Sunday ITV Racing best bets – Live TV tips at Musselburgh and Pontefract
Sunday ITV Racing best bets and tips
The inaugral Sky Bet Sunday Series meeting dominates the day’s ITV Racing coverage as the cameras continue to roll and we’ve picked out our Sunday ITV Racing best bets and tips.
TV punters are in for some competitive horse racing action live on TV on Sunday with the first of the Sunday Series events going to post at Musselburgh and the ITV Racing cameras will be on hand to capture all the action with seven races from the Scottish track as well as the Listed Pomfret Stakes at Pontefract on an eight-race line-up of TV racing action.
The ITV Racing team will have all their usual expert racing tips and analysis and we’ve looked over the day’s televised racing to pick out our Sunday ITV Racing best bets and tips.
SUNDAY ITV RACING BEST BETS – LIVE TV TIPS AT MUSSELBURGH & PONTEFRACT
3:55 Musselburgh – Sky Bet Sunday Series EBF Newcomers’ Maiden Stakes (For horses which have never run) (GBB Race) Cl2 (2yo) 5f
None of these has seen a racecourse before with all six runners making their debuts; the market then might be the best guide but it may be worth siding with DRAWDOWN from the Brian Smart stable.
The Profitable filly is related to some decent winning types including Flying Pursuit and the yard has a 33% strike-rate with its’ juvenile debutantes this season so there’s every chance she’ll have been well prepared for this debut so there’d be no shock in seeing her deliver a big run here.
4:10 Pontefract – Sky Bet Go-Racing-In-Yorkshire Summer Festival Pomfret Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (3yo+) 1m
Regal Reality ought to take plenty of beating here but a chance is taken on BRUNCH to bounce back from his Royal Hunt Cup seventh and get back on the scoresheet.
A three-time winner last term he had been in decent form this campaign, twice finishing runner-up in valuable handicaps at Doncaster and York prior to tackling his Royal Ascot assignment where he ran better than the bare result behind Real World.
That form has been boosted and while he has a bit more on his plate back in Listed company he could give the Stoute runner something to think about at a backable price with William Buick up for the first time and he remains open to improvement.
4:20 Musselburgh – Sky Bet Sunday Series Apprentice Training Series Handicap (Part of the Racing Excellence Initiative) Cl4 (3yo+ 0-85) 1m1f
NOBLE CRUSADE has had just five career starts but the Noble Mission colt has won two of those five starts and Keith Dalgleish’s charge can strike again here.
Both wins have come at Carlisle, latterly finishing off strongly to deny Arthur’s Realm earlier this month and the fourth horse home in that race did little harm to the form when finishing runner-up next time.
He’s 3lbs higher in the weights here but still unexposed and there could be more to come from him so every chance he can go in again with more improvement anticipated.
4:45 Musselburgh – Sky Bet Sunday Series Nursery Handicap Cl4 (2yo 0-85) 5f
TAREEKH is given another chance having possibly found soft ground against him at Pontefract earlier in the campaign and Richard Fahey’s charge can bounce back here faced with some better ground.
The Dandy Man colt had won his two previous starts on quicker ground, scoring at Thirsk in June and then following up in a seller at York where he was bought for a decent sum.
Although he disappointed last time in the mud the form looks fairly useful with the winner running well since, while the runner-up won next time out and a first-time visor could unlock some more improvement in the youngster who can bounce back to winning ways here.
5:15 Musselburgh – Sky Bet Sunday Series Sprint Handicap Cl4 (3yo+ 0-80) 5f
PRIMO’S COMET goes well here and the Orientor gelding can follow up his recent success over course and distance last month.
Jim Goldie’s charge was taking his course and distance winning tally to four and he’s also placed on three other occasions from a dozen outings so this venue clearly suits him; he had also won here in April and he ran up to his best when beating Economic Crisis a shade readily last time out.
That form looks fair and while a 4lbs rise demands a little more from him he has run well from this mark in the past and has won from higher ratings on the all-weather.
He’ll need things to drop right for him but there should be a decent pace to the contest and he can come through late to score if getting the breaks.
5:45 Musselburgh – Sky Bet Sunday Series Fillies’ Handicap Cl4 (3yo+ 0-85) 1m
Lightly-raced REAL TERMS stepped up on previous efforts to go close at Wetherby on his turf debut last month and it might be worth siding with Grant Tuer’s charge to go one better here.
The Champs Elysees filly was beaten less than one length on that occasion, staying on well but unable to overhaul the winner who scored a shade comfortably although she did pull clear of the third horse home who has won since.
The race-winner has also struck two subsequent victories so the form looks very solid and while the handicapper has applied some pressure with a 5lbs rise there could be more to come from her given she’s still unexposed on turf.
Assuming the drop back to one mile doesn’t prove a negative then there’s no reason why she can ‘t be competitive here and she can make her presence felt.
6:15 Musselburgh – Sky Bet Sunday Series Handicap Cl4 (3yo+ 0-85) 7f
DANZAN hasn’t won for a while but this is his easiest assignment for some time and it might be worth siding with the Lawman gelding to end his losing streak here.
Tim Easterby’s charge has been running fairly consistently in Class Two contests this term, finishing a close runner-up to Mr Lupton at York in May and recent efforts at Pontefract and back at York have seen him finish fourth behind Corinthia Knight and Capote’s Dream respectively in much stronger races than this.
The form of his last start in particular looks solid and he’s been eased 1lb in the weights from that run as he drops into a Class 4 race so there’d be no surprise in seeing him turn in a big performance in this easier grade.
6:40 Musselburgh – Sky Bet Sunday Series Stayers Handicap Cl4 (4yo+ 0-85) 1m6f
LET ME BE has been something of a winning machine this term, scoring in six of his eight starts and the Gale Force Ten gelding can continue his streak to register another victory here.
Keith Dalgleish’s charge scored readily at Catterick earlier in the month, beating useful yardstick Bollin Neil by three parts of a length and doing the job comfortably; he’d previously won over this course and distance on his seasonal return and added further wins at Ripon, Ayr and Pontefract to his record while also going close back over this course and distance under a penalty.
He’s only been pushed up 3lbs for that latest victory which could still leave him well treated in the ratings and there’d be no surprise in seeing him competitive again here.