Saturday ITV Racing tips – TV best bets at Haydock and Ascot

Saturday sees further live TV racing action on our tellies with ITV Racing covering six races from the meetings at Haydock and Ascot. We’ve picked out our Saturday ITV Racing tips and best bets.

The ITV Racing cameras return on Saturday with six more live TV races from two meetings across the UK.

With action from Haydock Park featuring the Tommy Whittle Chase and Ascot where the Grade One Long Walk Hurdle spearheads Saturday’s racing action Ed Chamberlain and the team will be on hand as usual to offer their expert horse racing tips, insights and post-race analysis on the day’s live TV action.

And we’ve looked over all six of the day’s live TV races to pick out our Saturday ITV Racing tips and best bets for the day’s televised coverage.


1:50 Ascot – “For The Love Of Racing” Handicap Chase Cl2 (4yo+ 0-150) 2m3f

Prolific hurdles winner SMARTY WILD might be worth chancing to get off the mark over fences at the third attempt although the Fair Mix gelding will need to brush up his jumping in order to make an impact in this slightly stronger race.

A four-time winner over the smaller obstacles he ran well for sixth on his final start in that discipline at Kempton in March and he ran a good race on his chase debut when finishing third to Sully D’oc Aa back in October which might have been needed.

That form is decent and while he failed to build on the outing next time at Wetherby he did rather clout a few on the way round but ran on well after the last to finish around ten lengths’ adrift of the winner.

This return to a longer trip will be in his favour and he could prove well-treated off this mark if able to keep the errors down and having run well here two starts ago Philip Hobbs’ charge could be worth another chance to put it all together for his in-form yard.

Saturday ITV Racing tips. Philip Hobbs can saddle a winner on the Ascot card.

2:05 Haydock – Betfair Exchange Handicap Hurdle Cl2 (3yo+ 0-145) 2m3f

OUR POWER is given another chance to get back to winning ways having run well on both starts this term and assuming the Power gelding handles the heavy ground then he could go close.

A Kempton winner on better ground last term, he ran well for a long way at Cheltenham on his reappearance in October, still in contention turning in before weakening up the hill and he possibly just needed the run.

Subsequently third to the reopposing War Lord here last month he surely would have finished closer but for being hampered by a faller and losing a few lengths before running on strongly after the last and he was beaten only around three lengths at the line.

That was unlucky and he was giving the winner 5lbs so this 6lbs pull at the weights he enjoys now could see him turn the tables if he handles the deeper conditions where his proven stamina for further could come into play late.

2:25 Ascot – Porsche Long Walk Hurdle (Grade 1) (GBB Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 3m½f

Thyme Hill and Paisley Park finished 1-2 in the recent Long Distance Hurdle at Newbury, but both had a hard race and it might be worth taking a chance on the consistent ROKSANA who is thoroughly unexposed as a staying hurdler and Dan Skelton’s charge was impressive in winning the West Yorkshire Hurdle on her reappearance.

The Dubai Destination mare is a Grade One winner over hurdles, winning the 2019 Mares’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival where she took full advantage of the fall of Benie Des Dieux who looked set to win before crashing out at the last.

She had won a Grade Two previously and the step up to three miles held no fears when denied only a head by If The Cap Fits in the Liverpool Hurdle. Twice a runner-up last term and fourth back at Cheltenham in defence of her Mares’ Hurdle crown there could be more to come from the eight-year old over this longer trip and she’s proven in soft ground so could well have a big say in receipt of weight all round.

Saturday ITV Racing tips.  Roksana could be worth chancing to cause an upset in the Long Walk Hurdle.

Saturday ITV Racing tips. Roksana could be worth chancing to cause an upset in the Long Walk Hurdle.

2:40 Haydock – Betfair Tommy Whittle Handicap Chase Cl2 (4yo+ 0-145) 3m1½f

LORD NAPIER looks one who could be suited by this stiff test and Peter Bowen’s charge can get off the mark over the larger obstacles on just his fourth attempt.

The Galileo gelding has won four times over hurdles in testing ground, the latest of which came in a Grade Three contest at Sandown back in February 2019 and he’s since run well in a Grade One event. He’s taken a little time to get to grips with chasing, but he’s bettered his finishing position each time and he found only one too good latest over three miles at Chepstow in heavy ground.

He stayed on well without matching the winner who made all and there could be scope for better from him given he’s still unexposed as a chaser. These conditions are fine and the extra distance could unlock further improvement and from towards the bottom end of the weights he could post a big effort in this competitive contest.

3:00 Ascot – Good Luck Hollie In SPOTY Silver Cup Handicap Chase (Listed Race) (GBB Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 3m

REGAL ENCORE has won this race twice including twelve months ago and Anthony Honeyball’s charge could bounce back returning to this venue following a lesser run at Newbury in the Ladbrokes Trophy Chase.

The King’s Theatre gelding rarely runs a bad race at this venue, winning four times and placing on three other starts from nine course and distance runs which include on his reappearance in October following wind surgery where he beat Whatmore by just over one length.

He’s 5lbs higher than that last winning mark but he’s won previously off this rating and although he he didn’t turn in one of his better efforts at Newbury when last sighted, he could do better back at this venue and with the conditions no problem.

He could be capable of turning in a better performance and the veteran chaser isn’t one to write off over this course which appears to bring out the best in him.

Saturday ITV Racing tips. Regal Encore loves Ascot and can bounce back to form.

Saturday ITV Racing tips. Regal Encore loves Ascot and can bounce back to form.

3:35 Ascot – Betfair Exchange Trophy (A Handicap Hurdle) (Grade 3) (GBB Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 1m7½f

The form of Colin Tizzard’s yard isn’t the best but it could be worth taking a chance on MASTER DEBONAIR delivering at a big price and giving the Dorset handler a boost.

The lightly-raced Yeats gelding is 2-3 over hurdles here, winning last seasons Kennel Gate Hurdle in good style but possibly finding his stamina stretched over further back here behind Sporting John in February.

He was absent following that run until returning in the Elite Hurdle at Wincanton where he possibly found quicker ground against him around the sharper track and he might have needed the run in any case. But he can do better back on a stiffer track where he’s run well before and with conditions more in his favour.

The Tizzard runner boasts some top bumper form, beating Thyme Hill at Cheltenham and finishing a good fifth to Mcfabulous so he’s clearly capable of good form and he could go well switching to handicapping with a good 7lbs claimer helping to ease what looks a stiff opening mark.

With conditions ideal and boasting a very good record here the lightly-raced gelding could bounce back at a big price and no surprise to see a better effort.