Saturday ITV Racing tips – Live TV tips for Cheltenham and Doncaster

ITV Racing best bets at Kempton, Lingfield and Newcastle.ITV Racing best bets at Kempton, Lingfield and Newcastle.

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race tips for Saturday's televised racing from Cheltenham and Doncaster.

Brian Healy gives his Saturday ITV Racing tips for 25 January televised coverage of the meetings at Cheltenham and Doncaster where seven live races will be shown throughout the afternoon.

The ITV Racing cameras return to action on Saturday with plenty of top-class racing going to post throughout the day’s programme. Seven races in all will be shown live on ITV Racing with four from Cheltenham Trials Day which features the Cotswold Chase and Cleeve Hurdle.

Meanwhile, there are three races from Doncaster also, including another competitive renewal of the Listed Sky Bet Handicap Chase. Keep reading for our Saturday ITV Racing tips from both meetings.

1:50 Cheltenham – Paddy Power 45 Sleeps To Cheltenham Trophy Handicap Chase (Grade 3) Cl1 (5yo+) 2m4½f
2:05 Doncaster – Albert Bartlett River Don Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2) Cl1 (5yo+) 3m½f
2:25 Cheltenham – Paddy Power Cotswold Chase (Grade 2) Cl1 (5yo+) 3m1½f
2:40 Doncaster – Napoleons Casino & Restaurant Owlerton Sheffield Yorkshire Rose Mares’ Hurdle (Grade 2) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m½f
3:00 Cheltenham – Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle (Registered As The Classic Novices’ Hurdle) (Grade 2) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m4½f
3:15 Doncaster – Sky Bet Handicap Chase (Listed Race) Cl1 (5yo+) 3m
3:35 Cheltenham – galliardhomes.com Cleeve Hurdle (Grade 2) Cl1 (5yo+) 3m

Ed Chamberlain and the team will be on hand again to offer their usual expert tips, insights and post-race analysis on Saturday’s televised action and Brian Healy gives his live TV tips for every race.

SATURDAY ITV RACING TIPS

1:50 Cheltenham – HIGHWAY ONE O ONE (6/1, Bet365)
2:05 Doncaster – BOSS MAN FRED (9/4, Paddy Power)
2:25 Cheltenham – TOP VILLE BEN (8/1, Unibet)
2:40 Doncaster – LADY BUTTONS (7/4, William Hill)
3:00 Cheltenham – HARRY SENIOR (6/1, Betway)
3:15 Doncaster – AZZERTI (8/1, Ladbrokes)
3:35 Cheltenham – PAISLEY PARK (8/11, William Hill)

1:50 Cheltenham – Paddy Power 45 Sleeps To Cheltenham Trophy Handicap Chase (Grade 3) Cl1 (5yo+) 2m4½f

HIGHWAY ONE O ONE (6/1, Bet365) is a largely consistent sort, and Chris Gordon’s charge might have won latest at Kempton over three miles had his rider held onto him a bit longer.

The Stowaway gelding gave way late in that last run, leading on the run-in but just overhauled close home by the front pair, and the drop back to this trip might well suit him better having perhaps just failing to get home at the Sunbury track.

He won twice last term, scoring wins at Newton Abbot and Carlisle, the latter of which was in soft ground, and he acquitted himself well in defeat which includes a narrow defeat behind Kildisart on this card twelve months ago, and he finished four lengths’ third behind Mister Whitaker in a Grade Two here last April.

Only raised 2lbs for his recent Kempton outing, he is capable of a bold bid from this mark and no surprise to see him going close.

1:50 Cheltenham – Paddy Power 45 Sleeps To Cheltenham Trophy Handicap Chase (Grade 3) Cl1 (5yo+) 2m4½f

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Highway One O One features in Saturday's ITV Racing tips.

Highway One O One ridden by jockey Tom Cannon

2:05 Doncaster – Albert Bartlett River Don Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2) Cl1 (5yo+) 3m½f

BOSS MAN FRED (9/4, Paddy Power) has been impressive in his three hurdles wins to date, winning at Kempton on debut and then adding further successes at Southwell and here last month when beating Snow Leopardess by nine lengths easily.

Dan Skelton’s Dubai Destination gelding was also a winner in the point-to-point sphere, and he scored as he liked in his last win where he travelled smoothly through the race and overcame a late mistake.

He has looked a really nice prospect in his wins to date and he is well worth a crack at a bigger prize; and open to further improvement he can do better. The form of his Doncaster win last time has since been franked by the third, and with the potential for better still to come he can maintain his unbeaten record.

2:05 Doncaster – Albert Bartlett River Don Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2) Cl1 (5yo+) 3m½f

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2:25 Cheltenham – Paddy Power Cotswold Chase (Grade 2) Cl1 (5yo+) 3m1½f

Santini and Bristol De Mai are both respected in this Grade Two prize, but it might be worth chancing on the improving TOP VILLE BEN (8/1, Unibet) to register a minor shock as he steps up to Grade Two company for this outing.

Phil Kirby’s charge was thought good enough in the wake of wins at Hexham and Wetherby to have a crack at the RSA Chase where he was an early faller; but he showed no ill effects to score back at Wetherby before posting a cracking effort in defeat when finishing six lengths’ third to Lostintranslation at Aintree.

The Beneficial gelding probably needed his first run of the campaign in the Charlie Hall Chase, but he subsequently went close in the Rehearsal Chase where he was caught late in the day and went down only by one length under a big weight behind Takingrisks. He then routed his field in the recent Rowland Meyrick Chase at Wetherby, beating Didero Vallis by eight lengths easily.

