Saturday Live TV tips – ITV Racing tips for Ascot and Haydock
The ITV Racing cameras are back in action on Saturday with eight races live on TV from the meetings at Ascot and Haydock. We’ve picked out our live TV tips and best bets for all the televised racing action.
There’s plenty of horse racing action for punters to loook forward to on TV on Saturday where the ITV Racing team will have eight races live from the meetings at Ascot and Haydock with both fixtures featuring top-class action.
Ascot hosts two Grade Two contests with both the Chanelle Pharma 1965 Chase and also the Coral Hurdle both on the agenda at the Berkshire track; while at Haydock the latest renewal of the Grade One Betfair Chase takes centre-stage on the card at the Merseyside venue.
Ed Chamberlain and the team will be on hand again to offer up their usual expert racing tips, insights and analysis on all the televised action throughout the afternoon and we’ve picked out our Saturday live TV tips and best bets for both meetings.
SATURDAY LIVE TV TIPS – ITV RACING TIPS FOR ASCOT & HAYDOCK
1:50 Haydock – Betfair Racing Only Bettor Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race) Cl2 (4yo+) 2m3f
OUR POWER’s run flattened out at Cheltenham last month suggesting he might just have needed the outing there, but Nigel Twiston-Davies’ charge had gone well for a long way in that contest and with the benefit of a run now under his belt he could do better.
A fair sort for Alan King previously he was having just his fourth start for his current handler when returning from almost eight months off to run a very good sixth, beaten four lengths and the form looks decent with the fourth winning next time.
He had won a competitive handicap at Kempton back in March and he held every chance turning in at Cheltenham last time before not quite seeing out the race up the hill, possibly finding lack of match-sharpness going against him late on.
It was a good effort in the circumstance and he kept on well enough so should be able to build on that performance and make his presence felt in this contest dropping slightly in trip and with underfoot conditions no problem.
2:05 Ascot – Chanelle Pharma 1965 Chase (Grade 2) (GBB Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m5f
None of this quartet can be ruled out with any confidence and Paul Nicholls saddles two of the four runners where it might pay to side with the likely outsider of the four in BLACK CORTON who could come back to his best form having had a wind operation ahead of his recent promising comeback run here three weeks ago.
The Laverock gelding developed into one of the top novice staying chasers earlier in his career, winning a Grade One at Kempton during a 2017/18 campaign that yielded seven wins and saw him compete at the Cheltenham Festival.
He has continued to run well although has only once more managed to land a win – the 2019 Oaksey Chase – and he was winless in four starts last campaign although he wasn’t disgraced despite his defeats.
Fourth on his reappearance under a big weight in handicap company he might just have needed the run but had gone well for a long way and likely to be sharper he could make his presence felt in this small field and dropping back in trip. While he’s more exposed and so potentially vulnerable to improving sorts Itchy Feet and Imperial Aura he can build on his reappearance and if granted a soft lead he might prove hard to peg back.
2:25 Haydock – Betfair Exchange Stayers’ Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) (GBB Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 3m½f
Hugely competitive fare where a chance is taken on MAIN FACT to continue his progress back over hurdles having enjoyed a hugely successful campaign last term.
David Pipe is no stranger to success in this event and the Blame gelding took his form to a new level switched to this yard last season following a lengthy absence, reeling off five wins from six starts in testing ground and he’s continued in similar vein back on the flat over the autumn where he’s struck a quick hat-trick of wins in the space of twelve days.
His last hurdles success came at Uttoxeter where he ran out an easy 15 lengths’ winner over Kateson and there could be more to come from him back over hurdles despite a 12lbs rise in the handicap back in this discipline.
He looks a stayer on the up and while he has yet to race over this trip he shapes as if he’ll get three miles well enough and representing a yard that has won three of the last ten renewals he could go well tackling this higher grade while in his current rich vein of form.
2:40 Ascot – Coral Hurdle (Registered As The Ascot Hurdle) (Grade 2) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m3½f
LAURINA didn’t have her problems to seek last term, twice breaking blood vessels in races; but there’s no denying she’s a classy performer when staying fit and the Spanish Moon mare is worth chancing to bounce back on her first run for Paul Nicholls.
