Newbury, Market Rasen and the Curragh – ITV Racing Saturday picks
ITV Racing on Saturday afternoon comes from Newbury, Market Rasen and the Curragh.
It’s Super Sprint day at Newbury, with four races live from the Berkshire course, plus three from Market Rasen, which features the Summer Plate as a feature on the jumps. The Curragh Irish Oaks complete a land offering of eight breeds.
Our tipster has a race-by-race guide of the ITV Racing action on Saturday, with the program airing on the main channel from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
ITV Racing Predictions – Newbury, Newmarket and Curragh, Saturday July 17th
Enda McElhinney has recommendations for all eight races on ITV. You can read the analysis behind its selections below.
Ratings are correct at time of posting and may be subject to change.
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1.50 Newbury – bet365 Stakes (List, 1m 2f)
Stormy Antarctic, Solid Stone and Blue Cup are pretty solid benchmarks, while 3-year-old Derab shouldn’t be too harshly judged on his efforts in the Group 1 Prix du Jockey Club last time around and can get the upper hand for Gosdens. . REAL WORLD, however, turned last month’s Hunt Cup into a procession on its first start on the turf. Saeed bin Suroor’s Dark Angel colt has more to come and this longer journey won’t faze him.
Selection: Real World @ 4/1 with bet365
2.05 Market Rasen – Betway Summer Handicap Hurdle (2m ½f)
Hang In There made a very impressive statement at Stratford last weekend and although he carries a 7-pound penalty for it, his rider Joe Anderson more than makes up for the burden. Hooper is on a roll for Nicky Henderson and Ben Ffrench-Davis and is not forgotten despite his last hike.
Mare VOICE OF CALM is progressing well in four hurdles (two wins) and comes here after a winning handicap debut at Cartmel in May. It’s harder but there is more in his locker.
Selection: Voice Of Calm @ 8/1 with bet365
2.25 Newbury – Bahrain Turf Series Handicap (2m ½f)
Zeeband was a very close winner of the Northumberland Vase in Newcastle three weeks ago and Roger Varian’s charge is a player here despite his 8-pound rise. He wears a visor for the first time and is respected, as are Margaret Dumont and the improved Call My Bluff.
The training of Paul Nicholls SCARAMANGA has had two hurdles wins in the spring, including here, and last year’s best of the flat gives him a solid chance. He has been consistent without winning in this code so far but should have his turn soon.
Selection: Scaramanga @ 12/1 with bet365
2.40 Market Rasen – Betway Summer Plate Handicap Chase (Grade 3, 2m 5½f)
Captain Tom Cat is a perfect 3-3 on the fence for Dr Richard Newland and won with plenty in hand (combined winning margins add up to 52 lengths), so an opening handicap mark of 147 certainly won’t put them off. power off connections.
FRANCKY DU BERLAIS did not perform badly at Cartmel last month despite his treble offer which flew from that brand. The winner would have scored again from a late crash, and this improving pursuer should have his say on a track where he has raced well before.
Selection: Francky Du Berlais @ 10/1 with bet365
3.00 Newbury – 365 Hackwood Stakes bet (Group 3, 6f)
Tabdeed won it a year ago and has been lightly raced ever since. He’s coming back after a similar all-time effort to the one that preceded his scoring here in 2020. He and King’s Lynn deserve to be considered. The latter ran two crackers at Royal Ascot last month in the King’s Stand Stakes and the Commonwealth Cup and is now abandoning the Group 1 company.
Both have finished behind Rohaan this season and, based on those efforts, HARRY DILIGENT has a good chance for Clive Cox and Adam Kirby to receive 5 pounds from the royal runner from Andrew Balding.
Selection: Diligent Harry @ 3/1 with bet365
3.10 Market Rasen – Use your intuition at Betway Handicap Hurdle (2m 7f)
Taste The Fear might have been unhappy to have finished second on his handicap arc at Worcester on that trip last time around, when he was hampered by the late winner. He weighs 3 pounds and looks like he’s a likely sort now.
GIOVANNI CHANGE won two races here in the spring (2m 4½f and 2m 7f) then ran a great race in the loss to Aintree in May. He took a ride around Catterick last month at level to keep him in shape and could play a leading role on the wood now.
Selection: Giovanni Change @ 7/2 with bet365
3.25 Curragh – Juddmonte Irish Oaks (Group 1, 1m 4f)
It has been five years since Aidan O’Brien last won this competition, and he now represents four of the eight runners, including the standout. SNOWFALL, winner of 16 lengths at the Epsom Oaks last month.
She had won the Musidora in York on her seasonal comeback and appears to be a much improved filly at three years old. Nicest finished third in the Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot and is the second choice in the market, but don’t be surprised if Pharoah’s other American filly, Willow (Snowfall stablemate), hits the mark.
Selection: Snowfall @ 1/4 with bet365
3.40 Newbury – Weatherbys Super Sprint Stakes (5f)
Everything that comes from the teams of Richard Hannon and Richard Fahey should be taken into consideration here. They have won six of the last eight renewals (3-3) and saddle six of 22 riders (5-1 at Hannon).
Fahey leans solely on Vintage Clarets, with the third of last month’s Coventry Stakes coming in at 5f, while the best of Hannon’s quintet may be Gubbass, a winner of over 5f at Leicester making his second start.
At a high price, Lingfield’s all-weather winner ADAAY IN ASIA worth the detour. She did well to win this race when the leader seemed to have slipped the peloton on his way home. This form has been stamped and featherweight it may well fit Harry Dunlop and Silvestre De Sousa.
Selection: Adaay in Asia @ 40/1 with bet365
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