Saturday live TV tips – ITV Racing best bets at Ayr and Newbury
Saturday live TV tips for Ayr and Newbury
The ITV Racing cameras return to action on Saturday with plenty of live TV horse racing for punters to get stuck into and we’ve picked out our Saturday live TV tips for the cards at Ayr and Newbury.
We welcome back the ITV Racing team on Saturday with another round of live TV racing action covering the best of the day’s racing from two of the Saturday fixtures that will go to post with Ayr and Newbury both on the agenda.
Nine races in all will unfold across Saturday’s live TV action where the Ayr Gold Cup is the feature race of the day and spearheads five races to be shown live from the Scottish track; meanwhile there are four races also from Newbury with the Group Two Mill Reef Stakes taking centre stage at the Berkshire track.
Ed Chamberlain and the team will have all their usual expert racing tips, insights and post-race analysis on the day’s racing action and our tipping team have picked out their Saturday live TV tips for Ayr and Newbury.
SATURDAY LIVE TV TIPS – ITV RACING BEST BETS AT AYR & NEWBURY
1:55 Ayr – Virgin Bet Doonside Cup Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (3yo+) 1m2f
The admirable EUCHEN GLEN can get back on track returned to a track which he loves and Jim Goldie’s charge ought to make his presence felt.
The Authorized gelding has shown few signs of decline despite being an eight-year old, winning twice this season in Group Three and Listed company, the latest of which came in the Gala Stakes at Sandown in July and he almost followed up in the Glorious Stakes at Glorious Goodwood next time.
He’s not been at his best in his last couple of starts although his run at Haydock possibly came too soon following Goodwood and faced a stiff task in the Ebor Handicap when last seen where he was likely hindered by his mark while a change to more forceful tactics didn’t work.
This assignment sees him back in Listed company and while he has to give weight all round he could prove up to the task following four weeks off and back at a venue where he’s won four times from six visits, while any rain around won’t be an issue and with a strong pace to take a lead off he can make his presence felt.
2:15 Newbury – Dubai International Airport World Trophy Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 (3yo+) 5f
This looks a solid contest on paper and KHAADEM is again taken having got back on the winning trail with an impressive victory at Doncaster ten days ago and the Dark Angel entire can follow up here.
Charlie Hills’ charge was a winner here a couple of seasons ago prior to his impressive win in the 2019 Stewards’ Cup which marked him as a potential Group horse. Things didn’t go to plan thereafter and his form this term had been hit or miss until the application of blinkers saw an improved effort at Newmarket last month.
He tanked through most of that race before fading late which prompted the decision to drop him to five furlongs and that move paid dividends with an impressive win last time out in Listed company. Back up in class here he could have more to offer over the bare minimum in the headgear and while he faces some competition for the lead he is capable of another big run.
Assuming this third run in three weeks doesn’t prove a negative then he ought to make his presence felt again now he’s got his head back in front.
2:30 Ayr – Virgin Bet Ayr Silver Cup Handicap Cl2 (3yo+) 6f
The draw as usual could be crucial to the chances of a few of these and drawn towards the stands’ side it might pay to chance BICKERSTAFFE coming back to winning form for Karl Burke and Clifford Lee.
The Mayson colt is still lightly raced as a sprinter and potentially remains unexposed and he’s already a dual-winner this term with victories at Pontefract and Ascot latterly prior to a lesser run at Goodwood in the Stewards’ Cup consolation race where he was carrying a penalty.
He can’t be judged too harshly on that last run as he was trying to get competitive when badly hampered on the rail and he never recovered, eventually crossing the line well down the field.
That race has thrown up several subsequent winners though and he remains open to improvement so can take another forward step here to get involved in the finish.
2:50 Newbury – Dubai Duty Free Legacy Cup Stakes (Group 3) (Formerly The Arc Trial) Cl1 (3yo+) 1m3f
FOXES TALES has been proving progressive this term, winning three times with the latest coming in the Group Three Rose Of Lancaster Stakes where Andrew Balding’s charge beat Fancy Man by three-parts of a length and there might be more in the locker to come from the Zoffany colt who can improve.
