Sunday ITV Racing best bets – Live TV tips for Sandown and Haydock
Following on from some cracking live TV action at Epsom on Saturday, the ITV Racing cameras move to Sandown and Haydock. We’ve put together our Sunday ITV Racing best bets for both meetings.
Saturday saw some exhilarating Classic racing action at Epsom and on Sunday there’s no let up on the Group One action with the Coral Eclipse Stakes taking centre-stage on the card at Sandown.
Meanwhile, the Group Two Lancashire Oaks dominates the card at Haydock which also features the competitive Old Newton Cup.
SUNDAY ITV RACING BEST BETS – SANDOWN AND HAYDOCK
1:50 Sandown – Coral Charge (Group 3) (Registered As The Sprint Stakes) Cl1 (3yo+) 5f
A’ALI might have needed the run and was possibly unsuited by tapeta when making his return at Newcastle in the Pavilion Stakes, but Simon Crisford’s charge is given another chance now he’s had a run and he ought to prove much sharper now.
The Society Rock colt won three times last season including the Norfolk Stakes and Flying Childers at Doncaster before finishing down the field in a crack at the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint.
He disappointed on his return but had excuses and he’ll be better suited dropping back to five furlongs where he could do better now. If back to his best then he can go close reunited with Frankie Dettori and it wouldn’t come as a surprise if he were to leave that reappearance behind him with a much improved showing in this contest.
2:05 Haydock – bet365 Handicap Cl2 (3yo) 1m6f
TO NATHANIEL had looked a progressive sort when winning on his reappearance at Kempton in June, but John Gosden’s charge was disappointing when switched to turf for the King George V Stakes at Royal Ascot on his next start.
That run came just five days on from his return and so the outing possibly just came too soon; but he’s had more of a break between runs and he could bounce back with this even stiffer test looking a good move.
He once again has to prove as effective on turf as he is on the all-weather – both wins have come on an artificial surface – but with this step up in yardage a possible source of improvement he might well prove a different proposition this time around where the softer ground is unlikely to inconvenience and 2-3 in cheekpieces he can give a good account.
2:25 Sandown – Coral Henry II Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m
2018 Melbourne Cup winner CROSS COUNTER can get back on the winning trail for the first time since he won the Dubai Gold Cup last March and the Godolphin runner faces an easier assignment than he’s faced in recent starts.
The Teofilo gelding has been locking horns with Stradivarius in most of his runs since that success and there’s no caste lost in coming off worst behind that superstar stayer; while he ran another solid race in defence of his Melbourne Cup crown where although he could only finish eighth he was little over one length adrift at the line of the winner.
Third in the recent Ascot Gold Cup he faces nothing here of the calibre of Stradivarius and he’ll be suited by this better surface and drop back to two miles so every chance he can get back on the scoresheet dropping into a Group Three where he could prove too good for this field of rivals.
2:40 Haydock – bet365 Lancashire Oaks (Group 2) (Fillies & Mares) Cl1 (3yo+) 1m4f
MANEULA DE VEGA failed to win last term having struck on both her juvenile starts; but her defeats came in top company including the Epsom Oaks and Lillie Langtry Stakes and she ended her campaign when finding only one too good in the Grosser Preis Von Bayern when beaten a short-head by Nancho.
Ralph Beckett’s Lope De Vega filly proved hard to peg back on her reappearance when beating Fanny Logan over course and distance in the recent Pinnacle Stakes and a repeat of that effort could see her hard to catch once more with trip and ground no problem.
The form of that recent win has been boosted by the runner-up since winning the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot and while she might face more competition for the lead in this latest outing she can nevertheless come out on top. She rates one of our top Sunday ITV Racing best bets and it would be no shock to see her collect.
3:00 Sandown – Coral Challenge (Handicap) Cl2 (3yo+) 1m
Dark Vision and MONTATHAM reoppose having finished 1-2 in the Royal Hunt Cup and a chance is taken on William Haggas’ charge turning the tables.
The Showcasing colt won twice last term and acquitted herself well in defeat in subsequent runs. She was impressive in making a winning return to action over this trip at Newmarket last month, beating Ambassadorial by three lengths and her low draw at Ascot probably wasn’t ideal.
Beaten just over one length, he is 3lbs better off with Mark Johnston’s charge in this rematch and the form looks solid with the third winning a Listed race since so the pair may well fight out the finish again.
However, with the additional pull at the weights and less exposed than his main rival he could have more improvement in him and he can turn the tables here.
3:15 Haydock – bet365 Old Newton Cup Handicap Cl2 (4yo+) 1m4f
RANCH HAND is worth giving another chance having possibly needed the outing in the Copper Horse Handicap during Royal Ascot and Andrew Balding’s charge could do better with that run under his belt.
A three-time winner in 2019 which included here over a longer trip, he was disappointing in the Cesarewitch at Newmarket and now drops back in distance for this latest outing which is a slight worry. However with the conditions likely to prove testing his stamina might come into play if the race turns into a slog.
He didn’t shape badly at Ascot when last seen and he ought to be much sharper now so every chance he can show some progress and racing off the same mark it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him posting a better effort this time around if the drop in trip doesn’t prove an inconvenience.
3:35 Sandown – Coral-Eclipse (Group 1) (British Champions Series) Cl1 (4yo+) 1m2f
This is a stronger renewal than the one ENABLE won twelve months ago, but John Gosden’s superstar dual-Arc heroine is taken to make a winning reappearance just as she did last campaign.
The Nathaniel mare saw her 12-win sequence ended when beaten by Waldgeist in last season’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe although she was only collared late on in ground bordering on heavy and the conditions were probably not ideal for her.
Back on better ground for her reappearance she remains the one they all have to beat and a likely strong pace set by the trail-blazing Ghaiyyath will suit her and she can make the most of the 3lbs she receives from that rival and the classy Japan who are sure to provide stiff opposition.
Nevertheless, she is a solid standard-bearer and if fully revved up on her reappearance then she’ll take plenty of beating.