Saturday ITV Racing tips – Best TV bets for Newmarket and Newcastle
Check out our Saturday ITV Racing tips for Newmarket and Newcastle where we give our best TV bets for every race including the 2000 Guineas.
Top-class televised horse racing action continues on Saturday as the ITV Racing cameras continue to roll with another cracking seven-race line-up which takes in the best of the action from the cards at Newmarket and Newcastle.
All eyes will be on the feature race of the day, the Qipco 2000 Guineas and the colts’ Classic dominates the live TV schedule where the first race goes to post at 1.50pm. Meanwhile, the all-weather at Newcastle also offers up some classy televised racing with the Group Three Sagaro Stakes heading the line-up at Gosforth Park.
Ed Chamberlain and the team will be back with more expert selections, insights and post-race analysis for all seven televised races and Brian Healy offers up his Saturday ITV Racing tips for the action.
1:50 NEWMARKET – Betfair Supports Racing Welfare Palace House Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 (3yo+) 5f
JUDICIAL looks worth chancing to make a winning reappearance and Julie Camacho’s charge brings the best form into this contest having won three times last season which includes the Beverley Bullet and acquitting himself well in defeat in Group company.
Also a winner of the Listed Golden Rose Stakes at Lingfield on his final start of the campaign, the Iffraaj gelding is a Group Three winner, taking the Group Three Coral Charge a couple of seasons ago, and stiffer tracks certainly seem to bring out the best in him given most of his winning form has come at tracks such as Beverley, Sandown and here on the July Course.
Wind surgery last term saw him take his form up a level and he makes appeal on these terms where he is the highest-rated in the field but meats his rivals on level terms. With faster ground no issue he ought to prove a tough nut to crack and the smart speedster can land further success to get our ITV Racing tips off to a winning start.
2:05 NEWCASTLE – Heed Your Hunch At Betway Handicap Cl2 (4yo+ 0-100) 7f
This competitive handicap could go the way of ALJARI who finished a close runner-up to Above The Rest on his first run at this venue; while his latest outing saw him beat Zylan on the fibresand at Southwell.
The tapeta surface at Newcastle has been racing on the slow side since racing resumed and so proven ability on the slower fibresand augurs well switching back to this surface if that continues to prove the case. He won a shade comfortably on that last occasion and the handicapper has only pushed him up 3lbs so he remains with scope to be competitive here.
Still lightly raced and open to improvement after only six career starts Marco Botti’s charge can give a good account of himself in what looks a wide-open contest and every chance he can go close here.
2:25 NEWMARKET – Betfair Dahlia Fillies’ Stakes (Group 2) Cl1 (4yo+) 1m2f
The two Godolphin runners could prove the ones to focus on and lightly-raced MAGIC LILY should be sharper than her rivals having wintered in Dubai where she ran three times, winning twice and not being beaten far behind Barney Roy in the Group One Jebel Hatta.
Charlie Appleby’s New Approach mare threatened to be a high-class filly as evidenced when chasing home Laurens in the 2017 Fillies’ Mile as a juvenile; but she was absent for more than two years following that run and she showed she retained all her ability on her return in two starts in France prior to heading to the Emirates.
This is no easy task giving 3lbs to John Gosden’s Terebellum, while Queen Power from the Sir Michael Stoute camp is also feared. But with less of a break to overcome but still likely to be fresh after three months off, she could prove fitter than her opponents and she can successfully give the weight away to get back on the winning trail.
2:40 NEWCASTLE – Betway Sagaro Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m½f
ROYAL LINE could be worth chancing to bounce back to winning form and John Gosden’s charge is worth another try at a longer trip having finished a very creditable third of nine runners behind Kew Gardens over an extended 1m 7f at Ascot last October in the British Champions Long Distance Cup.
The Dubawi entire isn’t obviously bred for a trip this far, but he showed stamina to be of little issue in that Ascot outing where he lost no caste in defeat behind the winner and Stradivarius, and he was clear of the rest in what was a solid run.
The Group Three September Stakes winner might have still been feeling his Ascot exertions when disappointing back at Kempton when last seen out in the Listed Floodlit Stakes, beating only one home having reportedly ran flat and never travelling.
He’s better than he showed on that occasion and it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see him posting a big run here if definitely seeing out the two miles.
3:00 NEWMARKET – Betfair Exchange Free Bet Streak Newmarket Stakes (Listed Race) (Colts & Geldings) Cl1 (3yo) 1m2f
Onlookers wouldn’t have failed to have been impressed by WALDKONIG who created a deep impression when sauntering to victory on his debut at Wolverhampton back in December and John Gosden’s charge can double up to extend his perfect record.
The Kingman colt ran out an easy nine lengths’ victor over Zoran and others despite looking in need of the experience; but he showed a really smart turn of foot to readily quicken clear and he was eased down close home.
Sure to improve for that debut lesson he can take a big step forward and he looks well worth a try at this higher level on his reappearance. The form of his debut effort doesn’t look too bad with the runner-up posting a very creditable fourth on his own return at Newcastle earlier in June and John Gosden’s charge looks a potentially classy recruit who could take high order this term if progressing as hoped.
He can make his presence felt here, ought to be hard to beat if showing improvement and rates top of our best TV bets of the day on ITV Racing.
3:15 NEWCASTLE – Betway Heed Your Hunch Handicap Cl2 (3yo 0-100) 1m
Unbeaten PALACE PIER can land his hat-trick and cap an excellent day at Gosforth Park for trainer John Gosden.
The Kingman colt won both his starts impressively last campaign, beating Mascat at Sandown on debut and then running out a four lengths’ victor over Mars Landing at the same venue next time.
He made all the running that day, kicking clear impressively having briefly hit a flat spot and hinting at even better to come. His jockey that day, Frankie Dettori, was even able to ease him down some way from the line in a scintillating performance that suggested he could be a very smart prospect.
This step up in trip can only suit him even more and could be a catalyst for another jolt of improvement so every chance he can strike again and land a winning hat-trick here.
3:35 NEWMARKET – Qipco 2000 Guineas Stakes (Group 1) (Colts & Fillies) Cl1 (3yo) 1m
All eyes will be on the unbeaten PINATUBO who showed himself to be a top-class juvenile last term in winning all six of his starts which included a pair of Group One wins as well as success at Royal Ascot.
Charlie Appleby’s Shamardal colt overcame his stiffest test to date when winning the Dewhurst – a key race for this – with a defeat of Arizona who made him work before he asserted; he won well despite perhaps not being totally at ease on the ground and a better surface will likely prove more suitable.
On juvenile form he should be hard to beat and this extra furlong which he tries for the first time is unlikely to present any problem given he was strong at the end of the Dewhurst trip in testing conditions and he may well improve again for the stiffer test given there’s no shortage of stamina on his dam’s side.
Assuming he’s wintered well and progressed from his juvenile season as a three-year old then he could hold too many guns for this field and he can make it a perfect seven wins from seven start with a 2000 Guineas Classic win.