Saturday TV best bets on ITV Racing – Live TV tips for Ascot, Kempton and Haydock
We give our Saturday TV best bets as ITV Racing returns to TV screens with ten races live from three of the day’s meetings. Check out our ITV Racing tips below for the day’s TV racing.
There is plenty of high-class horse racing action taking place live on ITV Racing on Saturday, not least the latest outing for Enable who could be making her final start in the UK before a tilt at the Prix de l’Arc De Triomphe when she turns out in the Group Three September Stakes – a race she won in 2018 enroute to Arc glory.
Also taking place on Saturday’s live horse racing schedule is Group One action with the Haydock Sprint Cup Stakes; while there is competitive handicap action going to post at Ascot, headed by the Lavazza Stakes.
Ten races will be shown live throughout the afternoon and Ed Chamberlain and the ITV Racing team will have their usual expert racing tips, insights and post-race analysis on all the Saturday TV action, while Brian Healy gives his Saturday TV best bets for all of the day’s live TV racing.
SATURDAY TV BEST BETS – ITV RACING TIPS FOR HAYDOCK, KEMPTON & ASCOT
1:45 Haydock – Betfair Superior Mile Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 (3yo+) 1m
KHALOOSY could only finish third behind Tilsit when tried in the Group Three Bonhams Thoroughbred Stakes at Glorious Goodwood; but the Dubawi colt is taken to bounce straight back to winning form here.
Roger Varian’s charge had previously run out a very impressive winner of the Britannia Stakes at Royal Ascot on softer ground back in June, looking a Pattern performer in the process and he possibly wasn’t suited by the quicker conditions or the track in that latest outing at the Sussex venue.
He has also won on the all-weather at Wolverhampton and he looks worth another chance back on a more conventional track on soft ground and no surprise to see him running well here.
2:00 Kempton – Unibet 3 Uniboosts A Day Sirenia Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 (2yo) 6f
Things haven’t gone to plan for MIGHTY GURKHA since his impressive debut win over this trip at Lingfield, but Archie Watson’s charge is taken to bounce back having shaped better than the bare result last time in France when contesting the Prix De Cabourg where he reared at the start and gave up ground.
The Sepoy colt had been running well in defeat inbetween his debut win and that French assignment, finishing a creditable fifth to Tactical in the Windsor Castle and then finding only Method too strong at Newbury next time where he had been troublesome at the start and mulish before going into the stalls.
Those recent incidents cast a little worry over his temperament, but he’s clearly a talented sort and if behaving himself this time around then he could bounce back returned to polytrack and he can give a good account.
2:15 Haydock – Best Odds On The Betfair Exchange Handicap Cl2 (3yo) 1m6f
ARTHURIAN FABLE has placed twice in soft ground in his career, latterly when finishing third at Newmarket behind Wise Glory and the Sea The Stars colt can get back to winning ways here.
Brian Meehan’s charge ran out a three lengths’ winner of a quick-ground Sandown contest in July over this trip, beating Thai Power, and he lost no caste in defeat when finding only Coltrane too strong in a hot renewal of the Melrose Handicap in August.
He did well there considering he was slowly away, taking up the running entering the last two furlongs but unable to sustain his effort. Despite being beaten four lengths by the winner, he was clear of the third and a subsequent 4lbs rise in the weights might underestimate his capacity for improvement in a race that doesn’t look quite as strong as that York contest.
There could be more to come from the up-and-coming progressive stayer especially now he returns to a more testing surface and he can continue Jim Crowley’s current purple patch with a return to the winners’ enclosure here.
2:35 Kempton – Unibet September Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 (3yo+) 1m4f
This preparation run prior to a bid for a third Prix de l’Arc De Triomphe victory should prove a walk in the park for superstar mare ENABLE who is impossible to oppose in a weak renewal of this Group Three contest.
John Gosden’s charge won this race two years ago enroute to Arc glory and the Nathaniel mare got back to winning ways following successive defeats in last season’s Arc and the Coral Eclipse Stakes on her return when romping to victory in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
Granted she beat only two rivals that day, but she barely broke sweat in brushing aside the 2019 Irish Derby winner Sovereign and classy stablemate Japan. This is a much easier test which she should pass with the minimum of fuss before a potential swansong at Longchamp next month.
Rated 15lbs superior to next-highest rated Prince Of Arran, this should prove little more than a piece of exercise and a penalty kick for the superstar mare.
