ITV Racing Tips and Previews Saturday
WINCANTON AND NEWCASTLE LIVE ON ITV ON SATURDAY! Big shame to lose Sandown but we still have two meetings to get stuck into where there is competitive action.
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ITV Racing Saturday Schedule
1.30 Wincanton Virgin Bet Daily Extra Places Handicap Chase (Class 3) 1m71/2f
1.40 Newcastle QuinnBet Acca Bonus Novices’ Hurdle (Class 4) 2m1f
2.05 Wincanton Virgin Bet Every Saturday Money Back Handicap Hurdle (Class 5) 1m7f
2.15 Newcastle QuinnBet Best Odds Guaranteed Novices’ Hurdle (Class 4) 2m41/2f
2.40 Wincanton Virgin Bet Best Odds Daily Handicap Chase (Class 3) 2m4f
2.50 Newcastle QuinnBet Acca Bonus Handicap Chase (Class 5) 2m4f
3.15 Wincanton Virgin Bet Daily Price Boosts Handicap Hurdle (Class 3) 2m51/2f
3.25 Newcastle quinnbet.com Handicap Hurdle (Class 5) 2m41/2f
Only the five runners heading to post for the ITV opener and they all have something to prove. That’s why I’m going to chance FAST BUCK returning to form as he has been coming down the weights of late. He is 3lb lower than Sandown last month and this looks a fair bit easier. He is proven in deep ground having beat Galop De Chasse in testing conditions at Lingfield last season. He should run well.
Hard to pinpoint an exact danger but Magic Saint is also off a tempting mark if managing to bounce back.
A big field for this novices’ hurdle but not many in with a chance. The obvious one is TWO AULD PALS as he did well on the Flat for Jim Goldie and made an encouraging start over hurdles to finish second to Classic Lord at Bangor last month. It was testing conditions that day too so the ground won’t bother him. If he improves he should take the beating as the market is suggesting.
Forged Well impressed winning head pretty much in chest at Carlisle last month and with progress on the cards looks the main danger.
I know FOUROFAKIND hasn’t pulled down any trees since going handicapping and his two runs so far this term haven’t shown a great deal but he is a horse that still has potential. He has been ready to run for a while now and with the handicapper dropping him another 3lb he should show what he is capable of soon. This is an easier race than last time too and I think he’ll make the most of a good opportunity.
Feach Amach won nicely at Sedgefield and looks the danger now pitched into a handicap.
Impossible to oppose HANDSTANDS for Ben Pauling who ran out an impressive winner on hurdles debut at Hereford last month. He was well backed that day and I loved the way he jumped an travelled before finding himself in the clear. He is a horse with tons of ability and if he handles the testing ground then I don’t see anything managing to lay a glove on him here as he bids to remain unbeaten.
No real danger but Hubbel Bubbel has shown glimpses of promise so if improving might be the one to chase the odds-on fav home.
Given the way HUELGOAT won over C&D on penultimate start a mark of 129 likely still underestimates him. Things didn’t work out up to 3 miles at Sandown last month but if you can forgive that effort in tough conditions then back down to 2 and a half miles at a track we know he runs well at I think he will take a lot of beating. He needs to prove himself on the ground but I think he has plenty going for him.
Georges Saint has confidence high arriving on a hat-trick but a further 7lb rise in a tougher race might half further progress. Jacamar might be a greater threat with the cheekpieces back on.
I found this race a bit of a nightmare to work out so I have taken a flier on EN MEME TEMPS at a decent each way price. He remains fairly lightly raced for a 10yo and if he bounces back to that Hexham form that saw him get within 3 lengths of victory then he could be a player. He didn’t see the trip out with any conviction last time so back down to 2 and a half miles off a 1lb lower mark he should run his race.
Plenty of dangers as it is a very open race but Empty Nest caught the eye finishing strongly at Catterick and up in trip if building on that will go close.
I thought that was a real likeable run from ASTRONOMIC VIEW at Bangor last month and if building on that again off just a 3lb higher mark he could open his account over hurdles here. That was just his second run in a handicap and the front 3 pulled clear from the rest last time. He stays well which you’ll need to hear given the ground and he looks decent value in the market.
Individualiste was entitled to win as he did at Taunton last month but he goes particularly well at that track and I can just see him running in snatches here. I think he is too short and I’d be keen to oppose. Intimate is my idea of the danger as his mark looks fair for handicap debut.
Another tricky race to call but I do think ROBERT D’ORES will run well again. He has been a work in progress so far and was set to win comfortably before stumbling badly 2 out and unseating his rider at Hexham when last seen back in May. He is back over hurdles here and if fit enough to do himself justice should run a big race. He still has potential over fences so I expect him to go that route going forward whatever happens here.
Tommy Johnson is bred to stay well and now handicapping must enter calculations. Yealand is back up in trip on handicap debut and a mark of just 96 could prove lenient and he probably just shades it as the main danger.