Sunday TV tips – ITV Racing best bets at Sandown, Cartmel and Naas
The ITV Racing cameras continue to roll on Sunday with coverage of three of the day’s meetings. We give our Sunday TV tips for the day’s live TV racing action.
Sunday TV racing is becoming a regular thing and the ITV Racing cameras continue to roll with coverage of three of the day’s UK and Irish racing meetings. Eight races in all will go to post on Sunday with live action from Sandown, Cartmel and Naas.
The feature of the day is the Group Three Solario Stakes which takes place at Sandown which also includes the Group Three Atalanta Stakes.
Ed Chamberlain and the team will be on hand again with all their usual expert racing tips, insights and post-race analysis; while Brian Healy gives his live TV tips for all Sunday’s televised racing.
SUNDAY TV TIPS 23 AUGUST – ITV RACING BEST BETS AT SANDOWN, CARTMEL & NAAS
1:45 Cartmel – William Hill Play Responsibly Handicap Hurdle Cl3 (3yo+ 0-130) 2m1f
BEENO isn’t getting any younger but the veteran front-runner has a real affinity with this place and Dianne Sayer’s charge is taken to defy his years and get back on the winning trail.
The Exit To Nowhere gelding has five wins and two placed finishes from eight course and distance visits and he stepped up on his reappearance at Southwell at the beginning of July to find only one too good at Perth later that month.
He’s been eased 1lb in the weights following that run he’s made the frame in the past from similar marks although he’s got no claiming rider this time around to ease his burden. Nevertheless, he could spark back into winning form returned to this venue and with proven ability to handle the conditions.
2:00 Sandown – Heed Your Hunch At Betway Handicap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-100) 5f
BLUE DE VEGA hasn’t been altogether consistent in his career, but Robert Cowell’s charge arrives here at the top of his game and chasing a hat-trick so is taken to continue his good run.
The Lope De Vega gelding has struck wins at Newmarket and Ascot this term, latterly beating Princess Power by almost two lengths and while that form has taken a few knocks he could strike again with a repeat.
He made most of the running that day, scoring cosily in the end and while a 7lbs rise for that success looks harsh on the face of things he can continue to give a good account. He’s won off this mark in his younger days so is certainly capable of going close if continuing in his current form and likely to get a soft lead he could prove hard to peg back.
2:15 Cartmel – William Hill Extra Places Every Day Handicap Chase (GBB Race) Cl2 (4yo+) 2m1½f
TONTO’S SPIRIT didn’t show his best when last seen disappointing at Southwell in July following a spin on the flat; but the Authorized gelding is worth chancing back at this venue to return to form given his affinity with this place.
Dianne Sayer’s charge is 4-6 over this course and distance, posting the last of them on this card twelve months ago when beating Garo De Juilley by four lengths. He followed up that success with victory at Sedgefield from a mark higher than this and although his form has been patchy since he can bounce back.
Soft ground is certainly no problem for the eight-year old and he can make his presence felt in this contest.
2:30 Sandown – Betway Handicap Cl2 (3yo+) 1m2f
Course and distance winner VICTORY CHIME is chasing a hat-trick of wins and Ralph Beckett’s charge can continue his run with another victory here.
The Campanologist gelding has won three of his last four starts, scoring here last July with a defeat of Marronnier prior to running well in defeat when third at Newmarket. He’s since racked up a further brace of wins at Epsom and Windsor respectively either side of eleven months off and the form of his latest strike has been boosted.
He showed a good attitude to strike latest and he’s only been upped 2lbs so remains with scope for better still given he’s fairly lightly raced for a five-year old. The return of Harry Bentley to the saddle is another plus with the pair combining for five of the gelding’s nine career successes and it would be no surprise to see him firmly in the mix at the business end.
2:50 Naas – Irish EBF Ballyhane Stakes (Median Auction Race) (Plus 10 Race) (2yo) 6f
DEVIOUS COMPANY might have found the drop to six furlongs too sharp at York three days ago, but that was on better ground the Fast Company colt is interesting quickly turned out here by Tom Dascombe and he can make the journey worthwhile.
An impressive winner of his first two starts, including one in softer conditions, he has finished runner-up in each of his last three outings of which two came at Group Two level. He was unfortunate to bump into the impressive Battleground at Goodwood late last month and he was perhaps caught further backj than ideal on the Knavesmire more recently.
He finished off well however and if none the worse for this quick turnaround then he could go well with the further ease in conditions likely to bring his stamina to the fore.
3:05 Sandown – Betway Atalanta Stakes (Group 3) (Fillies & Mares) Cl1 (3yo+) 1m
This looks a strong contest with two Group One winners dropping in class and narrow preference is for QUADRILATERAL who has lost no caste in defeat despite only finishing third on both outings this term.
Roger Charlton’s charge won both her starts as a juvenile including the Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket and she was unfortunate to bump into the imperious Love on her seasonal return in the 1000 Guineas back there in June. Time has shown that to be a very good effort despite her defeat and the Frankel filly again bumped into a top-class rival in Alpine Star when contesting the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Her Group One win last term came on slightly softer ground so connections won’t mind the rain that is forecast and the Frankel filly can take advantage of the drop in grade here to get back to winning ways partnered for the first time by Ryan Moore.
3:20 Naas – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Stanerra Stakes (Group 3) (Fillies & Mares) (3yo+) 1m6f
Three-year olds have a good recent record in this contest and Epsom Oaks runner-up ENNISTYMON can get back on the winning trail.
Aidan O’Brien’s charge was a Leopardstown winner on her reappearance in June after which she has bagged successive silver medals at Ascot in the Ribblesdale Stakes and Epsom in the fillies’ Classic prior to disappointing in the Irish Oaks where she failed to beat a rival.
Possibly amiss that day, she has since bounced back with a better run at Gowran Park behind Laburnum although that trip was probably sharp enough for the Galileo filly who could appreciate this much stiffer test of stamina as she steps up considerably in distance from that latest outing.
Assuming she can handle this softer ground then she ought to go well despite Seamie Heffernan preferring another Ballydoyle representative. Wayne Lordan though is a very able alternative and the pair can combine to strike here.
3:40 Sandown – Betway Solario Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 (2yo) 7f
DUBAI FOUNTAIN wasn’t beaten far at Newmarket two weeks ago in the Sweet Solera Stakes, making most until headed late on by the eventual winner and Mark Johnston’s charge can gain some recompense here if that effort hasn’t left a mark.
The Teofilo filly had won twice earlier in the campaign in minor company, scoring wins at Doncaster and Haydock respectively before finding only Fev Rover too good here in a Listed contest where she was beaten one length.
That form has been boosted and although Star Of Emaraaty reversed that form last time out with the selection it could be worth chancing on the Middleham runner to strike back with the forecast rain unlikely to hinder given her previous Haydock win came on softer conditions.
She did have quite a hard race at Newmarket last time which is a slight concern that it may have taken something out of her; but if she’s none the worse then it would be no surprise to see her involved at the finish.