ITV Racing Friday Tips and Previews
JUMPS RACING IS BACK ON ITV RACING ON FRIDAY! Action from Chepstow PLUS we have Group racing on the Flat from Newmarket as well as handicap action over at York.
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ITV Racing Friday Schedule
1.35 Chepstow Unibet Veterans’ Handicap Chase (Class 2) 2m71/2f
1.50 Newmarket Newmarket Academy Godolphin Beacon Project Cornwallis Stakes (Group 3) 5f
2.10 Chepstow Unibet Persian War Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2) 2m31/2f
2.25 Newmarket Godolphin Lifetime Care Oh So Sharp Stakes (Group 3) 7f
2.40 York William Hill Finale Handicap (Class 2) 1m6f
3.00 Newmarket Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards Challenge Stakes (Group 2) 7f
3.15 York British EBF £100,000 Final (Class 2) 7f
3.35 Newmarket bet365 Old Rowley Cup Handicap (Class 2) 1m4f
3.50 York William Hill Autumn Mile Handicap (Class 2) 1m
4.10 Newmarket bet365 Fillies’ Mile (Group 1) 1m
The Jumps are back! I have really been looking forward to this card at Chepstow so hopefully I can find you a few winners. It is a tricky Veterans’ Handicap Chase to kick off though and a tentative vote goes to THOMAS DARBY for Olly Murphy. He remains lightly raced over fences and was last seen chasing home Gerri Colombe and co at Aintree. This is obviously much more suitable and he could be a big player.
Probably plenty of dangers headed by the likeable Aye Right. He was last seen behind Shishkin at Ascot and while he struggled there he will find this much easier. Good Boy Bobby is likeable too and should be in there pitching when others have cried enough.
Flora Of Bermuda is a big player now the rain has come but I’m going to chance MIDNIGHT AFFAIR at a double figure price. This filly by Dark Angel actually beat Flora Of Bermuda when winning at Beverley and then was an eye-catcher albeit down the field in the Queen Mary. She was given a lot to do and got going too late, nearest finish. If this pans out more favourably she could be well overpriced.
Of the rest Inquisitively impressed winning at York and his form on first two starts is strong too so he is a big player. Miaharris looked exciting before running a bit of a shocker at Salisbury so needs to bounce back in a big way.
Champion Bumper third CAPTAIN TEAGUE goes hurdling for the first time and it is no surprise to see him all the rage to make a winning start. He dotted up in his point to point and then made a successful start under Rules impressing at Plumpton. He was only beaten 2 and a half lengths at Cheltenham and looks to have a bright future now sent over obstacles.
Rock House couldn’t have won any easier on hurdles debut at Worcester and looks the one to chase him home.
Kingman filly SKELLET has been snapped up by Juddmonte following that impressive win at Salisbury and she looks a good bet to make it 2 wins from 3 starts here. The form of her last win has been franked since with the runner-up Serene Seraph winning head in chest at Newbury and even the fifth Spinto Soprano won like a nice prospect at Southwell earlier in the week. She is unexposed and should follow up.
Chic Colombine has been hugely impressive but this is easily her tougher task to date now pitched into Group company.
The hat-trick seeking URBAN OUTLOOK is a horse at the top of his game right now and a further 6lb rise doesn’t look enough to anchor him. He is 2-2 since upped to this sort of trip and was value for more than the 1 length winning margin at Haydock last time as he was short of room and briefly got unbalanced before staying on strongly. This is obviously a better quality of race but I think the stronger gallop will suit and he should be hitting the line hard under David Probert.
Kingfisher King didn’t get going in time on handicap debut at Doncaster but it is early days and he definitely shouldn’t be written off as he still has potential. Lordship is another one capable and is also feared.
It could pay to stick with MATILDA PICOTTE off the back of that impressive win in the Sceptre Stakes at Doncaster last month. She made all the running under Oisin Murphy and never really looked like coming back to them. She clearly has a big engine when allowed to dominate and given she has won at this track before too she could be good value to go in again.
Audience does look the obvious threat but he has struggled to get his head back in front in recent starts and found Sandrine too strong when last seen at Doncaster. He is an obvious danger on form but his price seems short enough. Chindit has been on the go a while but again beaten less than a length by Mutasaabeq that form brings him into this.
The EBF Final at York looks fiercely competitive and no surprise with £50K up for grabs. I like GREY CUBAN at a double figure price for Hugo Palmer. This Havana Grey colt shaped with promise when eighth behind Room Service at Doncaster last month and that form is working out well. He was briefly short of room when trying to make headway too and could never recover in time. Stepping up to 7f will suit and he can improve again so he is a lively player.
Tons of dangers but The Coffee Pod looks likely to go off fav and has a big shout. He won in good style at York and with more to come will get involved. Nellie Leylax also has a squeak as he goes well in testing ground and wasn’t disgraced last time when denied the hat-trick.
This looks a good renewal of the Old Rowley Cup and despite Charlie Appleby being on a hat-trick in the race he doesn’t saddle a single runner. Humanity has impressed winning his last two and this Roaring Lion colt will likely prove popular in his hat-trick bid but I do think there is decent value elsewhere. SHADOW DANCE took a big step forward to make a winning handicap debut at Haydock last month and with the promise of more to come he looks a good price to follow up.
I liked the way he moved into the race and he quickly found himself clear in the closing stages. This is obviously a better race but he has untapped potential and should go close under David Egan. Alsakib has won 3 of his last 4 and is also expected to get competitive.
I expected better from LATTAM at Goodwood last time but in hindsight it was still a very good run in defeat beaten just a length. He looked like he was going to win before Rhoscolyn came powering through. He races off the same mark here though and given his unexposed profile I am keen to keep him on side for now.
Hafeet Alain was eased in grade at Newmarket back in June and found himself back in the winners enclosure. He has held his form well since and ties in with the selection on that Goodwood form only headed in the final few strides. He should run well again with Connor Planas claiming a valuable 3lb in the saddle.
I am backing YLANG YLANG to reverse that recent form with Shuwari. She was given a lot to do by Ryan Moore but came home strongly. I think he wanted to fill her with confidence after things went wrong at the Curragh. She is a filly who still has potential and scope to keep improving and stepping up to a mile now I think we’ll see a big performance granted she handles the ground.
Shuwari was also given too much ground to make up chasing home Carla’s Way at Newmarket and could still do better after just 3 starts. She has quite a good turn of foot though so I’m not sure a mile will suit as much. Of the rest See The Fire is also feared despite getting beat by Darnation last month.