ITV Racing Saturday Tips and Previews
ALL EYES ON DONCASTER FOR THE ST LEGER ON SATURDAY! Plus racing from Chester live on the channel. I have previews for every single race available.
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ITV Racing Saturday Schedule
1.50 Doncaster Betfred Champagne Stakes (Group 2) 7f
2.05 Chester tote Stand Cup Stakes (Listed Race) 1m41/2f
2.25 Doncaster Betfred Portland (Heritage Handicap) (Class 2) 51/2f
2.40 Chester Camden Hells Handicap (Class 3) 1m21/2f
3.00 Doncaster Betfred Park Stakes (Group 2) 7f
3.35 Doncaster Betfred St Leger Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) 1m61/2f
The way ROSALLION quickened up to make it 2-2 at Ascot last time was so impressive and given that form has been franked since he is very difficult to look past here. The runner-up Al Musmak won stylishly at Haydock next time out and even the fifth Dancing Gemini bolted up yesterday. He can improve again and should justify favouritism.
Iberian made an exciting start winning easily on debut and then bumped into Haatem at Goodwood. The latter is a decent yardstick so if improving again could be the danger. At a massive price Sunway was particularly impressive on debut and then didn’t give his running for whatever reason last time so watch for any market clues.
Another short priced favourite but one that should win in BLUESTOCKING for Ralph Beckett. Her form stacks up having chased home Warm Heart twice before bumping into Savethelastdance. She was denied a run in the Yorkshire Oaks last time and is better than the bare result. She will like this ground and back down in class looks the one to beat.
Al Qareem has been given time since disappointing in Dubai and is interesting given he is capable when fresh. Modaara was poor at Haydock but had looked promising prior to that and is another one that could run well.
Call Me Ginger sprung a 20/1 surprise in this last year and will be looking to repeat the dose but he is a lot shorter this time around. He is thriving having won his last two but a mark of 91 might prove quite tough. I prefer CHIPSTEAD at a double figure price. He swooped late to win at York earlier in the season and with the ground ideal if he builds on that Ascot run last month he could have a big say in this.
Plenty of dangers given how competitive this is and they are probably headed by King’s Lynn. He failed to fire last time but had been in good form before that and this is a lot easier than what he has been facing so at quite a big price I expect him to be in the shake up as well. Of the rest Kimngrace is also capable of a big run.
I’m not quite sure why SWEET REWARD is drifting here as his claims look crystal clear to me. He has won 2 of his last 3 now and was particularly impressive bolting up by 5 lengths at Goodwood last month. He stayed on well on that occasion and if within reach of the leaders will surely be running them down late on. He is up 7lb but this still looks winnable and I think he is a cracking price at 5/1 at the time of writing.
Baryshnikov has been out of form but does go well at this track and has been given a bit more help by the assessor so shouldn’t be entirely discounted. Box To Box loves it here and again if he bounces back he could get involved but it’s a bit of a guessing game. First Impression scored over C&D last time and up 5lb should still get competitive though this is definitely tougher.
With form figures of 14212 this season the likeable SPYCATCHER looks the one to beat here. He ran out an impressive winner at Group 3 level in France on penultimate start and then was denied an agonising short head at the top level last time. This is easier and if in the same form will take a lot of beating. He was taken out the Haydock Sprint Cup last weekend on account of the ground and it should be a lot more suitable here.
The danger is Audience as the betting is suggesting. He improved again to beat Jumby on reappearance at Newmarket back in July and was back to form beaten less than a length by Kinross at York last time. A similar run to that would see him make a race of it.
The St Leger is always a race I love to get stuck into and the value this year looks to be obvious in DESERT HERO at 5/1. This Sea The Stars colt is improving all the time and he backed up his tenacious King George V Stakes win with a stylish victory in the Gordon Stakes at Glorious Goodwood last month. Again he stayed on strongly in the closing stages and always looked to be getting to Chesspiece who had no more to offer late. I expect him to relish this trip and I don’t know why he isn’t shorter in the betting.
Gregory would be a big danger if the ground dries out as despite Frankie jumping ship his form is decent and he was coming back again at the finish at York. He should love this trip as well and run well. Middle Earth impressed winning the Melrose and if keeping calm in the prelims is another one to consider.
Despite winning 3 from 4 for Charlie Appleby SYMBOL OF LIGHT changed yards and made an eye-catching debut for Julie Camacho going down just a quarter of a length at Newcastle when last seen back in June. That was a big run and with another few yards he would have got up. I expect him to strip fitter from that (also first start following a wind op) and with the step up to a mile and a quarter looking ideal I think he can get back to winning ways.
La Yakel was progressive last year winning at Southwell and Ascot and despite an encouraging reappearance was disappointing behind Scampi last time. He needs to bounce back but at least the ground will be more suitable here. Simply Sondheim is also respected.
Not a great deal to go on here but AT VIMEIRO should have a squeak on debut. This Sea The Stars colt cost 650,000 guineas as a yearling and is well related. He should stay further and if ready to fire first time out should run well. The market is always informative in these types of races so keep an eye on the betting.
Of those with form Bellum Justum left his debut run behind to finish second at Newmarket. He needs to show more than that again though to win this as it looks a decent maiden on paper. Dubawi colt God’s Window is being nibbled at and also looks the part of paper so must be feared too.
Another tricky race to finish but I do think LIBERTY LANE can go well. He remains completely unexposed after just a handful of starts and Atrium had a similar profile when he won it last year. He was only beaten 2 lengths at Newmarket when last seen in July and freshened up since if improving again would have a big shout in this and at decent odds.
Brunch didn’t run badly at all when third to Spirit Dancer last time which is strong form so he has a chance in this. Sonny Liston has been bang there all season and deserves to win a race like this so is another one that must be seriously considered.