ITV Racing Preview Saturday
A THRILLING SATURDAY LINED UP with racing from Aintree and Sandown live on ITV. The Tingle Creek takes centre stages as Altior, Politologue and Greaneteen lock horns in a vintage renewal! Previews for all 8 races.
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ITV Racing Saturday Schedule
1.30 Aintree William Hill Becher Handicap Chase (Grade 3) 3m2f
1.50 Sandown Planteur At Chapel Stud Henry VIII Novices’ Chase (Grade 1) 1m71/2f
2.05 Aintree williamhill Best Odds Guaranteed Fillies’ Juvenile Hurdle (Listed Race) 2m1f
2.25 Sandown Betfair Tingle Creek Chase (Grade 1) 1m71/2f
2.40 Aintree William Hill Many Clouds Chase (Grade 2) 3m1f
3.00 Sandown Betfair Exchange Back And Lay London National Handicap Chase 3m5f
3.15 Aintree William Hill Grand Sefton Handicap Chase 2m5f
3.35 Sandown Betfair Exchange December Handicap Hurdle (Listed Race) 2m
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Aintree 1.30 William Hill Becher Handicap Chase (Grade 3) 3m2f
Fifteen set to go to post in the Becher Chase this year and Walk In The Mill is going for a hat-trick. He thrives over these national fences and will run well but is 8lb higher than last year and that will take some doing. The majority of the winners of this race have carried under 11 stone so I am sticking with that trend with my pick LE BREUIL. He would have needed his comeback run at Kelso which was pretty good for a first outing in 226 days. He will improve on that and is now below his last winning mark and I expect him at the very least to go close.
Smooth Stepper could run well at a bigger price but the main danger is still last years winner even up in the weights this time. Kimberlite Candy was second in this last year and also has to enter calculations.
Sandown 1.50 Planteur At Chapel Stud Henry VIII Novices’ Chase (Grade 1) 1m71/2f
This looks an exciting renewal with some potentially high-class sorts lining up. It’s a prestigious prize that has been won by some brilliant horses over the years so hopefully it lives up to the billing. Allmankind has to be the starting point following his Warwick romp but his jumping is going to be put to the test here with Ga Law applying pace pressure. The latter really impressed me at Wincanton as he made it 3-3 over fences but you’d have to expect the pair to take each other on and set this up for one of the others. HITMAN is the one I’ve come down on for Paul Nicholls. I’m sure I’ve heard him compare this horse to Kauto Star and that is a comparison worth noting. This French recruit sauntered home at Ffos Las and falls under the ‘could be anything’ bracket. He will have to improve to win this but looks sure to do so and that coupled with this potentially being run to suit makes him a strong play in my book.
Eldorado Allen looks a chaser on the up and could be the one to emerge as the danger to the selection. I’ve always had him in my notes as a chasing type and he made it 2-2 in a Grade 2 at Cheltenham last time. He can do better for sure but the stables form worries me a bit and that was my deciding vote.
Aintree 2.05 williamhill.com Best Odds Guaranteed Fillies’ Juvenile Hurdle (Listed Race) 2m1f
This race usually favours horses with four or more runs but I think MEGAN might be a very good horse. She won easily on debut at Leicester and should improve a lot for the run. The form of that race looks good too with the fifth Volkovka looking a smart individual ploughing through the mud to win at Market Rasen on Thursday. She is up in class but looks to have serious potential and is fancied to take care of these.
The danger Scholastic has more experience and if running to her recent form she will be thereabouts. Her Indoors is an interesting newcomer for Alan King and it wouldn’t surprise me if she ran well too.
Sandown 2.25 Betfair Tingle Creek Chase (Grade 1) 1m71/2f
Altior has been a terrific horse over the years and as you know we’ve been with him every step of the way but he makes limited appeal here at odds-on and in GREANETEEN he has a young and upcoming chaser who dare I say it could improve past him. I’ve been really impressed with him and he is certainly rewarding the confidence Harry Cobden has shown in him as I remember him telling RacingTV he thought this horse was a bit special after winning at Fakenham. He did really well to win on return at Exeter and while he’ll need more to win this he can keep improving and I’ve got a feeling he is going to spring a surprise here.
