Saturday TV tips 11 July – ITV Racing best bets for Newmarket and Ascot
Get our Saturday TV tips for ITV Racing covering Newmarket and Ascot as we look over the day’s televised horse racing action on ITV Racing.
The ITV Racing cameras are back in action on Saturday for a third successive day and nine races will go to post for the day’s live TV coverage of Newmarket where there is Group One action with the July Cup taking centre stage.
There is also racing from Ascot on ITV Racing with the Group Two Summer Mile Stakes the feature.
Ed Chamberlain and the team will be on hand to bring their usual expert tips, insights and post-race analysis on all the live TV action and Brian Healy gives his race-by-race Saturday TV tips for Newmarket and Ascot on ITV Racing.
SATURDAY TV TIPS FOR ITV RACING – NEWMARKET & ASCOT
1:50 Newmarket – bet365 Mile Handicap Cl2 (3yo 0-100) 1m
FINEST SOUND has been galvanised this term by a wind operation, making a winning reappearance at Haydock on his handicap debut with an impressive success and then finding only one too good under a penalty when finishing runner-up in the Britannia Stakes.
Simon Crisford’s charge proved no match for the winner where he was beaten four lengths; but he was still four lengths ahead of the third and with that form since being boosted by a couple of subsequent winners he could make his presence felt again.
Another 7lbs hike in the weights demands more from the Exceed and Excel gelding; but he’s unexposed still and could have more to offer. A repeat of that Royal Ascot run might be enough to see him back on the winning trail and no surprise to see him going close.
2:05 Ascot – Betfred “Ascot Official Bookmaker” Fillies’ Handicap Cl3 (3yo+ 0-90) 1m
DECLARED INTEREST was far from disgraced in the Sandringham Stakes at Royal Ascot, finishing three lengths’ fifth behind Onassis despite carrying a penalty and a repeat of that effort could be good enough to see the Declaration Of War filly get back on the scoresheet.
Twice placed as a juvenile, she made a winning reappearance at Chelmsford over this trip in June, beating Rideson by two lengths; she made all the running and the form looks solid enough with the runner-up, third and fourth all running well since. She took another forward step at Royal Ascot where she kept on well despite proving no match for the winner.
That winner has run well since in a Group Three at Epsom last week and she remains with scope for better still with this mark likely to be within her scope. Better ground will be no issue and every chance she can make her presence felt in this slightly easier grade.
2:25 Newmarket – British Stallion Studs EBF Fillies’ Handicap Cl2 (3yo 0-100) 7f
SPRING OF LOVE is given another chance having ran poorly on her return at Haydock last month in the Listed Eternal Fillies’ Stakes; the Godolphin runner might just have needed that though and can do better.
The ground was softer than good when the Invincible Spirit filly made a winning debut at Newmarket last October, but she beat only one home at Haydock in a disappointing effort. The much faster ground may not have suited and she could be better served by this softer surface and having had a run can prove a different proposition with a hood now applied.
Charlie Appleby’s charge is given another chance to confirm the promise of her debut and an opening mark of 88 on her handicap debut could prove workable. Quite a few of these turned in lesser efforts last time out and she can be expected to strip fitter for her return so looks worth siding with to improve.
2:40 Ascot – “Play Nifty Fifty Exclusively At Betfred” Handicap Cl2 (3yo 0-105) 1m4f
CELESTRAN ran well for third at Goodwood in the Listed Cocked Hat Stakes behind Khalifa Sat and that form sets a solid standard; John Gosden’s charge can get back to winning ways here with a repeat and the Dansili colt could prove hard to beat.
A Wolverhampton winner on his second start as a juvenile, he won readily on his reappearance on turf at Yarmouth last month where he beat Bodyline by just over one length despite being slowly away.
That form is fair and he took a step forward despite perhaps not being fully at home on the track in finishing around five lengths’ third behind the Epsom Derby runner-up. Blinkers are applied now which might help eke out some improvement and he carried his head high last time so the headgear might prove a good move; while a mark of 88 on his return to handicap company is unlikely to be beyond his reach so every chance he can collect this prize before returning to Pattern company.