This is clearly a lot tougher, but he is going the right way as a second-season chaser and there is a suspicion he has an even bigger effort in him still to come. With conditions no issue he can find another chunk of improvement and he can get competitive in this Grade Two prize.

2:25 Cheltenham – Paddy Power Cotswold Chase (Grade 2) Cl1 (5yo+) 3m1½f

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2:40 Doncaster – Napoleons Casino & Restaurant Owlerton Sheffield Yorkshire Rose Mares’ Hurdle (Grade 2) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m½f

LADY BUTTONS (7/4, William Hill) won this race twelve months ago, and Philip Kirby’s charge can successfully defend her crown with a follow up win.

The tough and consistent Beneficial mare has won two of her three starts this term, winning over hurdles at Wetherby before bouncing back with a chase win over further at this venue when last seen last month.

She was disappointing inbetween, but that run came in the Fighting Fifth Hurdle behind Cornerstone Lad where the heavy ground may have counted against her and she’ll appreciate less testing conditions on this latest outing.

This is no easy task she faces where she has to give 5lbs to the progressive Floressa who is five years her junior; but given her genuine profile and excellent course record which has seen her win four of five starts on Town Moor she looks worth sticking with to take this prize for a second year.

2:40 Doncaster – Napoleons Casino & Restaurant Owlerton Sheffield Yorkshire Rose Mares’ Hurdle (Grade 2) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m½f

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Lady Buttons ridden by Adam Nicol wins the OLBG.com Mares’ Hurdle On Racing UK Handicap Chase during day two of The Bet365 Meeting at Wetherby Racecourse, Wetherby.

3:00 Cheltenham – Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle (Registered As The Classic Novices’ Hurdle) (Grade 2) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m4½f

HARRY SENIOR (6/1, Betway) was a late absentee from the recent Leamington Hurdle where he was well fancied to land that Grade Two prize, but Colin Tizzard’s charge can give backers that day some compensation by winning this Grade Two prize.

The Oscar gelding has improved with each start over timber, finishing runner-up at Exeter and Aintree following a promising debut over hurdles at Chepstow in October. The form of that Exeter run has worked out extremely well, while he was only beaten one length at Aintree behind the well-regarded Edwardstone who posted a good effort in the Rossington Main Hurdle last weekend.

Colin Tizzard’s charge produced a really nice effort when last seen out at Chepstow over the Christmas period with an easy success over Global Fame, and there could still be more to come from the lightly-raced sort who can find further improvement for this longer trip.

With no concerns over the ground he can post a big effort here where he can follow up that last-time win with victory in this Grade Two prize, and he remains a very nice prospect.

3:00 Cheltenham – Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle (Registered As The Classic Novices’ Hurdle) (Grade 2) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m4½f

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3:15 Doncaster – Sky Bet Handicap Chase (Listed Race) Cl1 (5yo+) 3m

AZZERTI (8/1, Ladbrokes) could be worth siding with to win this Listed prize where Alan King’s charge can build on a really good run in defeat over this trip in heavy ground at Ascot last month behind Regal Encore.

The Voix Du Nord gelding hasn’t always been the most convincing jumper of a fence, but he did win twice last term over the larger obstacles in small fields prior to posting a creditable seventh in the Brown Advisory Plate behind Siruh Du Lac.

His jumping let him down at Ayr on his final start, not helped by being hampered and eventually pulled up; but he made a winning reappearance at Newbury in November, and he ran a better race in defeat than his form figures suggest back there next time behind Oldgrangewood.

Still unexposed over three miles, the drying ground here is unlikely to present an issue and he’s been eased 2lbs following his latest Ascot run. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see him go well assuming his jumping holds up in a competitive renewal.

3.15 Doncaster – Sky Bet Handicap Chase (Listed Race) (Class 1) (5yo+)

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Azzerti can win the Sky Bet Chase at Doncaster.

3:35 Cheltenham – galliardhomes.com Cleeve Hurdle (Grade 2) Cl1 (5yo+) 3m

PAISLEY PARK (8/11, William Hill) took this race twelve months ago enroute to victory in the Stayers’ Hurdle at the March Festival and Emma Lavelle’s charge ought to take plenty of beating in defence of his crown.

The Oscar gelding improved out of all recognition last term having ended the previous campaign with a poor effort behind Kilbricken Storm in the 2018 Albert Bartlett Hurdle, winning all five starts last term which included a pair of Grade Ones and not least the Stayers’ Hurdle on his final outing.

He made a winning reappearance in the Newbury Long Distance Hurdle where he ground out a defeat of former Stayers’ Hurdle champion Thistlecrack with the reopposing If The Cap Fits further back in third. The latter has won since to give the form a boost, but Emma Lavelle’s star is likely to come on for that reappearance and should again put Harry Fry’s runner in his place.

With 3lbs in hand of this field on official ratings, he is likely to improve for his return to action and he sets a pretty stiff standard so he rates the one to beat here. He can extend his winning sequence further before taking another crack at the Stayers’ Hurdle in March.

3:35 Cheltenham – galliardhomes.com Cleeve Hurdle (Grade 2) Cl1 (5yo+) 3m

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SATURDAY ITV RACING TIPS

1:50 Cheltenham – HIGHWAY ONE O ONE (6/1, Bet365)
2:05 Doncaster – BOSS MAN FRED (9/4, Paddy Power)
2:25 Cheltenham – TOP VILLE BEN (8/1, Unibet)
2:40 Doncaster – LADY BUTTONS (7/4, William Hill)
3:00 Cheltenham – HARRY SENIOR (6/1, Betway)
3:15 Doncaster – AZZERTI (8/1, Ladbrokes)
3:35 Cheltenham – PAISLEY PARK (8/11, William Hill)

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