ITV Racing Saturday Tips
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ITV Racing Saturday Tips
1.45 Ascot Royal Ascot Local Schools Art Competition Handicap (Class 3) 1m4f
2.05 Lingfield SBK Handicap (Class 4) 7f
2.20 Ascot Carey Group Buckhounds Stakes (Listed Race) 1m4f
2.40 Lingfield SBK Derby Trial Stakes (Listed Race) 1m31/2f
3.00 Haydock Pertemps Network Swinton Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) 1m71/2f
3.15 Lingfield SBK Oaks Trial Fillies’ Stakes (Listed Race) 1m31/2f
3.30 Ascot British EBF Fillies’ Handicap (Class 2) 1m
3.50 Lingfield SBK Chartwell Fillies’ Stakes (Group 3) 7f
4.05 Ascot tote Victoria Cup (Class 2) 7f
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A really open race to kick off the racing on ITV on Saturday and I am going to take a chance on MASCAT backing up his last run on his debut for Joe Tizzard. He finished a head behind a well handicapped rival at Epsom last month and could win a couple of these before going hurdling again.
Flyin’ Solo is favourite at the time of writing and has a good chance off a mark of 88. The only doubt with him is whether he will need a run on seasonal reappearance. Of the rest Protected Guest could run another big race and Screaming Petrus has to be respected given he could come on again now handicapping.
Another stride and VERREAUX EAGLE would have won at Brighton. In my eyes she is a winner without a penalty and with Buick getting the leg up now I think she has a great chance to get back in the winners enclosure. She has won off this mark so from a handicapping perspective you could argue she should be shorter than 5/2 which she is at the time of writing.
Marley Park is also on a fair mark and has to enter calculations. Ajrad needs to bounce back but this doesn’t have much strength in depth so he could show up well too. Ex Gratia tackles turf for the first time but will need to improve to land a blow.
Connections of AL AASY chose to run him here rather than his engagement at Chester earlier in the week. He looks to have a very winnable race here as he is rated well clear on ratings and gets to start the season off at what I think is his best trip. He goes well fresh and is the one they all have to beat. He looks the class act in the field and given how well he performed early on last season now might be the time to catch him.
I am not sure many of these will stop the selection at his best but if one was going to improve and give him something to think about it could be Third Realm. He got firmly back on track when fourth in the Prix Dollar at Longchamp and brings potential to the table on return. Of the rest Stowell ran well when third to Max Vegas on return at Newbury and is another one to note if managing to build on that.
Dubawi colt WALK OF STARS looks a deserved favourite for Charlie Appleby and William Buick. He is improving with experience and he beat a decent horse in stablemate Hafit at Newbury on return. I thought he did that with a bit up his sleeve and if he improves again he should have this field up against it. The yard are flying and you wouldn’t rule out a 1-2 with Natural World also likely to improve from his winning debut.
Of the rest United Nations will have more to come as his stamina is drawn out and he should run well under Ryan Moore. Lope De Vega colt Lionel looks a longer term prospect to me but you wouldn’t entirely rule him out here as he definitely brings potential to the table as well.
This looks like a high quality renewal and I quite like ANNA BUNINA to hold the form with West Cork. She kept on well to win at Ayr last month and she is technically off the same mark with the jockey taking off an important 5lb so she is better off with the favourite West Cork. If in the same form she will go very well and looks decent odds at 6/1 at the time of writing.
West Cork is so consistent he is hard to write-off but he does have to find a bit more than his last run. At a bigger price Peltwell could bounce back from unseating last time out as she had been thoroughly progressive prior to that.
This will require another step forward but I like what I’ve seen so far from EMILY DICKINSON and to me she still looks like she is getting the hang of things. There is definitely further improvement to come let alone stepping up to this trip and given connections she could be a very nice prospect indeed. Ryan Moore is off the back of a superb week at Chester and confidence will be sky high.
Belt Buckle made a bright start winning on debut at Wolverhampton despite running green and she should be more streetwise now so has to be considered. I actually think Rogue Millennium might prove a greater threat though as she also looked good winning on debut and is bred to be useful.
Only the 9 set to go to post for this but it looks a very competitive race. STRAWBERRI looks to be the right favourite as I feel she could have a fair bit more to come at 4. She put together a string of cracking runs last a season and a mile looks a good starting point this season and she will go well.
Delta Bay is interesting on her handicap debut but does have to prove herself after over a year off. Of the rest Spirit Of The Bay is likely the biggest danger in the field and could primed for this. Rising Star is another who must enter calculations.
Only a couple of these with a recent run so I don’t think it would be a great surprise to see SHE DO make a winning return for Roger Varian. This filly looked progressive when last seen running on strongly to peg back a very good yardstick in Gale Force Maya at Newmarket. She steps up to Group 3 company here but I think she has potential to be competing at an even higher level as the season goes on and this step back up to 7f also looks to be a big positive.
Chocoya was fourth behind the selection when last seen and might turn out to be the biggest danger in this field. She has ground to make up though so it won’t be easy to reverse that form. Symphony Perfect is one of those with a recent run so she has a fitness edge at least and she did run well when second at Chelmsford so could enter the reckoning.
The Victoria Cup is always a bit of a lottery so I have two that I feel have good draws and lower weights. There is pace all across the track with the very slight edge possibly looking like a higher draw. ALREHB has put a great run of results together in his last 3 runs 1st, 1st and 2nd and has only gone up 4lbs in that period. They were all fine margin finishes but he could still be well handicapped at looks a nice price.
HIERONYMUS is my other selection in the race and has finished a close 2nd on all of his last 4 starts. He had a good prep run for this around Chelmsford and if stepping forward with fitness he should outrun his massive price. River Nymph and Oo De Lally were on my shortlist and will both be dangers at good prices. At the shorter One Ruler is interesting in here and favourite at the time of writing Dark Shift has a very workable mark if a draw of 4 is favoured on the day.