Saturday ITV Racing tips – Live TV tips for York and Newbury
Armchair punters can look forward to eight live races on Saturday and we give our Saturday ITV Racing tips for the day’s coverage of York and Newbury.
There is more live TV horse racing action for punters to enjoy on Saturday where the ITV Racing cameras will be in attendance at York and Newbury for more classy action on the flat.
Eight races in all will head to post with four from each venue. The feature of the day at York is the John Smith’s Cup which is always a fiercely fought handicap; while the Group Three Hackwood Stakes takes centre stage at Newbury.
Ed Chamberlain and the team will have all their usual expert tips, insights and post-race analysis on the day’s televised racing action and Brian Healy gives his race-by-race Saturday ITV Racing tips for every live race across both fixtures.
SATURDAY ITV RACING TIPS – YORK & NEWBURY
1:55 York – John Smith’s Silver Cup Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 (4yo+) 1m6f
COMMUNIQUE has struggled to get competitive since winning a Group Two contest last July and finishing a close runner-up in a German Group One; but Mark Johnston’s charge bounced back to form returned to Newmarket nine days ago where he bumped into one in Dame Malliot.
The Casamento horse finished runner-up on that occasion in the Group Two Princess of Wales’s Tattersalls Stakes, crossing the line just over two lengths adrift of the impressive winner. This is a slightly easier task however and a repeat of that effort ought to be good enough to see him get back on the scoresheet.
He would be giving his four rivals upwards of 5lbs in a handicap and he should prove tough to beat if running up to a similar standard as when last seen.
2:15 Newbury – bet365 Rose Bowl Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (2yo) 6f
METHOD made an excellent first impression when running away with a Doncaster maiden on his debut and the Mehmas colt can take another forward step upped in class for his second career outing.
Martyn Meade’s charge looked a smart prospect in overcoming a slow start to post a four lengths’ victory over Fev Rover who was in turn clear of the rest. The runner-up has since filled the same spot in a Group Two at Newmarket so the form looks strong.
Sure to improve for that initial experience he looks hard to oppose in this contest despite the rise in class and he could prove a tough nut to crack with the potential for better still.
2:30 York – John Smith’s Cup Handicap (Heritage Handicap) Cl2 (3yo+) 1m2½f
Progressive DESERT ICON can make his presence felt in this competitive handicap and the Sea The Stars gelding found some improvement equipped with first-time cheekpieces to register an impressive Newmarket success when last seen.
Also a dual-winner last term, he ran well in defeat in a couple of hot handicaps at Newmarket and Beverley towards the end of last season and he shaped well on his return at Newmarket when finishing fourth behind West End Charmer where he looked in need of the run.
That form has proven decent with the winner since finishing third in the Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes at Royal Ascot, while the runner-up has won at Epsom subsequently. The selection himself ran out an eight lengths’ winner when last seen although that form perhaps isn’t quite as strong.
The handicapper has reacted by hiking him up 9lbs in the weights, but the lightly-raced sort could easily have more in the locker still to come and if the headgear has the desired positive effect again then he could show further improvement to follow up in this hugely competitive contest.
2:50 Newbury – British EBF/bet365 Premier Fillies’ Handicap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-100) 1m
None of the sextet who goes to post for this contest can be ruled out, but HUBOOR could prove the answer for the in-form Mark Johnston team and the More Than Ready filly can bounce back to form.
A two-time juvenile winner, scoring successes at Chepstow and Newmarket, she has been running better than her bare form figures suggest this term and she was beaten less than four lengths when last seen finishing sixth in the Sandringham Stakes at Royal Ascot.
That form is solid given the winner and third have both run well in Group Three company since and she can make her presence felt here having been dropped 1lb in the weights following that run.
The soft ground at Ascot might not have seen her at her best, but this better surface can show her in a better light and she can bounce back to winning form with a repeat of that Sandringham effort likely to see her in the mix.
3:05 York – John Smith’s City Walls Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (3yo+) 5f
MAJOR JUMBO may ideally want further nowadays but Kevin Ryan’s front-runner could be worth chancing to get back on the scoresheet for the first time since winning at Chester last August.
The Zebedee gelding has returned this term in good heart, finishing third over this trip at Newmarket behind Far Above on his return from more than eight months off the track and then filling the same position on the all-weather when beaten a similar distance behind Judicial in the Chipchase Stakes.
Front-runners often do well at this venue and easing back into Listed company he could be worth sticking with despite dropping back to five furlongs for this contest which looks a strong one for the grade.
He should give another solid account though and with this likely to be a strongly-run contest his stamina might see him come out on top back at this venue where he often runs well.
3:25 Newbury – bet365 Aphrodite Fillies’ Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (3yo+) 1m4f
LA LUNE can build on a very promising return to action at Pontefract last month to go one better and Henry Candy’s charge takes the vote to land this Listed prize.
A winner at Salisbury on her second career start last term, she was absent for more than one year until returning in Listed company to chase home Antonia De Vega where she was only beaten a half-length.
She had the reopposing Makawee behind her and that form has been boosted by that one finishing runner-up in the Lancashire Oaks on her next start and likely to improve for that pipe-opening return the Champs Elysees filly can get back to winning ways with the potential for better still to come after just three career starts.
Sure to be sharper now following that return, she can make her presence felt and no surprise to see her in the mix.
3:40 York – William Hill Extra Places Every Day Handicap Cl3 (3yo+ 0-93) 1m4f
ARCTIC FOX won three times last term, two of which came at this venue and Richard Fahey’s charge might be poised to strike having ran well when last seen at Ripon earlier in the month.
The Mastercraftsman filly found life tough in better races following her hat-trick of wins, failing to beat a rival in her last two outings of the campaign; but she returned in better form despite looking as if the run were needed at Newcastle and she showed the benefit of that outing to finish a very good third latest behind Dark Jedi.
Not helped by meeting trouble in running, she could be worth another chance stepping back up in trip and having been eased 1lb in the weights; while a return to the scene of two of her three victories last term could rekindle a spark and every chance she can deliver a big run.
4:00 Newbury – bet365 Hackwood Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 (3yo+) 6f
Another chance is given to MUMS TIPPLE who drops in grade having found Group One company too much for him in his last three starts and the Footstepsinthesand colt can do better despite fears his bubble may have burst.
Richard Hannon’s charge was devastating in running out a wide margin winner of a valuable sales race at York last August, beating Rayong and others by eleven lengths easily but he’s since struggled at the top table and in three starts in Group One company he has collectively only beaten two rivals.
Last seen beating only one home in the Commonwealth Cup, his sights are eased back down to this Group Three contest – which looks a strong renewal – and while he has something to prove now he might be better suited by the drop in class from Group One level.
It is too early to write him off just yet despite his disappointing efforts and he is given the chance to redeem himself at a more suitable level where he gets weight from his elders in this contest. If able to replicate the sort of performance he produced at York then he could bounce back to form reunited with Ryan Moore.