2:50 Haydock – Betfair Exchange Old Borough Cup Handicap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-105) 1m6f
At the foot of the weights it might be worth chancing BRANDON CASTLE who has gone from strength to strength over hurdles lately, winning his last two starts at Market Rasen and Neil King’s charge can continue his fine form back on the level.
The Dylan Thomas gelding finished a creditable fourth on his return to this discipline at Newmarket back in June behind Holy Kingdom; that was his first run on the flat for this yard who had previously been a heavy ground winner at Musselburgh for Archie Watson so these conditions will certainly suit.
He was rated 95 when scoring that Musselburgh success so racing here from just 88 then he boasts solid claims at the weights and the presence of the red-hot Hollie Doyle in the saddle adds further positives to his chances. While this is certainly competitive he arrives in good heart following recent hurdles successes and he could be worth siding with to carry on his good spell.
3:05 Ascot – Lavazza Stakes (Heritage Handicap) Cl2 (3yo) 1m4f
KIPPS made up a lot of ground from the back in a competitive handicap at York last time out and the War Command colt can get off the mark for the season having largely run well on all starts this campaign.
Hughie Morrison’s charge was an all-weather winner back in December at Lingfield, and having posted successive runner-up efforts on his return following lockdown at Haydock and here respectively he has shaped better than the bare result on both subsequent outings.
Latterly beaten six lengths in the Melrose Handicap he could benefit from this return to this sort of trip and first-time cheekpieces could elicit some improvement in the War Command colt who has only been raised 1lb for that last run.
He could get a decent pace to aim at here back down in trip and he can give a good account of himself.
3:25 Haydock – Betfair Sprint Cup Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) Cl1 (3yo+) 6f
His best days are likely behind him at this top level but there could be one last hurrah to come from THE TIN MAN who goes really well here and in the mud, and the Equiano gelding could run a big race.
James Fanshawe’s charge isn’t the force of old and winless since taking this prize two seasons ago; while his form has been fairly patchy although he’s proved he remains capable of running well at this level, finding only the reopposing Hello Youmzain too strong in this twelve months ago.
With only two starts to his name this season, looking in need of the run in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot and then finishing a close runner-up on ground possibly quick enough for him at Newbury latest when denied a half-length by Tabdeed in the Hackwood Stakes he has seen that form boosted by the fourth winning since.
Yet to finish out of the frame at the Merseyside track his eight-year old legs will be vulnerable against the younger contingent; but he could give another good account in a race where his record reads 2312 and no surprise to see him in the frame again.
3:40 Ascot – Tweenhills Follow The Foals Handicap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-105) 6f
JONAH JONES hasn’t won for a while, but he struck twice in 2018 when trained by Tom Dascombe and the No Nay Never gelding has been running better than his form figures suggest since joining Ed Walker.
Third on each of his first two starts for his new handler he was disappointing on quicker ground at York in July but bounced back with a better run back there next time when finishing fifth behind Acclaim The Nation, beaten just over three lengths.
That run was all the more creditable as he fluffed the start and wasn’t seen to best effect as a consequence; but he finished off well and off the same mark here he could make his presence felt back up in trip if breaking on terms.
4:00 Haydock – Betfair Each Way Edge Be Friendly Handicap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-105) 5f
WONDERWORK has looked progressive since lockdown, yet to finish out of the first three in five starts which include wins at Redcar and Windsor latterly on his penultimate start.
Marco Botti’s Night Of Thunder gelding was previously with Kevin Ryan and he showed soft ground to be no concern when finishing only two lengths’ third behind Live In The Moment at York during the Ebor Festival last month where he made most before hanging right and looking a tricky ride.
It isn’t the first time he’s shown that trait, but Andrea Atzeni is back in the saddle having steered him to victory on his latest outing and he can race here from an unchanged mark so every chance he can run well here with conditions unlikely to present a problem.
4:15 Ascot – Porsche Handicap Cl2 (3yo+) 7f
SOCIETY LION wasn’t seen to best effect on the all-weather at Chelmsford latest, possibly undone by the surface; but Sir Michael Stoute’s charge looks worth chancing to bounce back returned to turf where he had looked progressive.
A heavy-ground winner at Yarmouth last October, looking a smart prospect, he twice made the frame in starts following lockdown before running out a ready winner at Goodwood in August with a defeat of Mister Snowdon.
He won well that day, keeping on strongly for the success and the form doesn’t look too bad with the third and fourth both making the frame since. Still a lightly-raced sort he looks worth giving another chance to and he can do better switching back to this surface.