Sunday ITV Racing best bets – Live TV tips for Chelmsford and Curragh
The ITV Racing cameras return to action on Sunday with eight more races live; we give our Sunday ITV Racing best bets for the day’s televised horse races.
With the season’s final Classic now in the rearview mirror following the culmination of the Doncaster St Leger Festival, there is no rest for the ITV Racing team who head to the Curragh for Sunday’s live TV racing action where it is day two of Irish Champions Weekend.
Featuring no less than four Group One races on a top-class racecard which is spearheaded by the Irish St Leger, eight races in all go to post at the Curragh of which five will feature on Sunday’s ITV Racing broadcast alongside three races from the all-weather at Chelmsford.
As is usual, Ed Chamberlain and the team will be on hand to offer their usual expert racing tips, insights and analysis on the Sunday action, and we give our Sunday ITV Racing best bets for the day’s live TV racing.
SUNDAY ITV RACING BEST BETS – LIVE TV TIPS FOR CHELMSFORD & CURRAGH
2:20 Chelmsford – Betfred Nifty Fifty Draw Handicap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-105) 1m
None of this quintet can be ruled out in what looks a competitive contest despite the small turnout and VALE OF KENT can get back on the scoresheet.
Mark Johnston’s charge hasn’t been in the best form this form despite finishing runner-up at Epsom back in July in the Surrey Stakes. To be fair to him however he has faced some stiff tasks and he ran better than the bare result over seven furlongs here latest when finishing ninth of 14 runners behind Harry’s Bar.
The handicapper has cut him some slack and he’s back on the mark from which he went close in last season’s Golden Mile during Glorious Goodwood; while this small field could allow him to dominate and if bouncing back to his best then he can collect the prize here.
2:35 Curragh – Moyglare ”Jewels” Blandford Stakes (Group 2) (Fillies & Mares) (3yo+) 1m2f
ONE VOICE found a chunk of improvement to chase Fancy Blue all the way to the wire in the recent Nassau Stakes and Jessica Harrington’s charge can get back on track here having latterly finished a good third behind Love in the Yorkshire Oaks.
The Poet’s Voice filly was possibly stretched by the longer trip on that occasion although she faced a stiff task in any case and crossed the line seven lengths adrift of the easy winner.
She wasn’t beaten far here behind Lemista back in July, not seen to best effect when only finishing fifth having met with trouble in running; she showed what she is capable of when getting to within a neck of Fancy Blue at Goodwood where she had reopposing Magic Wand behind her.
A return to this shorter trip should prove more suitable and she looks set for a big run where she can go close.
2:55 Chelmsford – TML Handicap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-105) 6f
WATCHABLE has won two of his last three starts and arrives having scored comfortably at this venue three days ago; assuming this doesn’t come too soon then the Pivotal gelding can quickly double up.
David O’Meara’s veteran struck at Thirsk in August before finding his York assignment next time too much of a test. However he bounced back last time to register a defeat of Drakefell, winning readily and his 4lbs penalty for that success is offset by his rider’s claim.
He can continue to remain competitive given his current good spell of form and should give another good account assuming a three-day turnaround doesn’t catch him out.
3:10 Curragh – Derrinstown Stud Flying Five Stakes (Group 1) (Breeders’ Cup Challenge Race) (3yo+) 5f
GLASS SLIPPERS showed a marked level of improvement in reeling off a hat-trick of wins towards the end of last campaign culminating in a Group One win in the Prix de l’Abbaye and Kevin Ryan’s charge can get back to winning ways here.
The Dream Ahead filly has met with defeat on both runs this term although those have both come behind Battaash at Ascot and Goodwood respectively. His run at the latter venue in the Qatar King George V Stakes showed her to be as good as ever, beating Battaash’s previous course record but still coming off second best.
Freshened up by a break she sets a solid standard and a repeat of that Goodwood effort will surely be good enough to see her get back on the scoresheet.
3:25 Chelmsford – betfred.com Handicap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-105) 7f
This looks an easier assignment for FLEETING PRINCE than has been the case previously and Charlie Hills’ charge can get back to winning ways.
The No Nay Never gelding has just one career win to his name which came at Windsor last July, but he has been contesting mostly in Pattern company since and he almost got back on the scoresheet last month at Doncaster when finishing only a half-length fourth behind Magical Wish.
That represents some very useful form and unexposed on the all-weather and over this seven furlongs trip then he could post a big run here from the same mark in a slightly easier race than the ones he’s been taking in recently.
3:40 Curragh – Moyglare Stud Stakes (Group 1) (Fillies) (Breeders’ Cup Challenge Race) (2yo) 7f
PRETTY GORGEOUS is 2-3 this term, beaten only by the reopposing Shale in the Silver Flash Stakes in August; however Joseph O’Brien’s charge reversed that form in no uncertain terms when beating the same rival in the Debutante Stakes latest.
The Lawman filly ran out a near three lengths’ victor on that occasion, scoring readily and remains progressive with her defeat possibly down to meeting a more experienced rival although she showed improvement in overturning that form last time out.
She also appeared to handle the softer conditions better than her main rival and conditions here will be on the soft side again which augurs well to her chances and she can find another jolt of progress to strike again.
4:10 Curragh – Goffs Vincent O’Brien National Stakes (Group 1) (2yo) 7f
LUCKY VEGA is 2-3 for the campaign, suffering her sole defeat here when touched off by a half-length behind Laws Of Indices in the Railway Stakes; but Jessican Harrington’s charge stepped up on that peformance to land the Keeneland Phoenix Stakes latest, beating The Lir Jet impressively and the Lope De Vega colt can improve again.
The fifth horse home in that race has won since and there could be more to come from him as he steps up to seven furlongs which may elicit further improvement, while the drying ground will be in his favour having possibly just had his speed blunted by the softer conditions when meeting with defeat.
Also a Naas debut winner, beating some useful sorts in the process, this looks a very hot renewal of this Group One prize; but he was impressive in registering that last-time win and he should be in the mix once again given his potential for better still to come.
4:40 Curragh – Comer Group International Irish St. Leger (Group 1) (3yo+) 1m6f
Search For A Song won this last year but he’s ran below par in all three starts this campaign and it might be worth siding with SOVEREIGN to get back on the scoresheet now he steps back up in trip.
The Galileo colt was a surprise all-the-way winner of last season’s Irish Derby, making all under an enterprising ride and sustaining his gallop to the line with few of his rivals getting into the race. Aidan O’Brien’s charge has been beaten on both outings this term, but he has performed with credit each time and can find a jolt of improvement for the extra yardage.
He may just have needed the run when beaten into third behind reopposing Twilight Payment in the Vintage Crop Stakes on his return, but he stepped up on that run to finish runner-up behind Enable in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes where he kept on well but no match for the winner.
His seasonal debut run over this trip was promising and still unexposed he can show further progress back over this test of stamina where he can go close.