Saturday TV best bets – ITV Racing tips at Newmarket, Ascot and Redcar
The ITV Racing cameras are back in action on Saturday with some top-class horse racing covering three of the day’s meetings across the UK. We pick out our Saturday TV best bets for Newmarket, Ascot and Redcar.
A busy day awaits television punters on Saturday with the ITV Racing cameras featuring eight live races across three of the day’s fixtures, including Group One action at Newmarket where the Sun Chariot Stakes takes centre stage at Flat HQ where three races will be shown live.
The ITV Racing cameras will also be at Ascot for four races including both the Group Three Cumberland Lodge Stakes and the Bengough Stakes; while it is also Two Year Old Trophy day at Redcar.
Ed Chamberlain and the team will be on hand again to bring their usual expert horse racing tips, insights and post-race analysis on the day’s action; while we’ve picked out our Saturday TV best bets for the day’s televised coverage.
SATURDAY TV BEST BETS – ITV RACING TIPS AT NEWMARKET, ASCOT & REDCAR
1:40 Newmarket – £150,000 Tattersalls October Auction Stakes Cl2 (2yo) 6f
A big field contest and with a likely emphasis on stamina it might be worth chancing GIFT LIST to land a hat-trick of successes having already struck at Newcastle and Redcar.
Karl Burke’s charge was only narrowly beaten on debut at Ripon back in July, but he’s since added those two victories which includes over seven furlongs in soft ground latest, impressively scoring by four lengths and with a subsequent winner behind.
This is clearly a tougher assignment, but he’s sure to get a strong pace to aim at and with proven form in the mud and stamina assured then he can produce a big effort.
1:55 Ascot – tote.co.uk Rous Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (3yo+) 5f
Plenty in with chances but MAID IN INDIA is taken to get back on the winning trail with the softer ground sure to be in the Bated Breath mare’s favour.
Eric Alston’s charge has proven a very smart individual, winning a Group Three at Newbury last September and she has largely run well this term without winning, not beaten far when last seen finishing fourth to Glass Slippers in the Derrinstown Flying Five two weeks ago.
Only beaten one length there, she only wilted late on but ought to be competitive if running to a similar level and with rain forecast she won’t mind any further ease in the ground having won on soft and heavy ground previously.
This is easier than that Group One she took in last time and she’s a solid performer at this level so ought to give a good account reunited with Jamie Spencer who was onboard when the mare last won.
2:10 Newmarket – British EBF Premier Fillies’ Handicap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-105) 1m2f
MOONLIGHT IN PARIS hasn’t quite managed to live up to the promise he showed on that first outing, but John Gosden’s charge is given another chance with these conditions more favourable than last time out.
There, the Camelot filly finished sixth on better ground at Sandown behind Andaleep, but she met with trouble in running and she showed up well the time before on softer ground at this venue when beaten less than one length behind Zahratty.
She finished just behind two subsequent winners latest but can do better faced with softer ground again while the booking of Ryan Moore catches the eye and still early days she can bounce back with an improved effort in these conditions.
2:30 Ascot – tote.co.uk Cumberland Lodge Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 (3yo+) 1m4f
LOGICIAN maintained his perfect record with the minimum of fuss when winning a match on his belated return at Doncaster recently and with that outing under his belt the Frankel colt ought to be hard to beat.
Highly progressive and unbeaten as a juvenile, culminating in an impressive Classic success in last season’s St Leger he has overcome a life-threatening illness and made a solid return to action on Town Moor last month where he won despite looking short of peak fitness.
He’ll be sharper now and ought to progress on the back of that effort so looks hard to oppose if handling the softer ground should rain arrive.
2:45 Newmarket – Kingdom Of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes (Group 1) (Fillies & Mares) (British Champions Series) Cl1 (3yo+) 1m
Champers Elysees and Peaceful renew rivalry having finished 1-2 in the Irish Champion Stakes, but NAZEEF is chanced to bounce back to winning ways having possibly been stretched by ten furlongs the last twice and the Invincible Spirit can do better returning to one mile.
John Gosden’s charge had found only one too good on her debut here last June, but she subsequently went on a six-run winning stretch which included success over Billesdon Brook and Terebellum – both reoppose – to take the Falmouth Stakes over this trip on the July Course.
She’s been beaten on both outings over ten furlongs at Goowood and Deauville latterly, but ought to be better suited by the return to one mile, while she showed deeper ground to hold no fears with that smooth Falmouth Stakes success.
Likelihood is she’ll need a shade more, but she can’t be discounted back at this trip and no surprise to see her posting a big effort.
3:05 Ascot – tote.co.uk Challenge Cup (Heritage Handicap) Cl2 (3yo+) 7f
The handicapper certainly hasn’t missed RIVER NYMPH hitting that one with an 11lbs rise following a very good win at Newbury in August; however it could pay to stick with Clive Cox’s charge as she attempts to land a hat-trick of successes.
The lightly-raced Cable Bay colt had won over course and distance the time before, beating Walhaan by two lengths and she latterly won by a similar margin when beating Tranchee latest in soft ground where he showed softer ground to hold no fears.
The runner-up and third horses have both won decent prizes since so that form looks strong and the improving sort could find sufficient progress to defy his hike in the weights with another big run. He might well prove better than a handicapper and every chance he can collect another valuable purse although this is certainly a competitive heat.
3:25 Redcar – William Hill Two Year Old Trophy (Listed Race) Cl1 (2yo) 6f
LULLABY MOON was a winner for Joseph Tuite prior to having one start for Michael Bell where she was disappointing; but the Belardo filly has shown improved form since joining Ralph Beckett and stepping up to six furlongs.
A winner on her first run for her current yard, winning in deep ground at Goodwood in August she has since posted a very good third to Umm Kulthum at Ayr in the Group Three Firth Of Clyde Stakes at Ayr last month.
That form was done no harm when that one ran a blinder in the Cheveley Park Stakes last campaign where the fifth horse home also took part and back on a slower surface she could well prove the answer in this competitive contest if her low draw doesn’t prove a negative.
3:40 Ascot – John Guest Racing Bengough Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 (3yo+) 6f
THE TIN MAN might not be the force of old but James Fanshawe’s charge showed he can still mix it at a high level when finishing runner-up in this grade at Newbury in July; the Equiano gelding then ran better than the bare result when finishing sixth in the Haydock Sprint Cup and he can make his presence felt back down to Group Three level.
He’s winless since scoring in that Group One contest back in 2018, but he has posted several creditable efforts in defeat and he can continue to make his presence felt with conditions no issue for the veteran sprinter who is a three-time course and distance winner.
Quite a few of his rivals have something to prove coming off poor last-time runs or making their reappearance, while others are taking a hike in class; he could prove the most solid option then despite his advancing years and the booking of Danny Tudhope catches the eye for this assignment where a return to winning ways wouldn’t come as a surprise.