Get all the info to bash the bookies as ITV’s Matt Chapman runs you through a busy Saturday
It’s another busy Saturday on ITV Racing today with the ITV4 cameras at Haydock and Newmarket. I will be at the former track, hoping to bump into Johnny G!
The first race ITV show is the 2.20pm at Haydock, a 6f handicap. It looks a really tricky event, and the one I will risk each-way is AWESOME ALLAN, who will be suited by any rain that is likely to fall Saturday. He’s hard to keep out the frame after a good run at Windsor on Monday.
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There’s another nightmare looking 6f handicap at 2.55pm. I’ll have a few quid each-way here on ECCLESTON, who got going too late at Ripon last time for David O’Meara. If the rain comes seriously here he could come flying through late and it’s pretty testing in any case.
The 3.30 at Haydock is the Group 3 Pinnacle Stakes over nearly 1m4f. I want to back BATEEL in this. The French raider loves juice in the ground and stays the distance strong. He should give Richard Kingscote a great ride.
Finally at Haydock, it’s the Group 3 John of Gaunt over 7f at 4.05pm. I like penalty carrying BRETON ROCK, who is not getting any better for David Simcock but has perfect conditions here to run a big one under Andrea Atzeni.
Over at Newmarket, ITV4 show the 2.30pm, a 7f handicap. EJAABY has been a beaten favourite the last twice for Roger Varian, but he’s not been disgraced and all the conditions are right for a huge effort in this so hopefully he will at least hit the frame.
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The 3.05pm is a 6f handicap, and I’ll have a few quid each-way here on GIRL IN THE INN, who is creeping up the handicap but ran really well over 7f last time. It might be Richard Fahey’s animal is better over 6f so hopefully Frankie Dettori will get a good run.
Matt Chapman’s TV Tips
- 2.20 Haydock – Awesome Allan
- 2.30 Newmarket – Ejaaby
- 2.55 Haydock – Eccleston
- 3.05 Newmarket – Girl In The Inn
- 3.30 Haydock – Bateel
- 3.40 Newmarket – Intense Tango
- 4.05 Haydock – Breton Rock
Finally at Newmarket, ITV4 have the 1m6f handicap at 3.40pm. Back INTENSE TANGO here each-way, a horse who stays well and is fully capable of winning a race like this if on top of his game. It’s a bit of a guess whether that will be here – but hopefully!
So best of luck on a difficult day for getting winners. Hoping for some Yeeehaaas!