TV racing best bets on Saturday – ITV Racing tips for Newbury, Newmarket and Ripon
TV racing best bets on Saturday 14 August
Another round of ITV Racing coverage comes to punters’ TV screens on Saturday with a trio of meetings featuring on the day’s broadcast. We’ve picked out our TV racing best bets on Saturday’s coverage.
The ITV Racing cameras are in action again on Saturday with eight races to be shown live throughout the afternoon covering the best of the action from three of the day’s scheduled fixtures.
The cameras will be action at Newbury for four live races headed by the Group Two Hungerford Stakes; while two races each come from Newmarket and Ripon where the competitive Great St Wilfred Stakes is the main event of the afternoon at the Yorkshire venue.
Ed Chamberlain and the team will have their usual expert racing tips and insights and we’ve looked over the day’s ITV Racing coverage of each meeting to pick out our TV racing best bets on Saturday and tips for all the televised action.
TV RACING BEST BETS ON SATURDAY – ITV RACING TIPS FOR NEWBURY, NEWMARKET & RIPON
1:45 Newbury – Denford Stakes (Listed Race) (formerly The Washington Singer Stakes) Cl1 (2yo) 7f
MASEKALA could be hard to beat if replicating the form of his near-miss in the Superlative Stakes at Newmarket last month and Andrew Balding’s charge can get back on the scoresheet here.
A debut winner the El Kabeir colt finished a creditable fifth in the Chesham Stakes where he raced down the unfavoured middle; but he bounced back with his latest effort where he was only denied a short-head, running on well.
That performance sets the standard and easing back in class he ought to prove a tough nut to crack if running to a similar level here.
2:00 Newmarket – MansionBet Bet £10 Get £20 Fillies’ Handicap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-105) 1m6f
Lightly-raced GOOLWA takes a step up in class here but Andrew Balding’s charge can continue his progression and ought to go close to another win.
Both wins for the Australia filly have come on the polytrack at Kempton, latterly beating Hyanna on her latest outing earlier in the month; but she had been denied only by a head on her sole previous start on turf behind Percy’s Pride on her handicap debut in July and there could be more improvement to come from her.
She’s up just 4lbs for that latest success and with her yard in good form there’d be little shock in seeing her win again.
2:20 Newbury – BetVictor Geoffrey Freer Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 (3yo+) 1m5½f
HUKUM has won twice already this term and can land a third success of the season with victory in this Group Three contest.
A three-time winner last term Owen Burrows’ charge got back to winning ways at Goodwood in May on his second start of the campaign, beating On To Victory in the Tapster Stakes prior to a very good third behind Wonderful Tonight at Ascot in the Hardwicke Stakes.
The Sea The Stars gelding latterly got back on the winning trail when scoring decisively at York in July, taking the John Smith’s Silver Cup readily from Outbox where he wore a first-time tongue-tie and there could yet be more to come from him in the headgear.
Versatile with regards to underfoot conditions he is unexposed over this longer trip and no surprise to see him in the mix where he could prove hard to beat.
2:35 Newmarket – MansionBet Beaten By A Head Grey Horse Handicap Cl4 (3yo+ 0-85) 6f
CASE KEY isn’t the most consistent of performers but he did win this race two seasons ago and it might be worth chancing the Showcasing gelding to follow up his most recent victory last time out.
Michael Appleby’s charge had struck his previous success back in June last year off a mark of 66 but he was somewhat hit or miss in subsequent runs and bombed in this race twelve months ago in defence of his crown.
He has continued out of form following his return at Pontefract in May until sparking back into winning form latest at Nottingham last month where he ran out a three lengths’ winner over Alex Gracie.
Taking advantage of a lower mark he scored readily that day and while higher in the weights in the wake of that victory he remains well treated on his old form and every chance he can make his presence felt again back in this race.
2:55 Newbury – BetVictor Handicap Cl3 (3yo+ 0-95) 7f
SUNSET BAY arrives here on a hat-trick of wins, one of which came over this course and distance and the Cable Bay filly can land her three-timer here.
She had finished runner-up in two of her previous three starts before running out a comfortable winner over Newton Jack for the first of her wins and she improved to follow up latest at Sandown where she had four lengths to spare over Apres Dark.
While her bare form probably needs improving upon in what looks a stronger race she is nonetheless improving and ought to go well given she has scope for better.
3:10 Ripon – William Hill Silver Trophy Handicap (Consolation Race For The William Hill Great St Wilfrid Stakes) Cl2 (3yo+) 6f
DANZAN is on a long losing run but the Lawman gelding can end his luckless streak here having been running well of late in defeat.
Tim Easterby’s charge hasn’t won since February 2018 but he’s been largely consistent since despite failing to get his head in front again and his latest runner-up finish behind Lion Tower at Musselburgh was another solid run where he was beaten just over one length.
That form is fair and raised only 1lb in the weights he ought to remain competitive so every chance he can get involved at the business end again for all his win record isn’t great.
3:30 Newbury – BetVictor Hungerford Stakes (Group 2) Cl1 (3yo+) 7f
It could be worth giving another chance to SACRED who returns from a break having last been seen contesting the Qipco 1000 Guineas and the Exceed and Excel filly can get back to winning ways here.
William Haggas’ charge had shown progressive form last term following a debut success at Newmarket, reeling off a trio of runner-up finishes in Group Two company proor to failing to fire behind Alcohol Free in the Cheveley Park Stakes where she may have been amiss.
She bounced back with a solid return to action to take the Nell Gwyn Stakes prior to a crack at the fillies’ Classic where she was beaten around four lengths into seventh behind Mother Earth although she may not have stayed the trip. But back down to seven furlongs here and having proven she can win when fresh she could get back to winning ways here.
3:45 Ripon – William Hill Great St Wilfrid Handicap Cl2 (3yo+) 6f
STAXTON’s form figures don’t make for great reading but it might be worth chancing the Equiano gelding to get back on the winning trail returning to this track where he has a good record.
Tim Easterby’s charge took this race twelve months ago from just 4lbs lower in the weights having also won on his previous visit over course and distance. He struggled subseqeuntly but made a winning return back here in April and there’d be no shock in seeing him leave behind recent efforts including when only tenth to reopposing Mr Wagyu at Goodwood last month.
He was giving that rival 5lbs when just a half-length behind in fourth in the Scottish Stewards’ Cup and that form has been boosted since. With a sizeable pull at the weights mow and back at his favoured venue he can resume winning ways here and no surprise if he were to go close.