ITV Racing Tips and Previews Thursday

LOOKING FORWARD TO THE CRAVEN ON THURSDAY! More racing live on ITV from both Newmarket and over at Cheltenham.

Make sure you scroll right down to the bottom to see any multiples we are placing. These can be added direct to your bet365 bet slip.

ITV Racing Thursday Schedule

1.50 Newmarket bet365 Handicap (Class 2) 6f
2.05 Cheltenham Sporting Agenda Challenger Series Mares’ Chase Final Handicap Chase (Class 2) 3m11/2f
2.25 Newmarket bet365 Wood Ditton Maiden Stakes (Class 2) 1m
2.40 Cheltenham Catesby Estates Mares’ Challenger Series Final Handicap Hurdle (Class 2) 2m41/2f
3.00 Newmarket Connaught Access Flooring Abernant Stakes (Group 3) 6f
3.35 Newmarket bet365 Craven Stakes (Group 3) 1m


Newmarket 1.50


There have been quite a few upsets on the Rowley Mile this week already so you won’t blame me for going for a 12/1 chance in the shape of WOODHAY WONDER here for Tom Ward. Now this filly won 3 of her last 4 starts as a 2yo and looked really progressive. She goes handicapping now but there could easily be more to come and Im surprised she has been somewhat overlooked in the market.

Plenty of dangers probably headed by City House for James Fanshawe. This Night Of Thunder colt won head in chest at Kempton on handicap debut so despite the 13lb rise could have more to offer. Gamekeeper also has claims with a run under his belt already.

Newmarket 1.50


Woodhay Wonder 12/1 each way LONGSHOT

Main danger City House and watch out for Gamekeeper


Cheltenham 2.05


Wide open handicaps are the story of the day and we have another one here. I do like the chances of LA RENOMMEE though for Dr Richard Newland. This mare had a tough task in a good race at Kelso last month so I wouldn’t read too much into that. She will find this much easier and if bouncing back to form at this venue she should be a big player off a mark of 127. She is still unexposed over this trip over fences so I think she’s got a decent chance of being involved.

Juniper is a 10yo now but she is thriving having won so easily at Taunton and then Wincanton last time so she looks the danger in her hat-trick bid with Harry Cobden in the saddle again. Shirocco’s Dream is another one I can see getting competitive.

Cheltenham 2.05


La Renommee 6/1 each way

Main danger Juniper and watch out for Shirocco’s Dream


Newmarket 2.25


The Wood Ditton is always a guessing game with a field full of debutants so tread carefully but a tentative vote does go to PADESHA for Amo Racing. This colt holds plenty of fancy entries and he cost some €300,000 as a yearling. He is a half-brother to Sparkling Beauty and should be plenty forward with connections usually targeting these early pots.

Again hard to say who is the main danger so keep a close eye on the betting but Dubawi colt Lead Artist catches the eye on paper. He is very well related and should have a say in the finish. First Conquest has already been gelded but is being nibbled at so is another one to note.

Newmarket 2.25


Padesha 9/2

Main danger Lead Artist



Cheltenham 2.40


Another competitive race but I like LAVIDA ADIVA for Ruth Jefferson. She impressed winning by a wide margin at Catterick back in December and while she has been beaten twice since she hasn’t been disgraced and is less exposed than most so if improving would have a major shout. This trip looks ideal and the ground should be perfect so I don’t think they’ll be too many excuses.

Cottie has come down the weights and must be feared with Dan Skelton hunting down the trainers championship. Notnowlinda is a stablemate to the latter and has a 7lb claimer booked so is another one in with a squeak in an open contest.

Cheltenham 2.40


Lavida Adiva 9/1 each way

Main danger Cottie and watch out for Notnowlinda



Newmarket 3.00


I thought that was a really encouraging return over 7f from SHOULDVEBEENARING. He was beaten just 2 lengths and with that under his belt he should be spot on for this cutting back to 6f. He should have more to offer as a 4yo and I know connections are bullish of a big run too.

Plenty of dangers in a race like this likely headed by Spycatcher who had a really good season last year and ended on a high chasing home Art Power and Kinross in the Champions Sprint Stakes at Ascot. He should have more to come and will run well. At a massive price Popmaster is another one I can see running well as he was really consistent towards the end of last season.

Newmarket 3.00


Shouldvebeenaring 5/1 VALUE TIP

Main danger Spycatcher and watch out for Popmaster



Newmarket 3.35


I’m looking forward to seeing NATIVE APPROACH out again. He caught the eye going down just half a length on debut and then quickly improved to win impressively up to a mile last time. He still looks a work in progress and with further improvement to come he should make it 2 wins from 3 starts. He holds plenty of fancy entires and could be a nice prospect.

Alcantor is currently second favourite but Eben Shaddad looks to have stronger form and is my idea of the main danger.

Newmarket 3.35

Native Approach 2/1 NAP

Main danger

ITV Racing Lucky 15

I have combined 4 horses running live on ITV Racing on Wednesday to make a Lucky 15. This looks decent value. Pays 1200/1!

ITV Racing Lucky 15

Cheltenham 2.05 La Renommee

Cheltenham 2.40 Lavida Adiva

Newmarket 3.00 Shouldvebeenaring VALUE TIP

Newmarket 3.35 Native Approach NAP

Pays 1200/1!

ITV Pick 7 Tips

From our research here are our ITV Pick 7 predictions for Thursday 18th April 2024. Another £10K up for grabs!

1.50 Newmarket Woodhay Wonder 11/1

1.57 Ripon Noble Anthem 8/1

2.05 Cheltenham La Renommee 11/2

2.25 Newmarket Padesha 11/2

2.40 Cheltenham Lavida Adiva 8/1

3.00 Newmarket Shouldvebeenaring 6/1

3.35 Newmarket Native Approach 6/4

Winning distance – 0.75 Lengths