Saturday live TV tips – ITV Racing best bets for Newmarket, Goodwood and Windsor
The ITV Racing cameras are back in action this weekend and we give our Saturday live TV tips for the day’s horse racing coverage.
Three fixtures will feature on Saturday’s ITV Racing broadcast where seven races will be shown live throughout the afternoon from the cards at Goodwood, Windsor and Newmarket on the July Course.
The Group Two Celebration Mile headlines the Saturday action at Goodwood, while there is Group Three action at Windsor with the Winter Hill Stakes. Not to be outdone, Newmarket’s coverage features the Listed Hopeful Stakes on a top-quality afternoon of horse racing action.
Ed Chamberlain and the team will be on hand again to offer up their usual expert racing tips, insights and post-race analysis for all of Saturday’s televised action and Brian Healy gives is Saturday live TV tips for all seven races.
SATURDAY LIVE TV TIPS – ITV RACING BEST BETS FOR NEWMARKET, GOODWOOD & WINDSOR
1:50 Goodwood – Ladbrokes Prestige Stakes (Group 3) (Fillies) Cl1 (2yo) 7f
POMELO was an impressive debut winner over this trip at Newbury and sure to progress with that outing under her belt the Dubawi filly can progress to double up.
Ralph Beckett’s charge was keen early in that contest but she soon settled and was travelling strongly when sent clear to score an easy five lengths’ victory over Dreams Unwind. That bare form perhaps isn’t the strongest although the fifth horse home has won since before being outclassed in the Lowther.
Potential for softer ground is another unknown but there’s likely more to come from her and she can progress with that first run and experience to strike again upped in class.
2:05 Newmarket – Close Brothers Hopeful Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (3yo+) 6f
VENTURA REBEL is given another chance having possibly been stretched by seven furlongs at York latest and Richard Fahey’s charge could bounce back returned to this shorter trip.
The Pastoral Pursuits colt was a dual-winner as a juvenile prior to getting to within a neck of A’Ali in last season’s Norfolk Stakes and he was sent off favourite for the Weatherby’s Super Sprint where he finished a creditable fourth.
He has continued to progress this season, finishing sixth on his return in the Pavilion Stakes before running third in the Commonwealth Cup behind Golden Horde. That run was all the more creditable given he fluffed the start, but he ran on well and his chance again was compromised latest by another tardy start out of the stalls.
A level getaway is crucial to his chances, but if he can break on terms his form from previous runs gives him solid claims and he’s worth chancing to get back on track.
2:25 Goodwood – Brian Chattaway Celebrating 50 Years At Ladbrokes Handicap Cl2 (3yo+) 7f
BREATH OF AIR was denied only by a nose when last seen at Haydock and Charlie Hills’ charge is chanced to go one better here.
The Bated Breath gelding boasts some solid form and he made a winning return to action when scoring at Newbury in June, beating Blue Mist by just over one length.
Fourth next time at Newmarket behind Arigato, he may have found six furlongs too sharp back there before bouncing back with his latest near-miss where he just failed on the bob to gain the win over Northernpowerhouse in a blanket finish where only one length separated the first five home.
He has form on softer ground which will be a plus if the conditions remain on the slow side and he can go one better here under Ryan Moore who takes the reins.
2:40 Windsor – Gallagher Group August Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (3yo+) 1m3½f
DESERT ENCOUNER is 3-3 at this venue and having run well in defeat the last twice then David Simcock’s charge can get back to winning ways.
The Halling gelding gives up a few years to his rivals, but the classy globetrotter has shaped well in recent runs at Newmarket and Goodwood latterly where he was beaten less than one length behind Pablo Escobarr in the Glorious Stakes.
That form has been done no harm by the fourth home since finishing runner-up in a French Group Two contest and he could build on that latest outing to get back on the scoresheet for the first time since taking the 2019 Canadian International.
He boasts soft ground winning from from his younger days so shouldn’t mind conditions and every chance he can come out on top taking an ease in grade into Listed company.
3:00 Goodwood – Ladbrokes March Stakes (Group 3) (In Memory Of John Dunlop) Cl1 (3yo) 1m6f
CABALETTA has the best chance at the weights and Roger Varian’s charge can get back to winning ways.
The Mastercraftsman filly is the highest rated runner in the field, rated 2lbs superior to Mark Johnston’s Subjectivist; but she gets 3lbs from that rival which could prove a big advantage and she boasts some solid form with a Listed win at Newbury in July and she wasn’t disgraced behind Enbihaar over course and distance when last seen out in the Group Two Lillie Langtry Stakes.
That winner has gone in again since to give the form a boost and the prospect of softer ground shouldn’t inconvenience given she won her debut on heavy ground at Yarmouth, beating Frankly Darling who has proved herself a smart operator.
Still lightly-raced and unexposed after just five starts she could prove a tough nut to crack if repeating that latest run and no surprise if she collects the prize for her in-form yard.
3:15 Windsor – Gallagher Group Winter Hill Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 (3yo+) 1m2f
KING OTTAKAR hasn’t been at his best in two starts this term but he might not have been suited by the fast pace latest at Ascot and the Motivator gelding is given another chance to build on his solid three-year old form.
A soft-ground winner last term on his reappearance, beating Dashing Willoughby, he ran well in defeat in the Chester Vase and Hampton Court Stakes respectively before running poorly at Salisbury although the shorter trip that day might have been too sharp for him.
Last of five on his latest return behind Lord North in the Brigadier Gerard Stakes, Charlie Fellowes‘ charge travelled better for a long way in the Wolferton Stakes although he never really threatened to get involved.
That form is working out quite well and he handles softer ground so could run well equipped with a first-time visor for all he probably needs to progress again.
3:35 Goodwood – Ladbrokes Celebration Mile Stakes (Group 2) Cl1 (3yo+) 1m
An open renewal which can go the way of CENTURY DREAM who won’t be inconvenienced by any deterioration in the ground and Simon Crisford’s charge can make his presence felt.
The Cape Cross entire is a past Group Three winner as well as being placed at the top level, running a blinder to finish a close third to Roaring Lion in soft ground in the 2018 QEII Stakes prior to a productive early season in the Emirates.
Not at his best back here in three runs, he has since undergone wind surgery which saw him win readily on his reappearance in the Diomed Stakes at Newbury and he wasn’t disgraced in the Prix d’Ispahan latest with a fifth-place finish.
With potentially easier ground to contend with given the weather forecast he could post a big run if turning out at his best and no surprise if he makes his presence felt.