Saturday live TV tips – ITV Racing best bets at Sandown, Leicester and Haydock
ITV Racing best bets on Saturday 24 April
The ITV Racing cameras are back in action on Saturday with more televised racing over the sticks and on the flat; we’ve picked out our Saturday live TV tips for the day’s scheduled broadcast.
It is the end of the 2020/21 jumps season on Saturday where the classy card at Sandown dominates the day’s ITV Racing with four races which includes both Graded action with the final Grade One of the season in the shape of the Celebration Chase; while the competitive bet365 Gold Cup – formerly the Whitbread Gold Cup – also features on the card at the Esher track.
Four races will be broadcast live from the venue and will be joined by single races each from the flat racing cards at Leicester and Haydock with the former hosting Listed action and Ed Chamberlain and the team will be on hand with all their usual expert racing tips, insights and post-race analysis on the day’s action.
Meanwhile we’ve also looked over the day’s televised action and have picked out our Saturday live TV tips and best bets for the day’s ITV Racing broadcast.
SATURDAY LIVE TV TIPS – ITV RACING BEST BETS AT SANDOWN, LEICESTER & HAYDOCK
1:55 Sandown – bet365 Novices’ Championship Final Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race) Cl2 (4yo+) 2m
Competitive handicap fare to kick off Saturday’s TV racing and there could be more to come from HERBIERS who gamely held off reopposing Royaume Uni at Ascot last month.
The Waldpark gelding was a French bumper winner prior to joining this yard where he’s won two of his four starts over timber at Hereford and Ascot latterly, digging deep to land the spoils from Gary Moore’s rival who is 1lb better off for just a half-length.
His two defeats meanwhile came against useful opposition and he made the frame on both those occasions; he’s clearly one going the right way over hurdles and a subsequent 4lbs rise in the weights for that success looks lenient.
2-2 under Paddy Brennan who takes the ride again here he can find further improvement to follow up that last time win and he should be in the thick of things.
2:10 Leicester – Elusive Bloodstock EBF Stallions King Richard III Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 7f
MUMS TIPPLE bumped into one last time when tried over one mile but there’s a suspicion the one mile trip possibly stretched him and the Footstepsinthesand gelding had been impressive the time before in Listed company over this trip at Wolverhampton.
Richard Hannon’s charge didn’t progress from his juvenile wins which included his impressive wide-margin demolition job in a valuable York contest on just his second start and he he was disappointing as a three-year old.
He seems to have got his act together though since being gelded and he ought to be in the mix here back over what may prove his optimum trip with the likelihood of a strong pace despite the small field sure to suit. He does have a little to find on bare form and ratings but back on turf he can continue his good spell and it wouldn’t be a huge shock to see him in the mix here.
2:30 Sandown – bet365 Oaksey Chase (Grade 2) (For The Menorah Challenge Trophy) (GBB Race) Cl1 (5yo+) 2m6½f
Frodon could be tough to beat if at his best here, but he had a hard race in the Gold Cup at the Cheltenham Festival last month and it might be worth taking a chance with MISTER FISHER despite Nicky Henderson’s charge failing to complete the last twice.
The Jeremy gelding is a smart performer when everything clicks as he showed when toughing out victory in the Peterborough Chase back in December where that race was staged at Cheltenham. He had pulled up there the time before however and that was the case again when failing to finish in the Ryanair Chase where his jumping rather fell apart.
He was still travelling well in the Betway Bowl at Aintree earlier in the month when unseating his rider mid-race and he’ll certainly need to brush up in that department if he’s to get the better of the prolific Frodon who could just find the ground a shade lively.
The drop back in trip is a good move and if he can recapture the sort of assured jumping that saw him land the Peterborough Chase then he could go close here assuming he can put in a clear round.
2:50 Haydock – Casumo Best Odds Guaranteed Handicap Cl2 (4yo+) 7f
FOX CHAMPION might be worth an interest on his first start fir Ralph Beckett and the Kodiac gelding could go close if coming back to his best.
A high-class three-year old he won four of his first five starts which included the German 2000 Guineas before finishing third in the Group One Prix Jean Prat although he lost his way afterwards for Richard Hannon and he endured a torrid campaign last year where he ran poorly on all starts.
However the change of yard might perk him up somewhat and he could bounce back to better form as a result of the switch, while the handicapper has given him a chance easing him a further 3lbs. This could be a decent opportunity for him to regain the winning thread.
If recapturing his best form from his three-year old days he can make his presence felt in an easier race than he’s been contesting and a return to winning ways wouldn’t come as a huge surprise.
3:05 Sandown – bet365 Celebration Chase (Grade 1) (GBB Race) Cl1 (5yo+) 1m7½f
It might be worth giving another chance to SCEAU ROYAL who was far from out of things and still travelling strongly in the Champion Chase when almost brought down on the bend running towards two out, giving up a lot of ground that he was unable to claw back.
Alan King’s charge however did rally well despite that mishap to snatch fifth where he was only around four lengths off the winner so that effort can be marked up. He’d won impressively the time before, seeing off Champ in the Game Spirit Chase and he could go close here despite having a little to find with the two principals.
He is 0-4 behind Altior but with that one likely going to need this and arguably not the force of old he can come out on top this time, while it remains to be seen whether he’d have been a challenger to Put The Kettle On at Cheltenham had he got a clear run. He was travelling every bit as well as that rival though and he’s a course and distance winner so should remain competitive here.
It wouldn’t be a huge surprise if he were to gain some compensation for his Cheltenham Festival mishap with a big performance here on ground that will certainly suit.
3:40 Sandown – bet365 Gold Cup Handicap Chase (Grade 3) (GBB Race) Cl1 (5yo+) 3m5f
GOLAN FORTUNE is lightly raced over fences and might be worth chancing to bounce back to winning form here.
The Golan gelding won on his chase debut at Ludlow back in December before finding high-end Graded company too much at Kempton and Warwick respectively, finishing last of three behind Next Destination at Warwick in January.
Fourth subsequently back over hurdles at Kempton he may have found the test of the Midlands National stretching him and he couldn’t get competitive in that contest where he eventually finished well-beaten down the field.
This will be no easier task, but he may appreciate the shorter trip and he’s been eased 2lbs following his Uttoxeter outing so could be weighted to go close if bouncing back to something like his best in refitted cheekpieces.