Saturday’s ITV Racing tips – £11 Yankee could return £220

Good Birthday (right) stays on for third in the London Gold Cup earlier in the season.

Good Birthday (right) stays on for third in the London Gold Cup earlier in the season.

Our expert takes a look through all of Saturday’s televised races and rolls four of his selections at Sandown and Beverley into this Yankeet on Saturday 31st August.

Sandown hogs the majority of the attentions on Saturday, with the first four races coming to us live on ITV Racing. Beverley also makes a rare appearance on terrestrial television screens, as the northern venue hosts their popular Beverley Bullet Stakes meeting.

Our expert has picked out four horses he really wants to back in Saturday’s televised races and rolls them into this Yankee

2:05pm Beverley William Hill Silver Cup Handicap (Class 2) 1m2f

Desert Icon leads the way in the betting, but he’s gone up ten pounds in the ratings since his last victory – despite losing on both of his prior outings – and he looks more suited to a big galloping track, something Beverley certainly isn’t. If the ground was good, then Dark Vision would be my selection, but I think he could struggle a little on the rain-sodden turf.

GOOD BIRTHDAY, on the other hand, has proven himself on softer ground, winning nicely in a maiden at the end of his two-year-old campaign. Following a solid victory on his reappearance, Andrew Balding’s colt proved he was a three-year-old with plenty of promise when losing out to Headman and Sinjari in the London Gold Cup by just a length.

Since then, things haven’t gone to plan. Defeat over a mile-and-a-half at Ascot was followed by a disappointing outing at the July Festival, after which Good Birthday has been resigned to the sidelines. Balding has pinpointed this handicap as the scene of his colt’s return and only Danny Tudhope has a better strike rate here at Beverley than Ben Curtis. It’s worth taking a chance on Good Birthday upsetting the market leaders.

3:00pm Sandown Betway Atalanta Stakes (Group 3) (Fillies & Mares) (Class 1) 1m

JUBILOSO really should be the banker leg of this Yankee and her current price of 11/10 is certainly not without value. Sir Michael Stoute’s filly may have fallen to a surprise defeat at Goodwood, but she looked a Group One winner in the making when finishing third at Ascot and – had the Oak Tree Stakes been a furlong further – the favourite would probably have gotten her nose over the line.

Stepping back up in trip is only going to be a plus and Stoute is the winning-most trainer in the Atalanta Stakes, having saddled six winners down the years. His seventh triumph is surely mere hours away.


Jubiloso (right) will be looking to bounce back after finishing third at Goodwood.

3:15pm Beverley William Hill Beverley Bullet Sprint Stakes (Listed Race) (Class 1) 5f

While there are plenty of capable sprinters in opposition on Saturday – Danzeno and Copper Knight heading that list – TIS MARVELLOUS ran out such a convincing victor last time out, I’m not prepared to side against the favourite in Beverley’s seasonal highlight.

After an excellent performance to finish second in the Wokingham, Clive Cox’s sprinter was backed into favouritism for the opening handicap on Summer Mile day at Ascot. Tis Marvellous went on to reward his supporters handsomely with a superb display of sprinting, surging clear of Open Wide, who has since finished second in the Stewards’ Cup, to secure a lengthy victory.

Tis Marvellous was handed a career-high rating of 111 following that success, making him the highest-rated sprinter in this Listed contest by some distance. Although he hasn’t faced ground this soft for some time, Tis Marvellous ran well in France on several occasions during his juvenile campaign and a favourable inside draw gives his chances another sizeable boost.

3:35pm Sandown Betway Solario Stakes (Group 3) 7f

Money has come for Al Suhail during the week, but Charlie Appleby’s youngster looked quite raw and sweaty during a routine victory over a weak field last time out and he seems to have a bit more growing up to do.

Visinari battled well on his first start over seven furlongs and there’s certainly more to come from Mark Johnston’s colt over this trip. That being said, POSITIVE (NAP) comfortably swept his rival aside when they clashed at Goodwood and the race could set up perfectly for Clive Cox’s charge to claim his first Grouped prize.

Positive travelled to Goodwood on the back of an excellent debut at Salisbury, where Adam Kirby’s mount cruised to a hugely impressive six length triumph over two future winners. Cox’s charge started a little slowly at Goodwood, but Kirby managed to find the ideal position behind Pinatubo as the field turned for home. While the winner proved way too classy to catch, Positive finished off his race very nicely, staying on beyond Visinari and Lope Y Fernandez to claim a convincing second.

As two-year-old form goes, a second to Pinatubo is as good as it gets in 2019. Positive seemed very comfortable around the tight, right-handed track at Goodwood, so the transition to a very similar track here at Sandown should pose no problems at all. Trips beyond seven furlongs will suit Positive over time, but Visinari could turn this contest into more of a test of stamina and I’m hopeful Kirby’s mount will pass with flying colours on Saturday.