3:00 Newmarket – bet365 Superlative Stakes (Group 2) Cl1 (2yo) 7f
Frankie Dettori and Mark Johnston enjoy plenty of success when teaming up and KING ZAIN can step up on a very encouraging debut success at Kempton last month and the Kingman colt can improve for that run and experience.
He made most of the running that day to score by a ready three lengths, travelling well and quickening up smartly to register a solid winning time. While the form might only prove ordinary, the manner of the win marked him as a potentially smart prospect and he can show the benefit of that performance.
This is tougher, but there’s plenty of reason to suspect he has more in the locker and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him involved at the finish.
3:15 Ascot – Betfred Summer Mile Stakes (Group 2) Cl1 (4yo+) 1m
MOHAATHER showed he retained all his abundant talent when catching the eye in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot recently where Marcus Tregoning’s charge had a luckless run before finishing seventh.
The Showcasing colt held Classic aspirations following a good win in last season’s Greenham Stakes, but a subsequent setback ruled him out for most of the season but he did manage a reappearance in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at this venue in October where he might not have enjoyed the heavy ground when finishing fifth.
He got in all sorts of trouble in the Queen Anne Stakes, but he had travelled well and ran on to good effect once in the clear although it was too late to have any bearing on the result. He’ll strip fitter for that return though and the better ground will be no problem so if building on that promising return to action he could take plenty of beating in this contest.
He holds leading claims of getting back on the winning trail and with a bit more luck in running he should be involved in the finish.
3:35 Newmarket – Darley July Cup Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) Cl1 (3yo+) 6f
GOLDEN HORDE was impressive when winning the Commonwealth Cup and Clive Cox’s charge can improve again to double up.
The Lethal Force colt won twice from his six juvenile starts last campaign, one of which included a defeat of Threat to take the Richmond Stakes crown. He then placed in successive Group One contests behind Earthlight in starts at Deauville and here on the Rowley Mile in the Middle Park Stakes.
He appeared to win a shade comfortably over Kimari in that Royal Ascot success and he should continue to make his mark at this level where he can make the most of the weight he receives from the likes of Hello Youmzain and Sceptical who finished 1-3 in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes.
Proper soft ground is a slight worry, but he handled good-to-soft ground in that Ascot win with little issue so the surface may not hold him back and a repeat of his Ascot run will put him firmly in the mix.
3:50 Ascot – Betfred Heritage Handicap Cl2 (3yo+) 5f
APLOMB has been running better than the bare form of his runs this term might suggest and William Haggas’ charge is chanced to get back on the scoresheet.
The Lope De Vega gelding won twice last summer and he ran well in defeat in valuable handicaps at Nemwarket and at this venue when denied only by a neck behind Tinto in a big field contest. He was a shade disappointing when down the field at York on his final start of the campaign but he had run well back from a break at Newmarket and here latest in the Silver Wokingham.
He was only beaten four lengths behind Chiefofchiefs despite only finishing seventh and he’s been eased 1lb in the weights since that last outing. The drop back to five furlongs will be of no concern with the pace spread across the track so he should get a decent tow into the contest and every chance he can post a big effort back at this venue where he’s twice finished in the frame from three starts.
4:10 Newmarket – bet365 Bunbury Cup (Heritage Handicap) Cl2 (3yo+) 7f
ARIGATO has an excellent record at this venue, winning three times and making the frame twice from his five starts at Flat HQ. William Jarvis’ charge faces a stern test here but the Poet’s Voice gelding could prove equal to the task.
One of his wins here has come on the July Course and he was last seen beating Blown By Wind a shade readily on the Rowley Mule last month, scoring by a length despite racing keenly. He also has form on softer ground so these conditions won’t pose an issue and the five-year old could have sufficient scope still to defy a 5lbs rise in the weights at a venue which clearly brings out the best in him.
Jockey Josephine Gordon has a good record on him and has been on board for five of his six career starts and the pair can make their presence felt in this competitive handicap contest to hopefully close out Saturday TV tips with a winner although he does probably need to find a shade more improvement.