Saturday ITV Racing tips – Live TV best bets at Uttoxeter and Kempton
After a week of top class racing at the Cheltenham Festival we turn our attentions to the weekend’s racing action and give our Satuday ITV racing tips at Uttoxeter and Kempton.
We’ve enjoyed plenty of top-class racing over the past few days at the Cheltenham Festival and the ITV Racing cameras continue to roll into the weekend with a seven-race programme that sees action over the sticks from the cards at Kempton and Uttoxeter.
Competitive handicap awaits at Kempton with three races headed by the Silver Plate Handicap Hurdle; while it is Midlands Grand National day at Uttoxeter with the marathon heading four races live from the Staffordshire venue.
Ed Chamberlain and the team hotfoot it from Cheltenham to bring their usual expert racing tips, insights and post-race analysis to the day’s action and we’ve looked over the live TV racing action to give our Saturday ITV Racing tips at Uttoxeter and Kempton
SATURDAY ITV RACING TIPS – TV BEST BETS AT UTTOXETER & KEMPTON
1:50 Uttoxeter – Marstons Brewery Handicap Hurdle Cl3 (4yo+ 0-125) 2m7½f
SAINT DALINA won readily over this course and distance back in December, running out a 13 lengths’ victor over Cul De Poule and while Charlie Longsdon’s charge has met with defeat on all three subsequent starts she has been running well.
Runner-up back here next time she ran an excellent fourth to Imperial Alcazar at Wetherby from 4lbs out of the weights and was last seen finishing just three lengths’ third in first-time cheekpieces behind big improver J’ai Froid at Ascot.
That winner has gone in again since and a 2lbs rise in the weights for that bronze medal is tempered by Tom Buckley’s claim. The Saint Des Saints mare could then have more to offer and a repeat of her run behind Imperial Alcazar ought to put her firmly in the mix.
She’s shown up well here on both starts and handles the conditions so a big run wouldn’t come as a surprise and she holds solid claims here.
2:05 Kempton – Virgin Bet Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (GBB Race) Cl3 (5yo+ 0-135) 2m
DOUKARAOV returned to winning ways with an impresive defeat of Jack Valentine at Leicester back at the beginning of the month and Sean Curran’s charge can step up again to register another win despite the handicapper hitting him with a 10lbs rise.
The ex-French trained Le Havre gelding twice finished third over hurdles following his switch to this yard last summer, but he’s looked better as a chaser where he won on good ground on his chase debut at Taunton before pissibly finding the run coming too soon next time out behind Funambule Sivola at Wetherby.
His run in a jumpers’ bumper when back from a break was a fair effort but he jumped and travelled strongly to strike back over fences and there could be more to come from him with the better ground here no issue. Further improvement ought to put him firmly in the mix and he can defy his rise in the handicap to strike again here.
2:25 Uttoxeter – 1834 Novices’ Handicap Chase (GBB Race) Cl2 (5yo+) 3m
ST BARTS found only Ofalltheginjoints too strong on his chase debut at Exeter but the High Chaparral gelding made no mistake next time at Newbury and Philip Hobbs’ charge can improve again to take this prize.
A dual-winner over hurdles last term he hasn’t been seen since that latest success where he beat Versatility by just over two lengths with the front pair clear of the remainder. The fourth home has won since but the form has taken a couple of knocks; however he could have better still to come over fences after just two starts.
An 8lbs rise in the weights will demand a bit more improvement but he’s certainly going the right way and no surprise to see him firmly in the mix in this competitive contest.
2:40 Kempton – Virgin Bet Silver Plate Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race) Cl2 (4yo+) 2m5f
SWITCH HITTER stepped up on his hurdles debut to register a narrow victory over this course and distance in November, beating Malinello by three parts of a length who has won since, and the Scorpion gelding was possibly amiss back here latest on Boxing Day when finishing down the field behind Monte Cristo.
Paul Nicholls’ charge faded to finish eighth on that occasion and he was given a break in the wake of that outing so makes his return from almost three months off the track where he could go well on just his second handicap start.
He’s still unexposed over obstacles with just three hurdles runs in the book , but the better ground will be in his favour and it is too early to write him off just yet so it would be no surprise to see him turn in a solid effort here under Bryony Frost.
3:00 Uttoxeter – Burton Union Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race) Cl2 (4yo+ 0-150) 2m4f
Wilde About Oscar bounced back to winning form at Exeter recently and could go close although his opening handicap mark looks stiff and it might be worth giving another chance to MINT CONDITION who was possibly stretched by three miles when last seen finishing fourth behind Alaphilippe in the Prestige Hurdle at Haydock last month.
Jennie Candlish’s progressive charge had won three of his previous five starts at around this trip and chased home the useful Adrimel in the Grade Two Leamington Hurdle at Warwick in January where he was denied only by a neck.
That form has been boosted and he returns to the handicap ranks here from a mark that remains fair; while the return to this lesser trip looks a good move for the Black Sam Bellamy gelding who can bounce back.
3:15 Kempton – Virgin Bet Handicap Chase Cl3 (5yo+ 0-140) 2m4½f
SMARTY WILD still doesn’t appear to be wholly comfortable over fences and the Fair Mix gelding needed all of Richard Johnson’s talents to strike over course and distance in January, making a bad mistake midway and losing his place before rallying well and finding plenty once challenged between the last two obstacles.
Philip Hobbs’ charge turned in a good effort next time at Warwick despite again not always jumping cleanly, but he was only beaten six lengths into fifth behind Two For Gold and that form looks fair.
He’ll have to brush up on his jumping but he could be suited by a return to this flat track and he’s 1lb lower here than at Warwick so he could post a big run if keeping the mistakes down.
3:35 Uttoxeter – Marston’s 61 Deep Midlands Grand National (An Open Handicap Chase) (Listed Race) (GBB Race) Cl1 (5yo+) 4m2f
A strong renewal of this marathon contest can go to MIGHTY THUNDER who made it 3-4 over fences with an impressive wide-margin win in the Edinburgh National last month and Lucinda Russell’s charge can continue his progression.
The Malinas gelding had won his first two starts over fences at Hexham prior to turning in a lesser run at Kelso in December when beating only one home in the Paris Pike Chase. However that run might just have come soon enough for him and he was given a break before returning at Musselburgh to strike by an easy 20 lengths from Dino Boy.
His task was made easier by the fall of nearest pursuer Stay Humble two out although that one looked held when departing and a 10lbs rise for that success may yet prove lenient given he has plenty of scope to improve and is still relatively unexposed over fences.
A good jumper who is proven in the conditions and at the trip he should run well and he looks to hold big claims of taking this valuable Listed prize back to Scotland.