Saturday live TV tips – ITV Racing best bets at Doncaster, Chester and Leopardstown
More top-class Saturday horse racing action goes to post as part of the day’s ITV Racing coverage and we give our Saturday live TV tips for Doncaster, Chester and Leopardstown.
Another unmissable afternoon of horse racing action awaits TV punters on Saturday where the day’s ITV Racing coverage takes in three meetings and a trio of Group One contests with racing from the final day of the Doncaster St Leger Festival and Irish Champions Weekend at Leopardstown.
There is also live TV racing from the Roodeye at Chester where there is Listed action on their card on a top-class Saturday afternoon offering.
Ed Chamberlain and the team will be on hand again with their usual expert racing tips, insights and analysis on the day’s racing, and Brian Healy gives his Saturday live TV tips for Doncaster, Chester and Leopardstown where eight races await.
SATURDAY LIVE TV TIPS – ITV RACING BEST BETS AT DONCASTER, CHESTER & LEOPARDSTOWN
1:50 Doncaster – bet365 Champagne Stakes (Group 2) (Colts & Geldings) Cl1 (2yo) 7f
CHINDIT is 2-2 in his short career, making a good impression when going in on debut at this venue in July and then following up in good style at Ascot when taking the Listed Pat Eddery Stakes from Cobh.
Richard Hannon’s charge has seen that form boosted with the runner-up, third and fourth horses all winning since – two at Listed level – and the Wootton Bassett colt looks sure to progress again. He sets a good standard on those two outings and he hails from the same yard that sent out Threat to take this prize twelve months ago.
He has looked a very smart prospect to date and can find another chunk of improvement to strike a hat-trick of wins and he can stake a claim as a Guineas contender for next season with victory.
2:05 Chester – #ChesterRaces Supports The Injured Jockeys Fund Stand Cup Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (3yo+) 1m4½f
MORANDO would ideally prefer softer ground than this but Andrew Balding’s charge is 2-2 on the Roodeye and can get back on track having failed to fire in his two starts this term.
Last season’s Ormonde Stakes winner at this venue was subsequently highly-tried in Group One and Group two races behind the likes of Defoe and Enable, but he almost got back on the winning trail back in a Group Three when narrowly denied by Technician in last season’s Geoffrey Freer Stakes before winning the Cumberland Lodge Stakes at Ascot.
Having looked in need of the run at Ascot in June behind Fanny Logan, he bumped into St Leger hope Hukum when contesting this season’s Geoffrey Freer Stakes, possibly just finding the ground too quick when finishing fourth. Conditions again are a slight worry, but he has won in similar conditions in the past although his chances would be enhanced by rain.
Nevertheless he’s a solid performer at this level and his class might be able to get him through what looks a decent renewal of this contest if he can bounce back.
2:25 Doncaster – bet365 Portland Handicap Cl2 (3yo+) 5½f
JAWWAAL failed to justify favouritism when last seen contesting a valuable York handicap in August, but Michael Dods’ charge is given another chance having won both previous starts which include over the bare five furlongs here on his reappearance.
A dual-winner over seven furlongs for John Gosden as a three-year old, he posted some very solid efforts last term over six furlongs which include finishing a close third in the Sky Bet Dash. However he has taken his form up a level this campaign, scoring wins here and at Ascot when running out a ready winner of the Heritage Handicap from Mountain Peak and he wasn’t seen at his best last time where he missed the break.
His high draw could prove a bonus and he is the type to quickly bounce back so he is forgiven that run last time out and can make his presence felt in this competitive contest.
2:40 Chester – Racing Together How Sport Helps Others Handicap Cl2 (4yo+ 0-105) 1m2½f
MAYDANNY is forgiven a below-par effort at York last time out and Mark Johnston’s charge can quickly bounce back here.
The Dubawi gelding had proven progressive prior to that disappointment, posting wins at Yarmouth on his seasonal reappearance and at Goodwood in July where he ran out an impressive five lengths’ winner.
He might have did too much in the soft ground last time, fading quickly once headed; but the drying here will be more in his favour and the front-runner could be well suited to this sort of turning test from the front where he could prove hard to peg back.
A return to form wouldn’t come as a surprise and he can post a big run here.
3:00 Doncaster – bet365 Park Stakes (Group 2) Cl1 (3yo+) 7f
LIMATO won this back in 2015 and the veteran Tagula gelding looked as good as ever when making a winning reappearance at Newmarket to take the Criterion Stakes readily.
Henry Candy’s eight-year old has proven a classy and consistent performer through his carer and the strong-travelling sort should get a good pace to aim at with some notable trailblazers in opposition likely to set the race up for him.
This is a good renewal of this Group Two prize with the likes of Wichita and One Master in opposition, but despite his advancing years he remains capable of very smart form and trip and ground are ideal for him. He has run well fresh in the past and it would be no surprise to see him deliver a bold showing as he bids to regain this prize and double up his tally for the season.
3:10 Leopardstown – Coolmore America ‘Justify’ Matron Stakes (Group 1) (Fillies & Mares) (Breeders’ Cup Challenge Race) (3yo+) 1m
Peaceful and Fancy Blue could be the fair to focus on with the score one apiece between them; but it might be worth chancing ALBIGNA to return to form despite not showing her best in two starts this season.
The Zoffany filly was one of the leading juvenile fillies in Ireland last term, winning the Prix Marcel Boussac as a highlight and running well in fourth when taking in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies’ Turf.
Jessica Harrington’s charge might have needed her return behind Peaceful in the Irish 1000 Guineas and the yard was going through a quiet spell when she was a shade disappointing last time out when only second to Thundering Nights in the Snow Fary Stakes.
She’s reportedly been working well at home and the yard are in better form now; she could build on that recent outing which came on the back of another break and she’s not one to write off just yet. A big run wouldn’t come as a surprise.
3:35 Doncaster – Pertemps St Leger Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) Cl1 (3yo) 1m6½f
SANTIAGO is proven at Group One level having won the Irish Derby in good style before posting a very good third behind Stradivarius in the Goodwood Cup and Aidan O’Brien’s charge can get back to winning ways in the season’s final Classic.
The Authorized colt struck on his final start of last season at Listowel before showing plenty of stamina on his return when tried over this trip to thwart Berkshire Rocco in the Queen’s Vase at Royal Ascot prior to winning the Irish Derby.
He didn’t aid his cause at Goodwood by racing keenly, but he was no match for the imperious Stradivarius who won comfortably. However despite the defeat he performed well and he’ll benefit from the return to this shorter trip.
O’Brien has won two of the last three renewals of the St Leger while big race jockey Frankie Dettori took the spoils twelve months ago; the pair can combine here for more Classic success and the Irish Derby winner ought to go close.
4:10 Leopardstown – Irish Champion Stakes (Group 1) (Breeders’ Cup Challenge Race) (3yo+) 1m2f
GHAIYYATH is 4-4 this season, blitzing rivals with ease and will be hard to beat over his optimum trip.
Charlie Appleby’s charge has bounced back from last season’s Arc flop where the ground was against him to win at Meydan in February prior to returning from lockdown to reel off successive wins at Newmarket, Sandown and York.
He beat Enable to land the Coral Eclipse Stakes in good style and had Magical three lengths in arrears when last seen cruising to victory in the Juddmonte International. He had also beaten Stradivarius over twelve furlongs in the rearranged Coronation Cup on his return to action and looks set to post another big run as he bids for a fifth straight success.
The front-runner could hold too many guns for the Ballydoyle pair of Magical and Japan, as well as French raider Sottsass and he can strike another Group One success here.