ITV Racing Saturday Tips and Previews
SANDOWN, YORK AND CHESTER LIVE ON ITV ON SATURDAY! Fiercely competitive racing to get stuck into and we’ve got it all covered for you.
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ITV Racing Saturday Schedule
1.40 Sandown Coral “Beaten-By-A-Length” Free Bet Handicap (Class 3) 1m1f
2.00 York Queen Mother’s Cup Handicap (Class 3) 1m4f
2.15 Sandown Coral Play “Racing-Super-Series” For Handicap (Class 2) 1m
2.35 York JCB Handicap (Class 2) 7f
2.50 Sandown Coral Scurry Stakes (Listed Race) 5f
3.05 York Sky Bet Race To The Ebor Grand Cup Stakes (Listed Race) 1m6f
3.20 Chester Extra Places Every Day At Betway Handicap (Class 2) 71/2f
3.40 York Pavers Foundation Catherine Memorial Sprint Handicap (Class 2) 6f
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Both Youthful King and our initial selection Roudemental are non runners this morning so I’m going to take a chance on handicap debutant VEE SIGHT for Ralph Beckett. This son of Churchill was due to run earlier in the week but connections have decided to come here instead which is interesting in itself. He showed bits and piece of promise in 3 runs to date and an opening mark of 74 may well underestimate him. He steps up 2f in trip and that should see him come into his own.
Maplewood looks the biggest danger for Charlie Appleby. He won impressively at Windsor last month and while he was beaten into third at York I think that is good form as I rate the winner Exminster and second Golden Voice (my NAP today) so he should run well with cheekpieces applied. Of the rest Aldhaja also deserves a mention as he is clearly also improving.
The hat-trick seeking TOPANTICIPATION looks a good bet to take this out for Harry Eustace. This likeable mare has really taken her form up a notch this season making a winning return at Leicester last month before beating a subsequent winner in Charging Thunder over track and trip last month. In fact even the tenth El Picador has come out and won his next start so the form certainly has substance. She is up another 6lb but I’m struggling to see how she doesn’t go close again.
Kingsofthemidlands was only beaten a length and a half at Goodwood last time and may well end up being the main danger to the selection off the back of that but one does catch the eye in here at a double-figure price. BOLLIN JOAN may have failed to land the hat-trick at Redcar last time but she wasn’t disgraced and if they go hard enough here it may well set up for her and she is too big a price to leave alone. Cathayensis disappointed last time but is another one that could bounce back here at a price.
Another very competitive handicap where I think SHEER ROCKS has the scope to improve and outrun his price. He won his first two starts before running in a Listed race at Epsom behind Nahanni who ran in the Derby. He was keen and a bit out of his depth on that run but this race off a mark of 88 for a horse they clearly quite like looks a good bet at the prices. It wouldn’t surprise me if his price contracted in the run up to the race so it might be worth getting on early.
Encouraged is the favourite at the time of writing going for his hat-trick and off just 5lb more he has to be the main danger. Ouzo should improve for his first run of the season and will go well too with Safe Osborne riding so well claiming a handy 3lb off his back. Empirestateofmind also needs a mention but is off a career-high mark.
Boardman has won 3 of his last 4 now and is progressing nicely but a further 4lb rise takes him up to a mark of 99 now and surely this is a tough enough ask? The market is usually a good indication to his chances as he has been well backed the last twice so it will be interesting to see what it makes of him 5/2 at the time of writing. I prefer LION TOWER at 4/1. He won four times last season and while he is yet to get his head in front so far this campaign he has been showing the right signs and that second to Eilean Dubh over 7f here last month looks really strong form. Off the same mark back down in trip to 7f he looks to have plenty going for him.
Maywake has won his last 3 for Richard Fahey including over C&D last month and he might not be too far away either if he can find further improvement. He is unexposed but a 7lb rise looks stiff enough to me. Challet likes to go hard off the front but this is a big ask to get the fractions right here.
A really small field for the Scurry Stakes with just 6 lining up here. All of these are still improving but it is hard to look past the class of CATURRA. Clive Cox’s colt has been running in plenty of the top races over sprint trips and is clear on ratings. If running anywhere close to his Group form he will take all the beating and that is very much being reflected in the betting at the time of writing with him priced up at 6/4.
Live In The Dream I quite fancied for the dash but he faded into fifth. Judging by that effort this trip at Sandown will suit (already won here) and he rates the main danger to the favourite. Of the rest Illustrating may run better than her odds suggest after probably needing her comeback run at Bath back in April.
Another small field and another tough race to dissect. I’ve sided with MANDOOB for Brian Meehan. This son of Farhh has only had the 5 starts to date but he ran well following a wind op beaten just 2 lengths by Al Aasy at Ascot last month. He should strip fitter from that as took a good blow on that occasion and he may well serve it up to these. I think he remains open to further improvement which can’t be said for some of these and I can see him hardening up as favourite.
Without A Fight is the biggest danger in my book. He was only beaten a neck by Hukum over in Dubai earlier in the year and he certainly wasn’t disgraced in third behind Ilaraab at Newbury last month. If he can build on that he should give the selection most to think about. Kemari failed to justify market support in Dubai but still has potential too and should get involved.
The only live ITV race at Chester on Saturday looks like it will have a maximum field of 14 in an open race. OUTGATE has already won over course and distance this season and may bounce back after a disappointing run over a mile at Haydock last month. If he runs to the level he ran at here before he will go close.
Thunder Legend is the favourite at the time of writing and is one of the least exposed in the field so should have plenty more to come. He rates the main danger drawing stall 3 next to the selection. Aleezdancer was behind the selection here last month but ran a big race beaten just half a length at York and also has to be considered.
It doesn’t get any easier in the lucky last so I’ve taken two against the field. Churchill colt INGRA TOR has won 2 of his last 3 and impressed on handicap debut last time. The assessor has reacted raising him 9lb but I doubt his ceiling has been reached yet and I can see him defying that or at the very least going close here. He has been keen in the past so this big field should suit as Rob Hornby will be able to get cover easily. He still looks ahead of his mark so I expect him to be rolling home strong late.
At a bigger price LETHAL LEVI is worth an each way saver. He has also won 2 of his last 3 but is 20/1 in the betting. He only prevailed by a short head last time but I felt he saved a little for himself and if he can find further progression could easily outrun his price. Harry Three heads the dangers as his form ties in with Ingra Tor and Showtime Mahomes is also respected as he impressed winning over C&D last time but this does have more strength in depth.