Saturday live TV tips – ITV Racing best bets at Sandown and Wolverhampton

Saturday live TV tips. ITV Racing best bets at Sandown and Wolverhampton.Saturday live TV tips. ITV Racing best bets at Sandown and Wolverhampton.

Saturday ITV horse racing best bets

The final weekend of TV horse racing action prior to the Cheltenham Festival takes in seven live races and we’ve picked out our Saturday live TV tips at Sandown and Wolverhampton.

It is the final weekend of horse racing action prior to the big kick-off the 2021 Cheltenham Festival and another classy afternoon awaits with racing action both over the sticks and on the all-weather with fixtures at Sandown and Wolverhampton respectively.

The feature of the afternoon over the sticks at Sandown is the Imperial Cup Handicap Hurdle which looks another competitive renewal of the race which carries a £50,000 bonus offered by sponsor Paddy Power if the winner goes on to win any race at the Cheltenham Festival.

Meanwhile over at Wolverhampton there is Listed action with the Lady Wulfruna Stakes, while there’s also some competitive action with the Lincoln Trial Handicap going to post.

As usual Ed Chamberlain and the team will be on hand to offer up their usual expert racing tips, insights and post-race analysis on all the day’s action and we’ve picked out our Saturday live TV tips and best bets at Sandown and Wolverhampton.


1:50 Sandown – European Breeders’ Fund Paddy Power ‘National Hunt’ Novices’ Handicap Hurdle Final (Grade 3) (GBB) Cl1 (4-7yo) 2m4f

STRIKING A POSE has been impressive in two victories since stepping up in trip and the Getaway gelding can progress again upped in grade.

Colin Tizzard’s has been in a bit better form in recent days than earlier in the season although still some way short of its’ best, but there was a lot to like about his latest win over Investment Manager at Exeter last month where he ran out an easy eleven lengths’ winner.

His previous success at Wincanton came over a furlong longer than this trip on similarly decent ground and he ran out an easy nine lengths’ winner over Hugos Other Horse and the third home has since boosted that form.

This will be tougher, but he easily defied his penalty last time out and runs off the same mark back in a handicap where he can continue his progress and improvement and he can give a good account with no issue over stamina.

2:05 Wolverhampton – Bombardier Lady Wulfruna Stakes (Listed Race) (All-Weather Championships Fast-Track Qualifier) Cl1 (4yo+) 7f

Documenting finished runner-up in this race twelve months ago but was beaten behind reopposing HIGHLAND DRESS when last seen out almost four months ago and might come up short again with Archie Watson’s charge shaping last time as if he was still progressing despite meeting with defeat at Chelmsford.

The Shamardal gelding had won his two previous outings over this trip at Lingfield, latterly beating Revolutionise by two lengths and that form was boosted by the runner-up next time out. There’s a slight worry this may come soon enough just nine days on but if he’s none the worse for that outing he could prove the one to side with here assuming he handles the switch to tapeta.

Stepping up to this seven furlongs has certainly delivered some progress and while he faces some competition for the lead he ought to go close and can get back on the winning trail.

2:25 Sandown – Paddy Power Imperial Cup Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) (GBB Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m

LANGER DAN looks to be working his way back to form, running an eye-catching race at Market Rasen last month on his first start following wind surgery on the back of 111 days off.

The lightly-raced Ocovango gelding won his first two hurdles starts which included a Listed contest at Wetherby prior to posting successive runner-up finishes at Cheltenham and Ludlow respectively behind a couple of good sorts and he ran another good race when contesting the 2020 Fred Winter at the Cheltenham Festival where he finished sixth.

Dan Skelton’s charge didn’t match the level of the previous season’s form earlier this campaign but wind surgery seems to have done the trick and he caught the eye running on well from the back on his recent return where he wasn’t given a hard time and he ought to come on for that.

He’s been dropped 1lb in the weights since and he looks very well treated on these terms judging on last season’s form; while his top yard continues amongst the winners and if building on that recent run then it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him in the mix.

2:40 Wolverhampton – Bombardier British-Hopped Amber Beer Lincoln Trial Handicap Cl2 (4yo+ 0-105) 1m½f

Although he’s been out of sorts for a while it may be worth chancing ZWAYYAN to bounce back to winning form having taken this race two seasons ago from 4lbs lower and Andrew Balding’s charge has proven he can go well fresh.

That win came on the back of almost five months off and while he largely failed to back up that performance where he saw off Breden by a length he did turn in some decent runs including when finishing third at the Shergar Cup meeting.

Not at his best in four runs last summer he produced his best performance on his seasonal debut behind Montatham and fresh might be the best time to catch him. Given he won his only previous course and distance start he could go well back here from a very attractive handicap rating with a good 7lbs claimer further easing his burden at the weights.

Assuming he can show his best here then it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him going close.

3:00 Sandown – British Stallion Studs EBF Mares’ Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race (Listed Race) (GBB Race) Cl1 (4-6yo) 2m

Rainyday Woman could prove a tough nut to crack under a penalty as she goes in pursuit of a hat-trick however a chance is taken at a bigger price on Lucy Wadham’s CODE NAME LISE who built on a promising debut runner-up effort to get off the mark in good style at Ascot three weeks ago.

The Fame And Glory mare had perhaps found herself bogged down in heavy ground on her debut but she still managed to get to within four lengths’ of a useful looking winner from Paul Nicholls’ yard; she then bettered that performance next time to deny Miss Fairfax with the pair pulling clear.

That form perhaps is only ordinary but she caught the eye with the way she travelled into the contest and the drying ground here shouldn’t present any issues. This will demand more from her however but she could have more to offer and the yard does quite well with its’ runners in bumpers.

At a big price with Bryony Frost in the saddle she can give a good account with further improvement anticipated.

3:15 Wolverhampton – Betway Handicap Cl2 (4yo+ 0-105) 6f

STREAMLINE won three of his four starts during the 2019 campaign which included landing Group Three success in the Sirenia Stakes where the Due Diligence colt saw off reliable yardstick Oh Purple Reign.

Returning from a lengthy absence Clive Cox’s charge has been running better than his bare form figures might suggest despite twice finishing last and beating only two home when last seen racing at Kempton last month behind May Sonic.

On each of those occasions he’s only been beaten around two lengths and he arguably wasn’t seen to best effect last time out off a slow pace. He’s since been eased another 1lb in the ratings and now features from 5lbs below his last winning rating.

The booking of Ryan Moore for this assignment is noteworthy and likely to get a decent pace to aim at he could turn in a big performance here.

3:35 Sandown – Paddy’s Rewards Club Novices’ Handicap Chase (Listed Race) (GBB Race) Cl1 (5yo+ 0-145) 2m4f

High Up In The Air is thriving at present and arrives on the back of five successive wins; Gary Moore’s charge takes on stiffer oppositon now from 9lbs higher than his last win and that could halt his winning spree.

NO GETAWAY gets the vote having bounced back to winning form with a course and distance success last month and Dan Skelton’s Getaway gelding can follow up here where he can continue his progression.

A useful hurdler he’s very much looked as if he’d make a decent chaser and he ran well on both starts over fences earlier in the campaign prior to having a break and wind surgery; he returned at this venue last month to readily see off Doitforthevillage in heavy ground and there could be better to come from him over the larger obstacles.

Drying ground here won’t be an issue and while a 10lbs rise in the weights will demand more from him in this tougher race he’s still unexposed as a chaser and can find further improvement to strike again for his in-form yard.