Saturday TV tips – ITV Racing tips at Ascot, Haydock and Newmarket
The ITV Racing cameras are back in action on Saturday with seven live TV races from three meetings. We give our Saturday TV tips at Ascot, Haydock and Newmarket.
Armchair punters can look forward to seven live TV races on Saturday covering the pick of the day’s horse racing action from three meetings.
In any other normal season, Saturday would be playing host to the international Shergar Cup fixture at Ascot. But while that fixture has fallen by the wayside due to Covid-19 the premier Berkshire venue does race nonetheless with four races coming from Ascot alongside two from Haydock and one from the July Course at Newmarket.
Both Haydock and Newmarket stage Group Three action with the Rose Of Lancaster Stakes taking place at the first-named venue; while the Sweet Solera Stakes will unfold at Flat HQ.
Ed Chamberlain and the team will be on hand again to offer up their usual expert betting tips, insights and post-race analysis on every race; while Brian Healy gives his Saturday TV tips for the day’s live racing action.
SATURDAY TV TIPS – ITV RACING TIPS AT ASCOT, HAYDOCK & NEWMARKET
1:50 Ascot – ITV Home Of Terrestrial Racing Handicap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-105) 6f
A few of these might be in the grip of the handicapper now so a chance is taken on CHIL CHIL to progress again on the back of an encouraging return to action at Bath last month.
Andrew Balding’s Exceed and Excel filly won three times last term in the wake of a wind operation, rounding off her campaign with a defeat of Gale Force Maya at Newmarket where she scored a shade comfortably.
Runner-up on her return from ten months off the track last month behind Motagally, beaten two lengths, that form looks fair and she can improve for the effort which will have put her spot on for this.
A return to six furlongs will be no issue and the handicapper might have taken a chance leaving her mark unchanged. With the potential for improvement to come she looks worth chancing to get back on the scoresheet.
2:05 Haydock – BetVictor British EBF Dick Hern Stakes (Listed Race) (Fillies & Mares) Cl1 (3yo+) 1m
VERACIOUS gives up race-fitness to this field but Sir Michael Stoute’s charge has much the best form on offer and could prove a tough nut to crack if fully tuned up ahead of her reappearance.
The Frankel mare took last season’s Group One Falmouth Stakes with a defeat of One Master, after which she finished a close runner-up to Billesdon Brook in the Sun Chariot Stakes prior to finishing fourth despite not appearing to handle the ground in the QE II Stakes at Ascot on British Champions Day.
She’s since had wind surgery and she’s run well in defeat on both her seasonal returns in Group company. This is an easier assignment she takes in on her latest reappearance and she’s a clear pick on form so ought to take all the beating if fit.
2:25 Ascot – Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Celebration Handicap Cl2 (4yo+ 0-100) 1m
It might be worth overlooking the recent form figures of David O’Meara’s SHELIR and the Dark Angel gelding is perhaps better judged on his recent fifth in the Buckingham Palace Stakes behind Motakhayyel where he fared best of those drawn low.
Previously a Listed winner in Ireland, he wasn’t seen to best effect at Haydock next time in the soft ground and he ran better than the bare result when last seen at this venue last month in the International where he finished eighth despite having had a nightmare run before finishing off well.
He’s been dropped another 1lb in the ratings and this smaller field might help so it would be no surprise if he were to bounce back over this longer trip and take advantage of his sliding mark which is now 5lbs lower than when making his seasonal return.
2:40 Haydock – BetVictor Rose Of Lancaster Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 (3yo+) 1m2f
GLOBAL GIANT had the reopposing Extra Elusive behind when getting back on track at Newbury last month, beating that rival by one length in the Listed Steventon Stakes and John Gosden’s charge can confirm the form.
The Shamardal entire had made a winning reappearance on his first start for this yard when readily winning on the all-weather at Wolverhampton back in January and he was entitled to have needed his return when finishing fourth to Magny Cours in the Listed Coral Gala Stakes at Sandown.
He was hampered in that contest the form of which is working out and he showed the benefit to score latest; that form also looks useful with the third home winning a Group Three during Glorious Goodwood. While this is a step back up the ladder he can continue to progress and should make his presence felt again returning to a Group Three.
3:00 Ascot – Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire Handicap Cl2 (4yo+ 0-100) 2m
Australis has been hit with a 6lbs rise in the weights for finishing runner-up in the Northumberland Plate but the progressive stayer can go well. However SLEEPING LION has run well on both his starts at this venue and James Fanshawe’s charge is taken to get back on the scoresheet.
The Teofilo gelding rounded off last season with a win at Doncaster and he probably needed the run over the shorter trip at Newbury on his return behind Laafy.
He showed the benefit of that reappearance when chasing home Cosmelli at Newcastle last month, possibly getting to the front too soon having travelled well into the contest.
He’s been upped 2lbs for that effort but could still have scope for better at this trip and he can make his presence felt at this venue where he’s made the frame on both occasions he’s contested at the Berkshire venue.
3:20 Newmarket – Betway Sweet Solera Stakes (Group 3) (Fillies) Cl1 (2yo) 7f
Mark Johnston has won three of the last six renewals of this Group Three prize including the last two and the Middleham trainer can make it a hat-trick with DUBAI FOUNTAIN who can get back on the winning trail.
The Teofilo filly won her first two starts at Doncaster and Haydock respectively earlier in the summer, scoring the latter by an impressive eight lengths; she latterly found only one too good in Listed company at Sandown where she lost little caste in defeat by gamely keeping on once headed having perhaps gone off too hard.
She may ideally want softer ground given her impressive demolition job the time before in the mud; however she’s entitled to go well again and likely still has some scope for improvement after three starts.
She has to be respected given her yard’s recent record in the contest and assuming conditions don’t catch her out then it would come as no surprise to see her going close with Sylvestre De Sousa in the saddle onboard the front-running Teofilo filly.
3:35 Ascot – Thames Hospice Handicap Cl2 (4yo+ 0-105) 1m4f
CARADOC is given another chance having shaped better than the bare result in the recent John Smith’s Cup behind Sinjaari and Ed Walker’s charge can have a big say here.
A three-time winner last term which included a valuable prize at Newbury he was tried in a Listed contest next time where he finished a fair fourth in a muddling contest at Lingfield.
The Camelot gelding was entitled to have needed his return at Epsom where he finished around four lengths’ sixth to Sky Defender having taken some time to warm into the contest; while he spoiled his chance latest by running too free and he faded into ninth.
He’s been dropped 1lb in the weights following that run and he’s worth another chance at this longer trip over which he’s unexposed with only one prior attempt at the longer yardage. Still relatively lightly raced for a five-year old, there could still be more improvement to come and he looks worth an interest to bounce back to winning form here.