ITV Racing Saturday Tips and Previews
SUPER SATURDAY COMING UP! Jumps racing from Wincanton and Aintree PLUS AW action over at Newcastle. I have previews for all 10 races including main dangers.
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ITV Racing Saturday Schedule
1.15 Wincanton Boodles Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Chase (Class 3) 2m4f
1.30 Newcastle (AW) Virgin Bet Daily Extra Places Irish EBF Gillies Fillies’ Stakes (Listed Race) 1m2f
1.50 Wincanton Boodles “Rising Stars” Novices’ Chase (Grade 2) 2m4f
2.05 Newcastle (AW) Virgin Bet Every Saturday Money Back Wentworth Stakes (Listed Race) 6f
2.25 Wincanton 62nd Badger Beer Handicap Chase (Premier Handicap) 3m1f
2.45 Aintree Boylesports Grand Sefton Handicap Chase (Class 2) 2m5f
3.00 Wincanton JenningsBet Elite Hurdle (Grade 2) 1m7f
3.20 Aintree Boylesports Acca Boost On Horse Racing Hurdle (Class 2) 2m4f
3.32 Wincanton JenningsBet Richard Barber Memorial Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (Class 2) 2m51/2f
3.45 Newcastle (AW) Virgin Bet November Handicap (Class 2) 1m41/2f
This is arguably the toughest race of the day on ITV to kick off with and I’ve taken a chance at a double-figure price on DIBBLE DECKER for Tom Lacey. He carries top-weight but that is with good reason as he impressed opening his account in this sphere at Huntingdon and then showed a good attitude to follow up. He had excuses at Ludlow and back down in trip we should see a much better performance on return.
Plenty of dangers possibly headed by Huelgoat who will be fit from a spin over hurdles at Worcester. Midnight Midge is another one that should get competitive as his form ties in with the latter.
Frankel filly VEIL OF SHADOWS is still improving and that run at Newmarket last month was a good effort beaten just a couple of lengths. She has more to offer especially back on the AW and looking at her speed figures she should be hard to beat.
Sound Angela has won at this track and she only went down half a length when last seen over in France. If she builds on that she will be the biggest danger to the selection.
Quite a few people seemed disappointed KNAPPERS HILL was beaten on chase debut at Chepstow but I thought that was an encouraging run and if improving on that initial effort he should be hard to beat here. He jumped well in the main and just shaped as though he would strip fitter for the appearance.
Captain Conby made a winning start over fences at Killarney and despite disappointing a bit when second to Sharjah I still think he’ll be the biggest threat to the favourite.
Newcastle (AW) 2.05
The way SENSE OF DUTY won the Chipchase over C&D last year was impressive and while she hasn’t been at her best twice this season she could still be the class act in this. Maureen Haggas was interviewed in the week and she said it hasn’t been easy training her this season but she has worked better recently and there is a good chance she will bounce back to something like her best here.
Brad The Brief would be dangerous if the selection ran below par but he has been expensive to follow and needs everything to drop right. Albasheer is another one to note having run well the last twice in big-field handicaps.
Frodon will be popular here but THREEUNDERTHRUFIVE is the one to beat for me. He won twice over fences as a novice chaser and even though he failed to win last season he was a good fourth in the Scottish Grand National on final start and off an unchanged mark on return following a wind op could run a massive race.
Sam Brown has fallen the last twice but if he puts in a clear round he will be staying on well and might emerge as the biggest danger. Blackjack Magic is also interesting if coping with this tougher assignment.
Gesskille is talented but tricky but if he applies himself like he did in France last time then he will be a danger to all. I like the value that NASSALAM represents. He failed to win last season but he did look promising initially over fences so given plenty of time if he jumps better he definitely has the engine to get involved.
Fantastic Lady has gone well over C&D in the past and has to be noted along with Cooper’s Cross who has likely been targeted at this on his reappearance.
There is potential for RUBAUD to get a soft lead in this field and if he gets into a rhythm like he did at Kempton then I don’t think he’ll come back to them. He has won his last 3 now and 5 of his last 7 so is thoroughly progressive. I thought he’d be shorter than 5/6 so that looks a price worth snapping up.
Hansard ran well when fourth to Inthepocket at Aintree and that makes him the danger here. He did finish behind the favourite at Kempton prior to that though. The other pair are massively up against it.
With just the two rivals to beat WEST BALBOA is expected to get the job done here. She is also entered at Wincanton but this is her main target granted the meeting goes ahead. She is still unexposed having only had 5 starts under Rules and she impressed winning readily at Aintree when last seen back in April. She almost certainly has more to come and it is no surprise to see her favourite.
Millers Bank failed to win over fences last season but back hurdling could show up better. Brewin’upastorm won this back in 2021 but was poor at Aintree when last seen and can be hard to catch right.
Walk In The Park mare LIME AVENUE was impressive winning a bumper on debut so it was disappointing when she was turned over on hurdles debut at this track. She was turned over again at Exeter next time out but I don’t think she really enjoyed the deep ground. Back on a better surface she showed her true colours winning easily here on final start.
Put away since and having undergone wind surgery she is open to further improvement and could follow up on return. I think running at this track is a big plus for her and I’ll be disappointed if she is beaten. Ilovethenightlife blew out at Cheltenham on final start but if proving that was a blip definitely looks the danger.
Newcastle (AW) 3.45
I have always thought a fair bit of LAAFI so I was kicking myself when I saw him bolt up at 20/1 at Newmarket at the start of the month. This is a different test up 6lb on the AW but he still has potential to do better and looks worth chancing at the price again.
Teumessias Fox was in good form when last seen and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him emerge as the main danger. Chillingham is another one with the form to have a big say in this.