ITV Racing Tips and Previews Saturday
SUPER SATURDAY! Racing from Sandown, Musselburgh PLUS coverage from the Dublin Racing Festival over at Leopardstown. We have all the action covered in detail.
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ITV Racing Saturday Schedule
1.25 Sandown Virgin Bet Daily Price Boosts Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (Class 3) 2m4f
1.40 Musselburgh bet365 Frodon Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (Class 3) 2m41/2f
2.00 Sandown Virgin Bet Every Saturday Money Back Handicap Chase (Class 2) 1m71/2f
2.15 Musselburgh bet365 Edinburgh National Handicap Chase (Class 2) 3m71/2f
2.35 Sandown Virgin Bet Scilly Isles Novices’ Chase (Grade 1) 2m4f
2.50 Musselburgh bet365 Scottish County Handicap Hurdle (Class 2) 1m71/2f
3.00 Leopardstown Race And Stay At Leopardstown Handicap Hurdle (Listed) 3m1/2f
3.10 Sandown Virgin Bet Heroes Handicap Hurdle (Premier Handicap) 2m71/2f
3.35 Leopardstown Paddy Power Irish Gold Cup Chase (Grade 1) 3m1/2f
3.45 Sandown Virgin Bet Masters Handicap Chase (Class 2) 3m
After an encouraging hurdles debut at Warwick JINGKO BLUE improved again to edge out another nice type in Masaccio at Newbury. He looks a promising horse for connections and with further progress to come should be able to make it 2 wins from 3 starts. I expect him to jump slicker here and I’m confident he is the one to beat.
Classic Anthem really should have won at Plumpton last time and under a better ride would have so looks the biggest threat in here.
Paul Nicholls has really started to hit form and I’m expecting MONMIRAL to take a lot of beating here. I know he wasn’t at his best when only midfield behind Fugitif at Cheltenham when last seen but that was his first start following a wind op and also the ground was quite testing. Back on this better surface with that under his belt and dropped 3lb I make him the one to beat.
Marble Sands also needs to bounce back but if he does he will be a danger. His win at Ayr back in November was impressive enough. General Officer has been in good form and is another one to note.
Only the five runners heading to post for this but I’m looking forward to seeing IN EXCELSIS DEO out again for Harry Fry. This 6yo remains lightly raced and he hasn’t done a lot wrong on both starts to date. He finished third behind Dancing On My Own and Triple Trade at Cheltenham and then beat all bar Madara at the same venue last time. This looks a bit easier and he should go close.
Saint Segal has the ability to win this off this mark but he fell at Ascot when about to win and then seemed to spurn a good opportunity at Lingfield. He is becoming expensive to follow and I think is best avoided. That likely leaves Harper’s Brook as the biggest danger.
A wide open renewal of the Edinburgh National Handicap Chase and given there have been 14/1 and 22/1 upsets in the past 3 years I am going to take a chance on CHRISTOPHER WOOD for Venetia Williams. This horse is still quite lightly raced for his age and didn’t run badly when third at Carlisle on reappearance. I thought he shaped as though he’d come on for the run (as had undergone wind surgery prior to that).
Obviously wide open in terms of dangers likely headed by Inis Oirr who has some decent form in the last year or so. Peaches And Cream and Landen Calling are both respected as well.
Gerri Colombe won this last year and we might be about to see another young progressive horse in the shape of HERMES ALLEN for Paul Nicholls. He has done little wrong since going chasing winning impressively at Newbury and then bumping into Il Est Francais at Kempton last time. He should keep improving as he gains experience and looks the one to beat.
Djelo was badly hampered and fell at the very first flight at Lingfield and if bouncing back will be the danger.
Another tricky race but I think YOUR HONOR will run well. He relished the drop back to 2 miles to win head in chest at Limerick and now back in handicap company with confidence high it wouldn’t be a massive surprise to see him follow up. He might face a bit of pace pressure from Caithness and First Impression but there is still a chance he could boss these.
Benson is the one I fear most. He was back to winning ways at this track last time making virtually all. I think he’ll be ridden a bit differently here but even so needs to be respected as is clearly in good nick.
That was a massive run from FINE MARGIN to chase home Slate Lane at Haydock on reappearance. He moved through the race like a good horse and just lacked fluency when he needed a good jump at the last before being held by the winner. The form is really strong as the third Crambo won the Long Walk Hurdle next time out beating Paisley Park. The fifth Bold Endeavour has run a couple of decent races in defeat since and even the seventh Santos Blue and eighth Howlingmadmurdock have been in the winners enclosure following that race. He remains unexposed over this trip and off just a 3lb higher mark looks sure to run another big race.
Canal End is feared with improvement to come and Nine Graces is another one I expect to get competitive.
I have no doubt that without that mistake at the last ED KEEPER comes through to win at Cheltenham last month. He travelled so well into it and still looked to have plenty left in the tank. He lost a lot of momentum and did well to go as close as he did. His win at Newbury before that was impressive and he is a horse on an upward curve. He has more to come and should be suited by this test.
Transmission was a remarkable winner at Plumpton having virtually unseated Joe Anderson who made a remarkable recovery before going on to win the race. If he avoids mistakes he will be a danger. West Balboa has been targeted at this and is another one to note.
The rematch everyone has been waiting for between GALOPIN DES CHAMPS and Fastorslow. I can’t oppose the former who was back to his very best slamming Gerri Colombe at this track just after Christmas. If he is in that form again here then quite simply he goes and wins. This will be a stepping stone towards defending his Cheltenham Gold Cup crown so hopefully he delivers.
Fastorslow has won his last two and would have been targeted at this so has to be feared. Conflated will likely be treating this as a prep run before having a crack at potentially the Cross Country at Cheltenham next month. I Am Maximus has a lot on his plate too.
Tough race to close out but DOM OF MARY must have a great chance. He impressed winning the Sussex National readily at Plumpton last month and he didn’t look to have a hard race either. He will be suited by this track and looks sure to go well with Caoilin Quinn claiming a valuable 3lb off his back too.
Kestrel Valley has been in good form recently winning 4 of her last 5 and might be the one to give him most to think about.
Sandown 2.00 In Excelsis Deo 15/8
Musselburgh 2.15 Christopher Wood 12/1
Sandown 2.35 Hermes Allen 13/8
Musselburgh 2.50 Your Honor 7/1
Leopardstown 3.00 Fine Margin 15/2
Sandown 3.10 Ed Keeper 9/2
Sandown 3.45 Dom Of Mary 6/1