Saturday’s ITV Racing tips – Five horses to back at Sandown and Haydock on Coral-Eclipse day

Coral-Eclipse day is the biggest flat fixture of the year for Sandown racecourse!

Coral-Eclipse day is the biggest flat fixture of the year for Sandown racecourse!

Our expert highlights five horses to back at Sandown and Haydock on Saturday afternoon and shows your how to back them with just a £5 deposit with Coral.

The historic Coral-Eclipse highlights Saturday proceedings, with Enable’s return to action the big talking point surrounding that historic Group One. Around the Coral-Eclipse, there are some excellent races to enjoy at Sandown, along with the lucrative Yorkshire Oaks up at Haydock.

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Saturday’s ITV Racing Tips

Bet 1 – First £5 Deposit

Enable, predictably, has been pushed into an odds-on price and John Gosden’s dual-Arc winner will be very hard to beat. There was, however, only three-quarters of a length between her and MAGICAL at the Breeders’ Cup and, with race-fitness and ground in her corner, I fancy Aidan O’Brien’s filly could turn the tables on Enable at the weekend.

I was quite surprised to see Magical dropped back in trip at the start of the season, especially when she saw out a-mile-and-a-half so well at the Breeders’ Cup and when winning the Fillies & Mares’ on Champions’ Day. True, she faced little in the way of competition during the first part of the season, but Magical proved she had more than enough speed to prosper over ten furlongs and her Tattersalls Gold Cup triumph was visually very impressive.

Magical may have come up just short in her bid to win the Prince Of Wales’s at Royal Ascot, but the rain-sodden ground put the ball firmly in Crystal Ocean’s court that day and Ryan Moore’s mount ran a very respectable race to beat Waldgeist into second. This looks to be her optimum trip, fast ground won’t be a bother and the turning, right-handed track here at Sandown could also suit this hardy filly.

Magical strides clear to win the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh.

Magical strides clear to win the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh.

Bet 2 – £5 Free Bet

Muthmir and Caspian Prince will look to get one over on their younger rivals, just like Judicial did 12 months ago. Prior to that, three-year-olds had won five of the last seven renewal and I’d rather side with a younger horse in Saturday’s edition.

Garrus has made the move from Jeremy Noseda’s yard over to Charlie Hills and he’ll be looking to seal a hat-trick of sprint victories this term. Rumble Inthejungle is sure to come on from his reappearance in the Commonwealth Cup and he could be a player. I just feel SERGEI PROKOFIEV is the class act in this field and Aidan O’Brien’s sprinter can add a third Listed prize to his collection.

After scoring a narrow victory in the Cork Stakes on his reappearance, I was expecting Sergei Prokofiev to mount a winning challenge in the Palace House Stakes. A sluggish start put the favourite on the back front early on and his late charge was only enough to snatch fourth place. Sergei Prokofiev was outclassed in the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot, but his record at this sort of level is strong and 7/2 looks a very welcoming price.

Bet 3 – £5 Free Bet

Following two defeats in very competitive seven furlong handicaps, VIA SERENDIPITY bounced back to winning ways in a hot-handicap over a mile at Chelmsford last month. Despite getting an easy time of things on the front-end, Stuart Williams’ five-year-old was being eased down by the time he crossed the line a five-length victor. He was handed a career-best RPR of 107 and a fresh all-weather mark of 104 after that bloodless triumph, so he looks really well treated running off his turf mark of 97.

11 months ago, Via Serendipity scored on his debut here at Sandown, before finishing a three-length third behind Tigre Du Terre in this very race. Two starts later, Williams’ charge scored at the Shergar Cup off a mark just two pounds below the 97 rating he’ll carry into battle on Saturday.

Via Serendipity has excellent course form in the book, he’ll be on a big high after that Chelmsford triumph and Australian star, Kerrin McEvoy is a very interesting jockey booking. At 8/1, he could be my best bet of the day.

Via Serendipity (left) winning nicely here at Sandown last season.

Via Serendipity (left) winning nicely here at Sandown last season.

Bet 4 – £5 Free Bet

Klassique remains a filly on the upgrade, but there are doubts as to whether the fast ground at Haydock will be to her liking. Highgarden made a very encouraging return to racing when third on the all-weather and she could be a big player if she’s come on from the run.

Dramatic Queen got the better of ENBIHAAR when the clashed in the Bronte Cup at the end of May. This race is a couple of furlongs short than that 14 furlong test of stamina and I think the conditions of the race point towards John Gosden’s market leader turning the tables on her York conqueror.

Enbihaar comfortably saw off Klassique to win the Daisy Warwick Stakes when the two met at Goodwood at the start of the season. Gosden’s filly was then forced to make her own pace in the Bronte Cup, making her vulnerable to a late closer. Although she was pegged back in the end by Dramatic Queen, Enbihaar stuck to her guns well to finish just half-a-length back and the clock suggests she took them along at a fairly swift pace.

Dane O’Neill’s mount has improved with each of her five career starts and there could be more progression left in the tank. Back down in trip, on quick ground, around a flat galloping track, I fancy Enbihaar could take all the beating.

Bet 5 – £5 Free Bet

While Mark Johnston may boast an enviable recent record in this race, I don’t think Charley Kingsley will be good enough and the quick ground won’t suit the mud-loving Aquarium. The lightly-raced Al Muffrih will have to build on the career-best effort he produced when winning last time out if he wants to get involved and Infrastructure has twice been beaten off his current mark of 90.

It seems then that top-weight, First Eleven has little in the way of competition in this year’s Old Newton Cup. That being said, I’m prepared to take the market leader on with an overlooked outsider and the one who sticks out for me is BOMBYX.

James Fanshawe obviously thinks very highly of this hardy four-year-old, throwing him straight into the Brigadier Gerard Stakes on his reappearance at Sandown. Bombyx was a little out of his depth in that sort of company, but Daniel Muscatt’s mount was much more competitive at Leicester, where he finished a close third behind two three-year-olds in a Class Three Conditions Stakes.

Bombyx was giving over a stone to Getchagetchagetcha and Arthur Kitt that day, he was only beaten by three lengths and the two who headed him went on to finish eight and sixth respectively in the Group Three Hampton Court Stakes at Royal Ascot. Muscatt’s mount has clocked an RPR in excess of his official rating in all of his previous four starts and he should have no trouble seeing out this 12 furlong trip.


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