Sunday ITV Racing tips – TV tips for Newbury and Ayr
Sunday ITV horse racing tips and best bets
A busy afternoon schedule of Sunday horse racing action awaits TV punters with plenty of ITV Racing action and we’ve looked over the day’s televised racing to pick out our Sunday ITV Racing tips and best bets.
TV punters have plenty to look forward to on Sunday with a bumper crop of ten races across two of the days’ fixtures which sees some classy racing action taking place at both Ayr and Newbury.
The Scottish Grand National is the main event of the day north of the border and the marathon highlight is one of five races at the Scottish venue; while at Newbury there are also five meetings on the agenda headed by the Group Three Greenham Stakes.
Ed Chamberlain and the team will be in attendance again with their usual expert racing tips, insights and post-race analysis on all the action and we’ve picked out our Sunday ITV horse racing tips and best bets.
SUNDAY ITV HORSE RACING TIPS – TV TIPS FOR NEWBURY & AYR
1:00 Newbury – Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships Maiden Stakes (Plus 10 Race) (Div I) Cl4 (3yo) 1m
Some interesting debutantes on show in the opener but the experience of SNOW LANTERN could prove decisive and Richard Hannon’s charge can get off the mark at the second attempt.
The Frankel filly shaped well on her sole start last term when finding only Zabeel Queen too strong over seven furlongs at Ascot where she was beaten just over one length; that form looks solid given the winner has placed since in Group Two company while the third through to the seventh horses home have all scored subsequent wins.
This extra furlong on her reappearance ought to suit and can unlock further improvement; while her top yard has started the campaign well and every chance she can go one better on her return to action to open her win account here.
1:15 Ayr – Scotty Brand Handicap Chase (Listed Race) (GBB Race) Cl1 (5yo+) 2m½f
KING D’ARGENT has won three of his last four starts, scoring in a Newcastle jumpers’ bumper and bouncing back from a third in the same sphere to register a pair of impressive victories at Southwell and Warwick latterly.
Dan Skelton’s charge had also won at Warwick back in December over the larger obstacles and the progressive Kendargent gelding could take some beating here.
A 9lbs rise in the weights makes things tougher for him as he steps up in grade into Listed company; but he’s one who is very much going the right way and the manner of his wins suggest he hasn’t finished improving yet over the larger obstacles so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him firmly in the mix for his in-form yard.
1:35 Newbury – Dubai Duty Free Finest Surprise Stakes (Registered As The John Porter Stakes) (Group 3) Cl1 (4yo+) 1m4f
DEJA is no stranger to the winners’ enclosure and Peter Chapple-Hyam’s charge can make a winning return to action having run well fresh in the past.
The Youmzain gelding made a successful debut for this yard back in September 2018 when successful at Chester and he followed up at Pontefract the following month before a break; he returned from more than eight months off to strike at Kempton and returned last summer following another absence to find only Scarlet Dragon too strong in the Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes at Royal Ascot.
That run was followed up with another win at Haydock and he might have been stretched by the trip when last seen at York when only midfield in the Ebor Handicap.He can bounce back here given his record fresh and racing off the same mark where he has the services of Ryan Moore.
Assuming the quicker ground doesn’t catch him out he can give a good account and no surprise to see him in the mix.
1:50 Ayr – CPMS Novices’ Champion Handicap Chase (GBB Race) Cl2 (5yo+) 3m
It could be worth chancing on a return to form by THE BUTCHER SAID who has been tackling better races than this this term and Olly Murphy’s charge might appreciate this more realistic assignment.
The Robin Des Champs gelding had won two of his first three starts over fences earlier in the campaign, scoring at Southwell and Bangor either side of a narrow runner-up effort behind Longhouse Sale at Uttoxeter and he stepped up on those efforts to post a very creditable third at Cheltenham behind The Big Breakaway.
He’s struggled in Listed and Graded company since, including at Kempton latest on his return from wind surgery when only midfield behind Clondaw Castle. He might be sharper this time around however and eased a further 2lbs in the weights he’s beginning to look well treated especially given he won over hurdles from a higher mark.
Trip and ground are no issue and while recent form figures don’t inspire confidence he could go well in what looks a more suitable race.
2:10 Newbury – Dubai Duty Free Stakes (Registered As The Fred Darling Stakes) (Group 3) (Fillies) Cl1 (3yo) 7f
UMM KULTHUM could be worth chancing to overturn last season’s form with Alcohol Free from their clash in the Cheveley Park Stakes and Richard Fahey’s charge could come out on top this time around.
The lightly-raced Kodiac filly was beaten less than one length into third, unable to quicken close home and she could be suited by this extra furlong which can unlock some improvement. She does have better ground here which is a slight worry as her wins last term both came in softer ground, however if she handles the conditions then she could go close here.
Her earlier Ayr success has been franked by the third winning twice since in Listed and Group Three company and while bare form from Newmarket last term leaves her with a little to find she could prove equal to the task given she’s likely to improve for this stiffer test of stamina.
