Saturday’s Channel 4 Racing tips on 1 October – Live TV selections for Newmarket, Ascot & Redcar

Shalaa makes his seasonal debut in the Bengough Stakes at Ascot, one of nine live TV races on Saturday's Channel 4 Racing line-up.

Shalaa makes his seasonal debut in the Bengough Stakes at Ascot, one of nine live TV races on Saturday’s Channel 4 Racing line-up.

Brian Healy has Channel 4 Racing tips for Saturday 1 October’s live TV horse racing action from Newmarket, Ascot & Redcar.

Armchair punters are in for a busy afternoon of horse racing action on Saturday, as Nick Luck and the rest of the Channel 4 Racing team bring nine live TV races into livingrooms around the country from three of the day’s six UK and Irish horse racing fixtures.

On a top-class afternoon which features the Group One Sun Chariot Stakes, the cameras will be in action for four live races from Newmarket’s Rowley Mile course; while there will be four races also from Ascot’s Cumberland Lodge fixture, which also includes the Group Three Bengough Stakes.

Making up the numbers is the valuable Two-Year-Old Trophy from Redcar, won twelve months ago by the smart Log Out Island and by Limato in 2014.

The full line-up of Saturday’s live TV horse racing action on Channel 4 Racing:

2:15 Newmarket – British EBF Fillies´ Series Sprint Handicap Cl2 6f

2:30 Ascot – Gigaset Cumberland Lodge Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 1m4f

2:50 Newmarket – British EBF Promoting Fillies´ Series Handicap Cl2 1m

3:05 Ascot – John Guest Bengough Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 6f

3:15 Redcar – totepool Two-Year-Old Trophy Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 6f

3:25 Newmarket – British Stallion Studs EBF Fillies´ Series Middle Distance Handicap Cl2 1m2f

3:40 Ascot – totescoop6 Challenge Cup (Heritage Handicap) Cl2 7f

4:00 Newmarket – Kingdom Of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes (British Champions Series) (Group 1) (Fillies & Mares) Cl1 1m

4:15 Ascot – Ascot And Camra 10th Anniversary Rous Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 5f

On such a busy afternoon, we’ve got tips and selections for every live TV race as we assess the day’s Channel 4 Racing line-up.

2:15 Newmarket – British EBF Fillies´ Series Sprint Handicap Cl2 6f

With the prospect of a strong early pace, it could pay to side with SUMMER CHORUS (8/1, Sky Bet) who should get a nice tow into the contest, and she can put her finishing kick to good use.

Andrew Balding’s Exceed and Excel filly won twice on the all-weather around the turn of the year, and she has been coming along steadily since her returning fourth at Bath in July.

A winner on the July Course here in August, beating Futoon by a short head, she has finished third on both subsequent, and most recently was beaten just one length behind Under Siege off this mark having missed the break.

She finished well from off the pace, and with no shortage of trailblazers in this contest she should have the race run to suit. The harder they go, the better her chances and no surprise to see her going close here.

Andrew Balding's Summer Chorus can get Saturday's live TV horse racing action off to a winning start.

Andrew Balding’s Summer Chorus can get Saturday’s live TV horse racing action off to a winning start.

2:30 Ascot – Gigaset Cumberland Lodge Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 1m4f

The drop to Group Three level could be the catalyst that sees WESTERN HYMN (10/3, Paddy Power) regain winning ways, and John Gosden’s charge can make the most of the weight he receives from Sir Michael Stoute’s pair of Arab Spring and King’s Fete.

The High Chaparral gelding is classy at his best, and no stranger to success at this level, having won twice last term which include a defeat of both Postponed and Arab Spring in two starts at Sandown, prior to running with plenty of credit in back-to-back Group Ones behind Free Eagle and Golden Horn.

Absent after his third in the 2015 Coral-Eclipse, he has been running well this term without winning, and he has been highly tried the last twice in Group One company behind Hawkbill and Highland Reel respectively in runs at Sandown and at this venue.

While he has to conclusively prove he gets this far, finishing well-beaten on both his career starts over this trip – including gin the 2014 Epsom Derby – he is a force to be reckoned with at this level, and back from a break he can get back on the scoresheet for the first time in over one year since beating Arab Spring to land the 2015 Brigadier Gerard Stakes.

