to come from him following three months off the track and switching to a handicap where an opening mark of 83 looks fair.
His earlier third to Legion Of Honour at Newcastle also looks useful form and this step up to one mile can unlock another level of improvement so it would be no surprise to see him firmly in the mix at the business end.
2:40 Haydock – Betway Challenger Staying Chase Series Final Handicap Chase (GBB Race) Cl2 (5yo+) 3m1½f
DEFUTURE IS BRIGHT steps up again in class and trip but could have more to offer over the larger obstacles and Christian Williams’ charge can make the most of the low weight he has to carry here.
The Westerner gelding ran out a ready winner of just his second start over fences at Warwick, scoring by seven lengths and he lost no caste in defeat subsequently when finding only Rizzardo too strong.
Back from a break and fitted with cheekpieces for the first time he regained the winning threat at Fakenham last month beating Smuggler’s Blues readily by three lengths despite being hampered four out so there could be further improvement to come from the seven-year old.
He’s only up 2lbs for that success and the longer trip ought not to be a concern in a race where he gets weight all round; while Jack Tudor can take 3lbs off his back and is 2-3 when partnering the Westerner gelding so a big performance wouldn’t come as a surprise in this competitive handicap contest.
3:00 Musselburgh – Betway Scottish Sprint Cup Handicap Cl2 (4yo+) 5f
ZARZYNI showed some glimpses of form when trained in Ireland by Mick Halford, making the frame in a Group Three contest behind Art Power at Naas last July following a promising juvenile campaign and the Siyouni gelding can win for the first time since his debut.
A Gowran Park winner over Mythologic on his debut as a juvenile he moved to David Barron from Ireland after failing to beat a rival at Listowel last September; but he made a promising return on his first start for this yard at Wolverhampton last month, beaten just over one length by Streamline at Wolverhampton over six furlongs.
The drop to five furlongs is a slight worry and he was well-beaten on both starts over this trip in Ireland; but he competes here from a career-low mark and there’ll be no shortage of pace to aim at with Caspian Prince and Jabbarockie in opposition so he should get a good tow into the contest where he can make the most of his current rating to get back on the scoresheet.
3:15 Haydock – Betway Challenger Stayers Hurdle Series Final Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race) Cl2 (4yo+) 3m½f
SMALL PRESENT is progressing well and arrives here on a hat-trick of wins having landed his last two starts in good fashion; Sue Smith’s charge can improve again to land the three-timer.
The Presenting gelding has proven a consistent performer, reeling off a hat-trick of runner-up finishes on better ground prior to a pair of fourth placed finishes at Newcastle and Wetherby. He’s since landed wins at Catterick and Doncaster respectively, latterly holding off Skandiburg by a half-length and that form has been done no harm since.
A 6lbs rise in the weights will demand more but he gave the impression last time that there could still be further improvement to come from him over this longer trip where he represents a yard which is in decent form and he can continue to make his presence felt where he can land his hat-trick.
3:35 Musselburgh – Betway Queen’s Cup (Heritage Handicap) Cl2 (4yo+) 1m6f
CARDANO arrives here in top form having won his last two starts on the all-weather at twelve furlongs and Ian Williams’ charge looks set to land his hat-trick if this longer trip doesn’t prove a negative.
The Oasis Dream gelding has won his last two outings at Lingfield, latterly beating Myseven by three-parts of a length back in February where he made all and appeared to win a shade readily despite the relatively small margin of victory.
His record since being fitted with cheekpieces reads 2211 and he turns out here 4lbs higher than when posting his latest outing returning to turf. However he’s unexposed still as a stayer and may well have more to offer while the booking of Hollie Doyle for this assignment catches the eye.
Assuming the step up in trip doesn’t catch him out he could maintain his winning form to land his three-timer in a competitive handicap contest.