Saturday’s ITV Racing tips – 115/1 each-way treble taking in Haydock and Ascot
Jon Vine rolls three of his best bets in Saturday’s ITV races into this lucrative treble with bet365, on a fantastic day of racing at Haydock and Ascot on Saturday 23rd November.
Saturday’s proceedings are headlined by two incredible races. First, Altior and Cyrname square off in the Christy 1965 Chase at Ascot, before attentions turn to Haydock, as Bristol De Mai looks to fend off Lostintranslation, Frodon and Ballyoptic in the Grade One Betfair Chase.
Around Saturday’s double-feature, there are a number of other races for punters to enjoy, including the Grade Two Ascot Hurdle. I’ve picked out three horses I really fancy in Saturday’s ITV races and combined them to make this massive each-way treble with bet365.
Saturday’s ITV Racing Treble
If you were to stakes £5 each-way on this treble and all three were just to place, then you’d pocket three-and-a-half times your original £10 investment. If each leg was to claim victory, then you’d be looking at a fantastic return of £620!
1:50pm Haydock Betfair Exchange Handicap Hurdle (Class 2) 2m3f
There are some classy horses sitting at the top of the weights in this handicap, two of whom lead the way in the betting. I, however, have my reservations about Kateson and Project Bluebook, and Irish Roe has done all of her best work in better ground.
The one who stands out in opposition is WHOSHOTTHESHERIFF (TRB), who fell when mounting a strong challenge on his most recent start at Cheltenham and can bounce back with a strong showing here at Haydock.
Whoshotthesheriff showed promise when in the care of Gordon Elliott, finishing just five-lengths behind the highly-rated Galvin on his final start before making the move to Phil Kirby. Kirby’s recruit made it two-from-two in impressive fashion for new connections during the spring and was still going every bit as well as Benny’s Bridge at Cheltenham, before a blunder at the third-last brought his race to a premature end.
Kirby’s five-year-old won over a trip one furlong longer than this on his stable debut at Carlisle, so stepping up beyond two-miles will hold no fears for his trainer. Whoshotthesheriff looks like a handicapper with plenty of scope for improvement and looks handicapped to strike carrying just 11-3.
2:40pm Ascot Coral Hurdle (Registered As The Ascot Hurdle) (Grade 2) 2m3½f
The top two from last year’s Liverpool Hurdle renew rivalries again on Saturday, and both If The Cap Fits and Roksana are sure to have their supporters. Dan Skelton’s Mares’ Hurdle winner has been beaten on all of her starts in with the boys so far and looks more suited to three miles. If The Cap Fits proved when winning this race 12 months ago that he had enough speed for the trip. Soft ground, however, remains a big worry.
Given the fact Harry Fry’s charge will be giving him six pounds, I’m going to come down on the side of CALL ME LORD (NB), who only appeared twice last season and has plenty of potential left to fulfill over hurdles.
Nicky Henderson’s charge was backed into favouritism for the JLT Long Walk on his reappearance last term, but was hampered badly twice in running and couldn’t recover. Call Me Lord then carried top-weight into the Imperial Cup for the second year on the bounce and ran well to place third, during which he suffered a minor injury that ruled out any more spring outings.
Call Me Lord only ever runs on right-handed tracks and loves a bit of juice in the ground. Nicky Henderson’s charge reached his current rating of 160 with a sparkling victory in the 2018 Select Hurdle at Sandown and he can collect his second Grade Two at Ascot this weekend.
3:20pm Ascot Gerard Bertrand Hurst Park Handicap Chase (Class 2) 2m1f
A fascinating handicap to end the televised action at Ascot, with Evan Williams’ The Last Day heading the betting. Williams watched his charge bolt up in super fashion to win at Aintree earlier this month, but the handicapper has taken a swipe at the market leader, upping him by eleven pounds in the weights. He’ll have to prove he’s worth his place in this sort of company off a career-high mark.
Diego Du Charmil and Capeland face-off again, after their controversial clash in the Listed Handicap here three weeks ago. Capeland, who was disqualified after being pushed through the wing of the last fence by his stablemate, remains on the same mark and is more fancied out of the two. I feel though, that the best-handicapped horse in this race is undoubtedly KNOCKNANUSS (NAP).
Gary Moore’s charge met The Last Day at Newbury last November and had his rival comfortably beaten when Evan Williams’ chaser came down at the last. On the back of that emphatic 17-length triumph -his second-such victory of the autumn – Knocknanuss stepped up in trip and took on Master Dino at Plumpton, eventually losing out to his classy rival by seven lengths.
Jamie Moore’s mount made his reappearance on bottomless ground at Cheltenham in October, sticking to his guns bravely on ground which was never going to suit to follow Saint Calvados and Vaniteux home in the Randox Health Handicap. Things may not have gone to plan in Grade One company last term, but Knocknanuss twice clocked RPRs of 158 in novice company and could prove himself extremely well-treated running off an official mark of 146.