ITV Racing Saturday Tips and Previews
JUMPS RACING BACK FROM CHELTENHAM ON SATURDAY! With Newbury off we also have Flat action from Doncaster and Jumps racing from Kelso.
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ITV Racing Saturday Schedule
1.15 Cheltenham Epic Value At William Hill Handicap Chase (Class 2) 2m
1.29 Kelso Edinburgh Gin Chase (Class 2) 3m2f
1.50 Cheltenham Masterson Holdings Hurdle (Class 2) 2m1/2f
2.10 Doncaster Kameko Futurity Trophy Stakes (Group 1) 1m
2.25 Cheltenham Epic Jumps Season At William Hill Handicap Chase (Class 2) 3m1f
2.45 Doncaster William Hill Prospect Stakes (Listed Race) 6f
3.00 Cheltenham Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle (Class 2) 3m
3.20 Doncaster William Hill Farewell Flat Handicap (Class 2) 5f
The drying ground means Red Rookie doesn’t take his chance. I now see this as a great opportunity for HADDEX DES OBEAUX at the top of the market. He has won his last two over fences and was particularly impressive at Warwick. He will bounce out and should take a lot of catching under Jamie Moore.
Before Midnight is potentially on a good mark and could be the danger if bringing his best. Notlongtillmay has won 3 of his last 4 and bumped into Stage Star at the Festival so is also respected.
I know CORACH RAMBLER often needs his first run back but he has won fresh before and he was superb in winning the Ultima again before following up in the Grand National. He is a horse with so much character and it is unlikely they have got to the bottom of him yet. He is 13lb higher here but that is to be expected and I do thin his class could shine through.
Elvis Mail won over C&D on final start last season and has a good record fresh so probably deserves to go off favourite. This is tougher though and he’ll need to jump well to win. Empire Steel is also respected dropping back in trip.
This will be a good test for BLUEKING D’OROUX with Spirit D’aunou lining up but I was so impressed with that Ascot win last season and he did little wrong in defeat at Aintree next time. He bumped into Punctuation on the day and the front pair came clear with the field well strung out.
He is open to a lot more improvement and this looks a decent starting point. Spirit D’aunou has won 4 from 5 but up another 9lb this is undoubtedly his toughest task to date so he will need more.
The way ANCIENT WISDOM moved through the race before storming clear was so impressive at Newmarket last time. He handled the softer ground no problem and looks a colt destined for the top. His defeat to Rosallion at Ascot has been franked too so I’m confident he is the one to beat.
Diego Velazquez is unbeaten and has looked smart but he lacks experience and this will almost certainly turn into a battle. God’s Window impressed winning on debut and is also noted.
Nigel and Sam Twiston-Davies teamed up with a good winner at Cheltenham yesterday and they could have another good chance here with UNDERSUPERVISION. I know he doesn’t always apply himself but if on a going day is more than good enough to spring an upset here. His neck second to Moroder at Doncaster on penultimate start tells you he still retains ability and despite pulling up in the Scottish Grand National I give him a major chance here.
Lord Accord would be my idea of the main danger but his jumping can let him down. If he puts in a clear round he should win as he will strip much fitter from that Warwick reappearance. Twig was in good form winning 3 of his last 4 when last seen and is also respected.
I loved that win on debut from ESQUIRE and then I thought he ran a massive race in defeat beaten less than a length at York last time. He kept digging in and pulled over 3 lengths clear with the winner Purosangue who looks a nice type. That looks pretty decent form and with testing ground likely again here and further improvement on the cards I expect him to get back to winning ways.
Ballymount Boy was thrashed when last seen in France but that did come at the top level. His form before that behind Vandeek and Indian Run is obviously decent so he could bounce back and emerge as the biggest danger.
I am taking a chance on one in the shape of DUBROVNIK HARRY here. He has only had 7 starts under Rules and while he has only won once I have seen more than enough in defeat to think he could keep improving as he fills his frame. He is open to improvement and could easily leave a mark of just 125 miles behind.
Plenty of dangers in a race like this likely headed by Hugos New Horse. He made it 4 wins from his last 5 at Ayr on final start and with the step up in trip likely to suit he should run very well. At a big price following a wind op Willaston is also feared.
The money is coming for DESPERATE HERO this morning and it is easy to see why given he has won 2 of his last 3 starts. He won cosily at Nottingham last time and a 5lb rise might not be enough to stop him if he repeats that sort of form.
Manilla Scouse has been thereabouts recently and if things pan out more favourably he could emerge as the danger. Glorious Angel is another one in with a chance.