Western Hymn can resume winning ways down in grade, having struggled in Group Ones recently.

Western Hymn can resume winning ways down in grade, having struggled in Group Ones recently.

2:50 Newmarket – British EBF Promoting Fillies´ Series Handicap Cl2 1m

It could be worth giving another chance to LABYRINTH (9/1, Betfair) who created a good impression when beating Organza at Salisbury in August, and the progressive Lawman filly may be able to bounce back from a poor effort last time at Ascot when making her handicap debut.

Sir Michael Stoute’s runner was beaten almost four lengths having tried to make the running; but it is possible that those tactics didn’t suit, and she may be better off having something to chase which she should get with both Lincoln Rocks and Crowning Glory in opposition.

She had looked a smart prospect when easily winning her maiden, tracking the leader and then coming through to score impressively, and it is too soon to be writing off the royal runner just yet. While this is another tough contest, she can leave the bare form of her handicap debut behind to post a much better showing here.

3:05 Ascot – John Guest Bengough Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 6f

Although not seen out since winning the Middle Park Stakes last September, SHALAA (2/1, Paddy Power) could prove too strong for this field if fit to go on his seasonal debut.

John Gosden’s charge put a disappointing debut run behind him to rattle off a five-timer last season, which included a pair of Group One successes in the Prix Morny, beating Gutaifan; and in that Newmarket contest where he beat Buratino in much easier fashion than the half-length winning margin would otherwise suggest.

He’s clearly had problems since, and there is a possibility the Invincible Spirit colt may need this first run with his trainer anxious to get a run into him prior to the Champions Sprint in two weeks’ time; however, if he’s anywhere the level that saw him win that pair of Group One contests last term, he’ll be very hard to beat given he escapes a penalty for either win at the top table.

He could be a cut above these rivals, of whom several come into the contest on the back of poor last-time efforts; and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him outclass this field if he picks up where he left off last season.

3:15 Redcar – totepool Two-Year-Old Trophy Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 6f

This is a traditionally strong contest, and WICK POWELL (10/1, Paddy Power) is taken to reverse form with last-time conquerer, Orewa, who defeated David Barron’s charge at the Curragh earlier in the month.

The Sakhee’s Secret colt produced an excellent debut performance to beat Mailshot by just over two lengths at Southwell back in April, and he returned from a break following that success to finish runner-up the next twice in runs at Thirsk and Musselburgh.

Not seen to best effect next time in a valuable nursery at York behind The Wagon Wheel, beaten around four lengths, he bounced back with a solid runner-up effort at the Curragh when last seen, beaten two lengths behind the reopposing Orewa, closing on the winner having been caught further back than ideal.

Now weighted to reverse that form, he is also weighted to gain revenge on York scorer The Wagon Wheel, and with stall eight no issue he can give the David Barron yard another success in this contest.

3:25 Newmarket – British Stallion Studs EBF Fillies´ Series Middle Distance Handicap Cl2 1m2f

HAGGLE (4/1, Betfair) wasn’t seen to best effect when finishing sixth of ten runners behind Sacred Act at Sandown on her last start; but she had earlier caught the eye on her return to action at Goodwood behind Desert Haze.

Luca Cumani’s charge is a past course and distance winner, scoring here last September prior to running well behind Fireglow in a Listed contest on her final start; and she was arguably given too much to do on her latest outing at the Esher track despite finishing the race off well.

This longer trip could bring out further improvement in the Pivotal filly, and with the stable in form she can do better, especially with proven ability to handle a quick surface.

Luca Cumani can saddle a Newmarket winner with Haggle.

Luca Cumani can saddle a Newmarket winner with Haggle.

3:40 Ascot – totescoop6 Challenge Cup (Heritage Handicap) Cl2 7f

Librisa Breeze could have more to come back in a handicap on the back of an excellent fourth to Nemoralia last time in Group company; while Buckstay should run another gallant race, although he may ideally prefer further.

FIRMAMENT (10/1, Paddy Power) though has thrived for the switch to David O’Meara, having seen his progress stall under Jeremy Noseda’s care.

