ITV Racing Saturday Tips and Previews

PADDY POWER GOLD CUP FROM CHELTENHAM ON SATURDAY! Cheltenham’s November meeting continues plus action on the AW from Lingfield on ITV Racing.

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ITV Racing Saturday Schedule

1.45 Cheltenham From The Horses Mouth Podcast Arkle Challenge Trophy Trial Novices’ Chase (Grade 2) 2m
2.20 Cheltenham Paddy Power Gold Cup Handicap Chase (Premier Handicap) 2m4f
2.35 Lingfield (AW) Bet UK Golden Rose Stakes (Listed Race) (All Weather Championships Fast-Track Qualifier) 6f
2.55 Cheltenham Paddy Power Games Handicap Hurdle 3m
3.30 Cheltenham Paddy Power Feel Like A Favourite Intermediate Handicap Hurdle 2m5f

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Cheltenham 12.35

This race is usually won by a decent type and there is potentially 3 or 4 in here with all of them open to so much improvement. SCRIPTWRITER gets a marginal vote after winning on debut over hurdles. He was well fancied to win that race and did it relatively well. He is rated 102 on the Flat and could be pretty good in this sphere and will go well here for last years winning trainer Milton Harris.

You have to take note of anything Paul Nicholls is running lately and French recruit Blueking D’Oroux has good form in the book already. If he doesn’t need the run he will be the main danger. Of the rest War Correspondent and Medyaf have done nothing wrong and look good prospects.

Cheltenham 12.35

Scriptwriter 9/2

Cheltenham 1.10

Given his unexposed profile VALSHEDA has to top any shortlist here. He only ran twice over hurdles and despite enduring a troublesome chase debut where he fell at Newbury he has quickly bounced back to chase home Killer Kane at Kempton and then win with a bit up his sleeve at Ffos Las. He has tons more to come and while this is his toughest task to date I think he could be up to it with Nicky Henderson firing in the winners.

With 14 heading to post I’m also going to have an each way saver and ANIGHTINLAMBOURN must have a squeak. She is a real likeable mare who landed back-to-back wins at Worcester and then went down just half a length to Jimmy The Digger over C&D 3 weeks ago. She lacked fluency that day so if jumping better should reverse that form comfortably. Dangers include Brave Way and Castle Robin.

Cheltenham 1.45

I didn’t think this was the best renewal and with Monmiral out now too it definitely lacks quality. With a run and win under his belt TOMMY’S OSCAR looks a standout to me. He has won 5 of his last 6 races with his loss coming in the Champion Hurdle behind Honeysuckle where he failed to give his running. He gave a lot of weight away on chase debut on reappearance and narrowly beat his only rival. He will liklely make his fitness count here and go very close.

Monmiral would have been the danger but with him now a non runner Banbridge would be feared most. He looked good at Gowran and if progressing should ask a few questions of the selection. Pentland Hills and Glory And Fortune are also noted but I think both would need the top 2 to disappoint to have a say in the outcome.

Cheltenham 2.20

I love the Paddy Power Gold Cup and have picked out some decent winners in this down the years. I’m going to play two in it as usual with my main hope being GA LAW for Jamie Snowden. This horse has a lot of untapped potential for me and I still don’t think we’ve seen the best of him. He returned from a 603-day absence to finish third in the Old Roan at Aintree last month and that should have left him spot on for this. A mark of 142 should be within reach and if he gets into a rhythm early watch his odds tumble in-running.

There is a lot of pace on as you always expect in this race and I don’t think STOLEN SILVER will be far off it. Given the pace has been holding up on Friday it could suit to be up there and this horse really impressed winning the Silver Trophy here back in April. He is off a career-high mark but is a strong traveller and I can see him giving us a really good run for our money. French Dynamite is a big danger but is well found in the market and Midnight River could be interesting despite going up in grade.


Lingfield (AW) 2.35

In a really open race with not much to separate those at the top of the market it could pay to side with HARRY’S BAR who looks overpriced compared to a few of his rivals. He is versatile over sprint trips and has won over course and distance previously. He is actually the highest rated in the field and will run well at an each way price. I’ll be surprised if he doesn’t go off a fair bit shorter than 7/1 at the time of writing.

Summerghand is the favourite at the time of writing and will run his usual consistent race but may not have the same pace on here as what he gets in the big handicaps he runs in but still rates the main danger. Logo Hunter is a classy sprinter but I think he is at his best over 5 furlongs.


Cheltenham 2.55

I’m really looking forward to seeing SHEARER out again at Cheltenham on Saturday. He has always been well thought of by connections and looked an improved individual winning impressively on return at Worcester last month. He clearly progressed again to win a novice hurdle here last time and the runner-up Twig has franked that form since. He is unexposed as a stayer and the hat-trick very much looks on the cards now.

Sidi Ismael was very much back on track winning convincingly at Worcester last month having undergone wind surgery. He had looked promising early on last season before going off the boil and retains potential so could be the danger with more to come. On The Blind Side won this 2 years ago and can go particularly well fresh so is also worth looking out for.


Lingfield (AW) 3.10

I have been waiting for MISSED THE CUT to run again after he finished fifth when well fancied to win a Group 2 over in France. That run wasn’t as disappointing as it looked at first with the winner going very well in the Arc next time. This is a much easier race and he will be hard to beat if in the form he has been in this season.

It is interesting to see the highly touted Bolshoi Ballet turn up here after a campaign at Group 1 level in America last year. At his best he is the main danger here but has to prove himself after a long time off. Harrovian just hasn’t been himself this season and will need to bounce back big time to win this.


Cheltenham 3.30

A fiercely competitive handicap hurdle and I’m keen to look away from the head of the market. Philip Hobbs won this back in 2019 with Jatiluwih and looks to have a good chance this time around with GUERNESEY. This good looking grey made a bad blunder and unseated Jack Martin when last seen at Sandown but his previous win at Warwick was a really good effort. He needed every yard of it that day so moving up a couple of furlongs here looks ideal and he still has potential to do better. I’m happy to forgive that last effort and I can see him getting back on track here.

Unanswered will probably prove popular at the head of the betting but he is off a mark of 111 now and might not be as well handicapped as most are assuming for this trainer. I’m having a saver on one at a huge price in FOREVER WILLIAM for Alan King. Tom Cannon had a decent winner here yesterday with Unanswered Prayers and this 4yo could surprise a few. He will need to put that reappearance run at Chepstow behind but this step back up in trip should help and he is handicapped to have a big say. Others to note include Wiseguy and Time Flies By.


Cheltenham 4.05

These Flat races are always hard to judge with horses improving a fair bit with each run that said LUCCIA does look like a particularly good filly. She has won her first two NHF races by a combined 23 lengths including a Listed win at Sandown last March. Nicky Henderson has started the season so well and has a great chance to add to his tally with this potentially very smart filly.

Bonttay is a dual course and distance winner and rates a big danger if fully fit after a year off. Queens Gamble won here in April by 10 lengths and could be even better than that debut run. Of the rest Willamstowndancer for Willie Mullins is worth noting in the betting with Bryony Frost in the saddle.

Cheltenham 4.05

Luccia 2/1

ITV Racing Lucky 15

Cheltenham’s November meeting continues on Saturday and I have another Lucky 15 which includes my best 3 bets on the card plus my strongest play on the AW at Lingfield. Pays 400/1!

ITV Racing Lucky 15

Cheltenham 1.45 Tommy’s Oscar ONE TO WATCH

Cheltenham 2.20 Ga Law

Cheltenham 2.55 Shearer EYE CATCHER

Lingfield 3.10 Missed The Cut NEXT BEST

Pays 400/1!