Wednesday live TV tips – ITV Racing tips at Newmarket & Cheltenham
Wednesday ITV Racing tips for Newmarket and Cheltenham
The ITV Racing cameras return on Wednesday with six races live on the flat and over the sticks; we’ve looked over the day’s TV racing to pick out our Wednesday live TV tips and best bets.
Punters have some classy ITV Racing action to look forward to on Wednesday as Ed Chamberlain, Oli Bell and the team return to our screens to bring six races live into punters’ living rooms from the meetings at Cheltenham and Newmarket.
The feature race of the day at Cheltenham sees Grade Two action going to post with the Ballymore Silver Trophy Handicap Chase; while on the flat at Newmarket the Craven Meeting continues with the Group Three pair of the Earl Of Sefton Stakes and Nell Gwyn Stakes.
With their usual expert racing tips, insights and post-race analaysis the ITV Racing team will be on hand as usual throughout the afternoon and we’ve picked our Wednesday live TV tips and best bets to complement the day’s televised racing.
WEDNESDAY LIVE TV TIPS – ITV RACING BEST BETS AT NEWMARKET & CHELTENHAM
1:50 Newmarket – bet365 Handicap Cl2 (4yo+ 0-100) 6f
CHIL CHIL ran well on her reappearance last term before getting off the mark for the season at Ascot in August when beating Equiano Springs by two lengths.
Andrew Balding’s charge had been progressive the previous season where she won three of her four starts which included one over this course and distance and she shaped better than the bare result in her later starts last term despite failing to add to her tally.
The Exceed and Excel mare possibly wasn’t seen to best effect on those losing occasions taking on smaller fields; but this bigger field of rivals may suit her better and she should get a strong pace to aim at on her return which will play to her strengths.
Reunited with Oisin Murphy who knows her well having partnered the mare to three of her wins the pair can go close given her good record when fresh.
2:05 Cheltenham – Ballymore Silver Trophy Handicap Chase (Grade 2) (A Limited Handicap) (GBB Race) Cl1 (5yo+) 2m4½f
The Big Bite doesn’t look altogether straightforward, snatching defeat from the jaws of victory in the Greatwood Gold Cup last time out when hanging badly left and almost running out. He is respected however in this contest although COOLE CODY gets the vote to get back on the winning trail and Evan Williams’ charge has shown a real liking for this track.
The Dubai Destination gelding has improved going chasing for this yard, winning at Newton Abbot on his stable debut before posting successive runner up finishes – one here – and then beating Spiritofthegames to land the Paddy Power Gold Cup.
Possibly amiss when disappointing in the Caspian Caviar he was given a break before returning to action with a solid third at Kempton in the Pendil Novices’ Chase and ran a cracker back over this course and distance to only be beaten around six lengths by the hugely progressive The Shunter in the Paddy Power Plate at the Cheltenham Festival.
Given how that form is working out with the winner since placing in a Grade One and the runner-up finishing fifth in the Grand National he looks to hold solid claims here racing off the same mark and this doesn’t look as competitive as that Cheltenham assignment last time out so he ought to go close partnered by Tom O’Brien who has a good record on the ten-year old.
2:25 Newmarket – bet365 European Free Handicap (Listed Race) Cl1 (3yo) 7f
None of these can be safely ruled out but LEGAL ATTACK gets the vote to get back to winning ways despite probably needing to find a bit of improvement on his return.
Simon Crisford’s charge was a debut winner on the July Course here last term after which he found only one too good in a French Group Three contest where he was no match for easy winner Plainchant, eventually finishing runner-up to that rival.
That winner went on to win a Group Two contest so that form looks very useful and he might have done too much too soon when last seen fading into fourth in the Rockingham Stakes at York where he was hampered early but used up plenty of petrol getting into a challenging position at halfway and possibly getting to the front too early.
He is surely capable of better and this better ground is likely to suit as he goes up in trip so it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see the Shalaa colt bounce post a big run in a very open contest.
2:40 Cheltenham – Kingston Stud Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race) Cl2 (4yo+) 2m4½f
HERE COMES MCCOY could have more to offer over hurdles and Olly Murphy’s charge can follow up his recent success at Market Rasen where he had the reopposing Quinta Do Mar one length in arrears.
The Dylan Thomas gelding was successful on his only start in a bumper and he got off the mark over timber back in November when beating Tallow For Coal at Uttoxeter although he ran disappointingly either side of that victory.
He was subsequently given a break following a poor run at Warwick and he returned with a very creditable runner-up effort at Wetherby before getting back on the mark latest where he wore a first-time hood/tongue-strap combination.
The headgear clearly had a positive effect as he travelled well into the race and pinged the last before keeping on strongly to overhaul the eventual runner-up to whom he was giving 7lbs. He gives 1lb this time around plus Kevin Brogan’s 5lbs claim so he’s effectively 1lb worse off with that rival but he’s open to further improvement and if the headgear has the same positive effect then he can follow up here.
3:00 Newmarket – bet365 Earl Of Sefton Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 (4yo+) 1m1f
SAN DONATO has a good record when fresh and Roger Varian’s charge can get back to winning ways here.
The Lope De Vega entire progressed well in his debut season, rattling off a hat-trick of wins which include a Listed contest and he returned from more than six months off to finish a close third in the 2019 French 2000 Guineas before a lengthy layoff.
The absence proved no hindrance and he ran well on his return last July to find only Mohaather too good in the Summer Mile and he returned to something like his best after a couple of lesser runs to finish third to Group One winner Addeybb at Ayr when last seen.
That represents very strong form and this slightly shorter trip ought to show him in a good light; while his record fresh entitles him to plenty of respect and sure to be primed for this return he can go close.
3:35 Newmarket – Lanwades Stud Nell Gwyn Stakes (Group 3) (Fillies) Cl1 (3yo) 7f
LOVE IS YOU looked a very smart prospect in registering back-to-back wins last term at Ascot and Newbury respectively, the latter coming in Listed company and the Kingman filly can maintain her unbeaten record on her reappearance.
Roger Charlton’s charge got the better of Last Sunset on her debut back in September, finishing strongly and that form looks solid; but she bettered the run next time when proving this trip held no fears to take the Radley Stakes with a three lengths’ winning margin over Gift List who in turn finished well clear of the third.
That was an impressive performance and she looks sure to improve this term where she holds a Qipco 1000 Guineas entry. The better ground here is unlikely to faze her having won her debut on good ground and she should mount a bold bid to remain unbeaten.