Saturday TV best bets – ITV Racing tips at Cheltenham and Lingfield
The ITV Racing cameras are set to roll again on Saturday with the best of day two of the Cheltenham November Meeting; we’ve picked out our Saturday TV best bets for the day’s live TV coverage.
Horse racing fans will have more top-class horse racing action to look forward to on Saturday with the ITV Racing cameras rolling once more with coverage of the best of the day two Cheltenham November meeting featuring the Paddy Power Gold Cup and a pair of Grade Two contests on a top quality racecard.
In addition to some classy jumps racing action there is also two Listed races from the all-weather at Lingfield and Ed Chamberlain and the team will be on hand as always to offer up their usual expert racing tips, insights and post-race analysis on the action. We’ve looked through the Saturday live TV coverage and pick out our Saturday TV best best on both cards.
SATURDAY TV BEST BETS – ITV RACING TIPS AT CHELTENHAM & LINGFIELD
1:40 Cheltenham – From The Horse’s Mouth Podcast Novices’ Chase (Grade 2) (Registered As The November) (GBB Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m
FUSIL RAFFLES showed smart form over hurdles but threatens to be an even better chaser and Nicky Henderson’s charge is unbeaten so far over fences. The Saint Des Saints gelding can make it three from three stepping up markedly in grade, but he looks one to keep onside judging by his two previous wins.
A four lengths’ victory over Quick Grabim at Uttoxeter where he jumped and travelled well was followed up by an impressive ten lengths’ winning margin over Sir Valentine at this venue last month during the Showcase meeting.
He posted a very good time on that occasion and his accurate jumping should continue to stand him in good stead. This is tougher but he represents a yard that is beginning to find its’ feet in recent weeks and he can remain unbeaten over fences with another success here.
2:15 Cheltenham – Paddy Power Gold Cup Handicap Chase (Grade 3) (GBB Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m4f
Always a hugely competitive contest and it could pay to side with SIRUH DU LAC on his first outing for David Pipe and the former Cheltenham Festival winner can bounce back to winning ways.
Formerly with Nick Williams the Turgeon gelding won six times for that yard including four on the spin culminating with a win in the 2019 Brown Advisory and Merriebelle Stable Plate and marking himself a very smart chasing exponent.
He pulled up this contest twelve months ago but might have been amiss and he was travelling well enough and still very involved in defence of his Festival crown when falling two out here in March behind Simply The Betts.
He’s had wind surgery since which could eke out some further improvement and he can go well fresh although he does have to prove his fitness. Nevertheless the switch in stable could prove a catalyst for a return to winning form and the normally slick jumper can put in a bold bid for victory.
2:50 Cheltenham – Paddy Power Games Handicap Hurdle (Listed Race) (GBB Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 3m
Kim Bailey’s runners can do little wrong at present and so it might be worth siding with DANDY MAN who reverts to hurdling from a decent mark and the Midnight Legend gelding can post a big run.
Lightly-raced over the smaller obstacles, winning at Ludlow a few seasons ago he hasn’t been seen in this discipline since finishing third to Canelo at Fontwell back in April 2018; but he’s made a decent mark over fences, winning three times and there was a lot of encouragement from his recent return second at Sedgefield in the Durham National where he found only one too good.
That was his first run in more than ten months and following a wind operation so there’s every likelihood he’ll come on for that outing and if bringing his best chase form back over hurdles then he could go very well here for his in-form yard.
3:05 Lingfield (AW) – Betway Churchill Stakes (Listed Race) (All Weather Championships Fast-Track Qualifier) Cl1 (3yo+) 1m2f
DUBAI WARRIOR went from strength to strength on polytrack last term, culminating in winning the Winter Derby over this course and distance and John Gosden’s charge could be hard to beat back on this surface on his reappearance.
The Dansili colt was impressive on that occasion but failed to fire on his sole turf start this campaign at Sandown when beating only one home behind Magny Cours although that does look strong form with two subsequent winners coming from that race including a Group Two scorer.
This surface will suit him better and he’s won first time up in the past so it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see him quickly bounce back to winning form in this contest and he could be one to keep onside during the winter all-weather campaign where he could have further improvement still to come.
3:25 Cheltenham – Paddy Power First Millionaire Qualifier Intermediate Handicap Hurdle Cl3 (3yo+ 0-140) 2m5f
CAPTAIN TOM CAT is thriving at present over hurdles, reeling off a hat-trick of wins at Uttoxeter and here latterly when seeing off Debestyman over this distance last month at the Showcase meeting.
Dr Richard Newland’s charge was returning from a short break to post a two lengths’ victory over his rivals despite jumping left on occasion and he was value for more than the official winning margin. That form has since been boosted by the fourth and a 6lbs rise in the weights might not be enough to anchor him in his follow up bid.
Still lightly raced he could have further improvement to come and jockey Cillian Leonard is excellent value for his 7lbs claim; while this is a tougher test of his credentials he can continue to thrive and every chance of another big performance here.
3:40 Lingfield (AW) – Betway Golden Rose Stakes (Listed Race) (All Weather Championships Fast-Track Qualifier) Cl1 (3yo+) 6f
A competitive sprint can go the way of Julie Camacho’s admirable campaigner JUDICIAL who took this prize twelve months ago and the Iffraaj gelding can mount a successful title defence.
The eight-year old showed himself to be as good as ever this term, winning twice from his five starts which include the Group Three Chipchase Stakes at Newcastle and the Listed Queensferry Stakes at Chester latest; he wasn’t seen to best effect last time out at York in the Garrowby Stakes, making his effort too soon and fading but it was still a creditable performance in the circumstances.
That form stacks up really well however given the runner-up has won three of his next four starts, while the sixth horse home has won a Group Three and while he takes on an exciting sprint prospect in Good Effort he could well be worth sticking with back on this surface to strike again.
3:55 Cheltenham – Karndean Designflooring Mares’ Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race (Listed Race) (GBB Race) Cl1 (4-6yo) 2m½f
Anthony Honeyball’s runners are firing on all cylinders at present and there was a lot to like about the way UCANAVER demolished opposition in a recent Fontwell bumper where the Maxios filly ran out a twenty lengths winner over Flying Nun and others.
That was a big step forward from her Rules debut second when trained by Adam West, and she made every post a winning one in that reappearance win which will have brought her on considerably. The form of that win does perhaps lack substance, but she was a class apart and looked a very good prospect who could go on to better things.
This is tougher but she could have a very bright future ahead and with her stable flying at present she is taken to continue the yard’s good spell and double up in a very interesting bumper finale.