Live TV best bets on Wednesday – ITV Racing tips at York and Newton Abbot
Wednesday ITV Racing tips at York and Newton Abbot
There is more TV horse racing action taking place on Wednesday with coverage of day one of the York Dante Meeting; we’ve picked out out our Wednesday ITV Racing tips at York and Newton Abbot as we look over the first day on the Knavesmire.
Wednesday plays host to some classy action with the start of the York Dante Festival and the first day of the top-class fixture has both Group Two and Group Three racing on the agenda as well as some competitive handicaps.
Five races in all will come from the Knavesmire on Wednesday and in addition to that fixture there is also coverage of the feature race of the day over the sticks at Newton Abbot.
Ed Chamberlain and the team will be on hand again on Wednesday with their usual array of expert racing tips, insights and post-race analysis on all the day’s racing action and we’ve picked out our ITV Racing tips at York and Newton Abbot.
WEDNESDAY RACING BEST BETS – ITV RACING TIPS AT YORK & NEWTON ABBOT
1:40 York – Sky Bet Race To The Ebor Jorvik Handicap Cl2 (4yo+) 1m4f
ILARAAB went from strength to strength last term, winning five times in succession which included here in October and the Wootton Bassett colt can make a winning reappearance to continue his streak.
William Haggas enjoys plenty of success at this venue and the four-year old could still be ahead of his mark following a 7lbs rise in the weights for his latest victory over Aasheq here over ten furlongs. That form has taken a few boosts since and given the margin of victory in his successful starts he may yet hold a secret or two from the handicapper.
Assuming he’s fully tuned up ahead of his reappearance he can go well upped in trip which should suit, while he’s proven on softer ground as well on a quick surface so the conditions will be no problem and he ought to give a good account here.
2:10 York – Churchill Tyres Handicap Cl2 (4yo+ 0-105) 6f
It might be worth giving a chance to SOLDIER’S MINUTE who won this race in 2019 and the Raven’s Pass gelding can feature racing from his last winning rating.
That success came on the all-weather at Kempton in November where Keith Dalgleish’s charge beat Benny And The Jets by just over one length, running on late and winning going away. The race has since thrown up a couple of winners and so he could feature off his current 98 rating.
There’s a slight chance he might need this return, but he did win first time up in 2019 where he won three times including this race and he should have little to fear from the underfoot conditions although any drying of the ground will be more in his favour.
Also fourth in last season’s Ayr Gold Cup off this mark he can go well if fully tuned up ahead of his return to action and it would be no surprise to see him in the mix.
2:25 Newton Abbot – Racing Welfare Supporting Mental Health Awareness Week Handicap Hurdle Cl3 (4yo+ 0-135) 2m2½f
Most of these have a question to answer although Reserve Tank would be hard to beat if recapturing the sort of form he showed to win a Grade One as a novice; but MON FRERE is thoroughly unexposed and gets the vote to follow up his win three weeks ago at Taunton.
Paul Nicholls’ charge was a fair performer on the flat for Sir Mark Prescott, winning twice on teh all-weather prior to joining this yard where he’s shaped well in both starts over hurdles.
Third on debut for Nicholls at Taunton following a lengthy absence behind Camprond he ran out a ready winner next time over the same course under this rider, scoring by eight lengths from Ginistrelli and an opening 123 rating as he steps into handicaps can prove lenient.
He’s open to plenty of improvement after just two starts over timber and he’s in top hands so may have plenty more to come. In a race where most of his rivals have something to prove he looks a solid option by comparison and he ought to go close again.
2:40 York – Duke Of York Clipper Logistics Stakes (Group 2) Cl1 (3yo+) 6f
MOLATHAM might be worth chancing to make a winning reappearance just as he did twelve months ago when taking the Jersey Stakes on his seasonal debut at Royal Ascot, beating Monarch Of Egypt.
Roger Varian’s charge failed to add to his tally but largely ran well in defeat, finishing fifth to Pinatubo in the Prix Jean Prat and third to Wichita in the Park Stakes although he failed to land a blow behind The Revenant in the QEII Stakes when last seen.
He’s shown a good deal of speed in his races so the drop to sprinting could prove the making of the Night Of Thunder colt who could still have more to offer given he’s still lightly-raced and representing a top in-form yard he could make his presence felt.
While he has to prove himself as a sprinter he could go well in a race which should be run at a decent pace and he looks worth chancing despite the shorter trip.
3:10 York – Tattersalls Musidora Stakes (Group 3) (Fillies) Cl1 (3yo) 1m2½f
NOON STAR arrives here on a hat-trick of wins having struck at Nottingham last October on her second career start and making her reappearance at Wetherby last month a winning one with an impressive defeat of Loving Dream.
Sir Michael Stoute’s Galileo filly travelled well in that contest before asserting at the furlong marker to score readily and the fourth horse home from that contest subsequently went on to win the Lingfield Oaks Trial at the weekend.
Her earlier win came on softer ground so she’ll have no issues over the conditions and open to plenty of progress still where she represents a yard that has started the season well she looks sure to make her presence felt and the well-bred filly can cement her place in the Epsom Oaks with victory here.
3:40 York – Sky Bet Handicap Cl3 (3yo 0-95) 7f
HUDDLETON MAC stepped up on a promising debut second to find the winners’ enclosure at the second attempt with victory at Sandown last August where he beat The Kodi Kid readily by three lengths.
Hughie Morrison’s charge shaped as if in need of the run on his reappearance in the Group Three Greenham Stakes at Newbury where he finished last of those who completed the course, not helping his cause by pulling hard early and once he weakened out of things he wasn’t given a hard time by Ryan Moore.
The winner of that race ran well subsequently in the 2000 Guineas and the Awtaad colt is likely to be sharper now with that effort under his belt where he goes handicapping from a potentially workable 88 rating with Oisin Murphy taking over in the saddle.
He is worth another chance and still unexposed he can post a big effort here where he can get back to winning ways.