Saturday TV racing best bets – ITV Racing tips at Newbury and Ayr
The ITV Racing cameras are back in action on Saturday with live TV coverage of the Ayr Gold Cup meeting and also Newbury. We give our Saturday TV racing best bets for the day’s televised racing coverage.
Saturday sees the return of the ITV Racing cameras where eight races are scheduled to be shown live throughout the afternoon with four apiece from Newbury and Ayr.
The Group Two Mill Reef Stakes is the feature of the day at the Berkshire venue, while north of the border it is Ayr Gold Cup day and the competitive handicap sprint spearheads the action at the Scottish track.
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 day’s action and we give our Saturday TV racing best bets for the day’s TV coverage.
SATURDAY TV RACING BEST BETS – ITV RACING TIPS AT NEWBURY & AYR
1:40 Newbury – Dubai International Airport World Trophy Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 (3yo+) 5f
It could be worth giving another chance to LAZULI who looked a smart sprinter in the making when successful at Sandown in June, scoring in a Listed contest; he’s failed to fire in both starts since back at Sandown and at Deauville latest although the softer ground latest possibly didn’t show him in his best light.
Charlie Appleby’s charge finished fourth to Maystar on that occasion having struggled behind A’Ali the time before; but this doesn’t look a particularly strong Group Three contest and he might be suited by the return to five furlongs over this flatter track as opposed to the stiff uphill Sandown finish.
Still early days for the Dubawi gelding his bare form with standard-setting Equilateral leaves him with a little to find; but that one is perhaps best when fresh and he’s not convinced recently while a quick turnout six days on from his run at the Curragh on Saturday could leave him vulnerable.
It might be worth siding then with the Godolphin runner who is still lightly raced and can get back on track here.
1:55 Ayr – Jordan Electrics Doonside Cup Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (3yo+) 1m2f
ADDEYBB could prove a tough nut to crack on his return from three months off and William Haggas’ charge can take this Listed prize dropping in grade for his reappearance.
A high-class performer at his best winning twice last term and finishing runner-up in both the York Stakes and Qipco Champion Stakes he enjoyed a successful stint in Australia where he won two Group Ones. His reappearance back on these shores in August when tackling the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot was a solid run in defeat where only the progressive Lord North got the better of him.
Back in Listed company after his break, he should have ideal conditions here over his best trip and he’s likely to prove tough to beat at this level despite having to give 7lbs to this field. But, he has 9lbs in hand of his rivals on official ratings so gets the vote to get Saturday’s racing best bets off to a winning start.
2:15 Newbury – Dubai Duty Free Handicap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-105) 1m2f
Lightly-raced STARCAT has been running well of late in some valuable handicaps back on better ground having struggled in the softer conditions in the Britannia Stakes and Hughie Morrison’s charge can give a good account here.
A debut winner last term on his sole start, he ran a decent race when pitched into the 2000 Guineas on his return in June, finishing eighth behind Kameko prior to his disappointing run at Royal Ascot. But since being stepped up to ten furlongs he has finished fifth at Goodwood and fourth last time at Doncaster, beaten four lengths behind Strait Of Hormuz and he can improve to make his presence felt here.
He ran on well late that day having perhaps been outpaced given the race was strongly run; this contest might be run more to suit and the handicapper has eased him 1lb in the weights since his last run. It wouldn’t come as a surprise then to see him posting another solid effort for all he probably does need to find a shade more on the pick of his form to date, but he can get involved.
2:30 Ayr – QTS Ayr Silver Cup Handicap Cl2 (3yo+) 6f
A chance to see where the best of the draw lies and although he’s drawn low ADMIRALTY might be worth an interest to finish closer this time around than twelve months ago when finishing sixth in this race from 4lbs higher in the ratings.
The Mount Nelson gelding hasn’t won since making a winning return at Thirsk last May from this mark, but he’s since run a series of very solid races in defeat in a number of valuable handicaps and he has found only one too good in each of his last three outings.
He’s been given a breather following his latest silver medal finish at Chelmsford last month and while he has been running over seven furlongs recently there’s little for him to fear dropping back to sprinting with a strong pace sure to suit.
He looks handicapped to run a big race and if his low draw doesn’t prove a negative then he could be in the mix again.
2:50 Newbury – Dubai Duty Free Legacy Cup Stakes (Group 3) (formerly The Arc Trial) Cl1 (3yo+) 1m3f
ELARQAM hasn’t been at his best this season but this represents a drop in class for Mark Johnston’s charge who can get back to winning ways.
The Frankel entire enjoyed a successful season last term, winning three times which included a Group Two at York and finishing third to Japan in the Juddmonte International. Having returned to action with a promising runner-up behind progressive Lord North in the Brigadier Gerard Stakes, he shaped like a non-stayer in the Hardwicke Stakes although turned in a poor run when last seen defending his York Stakes crown.
He finished sixth of seven runners on that occasion, but the form has taken a couple of boosts since and he can bounce back here dropping back into a Group Three. Favoured by the weights he could prove tough to beat if coming back to his best form.
3:05 Ayr – Scotty Brand Firth Of Clyde Fillies’ Stakes (Group 3) (for The Ayrshire Agricultural Challenge Cup) Cl1 (2yo) 6f
UMM KULTHUM looked a very useful prospect when scoring on debut at Thirsk back in July, value for more than the half-length winning margin despite looking green and the Kodiac filly subsequently lost no caste in finishing third behind Miss Amulet when thrust into the Lowther Stakes at York last month.
She again still looked in need of experience, slowly away but she kept on well chasing the leaders although she had no chance and crossed the line around four lengths adrift. That form is solid with the runner-up since filling the same spot in the Flying Childers, while the fifth – who reopposes – has made the frame in the Dick Poole Stakes at Salisbury.
Sure to improve again she is likely to take some beating easing back slightly in class and she can get back to winning ways here.
3:25 Newbury – Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes (Group 2) Cl1 (2yo) 6f
The unbeaten BAHRAIN PRIDE can maintain his perfect record by taking this step up in class in his stride to make it a hat-trick of wins.
Simon Crisford’s Kodiac colt has looked an exciting prospect in racking up successes at Windsor on debut and Ripon latterly in Listed company where was an impressive scorer over Internationaldream.
That bare form needs improving upon, but he is one who is certainly going the right way and he looks to have the tools to make up into a very smart individual. He does have quicker ground to contend with here, but if the conditions underfoot don’t prove a hindrance then he can progress again on his two runs to date where he ought to make his presence felt.
He still looked a little raw last time out despite his ready success which suggests there’s better still to come and no surprise to see him firmly in the mix as he bids for a third win.
3:40 Ayr – QTS Ayr Gold Cup Handicap (Heritage Handicap) Cl2 (3yo+) 6f
This is surely competitive and ANOTHER BATT could be worth an interest dropping back to six furlongs and David Barron’s charge can make his presence felt if his low draw doesn’t prove an inconvenience.
The Windsor Knot gelding is a previous course and distance winner, scoring here for George Scott a few seasons ago during a solid campaign that saw him place in Listed company and win a Turkish Group Three at this trip where he was rated 101.
He showed patchy form thereafter despite notching up further wins at Chester and Meydan, moving from George Scott to Richard Hughes and then to his current handler and he made a winning return for his new yard over this trip at Thirsk in August where he got the better of Bossipop by a head although he failed to back it up next time back over seven furlongs when contesting a valuable contest at Leopardstown.
But, returning to sprinting here from what could prove a workable mark he’s sure to get a strong pace to aim at and he has a good record over six furlongs despite largely being campaigned over further. Well treated on his old form he could bounce back now sprinting and he can make his presence felt.