Thursday ITV Racing tips – TV tips for Newmarket and York
ITV Racing returns to our screens on Thursday where the team will have eight top-class races to show live from Newmarket’s July Meeting and the York Dante meeting. We give our Thursday ITV Racing tips for all the TV action.
Armchair punters are in for a real treat on Thursday as eight races feature on the day’s ITV Racing coverage of two top-class fixtures at Newmarket and York.
The July Festival gets underway at Flat HQ for the first of three days’ racing on the July Course which includes the Group Two Tattersalls July Stakes; while on the Knavesmire at York the Group Two Dante Stakes dominates a classy fixture that also includes the Group Three Musidora Stakes.
Eight races in all will go to post on Thursday’s broadcast and Ed Chamberlain and the team will have all their usual expert tips, insights and post-race analysis; while Brian Healy gives his race-by-race live TV tips for the day’s action.
THURSDAY ITV RACING TIPS AT NEWMARKET AND YORK
1:50 Newmarket – Bahrain International Sir Henry Cecil Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (3yo) 1m
It could be worth giving another chance to AL SUHAIL who was well-held on his reappearance in the 2000 Guineas, beating only one home behind Kameko although there’s a strong suspicion the Dubawi colt needed that return.
A Yarmouth winner on just his second start, impressively beating Imperial Empire by four lengths, he lost no caste in subsequent defeats at Sandown and on the Rowley Mile here in Group company and he was only beaten a half-length by Military March in the Group Three Autumn Stakes on his last run of the campaign.
He has looked a temperamental sort, often racing freely despite wearing a hood; but this is a drop in class for Charlie Appleby’s charge who should strip fitter for that return in the colts’ Classic and he could be capable of bouncing back here with a better effort.
2:05 York – EBF Marygate Fillies’ Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (2yo) 5f
SANDS OF TIME faces a stiffer task than she faced latest in the Queen Mary Stakes where she was disappointing; but Mark Johnston’s charge is taken to bounce back with her sights lowered and the Bobby’s Kitten filly can be given another chance.
An impressive winner of her debut at Lingfield last month, beating Spark Fury by five lengths, she wasn’t unfancied at Royal Ascot but finished down the field having raced freely. She wasn’t the only one from the yard to run poorly however and the yard is in better fettle now.
She has to bounce back from that lesser run, but that is certainly possible and she’s not one to give up on just yet with this smaller field scenario possibly more suitable dropping into Listed company having perhaps found the grade too much for her last time.
She’s worth another chance to confirm the promise of her impressive debut.
2:25 Newmarket – Bahrain Trophy Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 (3yo) 1m5f
AL AASY shaped with plenty of promise either side of an absence, finishing third on his debut and then running better than the bare result in a Listed contest on the Rowley Mile course here on his return behind Mishriff.
William Haggas’ charge might just have needed that run and he stepped up markedly on the outing to rout a handful of rivals by a double-figure margin back on the Rowley Mile when last seen. Not extended, he won on the bridle and there’s surely better to come from the son of Sea The Stars who could improve again for this stiffer test.
The ground will be wholly different to what it was last time, but with plenty of potential still and likely to improve again he looks worth chancing to continue his development and follow up despite a slight concern over the underfoot conditions.
2:40 York – Tattersalls Musidora Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 (3yo) 1m2½f
RICETTA is one of three runners to sport the Khalid Abdullah’s Juddmonte colours and John Gosden’s charge can maintain her unbeaten record at the expense of stablemate Franconia.
The Camelot filly has won both starts at Newmarket, latterly battling on well to beat Topanticipation by three parts of a length where she perhaps wasn’t suited by the softer ground. That form has taken a couple of knocks but she could have further improvement to come with this step up in trip looking a good move.
Frankie Dettori sides with her over the yard’s Franconia who runs in the same colours which could prove a significant pointer and sure to progress again she looks worth chancing to make the step up in class a winning one in a fascinating renewal of this contest.
3:00 Newmarket – Tattersalls July Stakes (Group 2) (Colts & Geldings) Cl1 (2yo) 6f
TACTICAL stepped up on a very promising debut effort on the Rowley Mile last month to land something of a gamble in the Windsor Castle Stakes; Andrew Balding’s charge can take another forward step here to follow up raised again in class.
The Toronado colt readily saw off the reopposing Yazaman on that occasion, scoring by just over one length although he did have the better of the draw against that rival who finished well having been denied a clear run and there may not be too much between the pair again this time around.
However the winner gave the impression that he won a shade cosily and there ought to be more to come from him with this step up to six furlongs likely to suit with the extra yardage a potential source of improvement.
He looks worth siding with again in an intriguing contest where he ought to make his presence felt again and no surprise if he confirms Ascot form with Yazaman by collecting this valuable prize where he rates one of our best Thursday ITV Racing tips chances of a winner.
3:15 York – Al Basti Equiworld Dubai Dante Stakes (Group 2) Cl1 (3yo) 1m2½f
Unbeaten Highest Ground could prove hard to beat if repeating her scintillating victory performance at Haydock on his return; but CORMORANT could give him plenty to think about having beaten subsequent Royal Ascot scorer Russian Emperor when last seen in the Derrinstown Derby Trial.
Aidan O’Brien’s Kingman colt had won at Leopardstown on just his second start prior to running creditably behind Mogul although he was disappointing on his last visit to these shores although perhaps didn’t handle the all-weather track at Chelmsford.
He got back on the up when making all to score in first-time blinkers at Leopardstown, staying on well to register a half-length victory and he’ll be sharper with that run under his belt. The form of that effort looks fair given the winner struck at Royal Ascot in the Hampton Court Stakes before running creditably in the Epsom Derby.
This will demand more from him on his second start back, but given he hails from top connections he has to be respected. But it would be no surprise if he posts a big effort where he represents some value against Sir Michael Stoute’s unbeaten rival who could well prove a top-class prospect.
3:35 Newmarket – bet365 Handicap (Heritage Handicap) Cl2 (3yo 0-105) 6f
This is really competitive and at a big price SPANISH ANGEL could be worth chancing to bounce back to winning ways with this step up in trip sure to suit the Gutaifan gelding.
Andrew Balding’s charge has shown himself to be well-suited by quicker ground, scoring on his final juvenile start at Brighton and then making a very encouraging return at Goodwood behind Electric Ladyland.
That good third was followed up by a win at Windsor where he got the better of Glamorous Anna by a head, finishing strongly having looked outpaced; he then ran a creditable third to Electric Ladyland under a penalty back at Windsor and he’s 2lbs lower in the weights for this latest run where the additional distance looks a good move.
There could still be more to come from him and he can run well at a big price.
4:10 Newmarket – Princess Of Wales’s Tattersalls Stakes (Group 2) Cl1 (3yo+) 1m4f
ALOUNAK was disappointing on his first start for Andrew Balding, beating only one home in the Coronation Cup behind Ghaiyyath; but the Camelot entire showed the benefit of that run to chase home Fanny Logan in the Hardwicke Stakes and he could be worth siding with here to go one better.
A useful performer in Germany prior to joining this yard he had finished fifth in the Breeders’ Cup turf and has latest runner-up effort came despite meeting trouble in running which allowed the winner to slip away. He kept on well for the silver medal but the bird had flown and he wasn’t able to reel in the eventual victor although he had the thick end of two lengths back to third-placed Defoe.
He could have more improvement to come and while that latest run came on softer ground he has shown he can handle these quicker conditions having placed in Group company during his time in France. Further progress can’t be ruled out with his top yard continuing to go well and no surprise to see him heavily involved at the business end of the race. He can close out our Thursday ITV Racing tips column with a win in the TV finale.