Saturday TV best bets – ITV Racing tips at Newmarket and York
The ITV Racing cameras are back in action on Saturday with another excellent line-up of top-class racing featuring the Group One Dewhurst Stakes. We pick out our Saturday TV best bets for the day’s televised action.
There’s more top quality horse racing action to look forward to on Saturday on ITV Racing with the cameras covering the best of the day’s action from the meetings at Newmarket and York.
Seven races in all will go to post including the Group One Dewhurst Stakes and the competitive Cesarewitch Handicap on the card at Newmarket; while at York there is Listed action as well as the Coral Sprint Trophy taking place.
Ed Chamberlain and the rest of the ITV Racing team will be on hand as usual to offer up their expert racing tips, insights and analysis on all of Saturday’s live TV action; while we’ve also picked out our Saturday TV best bets for Newmarket and York.
ITV RACING TIPS – SATURDAY TV BEST BETS AT NEWMARKET & YORK
1:45 Newmarket – Godolphin Flying Start Zetland Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 (2yo) 1m2f
LONE EAGLE is one of three runners in this contest searching for a hat-trick of wins, but Martyn Meade’s charge gets the vote having looked smart in reeling off victories at Goodwood and Doncaster and the Galileo colt can make it three wins from four starts.
Having shown plenty on debut at Sandown in August, he possibly was unsuited by Goodwood next time although he managed to post a neck verdict over Oman. That win was followed up by a ready success latest over Legend Of Dubai on his handicap debut and he can take this further step up in class in his stride.
This longer trip looks sure to suit and his form stacks up well so he ought to deliver a big performance and he can claim his hat-trick in what looks a very competitive contest.
2:00 York – coral.co.uk Rockingham Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (2yo) 6f
Simon Crisford has his string in good fettle and LEGAL ATTACK can get back on the scoresheet here.
The Shalaa colt looked a useful prospect when overcoming inexperience on his debut to readily score in soft ground at Newmarket in August where he beat a pair of subsequent winners. He then went close to a follow up when contesting the Group Three Prix Eclipse at Chantilly last month where he was beaten five lengths behind Plainchant who looked smart.
He drops back to Listed level for this latest outing where the softer ground could show him in a better light and proven ability to handle these conditions is a plus.
Still possibly a shade inexperienced last time in France he can progress again for that outing and every chance he can make his presence felt.
2:20 Newmarket – Emirates Autumn Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 (2yo) 1m
MAXIMAL twice finished runner-up prior to making the breakthrough at the third attempt with a win at Sandown last month and Sir Michael Stoute’s charge can quickly follow up.
The Galileo colt ran out a comfortable five lengths’ victor over Toromona on that occasion, seemingly suited by the increased emphasis on stamina and the runner-up did little harm to the form next time when filling the same position behind a potentially useful rival here last month.
He might ideally want further than this one mile trip in time, but with conditions potentially testing then his stamina might come to the fore and it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see him involved here if the ground doesn’t prove a negative.
2:35 York – Coral Beaten By A Length Free Bet Handicap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-105) 1m2½f
ILARAAB is going from strength to strength as a handicapper, winning a fourth race in succession when scoring a shade cosily at Newbury three weeks ago with a neck verdict over Royal Marine.
A soft ground winner before at Beverley in August, beating Throne Hall, William Haggas’ charge could well be a Pattern performer and the handicapper might have a task to nail him down despite a 5lbs rise in the weights.
There’s surely more to come from him and the style in which he quickened up last time out to score readily marked him out to be a smart sort so he could easily defy this new mark with proven ability in the soft ground to call upon; while his handler always enjoys winners on the Knavesmire.
He could still be ahead of the assessor and he can go close here with Danny Tudhope a top jockey booking for this assignment.
2:55 Newmarket – Darley Dewhurst Stakes (Group 1) Cl1 (2yo) 7f
Pinatubo took this prize twelve months ago and the race is often a decent guide to next season’s Guineas so is worth following.
THUNDER MOON gets the narrow vote to come out on top for Joseph O’Brien and the unbeaten dual-winner looked very smart when taking the National Stakes at the Curragh last month where he showed a devastating turn of foot having looked to have lost his chance after meeting with trouble.
The second and third from that contest reoppose here, while the fourth horse home has since gone close in Group One company here last month so the form looks very strong and there’s sure to be better to come from him with that additional experience under his belt.
He beat both Wembley and St Mark’s Basilica fair and square when winning latest and he can confirm the form with both by taking this Group One prize. Softer ground shouldn’t be an issue given his dam is by Saddler’s Wells and the manner of his win latest marked him out as a colt of real potential so with further improvement likely he rates the one to beat on the back of that last-time performance.
3:10 York – Coral Sprint Trophy Handicap (Heritage Handicap) Cl2 (3yo+ 0-105) 6f
MR LUPTON could prove the answer to a very tricky handicap sprint with Richard Fahey’s charge boasting a decent track record and arriving in decent fettle despite having to give weight to this field.
The Elnadim gelding had been running better than his bare results suggested prior to getting back on the mark at the Curragh in September having finished third in the Great St Wilfred Stakes the time before; he then ran well under a penalty in the recent Ayr Gold Cup when last seen, finishing third behind Nahaarr despite missing the break.
He had a couple of these rivals behind him and he’s only been raised 2lbs in the weights so remains fairly weighted for another big run; while jockey Billy Garrity can ease some of his burden with his 5lbs allowance.
Also a soft ground winner in the past he should cope with conditions here and it wouldn’t be a huge shock to see him running a big race.
3:35 Newmarket – Together For Racing International Cesarewitch Handicap (Heritage Handicap) Cl2 (3yo+) 2m2f
This could take some getting in the conditions but JUST HUBERT is unlikely to have any stamina concerns and the Dunaden gelding can get back on the winning trail.
William Muir’s charge showed some steadily progressive form last term, winning three times and he has shown himself to be effective in softer ground in the past so the underfoot conditions shouldn’t present too much of a problem for the four-year old.
He’s posted some good efforts this campaign, getting back on the scoresheet over a longer trip than this at Goodwood in July, beating Rochester House and he’s taken in valuable contests at York and back at Goodwood latest when beaten only by Stag Horn last month.
This track then should hold no fears given his ability to handle undulations and he’s only 1lb higher in the weights than when posting that runner-up effort last time.
His bare form probably does need him to step up again but that’s certainly possible and he should cope with the conditions of this race better than many so it would be no surprise to see him getting involved at the business end of this valuable handicap contest.