Saturday’s ITV Racing tips – Huge each-way treble could return over £1500 from £10 stake

Royal Line (right) winning last year's November Handicap at Newmarket.

Royal Line (right) winning last year’s November Handicap at Newmarket.

Our expert takes a look through all of the televised races on Sprint Cup day and rolls three of his selections at Haydock, Ascot and Kempton into this each-way treble with…

A capacity crowd will flock to Haydock on Saturday to take in what promises to be a thrilling renewal of the Sprint Cup. Before we reach that Group One sprint, there are a couple of intriguing handicaps coming to us live from the Merseyside venue, along with some intriguing races from Ascot and Kempton.

Our expert has taken a look through the betting for all of Saturday’s televised races and combined three of his selections to make up this tempting each-way treble with …

Saturday’s Each-Way Treble

1:50pm Haydock Better Odds On The Betfair Exchange Handicap (Class 2) 1m6f

An intriguing handicap to kick off the afternoon at Haydock, with First In Line the current market leader. John Gosden’s charge clearly has plenty of potential and could progress beyond this level over time. I, however, fancy the lightly-raced ELYSIAN FLAME to run a big race for Mick Easterby.

Easterby’s gelding raced just three times as a two-year-old, winning on his second start over a mile here at Haydock. Elysian Flame didn’t return to action in 2019 until the middle of August, where he looked rusty and in need of the run when staying on to cross the line a six-length sixth over a mile-and-a-half at Pontefract.

Nathan Evans then guided his mount into a competitive handicap on a rainy day at Hamilton. Elysian Flame travelled much better at the rear than he had done at Pontefract, sweeping to the front with a furlong to travel before staying on gamely to win the Lanark Silver Bell Handicap by three-and-a-half lengths.

All of the first four past the post at Hamilton received RPR’s in the mid-90s, so that was clearly a very high quality handicap. Elysian Flame is two-from-two on heavy ground, he’s won here at Haydock and staying an extra couple of furlongs shouldn’t be a problem. There’s more to come from this improving son of Champs Elysees.

2:25pm Kempton Sun Racing September Stakes (Group 3) 1m4f

12 months ago, Enable powered clear of Crystal Ocean to claim the September Stakes, before going on to retain her Arc crown. We may not have anyone in today’s field of that superstar status, but I believe John Gosden will retain the trophy, thanks to ROYAL LINE.

Another lightly-raced sort, having appeared just four times in the last two seasons. There have, however, been flashes of high-quality within those sporadic appearances, most notably last autumn, as Royal Line belayed 200 days off the track to win the lucrative November Handicap at Doncaster.

Royal Line’s only appearance this season came in the Listed Gala Stakes at Sandown, where Royal Line cut out the running over an unsatisfactory short trip before fading as Elarqam came through to claim victory. Royal Line does hold entry in next weekend’s Irish St Leger and the Long Distance Cup at Ascot, so this looks an ideal opportunity to get back to winning ways before a more high-profile outing later in the autumn.

Ripp Orf

Ripp Orf (right) comes within a nose of winning at Newbury last time out.

2:45pm Ascot Cunard Handicap (Class 2) 7f

Backing a favourite in a handicap as hot as this can be risky business. Yet, the horse at the head of the betting, RIPP ORF, looks very hard to oppose.

David Elsworth’s handicapper came into this race on the back of some excellent runs in handicap company last year and continued his superb form, holding off future Wokingham winner, Cape Byron to win by half-a-length.

This year it’s been more of the same from Ripp Orf, who’s run some solid races in big handicaps like the Victoria Cup and the International Stakes without getting his nose over the line. Jason Watson’s mount now returns to his favourite track carrying a rating just one pound higher than the mark of 93 he bore when beating Cape Byron 12 months ago. Ripp Orf goes on any ground, looks very nicely drawn in stall 15 and seven furlongs is definitely his perfect trip.