He has also won here over one mile and at Royal Ascot when impressively taking the Golden Gates Handicap, and he lost no caste in defeat when denied only by a head behind Dubai Honour at Newmarket in July prior to getting back on the scoresheet.
The manner of that victory hinted that he might improve further for a step up in trip so it is little surprise to see him go up in distance here while the form of his victory last time has been boosted by the runner-up.
Open to further improvement and getting 6lbs from standard-setting Al Aasy who returns from a break having been gelded and he can strike again here.
3:05 Ayr – Virgin Bet Firth Of Clyde Fillies’ Stakes (Group 3) (IRE Incentive Race) Cl1 (2yo) 6f
With rain forecast the conditions could come right for CHOUX who bounced back to winning ways in a Listed contest at Deauville back in July and David Evans’ charge can go well if the ground deteriorates.
A soft ground winner at Thirsk on debut the Exceed and Excel filly has struggled on quicker ground in starts at Ascot in the Queen Mary Stakes and when tackling a Listed race at Newmarket; but on more testing ground in France she turned in an impressive return to winning ways and there could be better to come from her.
Her bare form does leave her with a little bit to find in this field while there’ll need to be a fair bit of rain around to ease up the ground; but if she gets her conditions she could post a big run back up in class and remains relatively unexposed.
3:25 Newbury – Dubai Duty Free Handicap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-105) 1m2f
Lots of chances and it might pay to side with KING OF CLUBS who has looked progressive this term with finishes in the frame in five of his last six starts which includes a pair of wins at Nottingham and Sandown latterly last month where the Intello colt gained a narrow victory over Victory Chime.
Hughie Morrison’s charge struck by a nose that day with the front two pulling five lengths clear of the third; that form has been boosted since by the runner-up who won next time at Chester and there could be better to come from the three-year old who remains open to improvement.
He does have a bit more on his plate for this latest outing where he has a 7lbs rise to contend with, but he should continue to make his presence felt nonetheless and he can give another good account.
3:40 Ayr – Virgin Bet Ayr Gold Cup Handicap (Heritage Handicap) Cl2 (3yo+) 6f
A typically competitive renewal of this handicap prize could go to SUNDAY SOVEREIGN who has come back to form in recent outings and arrives on the back of a win at Chester last month where he won with more in hand than the official margin suggests.
Tim Easterby’s charge had been hit or miss earlier in teh campaign, but he did turn in a good effort to go down narrowly behind reopposing Pendleton at York on his second start of the season and after a couple of lesser runs at Newcastle and Ascot has bounced back to finish fourth at Goodwood and third at Musselburgh prior to that latest win where he beat Gabrial The Devil who has won since.
This is surely tougher back up in class and trip under a 5lbs penalty, but he’ll get a good pace to aim at and he has won at this trip before and on soft ground so any rain won’t hinder so a big run from his high stall wouldn’t come as a huge shock and he can make his presence felt.
4:00 Newbury – Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes (Group 2) Cl1 (2yo) 6f
GUBBASS has shown up well this term, winning his first two starts which include the Weatherbys Super Sprint here in July and the Mehmas colt has lost little in defeat in two starts since.
Richard Hannon’s charge finished third in the Richmond Stakes at Goodwood, only beaten a half-length behind Asymmetrick and he took in a Group One on France when last seen finishing fifth to Perfect Power in the Prix Morny.
Those pieces of form are the strongest on offer amongst this field and he remains open to plenty of improvement so likely will make his presence felt again and he can get back to winning ways here.
4:15 Ayr – Virgin Bet Handicap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-100) 1m
DANCE FEVER can get back to winning ways here having not been seen to best effect at Goodwood last time, unsuited by how the race developed and on his earlier runs Clive Cox’s charge ought to go close.
The lightly-raced Sir Prancealot gelding as an impressive winner at Leicester back in July when beating Golden Force by one length under this rider after which he finished a good third in the International Stakes behind Danyah where he raced under a penalty.
Runner-up at Doncaster two runs ago behind Motawaajed he finished fourth when last seen, not helped by a slow pace and the race turning into a sprint; he’s likely to get a stronger pace here though and he ought to get involved at the business end from a mark that remains workable.