Saturday tips for ITV Racing – Best TV bets at Newcastle and Newmarket

Saturday ITV Racing tips for Newmarket and Newcastle.Saturday ITV Racing tips for Newmarket and Newcastle.

With seven races live on TV we give our Saturday tips for ITV Racing for the day’s televised racing action from Newcastle and Newmarket.

The ITV Racing cameras return on Saturday where seven races will be shown live in the afternoon with racing from Newcastle where the Northumberland Plate spearheads the action; meanwhile at Newmarket the Group Three Criterion Stakes is the feature of the day at Flat HQ.

Ed Chamberlain and the team will be on hand again to offer their usual expert racing tips, insights and post-race analysis on all the action and Brian Healy gives his Saturday tips for ITV Racing on another busy afternoon.


1:50 Newcastle – Betfair Backs Racing Welfare Chipchase Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 (3yo+) 6f

The opening TV race looks a cracker with some high-class sprinters in opposition; MAJOR JUMBO is a tentative selection to come out on top for the in-form Kevin Ryan and the Zebedee gelding can go close.

A tough and consistent sort, he knows how to win as evidenced when taking the Listed Queensferry Stakes at Chester last August having also posted a string of creditable in-the-frame runs and he ran better than the bare result when finishing in mid-division in the Ayr Gold Cup where his big weight possibly anchored him.

There was a lot to like about his latest third on his return in the Palace House Stakes where he finished just over one length third and he’ll appreciate the return to a longer trip where he’ll be sharper now for that outing.

Two wins from three starts on tapeta – including one here – is another positive and proven at this level he should give a good account.

Major Jumbo can win Saturday’s TV opener at Newcastle.

2:05 Newmarket – Betway Handicap Cl2 (3yo 0-105) 7f

BOCCACCIO has looked a potentially smart recruit in winning both his career starts and Charlie Appleby’s charge can progress again this season.

The Dubawi colt made a good first impression to score on debut at Yarmouth and he proved a six month absence was no barrier when running out a ready winner when last seen at Kempton in November.

A well-related sort he now steps into the handicap ranks on his return to action where an opening rating of 95 could well underestimate his potential for improvement and he can extend his perfect winning record here with a third career success for his top yard which continues in decent fettle.

2:25 Newcastle – Betfair Free Bet Streak Gosforth Park Cup Handicap Cl2 (4yo+ 0-105) 5f

COPPER KNIGHT took this prize in 2018 and was beaten less than one length into second in the corresponding race twelve months ago; Tim Easterby’s charge can regain his crown here from the same handicap mark.

The Sir Prancealot gelding is a consistent sort and he added a brace of wins at York to his winning record last term, including in Listed company and he comes into this contest fit having had two runs including at Doncaster earlier in the month where he finished fourth to El Astronaute.

His narrow defeat in this race twelve months ago came from this mark but he carried 2lbs extra in that race and was only beaten a half-length so he can continue to give a good account back on this surface.

He has won on his third start in every season to date and he looks worth siding with here to continue that trend where he should continue to be involved.

2:40 Newmarket – Betway Criterion Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 (3yo+) 7f

Sir Dancealot usually needs a run before showing his best while Limato – who won this twelve months ago – arguably isn’t the force of old and both are taken on with HAPPY POWER who will be sharper for a solid recent return to action in a Listed contest at Haydock.

Andrew Balding’s charge won twice last term which included the Ganton Stakes prior to largely performing with credit in defeat in Group One and Group Two company. Those runs included finishing just one length third to Duke Of Hazzard in the Celebration Mile at Goodwood and he was far from disgraced in finishing sixth to King Of Change in the QEII Stakes at Ascot on British Champions Day on his final start of the campaign.

Beaten just over one length into third behind Space Blues on his recent return he’ll surely come on for that run and with the form since being franked – the winner and sixth finished 1-2 in a French Group Three contest – he can find further progress to make his presence felt in an open contest.


3:00 Newcastle – Betfair Exchange Hoppings Fillies’ Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 (3yo+) 1m2f

Aloe Vera puts her unbeaten record on the line but an absence of more than a year is a worry so VIRGIN SNOW gets the vote to follow up her recent winning reappearance at Haydock.

Ed Dunlop’s Gleneagles filly showed ability in two juvenile starts which included finishing third at Kempton. She took the step up in trip on her return in her stride to readily score over Beautiful Illusion and now taking a step up in class she could make her presence felt.

She looked a progressive sort in registering that first success, travelling well behind the leaders before quickening up in the manner of a useful sort to win cosily and with the promise of more to come she can take advantage of the weight she receives from her elders here to double her tally as she steps up in grade and no surprise if she were to go close.

3:15 Newmarket – Betway Fairway Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (3yo) 1m2f

THUNDEROUS didn’t appear to be stopping at the end of a testing seven furlongs on his final run last term where the Night Of Thunder colt took his record to a perfect three wins from three starts in the Listed Denford Stakes.

Mark Johnston’s charge had previously won on similar conditions to these at Redcar having also struck on debut at Doncaster and he’s likely to have more to come this season so looks worth keeping onside to extend his winning run.

His last win was a smart effort and the fourth home – Pyledriver – has won twice since including a Royal Ascot Group Two prize so the form looks very solid. He has to prove stamina for this longer trip, but his pedigree suggests he should stay and the extra distance may well unlock another jolt of improvement so he can continue his progress to strike another win and take his tally to four wins from four.

3:35 Newcastle – Betfair Northumberland Plate Handicap Cl2 (3yo+) 2m½f

A wide draw is far from ideal but the progressive ANYONECANHAVEITALL looks worth chancing to overcome that negative and continue his trainer’s good spell.

The Nathaniel gelding progressed well in the second half of 2019, winning three times which included a course and distance victory and he was just touched off back here in October on his final start prior to a break.

Having shaped really well on his reappearance and showing further progress as he got to within a neck of Oleg with the pair clear at Pontefract recently, he should strip fitter for that run and he’s only 3lbs higher in the weights for this outing where he runs under a feather burden.

It won’t be easy for the front-running sort to make the pace from his wide berth stepping into a deeper race, but with proven course and distance form and still unexposed as a stayer there could be more to come from him and if he can overcome his poor draw then he could make a bold bid for success.

Trainer Mark Johnston

Mark Johnston can win the Northumberland plate and strike a TV double in our Saturday tips for ITV Racing column.