The Cape Cross gelding has progressed since getting off the mark for his current handler when successful at Newcastle back in May, making the frame in strong handicaps the next twice at Chelmsford and Newmarket; and he registered back-to-back successes at Chelmsford and York in August, beating Mustashry by a half-length in the latter run.

Arguably an unlucky loser here earlier in the month, meeting trouble in running and failing to get a gap when still travelling well, he finished off his race strongly to go down by only a half-length behind Dutch Law. The third home in that race, Von Blucher, has run well again since and the way the Cape Cross gelding travelled in that race suggests he could be up to defying a 4lbs rise in the weights.

He looks sure to go well again, and it wouldn’t come as a surprise if he were to go close here reunited with Danny Tudhope who has ridden him to his last two successes.

4:00 Newmarket – Kingdom Of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes (British Champions Series) (Group 1) (Fillies & Mares) Cl1 1m

The rematch between Matron Stakes winner Alice Springs and Persuasive won’t now happen, with John Gosden’s grey now missing out on Saturday’s feature.

However, nine remain in a strong renewal of this Group One contest where Alice Springs sets a solid standard on her last-time win in that Leopardstown contest, and she’ll be hard to beat with a repeat of that run.

The classy French duo of Ervedya and VOLTA (9/2, Betfred) though should give the Ballydoyle runner plenty to think about, and Francis-Henri Graffard’s Siyouni filly can upset the Irish star. French raiders have a good record in this race, so none of the Gallic trio of Ervedya, Volta and Siyoushake can be easily discounted, but Volta possibly just shades the top billing of that trio on recent runs behind La Cressionniere and Qemah.

In her first season, she has already shown herself to be high class, winning three times which include a Group Two contest where she impressed with a smart turn-of-foot to land the Prix de Sandringham; and she has lost no caste in defeat behind subsequent top-class performers the next twice.

A first-time tongue-strap could well bring out more improvement in the Siyouni filly, and it wouldn’t couldn’t come as a surprise if she were to go close in this top-class Newmarket contest. While Alice Springs could well prove a tough nut to crack in this contest if she can replicate her Leopardstown performance, the French raider could represent some value against the Ballydoyle runner, and it would be disappointing if she weren’t able to make her presence felt.

Volta can upset Alice Springs to land the Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket.

Volta can upset Alice Springs to land the Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket.

4:15 Ascot – Ascot And Camra 10th Anniversary Rous Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 5f

A competitive sprint contest to close out the day’s live TV racing, and although his Group One days may be firmly behind him, Ed Lynam’s SOLE POWER (11/2, Coral) could take plenty of beating dropped into Listed company.

The nine year old Kyllachy gelding was a top-class sprinter in his pomp, winning back-to-back King’s Stand Stakes in 2013/14 and the 2014 Nunthorpe Stakes, as well as landing the Al Quoz in March 2015. Although his star has been on the wane since, he is still capable of mixing it at a good level, winning the Flying Five at the Curragh last term, and continuing to contest Group Ones this term, where he was fourth to Mecca’s Angel at the Curragh in July in the Sapphire Stakes.

His last outing saw him finish seventh behind Ardhoomey in defence of his Flying Five title, but with his sights lowered here, he can get back on the scoresheet.

Iseemist and Priceless are likely to ensure a strong pace, and he should be finishing to good effect; and he has the perfect man to deliver him late with Jamie Spencer taking the reins for the first time.

SATURDAY 1 OCTOBER CHANNEL 4 RACING SELECTIONS – NEWMARKET, ASCOT, REDCAR

2:15 Newmarket – SUMMER CHORUS (8/1, Sky Bet)

2:30 Ascot – WESTERN HYMN (10/3, Paddy Power)

2:50 Newmarket – LABYRINTH (9/1, Betfair)

3:05 Ascot – SHALAA (2/1, Paddy Power)

3:15 Redcar – WICK POWELL (10/1, Paddy Power)

3:25 Newmarket – HAGGLE (4/1, Betfair)

3:40 Ascot – FIRMAMENT (10/1, Paddy Power)

4:00 Newmarket – VOLTA (9/2, Betfred)

4:15 Ascot – SOLE POWER (11/2, Coral)