Saturday’s ITV Racing Preview
6 races live on ITV on Saturday and here you will find our in-depth preview for every single race including main dangers to our selections. A mouthwatering Saturday ahead from Epsom and we have previews available for every single race.
Make sure you scroll right down to the bottom to see any multiples we are placing.
ITV Racing Schedule
Epsom 1.50 Woodcote EBF Stakes
Epsom 2.25 Surrey Stakes
Epsom 3.00 Investec Handicap
Epsom 3.40 Investec Oaks
Epsom 4.15 Princess Elizabeth Stakes
Epsom 4.55 Investec Derby
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Epsom 1.50 Investec Woodcote EBF Stakes (6f)
A small but promising field to open the Derby meeting and all of these are entitled to improve a lot. TWAASOL impressed when winning on debut at Windsor in a good time. He picked up well despite being carried left in the final furlong and the time of the race looks very good. With usual improvement from a debut run he should be hard to beat.
Modern News looked to beat a promising horse in Noble Dynasty on debut and didn’t run badly at Royal Ascot in Listed company so may prove the main danger in this race.
Epsom 2.25 Investec Surrey Stakes (7f)
Following a really promising second on return SAFE VOYAGE is a confident selection to come out on top here. He ran a cracker back from 232 days off the track going down just a neck to Space Blues and that horse has advertised the form well since winning a Group race over in France. The latter actually took this contest last year. The selection should tighten up physically for that and looks the most likely winner. There’s been a fair bit of rain about as well and that only strengthens his claims as he is at his best with a bit of cut.
Shine So Bright has been expensive to follow and is hard to recommend again. Has it in him to go well but usually lets supporters down. Oh This Is Us will probably emerge as the main danger as he is consistent and rarely runs a bad race.
Epsom 3.00 Investec Handicap (1m2f)
Mountain Angel won this race last year for Roger Varian and Andrea Atzeni and he has progressed well since winning the Wolferton at Royal Ascot last month. Hard to know if there is anything of that quality in there this year. It looks ultra competitive I know that much. Desert Icon is fav for Haggas and won well at Newmarket. Definitely the one to beat but a 6lb penalty in a race with as much strength in depth as this I think you have to oppose at around 11/4.
We’ve taken two against the field and CARADOC was the first one that interested me for Ed Walker. This son of Camelot progressed well as a 4yo winning three times last season. He just ran too free when only fourth at Lingfield and given time since I think a mark of 100 is within reach. He’s gone well fresh before so a 231 day absence doesn’t concern me. He can go close for Oisin Murphy at a nice each way price. Given the shape of the race I’ve thrown one in there at a huge price for our second selection and BREATH CAUGHT might just be up to outrunning his odds. He’s been a bit disappointing but back with his original trainer Ralph Beckett he shaped much more encouragingly when fourth to Restorer at Newbury. If building on that he might just be handicapped to take a hand. Good value to hit the frame!
Epsom 3.40 Investec Oaks (1m4f)
This year’s Oaks looks a cracker with a decent field with the top 2 in the market looking very good prospects. Frankly Darling has impressed in both runs this year but we are going to side 1,000 Guineas winner LOVE. She produced a top class performance to win the Guineas by over 4 lengths, going away from them at the end. When Aidan O’Brien only enters one for a big race you know they must think she is very good. Being by Galileo this trip should be no issue and could even bring out further improvement which would make her hard to beat.
Frankly Darling is likely to still be improving and couldn’t be more impressive but feel she might use her burst of speed early and make the rest try and catch her and I can see Love getting on top late. At a double figure price Golden Wand could really be anything and could go well for a place.
Epsom 4.15 Princess Elizabeth Stakes (1m)
FOORAAT is a horse I have been waiting to run again since her taking performance in early June, romping clear at Chelmsford and setting a decent time in the process. To do that without a good pace to aim at is impressive and stepping up to Group level well worth a crack. She likely has plenty more to come and I would be disappointed if she isn’t fighting out the finish at least.
The main danger has to be Cloak Of Spirits who has been running at Group level for a while and the run behind Love to finish 2nd in the Guineas is solid form but I feel our selection could be very good.
Epsom 4.55 Investec Derby (1m4f)
It’s the big one up next! English King was all the rage following his Lingfield Derby Trial win and while he was mega impressive he has been drawn stall 1 which has thrown a spanner in the works. He may well have the ability to overcome it but I think there’s value grounds to take him on.
I’ve always been a fan of MOGUL and while he has been disappointing so far I’m almost certain he has more to offer. It was far from ideal when the Vertem Futurity Trophy switched to Newcastle and he wasn’t suited by that sort of test. The winner Kameko came out and boosted the form significantly to win the 2,000 Guineas and while the selection again ran below par when fourth in the King Edward VII at Royal Ascot on reflection I did think there was promise in that run. Ryan Moore was just forced to make his effort sooner than ideal and I thought he ran like a horse that ultimately needed it following 228 days off the track. I’m sure he’ll improve on that and reverse the form with Pyledriver. The test that the Epsom Derby provides really is like no other and I can see it suiting him. I was pleased to see Moore choose him over Hampton Court winner Russian Emperor and that is a big statement in itself. I’ve seen a few questioning his price given his recent form but who are they to doubt Aidan O’Brien? A man who has won the race seven times already and is looking for a record eighth win in this historic race. He knows what it takes to overcome this sort of test and I think this is his leading chance. At the time of writing 15/2 is available and that is very fair.
Guineas winner Kameko will have his supporters and while I was impressed at Newmarket I think he has it to prove over this trip. It wouldn’t surprise me if he travels well into it before giving way to a stronger stayer (like the selection). At a monster price I can see Max Vega running well. He was hugely impressive at Newmarket and that form has worked out notably well since. He just seemed to need the run on return at Kempton and still has a bright future. Might be one to back with the Enhanced Each Way prices that bet365 offers.
ITV Racing Win Treble
Given there are 6 races live on ITV Racing on Saturday we have placed a Win Treble on our three most confident selections of the day.
ITV Racing Each Way Double
Here you can find our Each Way Double for the races live on ITV on Saturday. These are two horses we fancy strongly at decent prices to make a big double.