ITV Racing Tips and Previews Saturday
GROUP RACING LIVE ON ITV ON SATURDAY! Action from Ascot, York and the final day of Newmarket’s July Festival.
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ITV Racing Saturday Schedule
1.45 Ascot Ascot/1711 Learning To Work Bake-Off Competition Heritage Handicap (Class 2) 5f
2.00 York John Smith’s Racing Handicap (Class 2) 1m
2.20 Ascot Fred Cowley MBE Memorial Summer Mile Stakes (Group 2) 1m
2.35 York John Smith’s City Walls Stakes (Listed Race) 5f
2.50 Newmarket (July) bet365 Mile Handicap (Class 2) 1m
3.10 York John Smith’s Cup Handicap (Heritage Handicap) 1m21/2f
3.25 Newmarket (July) bet365 Superlative Stakes (Group 2) 7f
3.45 York John Smith’s Silver Cup Stakes (Group 3) 1m6f
4.00 Newmarket (July) bet365 Bunbury Cup (Class 2) 7f
4.35 Newmarket (July) Pertemps Network July Cup Stakes (Group 1) 6f
Big field handicaps is the story of the day and hopefully we can make if a perfect start with ZARZYNI for David Barron. This horse has dropped back down the weights but has been shaping well in defeat recently and was only beaten a length at Epsom last month. He races off the same mark here and armed with a good draw potentially he should run a big race at a decent price.
Tons of dangers likely headed by the favourite King’s Lynn. He ran well in soft ground at Chester and then had excuses in the Wokingham having been drawn poorly. Rohaan loves it here and while he hasn’t fired so far this season a big run wouldn’t be the biggest shock.
This is really competitive with the bookies pricing them up at 5/1 the field. BLUE FOR YOU is a horse I really liked going into Royal Ascot but he just didn’t run his race as he was so keen. He is dropped 2lb for that run and I think he could be back to his best here off a mark off 99 considering he ran well over course and distance earlier in the season off 102. If bouncing back he has to be a player.
Wild Lion and Eilean Dubh rate the main dangers with both winning last time out and they are clearly progressing through the handicap. La Trinidad ran a big race last time but a 9lb rise for that will surely make it difficult for him.
A competitive Summer Mile Stakes as expected but I am really keen on the chances of JIMI HENDRIX pitched into Group company. This horse finally seems to be delivering on the track having run on strongly to win the Royal Hunt Cup on the straight track at Royal Ascot last month. That was a fiercely competitive handicap and the fact he did it by 2 lengths with a bit to spare suggests he could be more than capable of making his mark at this level.
He beat Lattam in the Spring Cup at Newbury in soft ground earlier in the season so the rain would be welcomed if anything. He is still just a 4yo so likely hasn’t reached his peak yet and looks good value to follow up. Plenty of dangers with Master Of The Seas heading the betting. He was below par in Dubai when last seen but his form prior to that is very smart and he should go well.
This is a hotly contested Listed race with so many in with chances so an each way play on GREAT STATE appeals. He won 3 in a row before finishing a close third at Sandown. It was clear he struggled at the track and even jumped a path across the track that day. He ran his best race to date over course and distance and if running a big race here again he could be overpriced.
Regional arrives here on a hat-trick after two nice wins and is probably the right favourite at the time of writing. He gives weight to the whole field so he will need to be at his best to win again. Silky Wilkie is best of the rest after losing out at the Derby meeting in a good handicap. A repeat of that would see him in the mix.
I was really keen on Havana Blue for this but he is a non runner now. I’m going to chance SNIPER’S EYE for David Simcock. This son of Expert Eye was an expensive purchase from the Breeze-Ups but he has been a work in progress so far. He ran his best race to date when runner-up over C&D 3 weeks ago and off what could be a lenient mark now handicapping he should be right in the mix here.
Quantum Impact won twice as a 2yo and was back to his best winning at York back in May. Shaped better than the bare result at Royal Ascot and should have a say in this. Tafreej won at Yarmouth last time and up 6lb is another one to note.
This is always a ridiculously tough race with 22 runners round a bend and I have had two bets in this. My main bet is SPIRIT DANCER who has run over this course and distance on his last four runs with form of 4123 and is never far away. He lost out by under a length last time and runs off the same mark here. If in the same form he will be right in the mix.
At a much bigger price HAUNTED DREAM could be well handicapped after a very good second at Sandown last time out. He didn’t get the clearest of passages and still finished a close second. He runs off the same mark here and is a nice each way play in the race. Sonny Liston is the main danger running off the same mark as his second in the Royal Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot. Sea The Casper and Long Tradition look best of the rest in a really open race.
Tons of potential lining up as always for the Superlative Stakes. I was really taken with CITY OF TROY on debut and you’d have to love the way he asserted in the closing stages having moved through the race like a good horse. The runner-up Galen also looks to have a bright future so I think the form will work out nicely in time. He will know a lot more this time around and is taken to make it 2-2.
Godolphin are represented by Great Truth who also made a bright start winning on debut at Leicester. He ran green but still managed to come clear by 5 and a half lengths so looks the danger. Haatem has experience on side and is also expected to get competitive.
On ratings there is only one winner here, HAMISH should have this well within his grasp. He ran in May to start his season winning a Group 3 nicely, he will likely be fitter here. Last season he was close in the Group 1 Irish St Leger so if anywhere near that level he should brush these aside.
Tashkhan is the clear danger on his best form. The ground should be soft enough and getting 3lb from the selection gives him a chance. Get Shirty and One Evening could be best of the rest with the latter open to plenty of improvement.
I love the Bunbury Cup and hopefully I can find you the winner this year. STREETS OF GOLD ran a cracker to finish third to Age Of Kings in the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot last month. He remains lightly raced and back in a handicap could have a big say in the outcome. This big field will be ideal and if he can get cover for longer he should go well.
At a bigger price PROBE could go close. He has won twice this season already and if you put a line through that run at Royal Ascot his form was very solid. Any more rain this morning would really help. Plenty of dangers likely headed by Awaal and Montassib.
This is a really hot contest but I have to be with SHAQUILLE here. His run at Royal Ascot obviously caught the eye giving the field 3-4 lengths at the start when rearing in the stalls. If you look at his form over 6 furlongs (11111) it’s hard not to be impressed with likely more to come. He has his quirks but is the one to beat.
Little Big Bear who was second to the selection at Ascot will be bang there again but his participation was only confirmed late this week so might not reverse the form. Azure Blue beat Highfield Princess when getting weight on her last run and could be a player as the race has worked out well.