Sunday ITV Racing tips – TV selections at Salisbury, Thirsk and Curragh
We give our Sunday ITV Racing tips for the day’s televised action at Thirsk, Salisbury and Curragh.
Armchair punters have some Sunday live TV horse racing action to enjoy as the ITV Racing cameras return to bring eight races live into living rooms around the country where the pick of the Sunday racing comes from three meetings.
The cameras will be in action at Thirsk and Salisbury where the Group Three Sovereign Stakes goes to post; while there is also Irish horse racing from the Curragh featuring the Group One Keeneland Phoenix Stakes.
Ed Chamberlain and the team will be on hand again with their usual expert racing tips, insights and post-race analysis while Brian Healy gives his Sunday ITV Racing tips for all the day’s televised racing.
SUNDAY ITV RACING TIPS – TV SELECTIONS AT SALISBURY, THIRSK & CURRAGH
1:40 Salisbury – Mildren Construction Wateraid Conditions Stakes Cl2 (3yo+) 7f
It might be worth chancing ANNA NERIUM to come back to form and the Dubawi mare can take advantage of the weight she receives from her three rivals to resume winning ways.
Richard Hannon’s charge won the Dick Poole Fillies’ Stakes here as a juvenile and she’s largely been running in Pattern company since. Her last win came at Epsom last June, beating Awesometank to win the Group Three Princess Elizabeth Stakes and she lost little caste in defeat on her recent reappearance at Goodwood behind One Master.
That run will have her sharper now and given she’s won here before she might be able to end her losing streak if building on that effort.
1:55 Thirsk – williamhill.com Best Odds Guaranteed Handicap Cl3 (3yo+ 0-95) 5f
Indian Sounds is certainly going the right way and arrives on a hat-trick; but he’s 8lbs higher than his latest success and needs to pull out more. The vote then goes to WATCHABLE who almost made a return to winning ways at Ripon three days ago and if none the worse for those exertions he might be capable of going one better.
David O’Meara’s Pivotal gelding struck his last win on the all-weather at Wolverhampton back in February and he had run better than the bare result in both starts back from a break prior to his latest near-miss where he was denied by a nose behind Staxton.
He raced alone that day under the far rail, keeping on well and just failing on the line to get the verdict on the bob; he’s turned out here from the same mark while a 5lbs claimer can ease his burden at the weights.
A winner from higher marks than this in the past he’ll have no issue with the drop to five furlongs and no surprise to see him going close assuming the quick turnaround doesn’t prove an issue for the veteran.
2:15 Salisbury – AJN Steelstock / Pam Bruford Memorial Handicap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-105) 5f
TONE THE BARONE has been progressive this term, winning four of his five starts in 2020 and running better than the bare result when tasting defeat in the Heritage Handicap at Ascot last month.
Stuart Williams’ charge had previously reeled off a hat-trick of wins on the all-weather and the Lope De Vega gelding quickly atoned for that disappointment when resuming winning ways back at Ascot latest with a one length defeat of Equitation.
He had the reopposing Koncheck behind and the form has since been boosted by the fourth winning since. A subsequent 6lbs rise does demand more, but given his form since a wind operation he may well have more yet to offer and he can continue his good spell to strike again.
2:30 Thirsk – William Hill Extra Places Every Day Handicap Cl3 (3yo+ 0-95) 6f
EAST STREET REVUE perhaps isn’t as good as he was, but he’s capable off this mark of going close and he was beaten only one length over five furlongs here last month when finishing third to Machree.
Tim Easterby’s Pastoral Pursuits gelding struck his last career success over this course and distance last September from just 1lb lower in the ratings and he can give another good account.
His run here last time was all the more creditable as he missed the break and then later met trouble in running before finishing off well and the front three were clear of the rest.
This is a slightly tougher contest upped to a Class Three, but he could do some damage then off this mark if reproducing that effort and in receipt of weight all round it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him going close.
2:50 Salisbury – AJN Steelstock Steel Processors British EBF Fillies’ Handicap Cl3 (3yo+ 0-95) 1m
Salayel finished runner-up in the Silver Royal Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot on his reapperance and a repeat of that might be good enough with the Roger Varian team in form.
However ONE SMALL STEP was a last-time winner and the Footstepsinthesand filly makes her handicap debut in receipt of weight all round and Brian Meehan’s charge can improve to follow up that win.
Promising on her debut at Newmarket where she was beaten less than one length into second, that form has since been boosted by the third home winning twice subsequently; while the selection showed the benefit of the experience to win next time at Yarmouth where she readily saw off Aspiration and others.
The third horse home in that race has won since and a mark of 84 on her handicap debut looks very fair given she has plenty of potential for improvement. This step back up to one mile should suit and it would come as no surprise if she were to give a good account of herself.
3:10 Curragh – Keeneland Phoenix Stakes (Group 1) (2yo) 6f
Unbeaten Goodwood winner Steel Bull puts his record on the line but a chance is taken on Michael Bell’s THE LIR JET to overturn recent form with Ventura Tormenta from their recent encounter in the Prix Robert Papin last month.
The Prince Of Lir colt was denied his hat-trick by the narrowest of margins on that occasion, but it was his first attempt at six furlongs and he could further improve having taken the step up to Group Two company in his stride the time before when taking the Norfolk Stakes.
He had Richard Hannon’s charge behind him that day and there likely won’t be too much between the two this time around either; but he’s open to progress at this trip and there’s likely to be a more even pace this time around.
The French race last time was a muddling affair, but with a confirmed front-runner in the field he’ll get something to aim at now and every chance he can turn the tables to get back on the winning trail.
3:25 Salisbury – AJN Steelstock Sovereign Stakes (Group 3) (Colts & Geldings) Cl1 (3yo+) 1m
A strong renewal of this race could go the way of DUKE OF HAZZARD who is well suited by these types of track and the Lope De Vega colt has posted a couple of very good efforts already this campaign.
Paul Cole’s charge reeled off a three-timer last term which included the Celebration Mile at Goodwood and having shaped as if needing the run on his return in the Queen Anne Stakes during Royal Ascot he has filled the frame on both subsequent outings.
Third behind Mohaather in the Summer Mile, he chased home Space Blues in the recent Lennox Stakes where he was beaten two lengths into the silver medal berth. But a repeat of that effort would put him firmly in the mix dropping back into a Group Three contest although this looks a very strong renewal.
Nevertheless, this venue isn’t unlike his beloved Goodwood and he finished runner-up here on his only previous start at Salisbury so every chance he can get back on the scoresheet in this contest.
3:40 Curragh – Rathasker Stud Phoenix Sprint Stakes (Group 3) (3yo+) 6f
MILLISLE won three times last term including a Group One contest and Jessica Harrington’s charge can follow up her latest success in the Group Three Ballyogan Stakes at Naas last month.
The Starspangledbanner filly failed to see out the 1000 Guineas trip on her reappearance in June, but she’s since run better than the bare result in the Commonwealth Cup (fifth) and when bumping into the progressive Art Power in the Lacken Stakes where she succumbed only to that rival.
She ran out a comfortable winner last time out, scoring by four lengths and kept to Group Three company for now she can continue her winning run in receipt of weight if reproducing that level of performance.