Champion Chaser Politologue won this back in 2017 but could only finish fifth in it last year but did have excuses as he reportedly bled. He can run well but I prefer his younger stablemate especially at the prices. Rouge Vif is a good horse but the ground might be a bit too testing for him to be at his best.
Aintree 2.40 William Hill Many Clouds Chase (Grade 2) 3m1f
This is a race I have been looking forward to all week with Grade 1 level performers running for Grade 2 prize money. Native River is going for back-to-back wins in this race and has to be respected but SANTINI provides much better opposition than anything in last years field and could be even better this season. He was last seen just losing out to Al Boum Photo in the Gold Cup at Cheltenham which is the best recent form by a long way. He goes well fresh and I think he will edge out his older rival with Nicky Henderson in better form than Colin Tizzard right now.
Native River will be the main danger as you would expect but he has had a few injuries and may need the run more than Santini. Frodon is consistent but has a bit to find with the two superstars at the head of the market.
Sandown 3.00 Betfair Exchange Back And Lay London National Handicap Chase (Class 2) 3m5f
It was great to see CLOUDY GLEN back in the winners enclosure at Fontwell 3 weeks ago. The race somewhat fell apart but it was hard not to be taken with him as he powered through the race and took it up head in chest before striding clear. He looked a happy horse and even under an 11lb rise I think he is the one to beat here. Classic Ben should put good pace to the race so he can sit quiet before picking rivals off one by one.
Crosspark is a strong staying type and he has done nothing wrong in two starts back this season beating a nose at Chepstow and then less than a length here last month. He is feared as the main danger and should give the selection a race.
Aintree 3.15 William Hill Grand Sefton Handicap Chase (Class 2) 2m5f
This is obviously fiercely competitive and with Huntsman Son now a non runner I’ve decided to take one at a price in CRIEVEHILL For Nigel Twiston-Davies. This horse looked throughly progressive winning by 10 lengths at Haydock but hasn’t gone on since. The handicapper raised him 10lb off the back of that and on reflection that was harsh. He is back down to a mark of 149 now and shaped as though needing the run in the Old Roan Chase. If he steps forward he is a lively each way play here for me and I’m happy to take 14/1 (was bigger last night).
Modus defied a 16-month absence to win here easily last month but is back up 9lb which makes life tougher. Still respected though and looks one of the big dangers. Might Bite has looked a shadow of his former self in recent runs but you couldn’t entirely rule him out if he did take to these fences given the engine we know he has.
Sandown 3.35 Betfair Exchange December Handicap Hurdle (Listed Race) 2m
Solo was so impressive in the Adonis but he hasn’t really gone on since then finishing down the field in the Triumph at Cheltenham and backing out of it tamely into fourth on return. He did look to blow up though so should strip fitter for the run and I do expect him to get back to form at some point but this is set to be testing and I don’t think it’s what he wants right now so he’s passed over. Mister Coffey was impressive over C&D last time and looks ahead of his mark but that’s reflected in the market and 2/1 is just too short for me to play in a race as competitive as this.
NICKOLSON is the one I want to be on at double-figures. Olly Murphy has always thought a lot of this horse and he ran well on return bumping into Ribble Valley at Carlisle. He will strip a lot fitter now and while his mark is no given he is open to plenty of improvement still and I can see him running a big race. Totterdown and Rosie And Millie should set a good tempo and I can see him just tracking them through before getting first run on the market principals.
ITV Racing Win Trixie
With 8 races live on ITV on Saturday afternoon we’ve picked out our three most confident selections and combined them to make a Win Trixie.
ITV Racing Each Way Double
We’ve combined two horses at decent prices to make an Each Way Double from our ITV Racing selections on Saturday. If both place we’ll make profit.