ITV Racing Saturday Tips and Previews
THE IRISH GUINEAS TAKES CENTRE STAGE ON SATURDAY! Racing from Haydock, Goodwood, York and the Curragh live on ITV Racing.
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ITV Racing Saturday Schedule
1.25 Haydock Cazoo Florida Handicap (Class 5) 1m4f
1.45 Goodwood William Hill Harroways Handicap (Class 2) 7f
2.00 Haydock Cazoo Hell Nook Handicap (Class 2) 2m
2.15 Goodwood William Hill Festival Stakes (Listed Race) 1m2f
2.35 Haydock Cazoo Silver Bowl Handicap (Class 2) 1m
2.55 York William Hill Best Odds Guaranteed Handicap (Class 2) 5f
3.10 Haydock Cazoo Sandy Lane Stakes (Group 2) 6f
3.20 Curragh Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas (Group 1) 1m
3.30 York William Hill Bronte Cup Fillies’ Stakes (Group 3) 1m6f
3.45 Haydock Cazoo Temple Stakes (Group 2) 5f
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A wide open race to kick off ITV Racing on Saturday where I fancy WOTS THE WIFI CODE to run a big race. He has improved since stepping up to 10 furlongs and will likely have more to come over this longer trip. He has run two big races in defeat since winning at Doncaster and has plenty in favour again.
Carlos Felix has finished second on this last 3 starts and rates the main danger. The reason I couldn’t make him the section is he always seems to find one too good and doesn’t have the claimer taking off 7lb here.
12 heading to post for this but it is fiercely competitive so it won’t surprise you that I’ve taken two against the field. I like GISBURN for Richard Hannon. This colt by Ribchester capped off his 2yo campaign with an impressive win at Newbury and it would be no surprise to see him come into his own now. He is 8lb higher here but is armed with a fair bit of potential and I can see him running a big race on return.
The other one I like is Frankel colt EVOCATIVE SPARK who confirmed the promise of that run when second to Foden to win readily last month. He almost certainly has more to offer so while a 12lb rise is a little harsh he likely still has a bit of wiggle room and should be involved for sure. Dangers headed by Alotaibi and also I can see River Pride running well.
This looks like a strong handicap with BANDINELLI heading the market at the time of writing. He is improving with every run and made it 2/2 at this trip last time out. He never wins by more than he has to and I expect another massive run here. He is only up 3lb and I’m struggling to see what beats him.
Goobinator looks to be the main danger with good form on the Flat and over hurdles to his name. Mark Johnston has a good record in the race and I wouldn’t rule out a big run from Golden Flame. The rest all look to have enough to prove.
Another tough race to work out but marginal preference goes to MAJESTIC DAWN bouncing back to his best. This son of Dawn Approach went off too aggressively in the Huxley Stakes at Chester and paid the price. His win and second to Bay Bridge last term were impressive and if back to that form back down in trip he will likely take a lot of beating. If he gets the fractions right he will be a tough horse to pass.
Brentford Hope is a danger but with a dry forecast I’m not sure it will be soft enough for him. Stormy Antarctic won this last year but has fitness to prove and again the ground will likely be drying out all the time. Movin Time will be fitter and also deserves respect.
Plenty of good horses will come out of this race and I quite like DIRTYOLDTOWN at a nice price. He won a novice event really well before being out of his depth in the Autumn stakes won by 2,000 Guineas winner Coroebus. He made his reappearance in April just losing out by half a length and if coming forward for the run will outrun his odds.
Mighty Ulysses is a big danger after winning easily at Newmarket last week and could still have plenty to come on handicap debut. Mister Wilson also has to be considered following a good second on reappearance at Naas.
Two against the field again with my main hope here ALLIGATOR ALLEY for David O’Meara. This son of Kingman won over C&D for Joseph O’Brien and has shaped well following a wind op in two starts so far for his new yard. He was a good fourth over track and trip last time and he remains well treated so it’s no surprise to see him figuring prominently in the betting.
I’m also going to include SIR TITUS who missed by just a neck on return at Redcar and with the cobwebs blown away can get down to work here off the same mark. Look Out Louis impressed at Chester but I think he might be vulnerable in the final 50 yards or so here. Jawwaal is another one worth noting as it wouldn’t surprise me to see him run a big race despite disappointing over C&D last time.
There isn’t much to separate these on ratings especially at the top of the market and CATURRA looks overpriced here at double-figure odds. His form from last season would be good enough to be bang there in this and his prep run at Chantilly should have him spot on. There is so much pace in the race it could well set-up for him to land the spoils.
The two main dangers have to be Flaming Rib who won well at Chester and will be better at this trip and Go Bears Go who has some of the best form in the race and has to be taken as a threat to all.
Initially I thought about opposing NATIVE TRAIL as I don’t think this is going to be as straightforward as people are making out but I still think he might come through in the end. His run in the Guineas was very good when you look back and I think it was just a bit disappointing at the time as he lost his unbeaten record and was such a short price to come away with the prize. Coroebus himself could be a very special horse and I expect the form to work out. He is clearly a high-class operator himself and he should ultimately have too much.
Buckaroo shaped with promise when beaten a short head on return at Leopardstown and then did really impress me over C&D last time so that’s why I don’t think it will be as easy for the favourite as everyone is making out as this colt by Fastnet Rock is set to run a big race. Ivy League was beaten last time but can also improve again so he has to be respected as well in a decent renewal.
Not the best renewal of this Group 3 and BELIEVE IN LOVE on her best form would be the one to beat. She likely needed the run at Chester last time when finishing sixth. She has top form at Group 1 level over this trip and if she needed the run like she did last year she will take this en route to running at a higher level again.
Mighty Blue is one of the dangers after a good run in a Listed event at Gowran earlier this month. She has been kept quite busy and I think the selection may well show the difference in class. Silence Please also has to be respected but needs more as well.
The way WINTER POWER won the Nunthorpe last season was mightily impressive and perhaps that took a bit out of her as she wasn’t in the same form in Ireland next time and again failed to give her running on very soft ground in France on final start. Given time since she is expected to bounce back on return and given she won fresh last year I don’t see a lack of fitness being an excuse here.
I can see her travelling strongly into this before producing that turn of foot we have become so accustomed to. She is the class act in the field and should be finishing like a rocket. Twilight Calls could be the one to chase her home as his win at Newmarket on return was stylish and he had excuses last time.
With so much good racing live again on ITV Racing on Saturday we have taken our four best bets on the channel and created a Lucky 15. If 3/4 win we will make some nice profit. Pays 250/1!