Sunday ITV Racing tips – Top TV picks for Newmarket and Haydock
Check out our Sunday ITV Racing tips as we assess the day’s televised horse racing action from Newmarket and Haydock.
Top-class televised horse racing action continues into a third day on Sunday as the ITV Racing cameras continue to roll with another cracking seven-race line-up which takes in the best of the action from the cards at Newmarket and Haydock.
All eyes will be on the feature race of the day, the Qipco 1000 Guineas and the fillies’ Classic dominates the live TV schedule where the first race goes to post at 1.50pm. Meanwhile, Haydock’s feature race sees the Group Three Brigadier Gerard Stakes take centre stage at the Merseyside track where it is joined by fellow Group Three contest the Pinnacle Stakes..
Ed Chamberlain and the team will be back with more expert selections, insights and post-race analysis for all seven televised races and Brian Healy offers up his Sunday ITV Racing tips for the action.
1:50 NEWMARKET – Betfair Exchange Buckhounds Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 1m4f
He’ll have to prove he can handle ground as quick as this, but if the conditions don’t present a problem then TRUESHAN could be the one to side with and Alan King’s progressive Planteur gelding won four of his five starts as a three-year old including a defeat of the smart Hamish when last seen at Newbury.
A winner of a competitive handicap here last October where he beat the reopposing First In Line – a winner since – he has more to do against that rival in this rematch with John Gosden’s charge having given the selection 7lbs on that occasion.
The pair now meet on level terms, but Alan King’s charge found improvement on that success to register his latest win in game fashion despite possibly finding the heavy ground against him. He has won on good ground in the past but these conditions will be the fastest he has encountered; nevertheless he could be open to continued progression and despite his higher mark for his return he can continue to run well.
2:05 HAYDOCK – Betway Pinnacle Stakes (Group 3) (Fillies & Mares) Cl1 (4yo+) 1m3½f
Fanny Logan was progressive last term but it could pay to side with MANUELA DE VEGA who didn’t have things go her way last term, failing to add to her two juvenile wins from her seven starts.
Ralph Beckett’s charge did finish ahead of John Gosden’s rival in last season’s Cheshire Oaks after which she finished fourth in the Epsom Oaks and runner-up when tried over further at Goodwood in the Lillie Langtry Stakes.
The Lope De Vega filly dropped the curtain on last season’s campaign with a very good second behind Nancho in a German Group One contest, beaten only a short-head, and proven stamina allied with having run well fresh first time up both augur well for this outing where she can make the most of the 3lbs she receives from the Gosden runner.
Although she’s found winning tough since her juvenile days she looks worth chancing to end her barren streak and she’s one of our best Sunday ITV Racing tips for success.
2:25 NEWMARKET – Betfair Exchange Bet In-Play Handicap Cl2 (4yo+ 0-105) 1m2f
WEST END CHARMER was last seen bouncing off similar ground conditions to score readily at Doncaster over this distance last June and Mark Johnston’s charge could follow up here.
The Nathaniel colt is 2-2 over this ten furlongs trip and his latest win saw him bounce back from a lesser effort which might have stretched his stamina. He ran out a four lengths’ winner over Mandarin when last seen, making all and keeping on strongly to register the win with his rivals all left toiling.
That race is working out quite well with several subsequent winners including the runner-up who has gone on to score twice. While this demands more from him following a 10lbs rise in the weights and stepping up in class for this return to action he remains lightly raced and open to improvement so he could be worth chancing to make it 3-3 over the distance.
2:40 HAYDOCK – Betway Brigadier Gerard Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 (4yo+) 1m2f
This looks a really strong renewal on paper and ELARQAM can regain the winning thread for trainer Mark Johnston.
The well-bred Frankel entire won three times last term which included a defeat of Addeybb in the York Stakes prior to posting an unlucky third behind Japan in the Juddmonte International where he met trouble in running.
He ran flat when last seen in the Irish Champion Stakes but he could do better here having been freshened up by his absence and the classy six-year old sets the standard on official ratings where he has 6lbs and more in hand of this field of rivals.
Not far off top-class, he’s well capable of winning this near his best on his reappearance and he can collect the top prize to land our Sunday ITV Racing tips nap.
3:00 NEWMARKET – Betfair EBF Pretty Polly Fillies’ Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (3yo) 1m2f
William Buick’s decision to partner ALPEN ROSE could prove significant and the Sea The Stars filly is taken to get back on track having failed to handle the conditions when disappointing in the Melrose Stakes when last seen.
She had previously won on soft ground at Doncaster, beating Stars In The Sky prior to running a big race in defeat when tried in Group Two company in the May Hill Stakes where she finished a close third behind Powerful Breeze and only beaten little over one length with the reopposing Run Wild crossing the line a half-length behind her.
A step up in trip on her return to action looks a good move for the Godolphin runner who could have more to offer faced with a better surface on this reappearance and if replicating the form of that earlier Group Two outing then it wouldn’t be a surprise to see her going well in this contest and she can go close.
3:15 HAYDOCK – Betway Spring Trophy Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (3yo+) 7f
A case could be made for most of these but the vote goes to HAPPY POWER who takes a marked drop back in grade having largely contested in Group company last term where he acquitted himself well.
Andrew Balding has been amongst the winners since racing returned and the Dark Angel colt won twice last campaign which included at this level when taking the Ganton Stakes at York. He also made the frame in the Sussex Stakes where he was beaten less than two lengths into fourth, as well as finish third in the Celebration Mile.
Possibly unsuited by heavy ground in the QEII Stakes at Ascot when last seen he should find these quicker conditions within his scope despite both of last season’s wins coming on softer ground; but he handles good ground, is 2-2 when returning from breaks of three months or more and the drop in class for this outing could see him go close for his in-form yard.
3:35 NEWMARKET – Qipco 1000 Guineas Stakes (Group 1) (Fillies) Cl1 (3yo) 1m
Quadrilateral is sure to be many peoples’ idea of the 1000 Guineas winner and Roger Charlton’s unbeaten Frankel filly ought to go close. But a chance is taken on CLOAK OF SPIRITS to cause an upset and Richard Hannon can collect another fillies’ Classic win.
The Invincible Spirit filly looked a potentially smart prospect when impressively scoring on her debut at Ascot, and although beaten on both her subsequent starts in the May Hill Stakes at Doncaster and the Shadwell Rockfel Stakes over this course when last seen she could have further improvement to come as a three-year old.
Those defeats weren’t without further signs of ability and she ran too freely at Doncaster before battling well to finish third on her latest start where she wasn’t beaten far behind Daahyeh. A subsequent winner was behind her that day and while she needs to improve on her bare form she may well progress and can make her presence felt at an attractive each-way price.
She’s a well-bred sort who should be ideally suited by one mile and the way she stuck to her task latest hinted that stamina wouldn’t be a problem. Richard Hannon knows how to win this, saddling Billesdon Brook to take Classic honours in 2018 at a big price and a big run from her wouldn’t surprise.