ITV Racing Saturday Tips and Previews
CORAL ECLIPSE DAY ON SATURDAY! Group 1 action from Esher live on ITV plus the Lancashire Oaks and Old Newton Cup from Haydock.
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ITV Racing Saturday Schedule
1.50 Sandown Coral Charge (Group 3) Class 1 5f
2.05 Haydock bet365 Handicap Class 2 1m6f
2.25 Sandown Coral Challenge Class 2 1m
2.40 Haydock bet365 Lancashire Oaks (Group 2) Class 1 1m4f
3.00 Sandown Coral Distaff (Listed Race) Class 1 1m
3.15 Haydock bet365 Old Newton Cup Handicap Class 2 1m4f
3.35 Sandown Coral-Eclipse (Group 1) Class 1 1m2f
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Both Raasel and Equilateral have to be feared here as they arrive in good form especially the latter who swept through to beat Dragon Symbol at Haydock last time. After much deliberation I’m going to side with the potential of MITBAAHY though for Roger Varian. This colt has really taken his form up a notch lately winning well at Hamilton and then going away at the finish over C&D in a Listed race 3 weeks ago. Obviously this is tougher but he brings untapped potential to the table and he looked to relish this track and trip last time which has to be a big plus.
Raasel does look the danger off the back of that impressive win last time but at a bigger price NYMPHADORA would also have to be interesting having gone down just half a length to Latin Lover in the Palace Of Holyroodhouse Stakes at Royal Ascot last month. With 8 runners she definitely looks worth a saver. Tippy Toes is better than what she showed in that race too but she needs to bounce back to get involved here.
This looks a wide open renewal with plenty in with chances. The narrow vote goes to DUTY BOUND who won nicely at Sandown and has clearly stepped forward for the step up to this trip. He has only gone up 5lb so that each way price available looks worth taking as he will likely run a big race under David Probert. He was held up the last day so I think they’ll adopt patient tactics again before looking to swoop late.
Sea King is on a hat-trick and is the clear danger. He is improving all the time for a trainer who knows how to string a run of handicap wins together. Of the rest Nathanael Greene has place claims after a nice run at Goodwood last time and remains open to further improvement as he gains experience.
I’m going to play two in here as I do think SINJAARI is the obvious one. He has plenty of class about him and hasn’t done a lot wrong so far this season. He was beaten just a length on return at Newbury and then ran an excellent fifth in the Royal Hunt Cup. He is clearly off a mark he can win off and it’s no surprise to see him trading as the 11/4 favourite at the time of writing. Hopefully he gets a good pace to run down as I think he’ll be finishing strongly.
The other one I like is ESCOBAR back at this track. He also ran in the Royal Hunt Cup finishing twelfth but he was given too much to do and could never land a blow. His record at this track is hugely consistent and he has bounce backed from below par runs before. His overall strike rate is a little concerning but at 8/1 he looks a good bet to at least hit the frame. Dangers include Guineas flop Checkandchallenge and Lion Tower is staying the trip. Tahitian Prince is another one I’ll be keeping my eye on.
John Gosden has a tremendous record in this race and has a big chance of extending that with Galileo filly FREE WIND. She capped off last season with two Group wins in impressive fashion. She will likely improve from 3 to 4 and I think she will take some beating if so. Even at the time of writing the market is speaking positively so she could end up being really well backed come post time.
Sea La Rosa has a bit to find on ratings but is going the right way. She could be a live danger to the selection following that Group 3 win last time. Kawida has good form to her name too and may still go well despite 3 year olds not doing great in this race. This should throw up plenty of future winners.
This is obviously a very different test but even still the unbeaten HEREDIA is hard to get away from. She has handled everything thrown her way so far and looked firmly in command at the finish in the Sandringham having made up a lot of ground. The form looks rock solid too as Zanbaq looks hugely promising in second and Crenelle in third also has a bright future. She is open to further improvement and I’m confident she can make it 5 from 5 here.
I liked Grande Dame following that narrow defeat at York but I did think she’d run better in the Coronation Stakes behind Inspiral. She still has potential but will need to up her game bumping into a filly as progressive as the favourite. Queen Aminatu also likely has more to come but this is a tough ask so she might run well without quite being good enough.
This is always a tough race with the maximum field going to post. There are some classy sorts in here but I do quite like the improving LIVERPOOL KNIGHT. He won nicely at Windsor earlier this month and carries a very low weight here. He is never far away and I think he has the improvement to go close. He is around 10/1 in the betting at the time of writing and that looks way too big to me.
There are two very classy sorts in here Get Shirty who won at Royal Ascot and Gaassee who could be a very nice horse. The former I feel rates the main danger whereas Gaassee could really be anything but can’t get involved at the price at the time of writing. Brentford Hope is also very talented but would need the ground to soften a fair bit to show his best form you’d think.
The Coral Eclipse is a race I have loved down the years! Despite just the 6 runners we have a classy looking renewal and I’m really looking forward to this. The 3yos obviously get weight from their elders but that is with good reason as they often lack experience and might not quite have filled their frames yet. Obviously Roaring Lion and St Mark’s Basilica proved good enough in recent years but 3yos have only actually won 2 of the last 5 renewals. I’m sticking with BAY BRIDGE for Sir Michael Stoute. I still think this colt can go right to the top and he lost little in defeat at Royal Ascot on ground likely quick enough for him. The winner State Of Rest is a very talented horse and I think he has been overlooked for this at 4/1.
Native Trail would be my idea of the danger. He ran a cracker to finish second in the Guineas – a race he may well have won if drawn better. He was back to winning ways in the Irish equivalent albeit in workmanlike fashion but remains capable of better up in trip and should run well. The French colt Vadeni impressed at Chantilly but this is a different test and I wouldn’t want to take a short price about him against the quality of some of these. Alenquer is also plenty talented but this looks deeper than the Tattersalls Gold Cup he won by a neck last time.
Can’t wait for the racing on Saturday especially the Coral Eclipse! We’ve taken our four best bets on the channel and created a Lucky 15. If 3/4 win we will make some nice profit. Pays 130/1!