ITV Racing Tips and Previews Saturday
THE KING GEORGE TAKES CENTRE STAGE ON SATURDAY! Racing live on ITV from Ascot and York and we have all the action covered in detail.
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ITV Racing Saturday Schedule
1.50 Ascot Bateaux London Princess Margaret Stakes (Group 3) 6f
2.05 York Sky Bet “Jump Jockeys’ Nunthorpe” Handicap (Class 4) 5f
2.25 Ascot Longines Valiant Stakes (Group 3) 1m
2.40 York Sky Bet Dash Handicap (Class 2) 6f
3.00 Ascot Moet & Chandon International Stakes (Class 2) 7f
3.15 York Sky Bet York Stakes (Group 2) 1m21/2f
3.40 Ascot King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes (Group 1) 1m4f
Despite conceding first run SYMBOLOGY ran on strongly to make a winning debut at York. The second has achieved a decent level of form without pulling down any trees so it looks solid. He is sure to improve from that initial start anyway and could be the one to beat here before going on to better things in time.
Pretty Crystal also impressed winning on debut and then finished a good fifth in the Albany so looks the danger. Soprano ran earlier in the week so is unlikely to line up. Komat was behind Pretty Crystal last time and doesn’t seem to have as much scope as the latter so is unlikely to reverse that.
This is always a tough race with jump jockeys taking centre stage so I’ve had two in this at bigger prices. My best bet is SPEEDACUS who won well in soft conditions last week beating Mrs Trump whos form I rate. He is only up 4lb and I would expect him to go well again.
Paul Midgley has trained the winner of this in 3 of the 5 runnings and has plenty of horses entered here. Jonathan England won it for him last year and he rides MAJESKI MAN who I think is handicapped to run a big race. He ran well over 6 furlongs in a decent race at the track 2 weeks ago and back at 5 furlongs on softer ground he could easily outrun his odds. Sound Reason is the danger based on his form recently on quicker ground but might not be as effective on soft and Majeski Man has beaten him this year as well and is 3 times the price.
It was a shame the Curragh was abandoned last weekend as I was looking forward to seeing CADEAU BELLE but she comes here now and could be quite an exciting filly. She stayed on strongly to make a winning debut at Gowran back in May and then followed up with a bit up her sleeve at Navan last month. She had Cigamia well held in second that day and that rival is a decent yardstick who has run well behind Zarinsk since. She is obviously open to further improvement and cut in the ground over a mile looks a perfect test right now.
Random Harvest ran well when second to Prosperous Voyage and backed that up chasing home Rogue Millennium. She was poor last time but that was a big ask and she’ll find this easier at least. Ameynah is also interesting and should get competitive.
In a seriously competitive race I like the each way play on IT JUST TAKES TIME. He is never far away and has won at the course before. He has won on fast and heavy ground already this season at this trip and a mark of 93 seems fair. I think he will be right in the mix.
Aberama Gold is the favourite at the time of writing and he does have a solid book of form to make him the main danger. He doesn’t look the best handicapped but 3lb claimer Mark Winn should help. Of the rest Barefoot Angel could be a lot better than her last run now she has had a wind-op and dropped back down to her optimum trip.
A fiercely competitive handicap now and FRESH looks the way to go. He goes particularly well at this track and that fifth in the Wokingham at the Royal meeting was a very good run beaten just 2 lengths. The rain only helps his chances and it wouldn’t surprise me to see him go off favourite for this. He has a fair bit of pace around him which will help him to get settled early too.
Biggles ran well behind Witch Hunter at Royal Ascot before bolting up in the Bunbury Cup at Newmarket last time. He is clearly thriving and is 2lb well-in under a 3lb penalty so will have plenty of supporters. Vafortino has been in cracking form all season and is another one who deserves a big pot like this.
It is good to see MY PROSPERO back down in grade after some good efforts at Group 1 level. This is a much easier race and ratings have him 5lb clear of the field. He won a Group 2 in France at this time last year and if in the same form has to be the one to beat in this.
I wish Alfaila had run this season as he could have made a race of it but I think he might well need the run. Royal Champion is a horse I quite like for races around this level and could feel a bit hard done by that the selection has been dropped to this level but I still make him the main threat.
I can’t wait for this! 11 horses head to field for the King George this year and any of four or five could win. Pyledriver obviously won it last year and arrives here in flying form having won at Royal Ascot despite looking like he’d come on for the run. I think he will go well again but I can’t get away from HUKUM for Owen Burrows. He beat Derby hero Desert Crown in the Brigadier Gerard last time and freshened up again with the ground perfect he will be hitting the line hard.
Auguste Rodin and King Of Steel are also live threats with the latter looking to gain revenge. He is a big horse who should still have plenty of improvement to come and he was impressive enough to get back to winning ways at Royal Ascot last time. Emily Upjohn also arrives in form having bolted up at Epsom and then given Paddington a real fright in the Eclipse. This really is the race of the season.