Thursday TV best bets – Salisbury and York ITV Racing tips
ITV Racing tips on Thursday 13 May
There is more TV horse racing action to look forward to on Thursday and we’ve picked out our York ITV Racing tips and best bets for the day’s televised coverage.
The ITV Racing cameras are back in action on Thursday with the second day of the York Dante Festival featuring the eponymously-titled feature race, the Group Two Dante Stakes which spearheads a quality card on the Knavesmire.
Five races in all will be broadcast from York on Thursday afternoon where there is supporting action with the feature race of the day at Salisbury and Ed Chamberlain and the team will be on hand as usual with their expert tips, insights and post-race analysis for each race of the day on ITV Racing.
We’ve also looked over the day’s televised line-up of races to pick out our York ITV Racing tips as well as Salisbury’s offering to the schedule where six races in all will unfold on the telly.
THURSDAY TV BEST BETS – SALISBURY & YORK ITV RACING TIPS
1:40 York – Matchbook Betting Exchange Handicap Cl2 (4yo+ 0-105) 5f
Assuming this doesn’t come too quick then COUNT D’ORSAY looks worth sticking with following an improved effort at Chester seven days ago where he found only Jabbarockie too strong by just over one length.
Tim Easterby’s Dandy Man gelding struck his latest win back in September last year where he was a half-length victor over Came From The Dark in soft ground at Haydock and he subseqently finished runner-up in two of his next three starts.
A reappearance run at Musselburgh was likely needed when beating only two home in the Scottish Sprint Cup but he improved markedly for that outing latest and with the ground again likely to suit he can give another good account from the same mark if the quick turnaround doesn’t prove a negative.
2:10 York – Al Basti Equiworld Dubai Middleton Fillies’ Stakes (Group 2) Cl1 (4yo+) 1m2½f
SILENCE PLEASE can get back on the winning trail on her reappearance and Jessica Harrington’s charge can take this prize back to Ireland.
The Gleneagles filly won her first three career starts, landing a Listed contest on her third outing before finishing third to Even So in softer ground at Naas in July. That form has been boosted with the winner going on to win a Group One, while the runner-up has won at Listed level and placed in Group Ones in France.
There was no shame in losing out to Tiger Moth when last seen in a Group Three at Leopardstown in September and that rival went on to finish runner-up in the Melbourne Cup, while the third has placed twice in Listed and Group company since.
Assuming the ground doesn’t get too testing and she’s fully wound up ahead of this reappearance then she ought to go well and she can get back to winning ways.
2:25 Salisbury – AJN Steelstock “Record Sales” Handicap Cl3 (3yo 0-90) 1m2f
WAHRAAN and Lord Protector renew rivalry from a recent run at Windsor last month where the latter came out on top to maintain his unbeaten record. However it might be worth chancing the former to overturn the form on slightly better terms.
Sir Michael Stoute’s charge was probably given too much to do on that reappearance effort and he wasn’t given the hardest of rides in an eye-catching run that hinted at better to come despite the winner appearing to score a shade cosily in the end.
The selection has a 2lbs pull with his last-time conqueror for a winning margin that was little over one length and this extra yardage could help him to turn to the tables and reverse the form with further improvement anticipated for his in-form yard.
2:40 York – Matchbook Betting Podcast Hambleton Handicap Cl2 (4yo+) 1m
BRUNCH won three times during a successful 2020 campaign which included over this course and distance with a narrow defeat of Hartwood; Michael Dods’ charge continued in good form without adding to his tally, twice making the frame in softer ground starts at Ayr and Redcar before perhaps just finding heavy ground too much at Newmarket.
The Harbour Watch gelding ran a screamer to finish second in the Lincoln Handicap at Doncaster on his return from a break, taking up the running entering the last furlong but unable to hold off the late thrust of the winner who ran better than the bare result next time and that form look very solid.
He’s only been pushed up 1lb in the weights for that near-miss so he remains with handicapping scope and proven in softer ground he won’t mind any rain; while as a past course and distance winner he can make his presence felt in another competitive handicap contest where he should get a decent pace to aim at.
3:10 York – Al Basti Equiworld Dubai Dante Stakes (Group 2) Cl1 (3yo) 1m2½f
High Definition looked potentially top-class in twice winning as a juvenile and Aidan O’Brien’s Epsom Derby contender could take plenty of beating if fully wound up.
However good he looked as a juvenile he has to prove he’s trained on and he might be vulnerable on his return to race-fit ROYAL CHAMPION who was also a juvenile winner with victory at Newmarket before returning there on his seasonal bow to finish third behind Highland Avenue in the Listed Feilden Stakes.
Roger Varian’s charge looked as if he’d benefit from the run despite being beaten around seven lengths and the form has been given a couple of boosts with the runner-up filling the same spot next time, while the fourth won a Group Three subsequently.
He travelled strongly in that return before his effort petered out late and he should be sharper now, while this extra furlong could unlock some improvement in the Shamardal gelding who represents a yard that has cleaned up in Derby Trials this term.
He’ll have to progress in a deep renewal of this contest but he may well do so and he can step up again to make his presence felt here.
3:40 York – British Stallion Studs EBF Westow Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (3yo) 5f
WINTER POWER proved progressive last term, winning three of her last four starts during his last campaign on easier ground which included the Group Three Cornwallis Stakes and Tim Easterby’s charge can make a winning return.
The Bungle Inthejungle filly won four times in all during a busy campaign and she was good value for her last success on her final run of the season when beating the smart Method by three lengths; that form looks fair and there may be more to come from her this term with further improvement anticipated.
Further rain will aid her chances and the application of a tongue-tie for the first time could help her find another jolt of progress and assuming she is fully wound up ahead of her reappearance then she can go well here and notch up another success.