Saturday live TV tips – ITV Racing best bets at Cheltenham and Doncaster
We have more ITV Racing action to look forward to on Saturday and we’ve picked out our live TV racing tips for the day’s coverage.
The Cheltenham International meeting continues into a second day on Saturday and the ITV Racing cameras will be in attendance again at the home of jumps racing to bring the best of the day’s action into punters’ livingrooms where four races will go to post including the feature Grade Two International Hurdle and the competitive Caspian Caviar Gold Cup.
There is also racing from Doncaster which sees three races join the Saturday coverage including the Grade Two Summit Juvenile Hurdle and the Grade Two December Novices’ Chase.
Seven races in all take place on the Saturday broadcast and Ed Chamberlain and the team will be on hand with all their usual expert tips, insights and post-race analysis; while we’ve looked through each of the day’s televised races to give our Saturday live TV racing tips at both meetings.
SATURDAY LIVE TV RACING TIPS – ITV RACING BEST BETS AT CHELTENHAM & DONCASTER
1:50 Cheltenham – Caspian Caviar Gold Cup Handicap Chase (Grade 3) (GBB Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m4½f
CEPAGE has a fair bit of weight to carry but Venetia Williams’ charge had made the frame in the past two renewals of this contest and the Saddler Maker gelding can give another good account.
Runner-up to Frodon in the 2018 renewal he finished a close fourth to Warthog twelve months ago and struck over course and distance in January when beating Spiritofthegames by a half-length. From there he tackled the Ultima Chase at the Cheltenham Festival where he looked the likeliest winner turning in only to perhaps find the longer trip telling late on and he faded into seventh.
He probably didn’t get home on that occasion but ought to be better served by this drop back in distance and with that Cheltenham Festival run coming from this mark it suggests he can remain competitive.
His record fresh since joining this yard reads 1222 and it would be no surprise to see him going well again in this contest.
2:05 Doncaster – bet365 December Novices’ Chase (Grade 2) (GBB Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 3m
Ofalltheginjoints made slightly heavy weather of landing the odds at Exeter last time but is expected to be bang in contention; however HOUSE ISLAND gets a narrow vote to get the better of Colin Tizzard’s runner.
Peter Webber’s charge placed in two Grade Two hurdles last term prior acquitting himself well in defeat when stepped up to three miles for the Albert Battlett at the Cheltenham Festival where he finished eighth behind Monkfish.
Runner-up on his seasonal debut and first foray over fences behind Kalooki who has since run well at this level he latterly ran out a comfortable winner at Ludlow latest where he needed to be kept up to his work having looked to idle in front. But he won well in the end and there could be better to come from the Casamento gelding as he steps back up in distance.
Bare form perhaps leaves him with something to find and that is reflected in his rating where he has a minimum 5lbs to find with Colin Tizzard’s charge. This step up in trip could help him to find that level of improvement however and softer ground wouldn’t inconvenience so he can give a good account here.
2:25 Cheltenham – Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle (Registered As The Bristol Novices’ Hurdle) (Grade 2) (GBB Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 3m
ASHTOWN LAD is one of three in the race chasing a hat-trick, but with stamina likely to be at a premium the Flemensfirth gelding gets the vote having won over the trip already.
Dan Skelton’s charge won a point-to-point at Knockinroe prior to joining this yard and he stepped up on a promising hurdles debut for his current handler at Doncaster back in January to go down only narrowly behind the reopposing Ask A Honey Bee at Wetherby.
Soft ground though brought out the best of him when running out an easy winner back at Wetherby in October and he followed up in good style latest with a seven lengths’ defeat of Duc De Beauchene at Uttoxeter where he took the step up to this trip in his stride.
This will obviously be a tougher test of his credentials, but he’s likely to have further improvement to come and ought to continue to remain competitive for his in-form yard so every chance he’ll be involved again and he can bag his three-timer.
2:40 Doncaster – bet365 Summit Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 2) (GBB Race) Cl1 (3yo) 2m½f
MONMIRAL looked a potentially smart prospect when readily winning on her debut for Paul Nicholls at Exeter last month and the Saint Des Saints gelding can extend her unbeaten run.
Also a winner of her sole start in France for Francois Nicolle he was always travelling well in his Exeter outing and he impressively came clear from the last to score by six lengths. That form has taken a couple of knocks and he faces much tougher company this time where he has to give away 5lbs to his rivals.
However the manner of his success marked him out as possibly being very useful and he can improve to strike again for his in-form yard.
3:00 Cheltenham – Unibet International Hurdle (Grade 2) (GBB Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m1f
All eyes will be on Goshen to see if he can atone for his Triumph Hurdle mishap; but this is his first start taking on older horses and two runs on the flat have been uninspiring.
It might be worth siding with SILVER STREAK who has history in this contest having made the frame in the race back in 2018 and the Darak Angel gelding can give another good account of himself at a venue where he’s invariably run well.
Third to Espoir D’Allen in the 2019 Champion Hurdle and sixth to Epatante in the latest renewal, he won the same Kempton Listed contest on his return as he had done last campaign and he endured a luckless exit in the recent Fighting Fifth Hurdle where he was carried out at the second obstacle by a loose horse.
His best runs have all come fresh and while that last outing was only two weeks ago he should still be fresh given the short distance in the race he actually covered. He does represent a yard in decent form and his record at this track reads 2236 so while without a win here he can usually be relied upon to perform well and that could well be the case once again so another big run is expected from the seven-year old who is the joint-top rated performer in the line-up.
3:15 Doncaster – bet365 Handicap Chase Cl2 (4yo+ 0-150) 3m
It is a long time since SINGLEFARMPAYMENT last visited the winners’ enclosure but the veteran Milan gelding could be on a winnable mark now and might be able to end his drought here.
Despite failing to add to his win tally in the last four years since winning at Cheltenham back in December 2016 he has largely run well in a big number of competitive handicaps and Graded events and he even took in the 2019 Aintree Grand National where he finished a creditable eighth.
Having left Tom George for Henry Oliver ahead of his recent reappearance at Sandown the ten-year old ran creditably to finish fourth behind Step Back where a mistake two out when challenging put him on the back foot and he weakened from the last having possibly just found a lack of sharpness against him in the closing stages.
The runner-up from that contest has run well since and with the handicapper easing him 2lbs he’s now only 4lbs above his last winning rating although he’s placed in races from as high as 146 so certainly handicapped to go well if building on that return to action.
He does act on soft ground but likely he wouldn’t want too much more rain and if the ground remains decent then he could make his presence felt in this competitive handicap contest.
3:35 Cheltenham – Close Brothers Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race) Cl2 (4yo+) 2m4½f
In-form trainer Dan Skelton saddles two in the race and with brother and stable jockey Harry siding with hat-trick seeking AGGY WITH IT it might prove the way to go in this competitive TV closer.
The Presenting mare arrives in good fettle having struck recent wins at Market Rasen and Taunton this campaign and the progressive six-year old is likely to to have further improvement still to come as she steps into the handicap ranks.
She had Fitzroy almost four lengths’ adrift when scoring latest at Taunton, readily coming clear of her field which finished at intervals behind her and an initial 127 switching to a handicap looks a very favourable mark which could underestimate her potential.
This is a tough introduction to handicapping but she could prove equal to the task and every chance she can land the three-timer if continuing her progress.