2:25 Ayr – Coral Scottish Champion Hurdle (A Limited Handicap) (Grade 2) (GBB Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m
CALICO ran out an impressive winner at Warwick last month to add to his debut win at Ludlow in January and Dan Skelton’s charge can continue his progression.
Smart on the flat in Germany the Soldier Hollow gelding sandwiched those wins with a near miss in the Dovecote Novices’ Hurdle at Kempton in February where he was beaten less than one length behind Cape Gentleman.
More recently he was a ready winner at Warwick when running out a five lengths’ victor over Moore Margaux with the pair pulling almost twenty lengths clear of the rest. While that bare form might be nothing special he is open to plenty of improvement and is still unexposed so could have plenty more to offer in this discipline.
He appeared to handle quick ground fine at Kempton despite meeting with defeat but he’ll also be suited by this galloping track and every chance he can strike another win here.
2:45 Newbury – Watership Down Stud Too Darn Hot Greenham Stakes (Group 3) (Colts & Geldings) Cl1 (3yo) 7f
Soft ground was probably against CHINDIT when disappointing in the Dewhurst last term but back on a sounder surface the Wootton Bassett colt could do better having won twice as a juvenile on similar conditions.
Richard Hannon’s charge had won his debut on good to soft ground at Doncaster in July, but he showed progressive form to strike at Ascot and back at Doncaster in Listed and Group Two company respectively, the latter when taking the Champagne Stakes by one length from Albasheer.
He showed a good turn of foot that day but the form was reversed next time although the selection didn’t appear totally at ease in the soft ground and he was hampered two out which certainly wouldn’t have aided his cause.
It could be worth giving him another chance with the quicker ground sure to be more to his liking and he’s proven over the trip so will have no stamina concerns. Open to improvement as a three-year old he can do better and every chance he can go close if bouncing back to the level he had shown previously.
3:00 Ayr – Jordan Electrics Ltd Future Champion Novices’ Chase (Grade 2) (GBB Race) Cl1 (5yo+) 2m4½f
Allmankind is a Grade one winner and Dan Skelton’s charge was far from disgraced in finishing fourth to Shishkin at the Cheltenham Festival. The keen-going Sea The Moon gelding steps up to this trip for the first time and he could prove vulnerable to TAMAROC DU MATHAN who is 2-3 over fences and latterly won the Pendil Novices’ Chase for Paul Nicholls.
The Poliglote gelding had also won at Wincanton before chasing home Shishkin at Kempton in the Wayward Lad Novices’ Chase over Christmas and with stamina assured he could expose any chinks in the armour of the Skelton runner.
He wasn’t as good as that one over hurdles and on official ratings he has 10lbs to find; but they both finished a similar distance behind Shishkin and the Nicholls runner arrives here fresher than his main rival having bypassed both the Cheltenham Festival and Aintree which could swing the balance in his favour and with the trip and ground both no issue he gets the vote to come out on top in what could be a cracking race despite the small field.
3:20 Newbury – MansionBet Spring Cup Handicap Cl2 (4yo+) 1m
MATTHEW FLINDERS can be given chances on his two wins last term where he struck over one mile and ten furlongs at Doncaster; Ed Walker’s charge may not have been suited by soft ground at York when last seen but can do better returning to these quicker conditions.
The Siyouni gelding had finished third on debut prior to registering the first of his wins and he lost no caste in finishing runner-up next time before switching to handicapping where he ran well for fourth in softer ground behind First Winter.
Beaten less than a length on that occasion he struck over this trip next time with a defeat of Magical Morning prior to his York flop; but back from a break and off the same mark he can bounce back to form on this quicker ground and he remains unexposed over the trip.
He could deliver a big run then under Oisin Murphy and with a likely decent pace sure to suit he can resume winning ways.
3:35 Ayr – Coral Scottish Grand National Handicap Chase (Grade 3) (GBB Race) Cl1 (5yo+) 4m
DINGO DOLLAR bounced back to winning form on his first run for new handler Sandy Thompson when cosily scoring at Newcastle last month and the Golden Lariat gelding can go close here if seeing out the marathon trip.
A useful sort for Alan King for whom he ran a number of solid races which include two wins over the larger obstacle he also finished third and fifth in successive years in the Ladbrokes Trophy Chase and finishing runner-up in the 2019 Grimthorpe Chase among his better efforts.
His last outing for King saw him pulled up behind Beau Bay at Aintree in the Grand Sefton on his first run following wind surgery although he never appeared at ease over those obstacles; however equipped with a tongue-tie for the first time at Newcastle he ran out an easy 10 lengths winner and there could be more to come.
He did take advantage of his sliding handicap mark on that occasion and he has to do better to defy an 8lbs rise; but he’s placed from higher in the past and so remains well-treated on his best form and he can go close if the trip doesn’t tax his stamina.