A Grade One winner and fourth in the 2019 Champion Hurdle for Willie Mullins, she won on her first attempt over fences last campaign although failed to complete in both subsequent runs before finishing third back over hurdles at Punchestown when last seen.
She’s since had a wind operation following her move to this yard and if back to her best she’s likely to take some beating in receipt of weight from both of her rivals in this contest. There could still be some unfinished business with her over timber and if she can avoid any further setbacks she can get back to winning ways here.
3:00 Haydock – Betfair Chase (Grade 1) (Registered As The Lancashire Chase) (GBB Race) Cl1 (5yo+) 3m1½f
No shortage of quality in this race despite the small turnout and Lostintranslation will be popular in bidding to retain the title he won twelve months ago, ending reopposing Bristol De Mai’s unbeaten record at Haydock in the process.
However with his stable firing on all cylinders currently CLAN DES OBEAUX could come out on top at the expense of both those rivals and Paul Nicholls’ charge can continue the trainer’s good spell.
The two-time King George VI Chase winner has reportedly been working at the top of his game and he has proven he can go well fresh, while a wind operation could yet yield another chunk of improvement in the Kapgarde gelding who has won here in the past.
He was disappointing when last seen in the Cheltenham Gold Cup but not for the first time gave the impression that course didn’t suit and he’s posted his best performances on flatter tracks so he ought not to have any issues here and he can deliver a big performance in this Grade One contest to get his season off to a winning start.
3:17 Ascot – Coral Hurst Park Handicap Chase (GBB Race) Cl2 (4yo+) 2m1f
Magic Saint ought to be on the premises again turned out quickly but it might be worth sticking with progressive FIRST FLOW who went from strength to strength over fences last term, winning four times, and with Kim Bailey’s runners in good fettle he can pick up where he left off last campaign.
The Primary gelding was last seen dishing out a six lengths’ defeat of Rollerruler at Carlisle in March where he made all the running and was barely extended coming home clear of his rivals. That admittedly wasn’t the strongest of contests but he could do no more than win and there’s likely better to come from him this term.
This is tougher than any of his recent wins, but he has a fine record over fences and acts well in the conditions so if ready to roll on his return then he ought to go close despite the rise in class.
3:35 Haydock – My Odds Boost On Betfair Stayers’ Handicap Chase Cl3 (4yo+ 0-135) 3m4½f
Although not the force of old it might be worth chancing former Grade One winner DON POLI to build on his encouraging fourth at Aintree last month on his first outing for Dan Skelton.
The Poliglote gelding was a high-class performer in his prime, winning the 2015 RSA Chase at the Cheltenham Festival and finishing third in the following season’s Gold Cup having earlier taken the Lexus Chase.
He lost his way however to some degree and pitched up at a number of yards following his departure from Willie Mullins although he remained highly tried in spells for Gordon Elliott and Philip Kirby before heading into the point-to-point sphere.
Now with Dan Skelton the veteran shaped well in finishing fourth behind Minellacelebration when making his return at Aintree last month and he’s expected to be sharper with that under his belt so he could well step up on that performance to make his presence felt here having been eased another 2lbs in the weights and finding himself dropping into a Class 3 contest now.
3:50 Ascot – Coral Supporting Prostate Cancer UK Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race (GBB Race) Cl4 (4-6yo) 1m7½f
Several top trainers send out runners for the closing bumper and SIXTY DOLLARS MORE is only a tentative selection to make a winning debut for Colin Tizzard.
The Buck’s Boum gelding boasts a decent jumping pedigree and is one of two in the race for the Dorset handler although the booking of 7lbs claimer Harry Kimber for this debut could prove a shrewd move and earns him the vote in what is likely to be a very informative bumper.
Market support would be significant and while the yard perhaps doesn’t enjoy the success one might expect in bumpers he’s nevertheless worthy of consideration in a very open TV finale.