ITV Racing Saturday Preview
IT’S THE CORAL ECLIPSE ON SATURDAY! Racing live on ITV from both Sandown and Haydock. We also have the Coral Charge, Lancashire Oaks and bet365 Old Newton Cup!
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ITV Racing Preview 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 (Handicap) Class 2 1m
2.40 Haydock bet365 Lancashire Oaks (Group 2) (Fillies & Mares) Class 1 1m4f
3.00 Sandown Coral Distaff (Listed Race) (Fillies) Class 1 1m
3.15 Haydock bet365 Old Newton Cup Handicap Class 2 1m4f
3.35 Sandown Coral-Eclipse (Group 1) (British Champions Series) Class 1 1m2f
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Sandown 1.50 Coral Charge (Group 3) (Registered As The Sprint Stakes) Class 1 5f
This looks like a classy renewal of the charge at Sandown and top of pile is my option ARECIBO. His run in the King’s Stand at Royal Ascot looks very impressive on paper. He travelled into the race so well and was only beaten by Oxted who is a multiple Group 1 winner. He did run behind some of these earlier in the season but was hampered that day. He pushed on so much since then and is the one to beat.
Lazuli who beat him that day is the main danger as it was his first run for 5 months and he beat a few of these. He could be better for the run but I think he will force the pace which will set things up perfectly for the selection. Came From The Dark and Atalis Bay complete the shortlist.
Haydock 2.05 bet365 Handicap Class 2 1m6f
I’m hoping it will be a good day for William Haggas and he has a very good chance with Sea The Stars colt DHUSHAN in this competitive handicap. This well bred horse really impressed on handicap debut at Musselburgh last time and with the field well strung out in behind he can step forward to be really competitive here. He is improving all the time and even under a 7lb rise I think he will go close. This big field scenario should suit and help him settle and if he gets carried into the race his class could tell in the closing stages. Alpine Stroll, Auriferous and Harlem Soul are likely leaders and they are drawn fairly close to the selection which is a big plus.
Given the nature of the race I’ve also backed CONTACT each way. This Gutaifan colt was suited by the step up in trip when winning easily at Pontefract and up 8lb this certainly demands more but he could be capable of further progression and I think he’ll be hitting the line strong so definitely worth including at a nice price.
Sandown 2.25 Coral Challenge (Handicap) Class 2 1m
A wide open Coral Challenge with last years winner MONTATHAM aiming to make it 3 in a row for his trainer William Haggas. He is 9lb higher this year but Adam Farragher takes 5lb off which should allow him to run a big race. His comeback run in March behind Top Rank reads well and he has clearly had this as his target for the last few months. He looks to have a fair chance of winning it again and that is being reflected in the market.
There are a few big dangers in the field but Oisin Murphy’s ride Trais Fluors looks the main danger after a good win over course and distance last month before being denied a run at Royal Ascot. He is down 3lb from that race where we never saw his true running so he could go well. Pythagoras is also worth a second look.
Haydock 2.40 bet365 Lancashire Oaks (Group 2) (Fillies & Mares) Class 1 1m4f
I’m really looking forward to seeing ALPINISTA out here. Sir Mark Prescott’s Frankel filly developed into a smart performer last season winning a Listed event at Salisbury before chasing home Love in the Yorkshire Oaks and then going down just half a length to Antonia De Vega in a Group 3 at Newmarket, where she was arguably unlucky. She resumed her progression at Goodwood in April edging out Makawee by a short head and given time since could be coming into her own now. She’s entitled to improve and this looks a good opportunity to follow up.
Makawee opposes again and looks the pace angle in here. She is more than likely going to be vulnerable in the closing stages but still has to be respected. Mystery Angel ran a cracker when second to Snowfall in the Oaks last time and might emerge as the main danger. Dubai Fountain is also respected especially in terms of a place.
Sandown 3.00 Coral Distaff (Listed Race) (Fillies) Class 1 1m
This looks fairly straight forward with STATEMENT rated 3lb clear of the field and a lot more ahead of most of these. She drops down from Group level after running in the 1,000 Guineas behind Mother Earth and Princess Elizabeth Stakes last month. She ran with credit in both races but this looks like a great chance to get her head in front again.
This is another race William Haggas has a good record in winning the last two renewals and I think if any of these can put it to the selection it would be Ready To Venture. She stepped up to 10 furlongs last time and I think she is best at a mile as her form suggests. Back down to this trip she will go close if still improving.
Haydock 3.15 bet365 Old Newton Cup Handicap Class 2 1m4f
Deja won this last year at 5/1 but before that it was won by 25/1, 12/1 and 14/1 chances so there can often be a bit of an upset given the competitiveness of the race. That being said I do think GRAND BAZAAR is going to run a big race for John and Thady Gosden. This son of Golden Horn went down just a head to Zabeel Champion when last seen at Newmarket and off the same mark his claims from a handicapping perspective are crystal clear. He will look to push forward and if he gets into a nice rhythm who is to say he can’t dictate these. I think he’ll be in there pitching for a long way and at the odds is worth keeping on side.
Given what I mentioned about some big prices going in over the years PIRATE KING might be worth a few quid each way. He is relatively lightly raced for his age and was last seen winning at Lingfield in January. Put away since off a mark of 101 this will require a career best but if the race falls his way I do think he’s capable and at 20/1 he just looks too big to leave out. Aaddeey for team Crisford and Zabeel Champion who opposes again complete the shortlist.
Sandown 3.35 Coral-Eclipse (Group 1) (British Champions Series) Class 1 1m2f
A tiny field for this years Eclipse but what a field it is with the top 3 all rated 120+ with multiple Group 1s plus a ridiculous amount of prize money between them. Any of these could win it but with ST MARK’S BASILICA getting the age allowance it could be huge in a tight race. He has improved so much since winning the Dewhurst taking the French Guineas and French Derby with a powerful turn of foot. This is what I think will win him the race with not a crazy pace on he could sprint away from these.
Mishriff is the main danger after some cracking wins in the Saudi Cup and The Sheema Classic. He is versatile with regards to trip and will run a big race even if it is tactical. Addeybb is back from a profitable campaign in Australia and he is my idea of the front-runner. He will need a bit more rain to be at his best but you can’t write him off. El Drama makes up the field and would have to step forward a ridiculous amount to win but you never know in a small-field if it gets tactical.
ITV Racing Win Treble
With 7 races live on ITV Racing on Saturday we have included a Win Treble which includes 3 of our best bets on the channel this afternoon. Pays 22/1!
ITV Racing Each Way Double
Given it’s another busy Saturday we also have two horses running live on ITV Racing that we fancy to go close at slightly bigger odds. If both place we should still get a return. Pays 50/1!