Saturday ITV Racing tips – Live TV tips for Kempton, Newcastle and Lingfield
Saturday ITV Racing tips for Kempton, Newcastle and Lingfield
The ITV Racing cameras are back in action on Saturday afternoon with seven races live from three of the day’s fixtures. We’ve picked out our live TV Saturday tips and best bets for the day’s televised racing.
Punters will have seven live TV races to take in on Saturday with action over the sticks at Kempton where there are three Grade Two contests which could give some final Cheltenham Festival clues; while the gruelling Eider Chase comes from Newcastle.
There is also all-weather racing on the agenda from Lingfield where the Group Three Winter Derby is the feature on the polytrack alongside Listed action with the Hever Sprint Stakes.
As usual Ed Chamberlain and the team will have all their expert racing tips, insights and post-race analysis on all the action on ITV Racing and we’ve looked over the schedule to pick out our live TV Saturday tips and best bets.
ITV RACING BEST BETS – LIVE TV SATURDAY TIPS AT KEMPTON, NEWCASTLE & LINGFIELD
1:50 Kempton – Close Brothers Pendil Novices’ Chase (Grade 2) (GBB Race) Cl1 (5yo+) 2m4½f
GA LAW lost little in defeat in ground probably too soft for him when third to Allmankind in the Henry VIII Novices’ Chase and Jamie Snowden’s charge is taken to bounce back to winning form.
Unlike main rival Tamaroc Du Mathan he’s proven over this longer trip and the drying ground will be more in his favour than the Sandown quagmire he contested in latest. He had won his three previous runs at Fontwell, Exeter and Wincanton with the latter coming in a Grade Two where he demolished Hurricane Harvey by 22 lengths, making all and jumping well to score an impressive win.
That rival franked the form next time in a Doncaster Grade Two contest and his latest effort at Sandown was possibly too sharp for him while the conditions wouldn’t have helped.
Given the winner has gone in again and the fourth subsequently finished closer to Shishkin next time out than Paul Nicholls’ charge managed then the Sinndar gelding can go well here with the track likely to play to his strengths and it would be no surprise to see him get back on the scoresheet.
2:05 Lingfield – Betway Hever Sprint Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 5f
Most of these need to raise their game or bounce back from a lesser effort when last seen which includes MOSS GILL whose form figures on the all-weather read 221 albeit on tapeta.
A three-time winner on turf during the 2019 season he continues his good spell last campaign, winning at York in a Listed contest before posting an excellent third in the Nunthorpe behind Battaash. Although he couldn’t match that performance in two subsequent outings that piece of form stands out and the No Nay Never gelding could be hard to beat here.
Ed Bethell’s charge was last seen finishing fourth behind Dakota Gold at Nottingham where he got worked up prior to the start which didn’t help his cause so it was quite a respectable effort in the circumstances. He’s also run well fresh in the past, scoring at Wolverhampton last March on the back of a similar absence to that from which he returns here and he ought to go close in this contest.
2:25 Kempton – Close Brothers Adonis Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 2) (GBB Race) Cl1 (4yo) 2m
Useful flat performer TRITONIC looked an exciting hurdling prospect when gaining a narrow win over Casa Loupi on his debut over timber at Ascot last month and with that experience behind him the Sea The Moon gelding can progress.
The soft ground on that occasion might not have been entirely ideal but he kept on well after the last to get up close home for a one length verdict and there’s likely more to come from him as he gains further experience.
This better ground will suit him and he looks sure to improve on the back of that debut effort so more is expected and he can stamp his passport to the Triumph Hurdle with another success here.
2:40 Lingfield – Betway Winter Derby Stakes (Group 3) (All-Weather Championships Fast-Track Qualifier) Cl1 (4yo+) 1m2f
FELIX wasn’t seen to best effect when denied in his hat-trick bid over course and distance earlier in the month but the Lope De Vega gelding can quickly get back on track here.
A former winner on turf for Sir Michael Stoute the five-year old won three of his first four starts for current handler Marco Botti which included over this course and distance and he returned from ten months off the track this campaign to gain a short-head verdict over Bangkok who turned the tables on him latest.
The selection was possibly given too much to do off the slow pace when the race developed into a sprint, but he ran on well and the likelihood of a stronger pace here will suit. He’s also reunited with Hollie Doyle who is 2-3 on the Botti gelding and the pair ought not to be far away.
3:00 Kempton – Sky Bet Dovecote Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2) (GBB Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m
Calico is dangerous to discount for the in-form Skelton team but ATHOLL STREET has impressed in registering both his hurdles victories to date – both at Taunton – and the Jeremy gelding can take another step towards the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle here with a third win.
Paul Nicholls’ charge was beaten a long way on his debut in a bumper last New Years’ Day, but back from an absence and wind surgery switched to hurdling he’s readily won both his starts in late-2020, latterly running out a 16 lengths’ victor over Heart Of A Lion where he made all and scored readily easing down.
Sure to be suited by this track and the good ground he is open to further improvement having still looked a shade raw in that latest success and he can collect his hat-trick here.
3:15 Newcastle – Vertem Eider Handicap Chase (GBB Race) Cl2 (5yo+) 4m1½f
BIG RIVER hasn’t always looked the most natural jumper over fences but that hasn’t stopped him racking up a number of wins and Lucinda Russell’s veteran ought to go well here.
The Milan gelding took a couple of runs to get going last term but it all came together when scoring at Kelso from the useful yardstick Ami Debois and he stepped up on that victory to post a very good fifth behind the ill-fated The Conditional in the 2020 Ultima Handicap Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.
He’s had two runs this term, finishing third to Ramses De Teillee in a Grade Three contest at Cheltenham and then posting a creditable eighth in the Welsh Grand National where he was beaten around twenty lengths.
Eased 2lbs for that run he’s only 2lbs higher than his last winning mark and he promises to be suited by this extreme test of stamina in the mud so it would be no surprise to see him deliver a big run here despite doing most of his winning in small fields. He looks to hold solid claims nonetheless and every chance he can go close in a typically trappy renewal of this marathon contest.
3:35 Kempton – Close Brothers Handicap Chase (Grade 3) (GBB Race) Cl1 (5yo+) 3m
Consistent CLONDAW CASTLE might be worth chancing on his first crack at three miles and Tom George’s charge can go well in this competitive handicap chase contest.
The Oscar gelding won twice during the 2018/19 season over the larger obstacles before posting a pair of very creditable fourth-placed finishes in Grade Ones at Cheltenham and Aintree. He had a lightly-raced campaign last term but managed a win at Warwick and he’s made the frame in all four starts this term, winning at Newbury in November before finishing in the frame in successive Grade Two contests at Cheltenham and here latest where he chased home Master Tommytucker.
His previous run in the rearranged Peterborough Chase and that Kempton outing have both been significantly boosted and back in the handicap ranks he remains with scope from this mark with the step up to three miles a possible source of improvement as a former point-to-point winner.
Good ground suits and still relatively low-mileage for a nine-year old he could deliver a big performance here and no surprise to see him go well.