ITV Racing tips: one key runner from each of the eight races on ITV on Saturday | Horse Racing News

1.45 Haydock
Betway Handicap, 6f

Lambourn trainer Tom Ward is enjoying a fine campaign and has already saddled more winners this term (12) compared to the whole of 2020. He has booked Tom Marquand from their time together at Richard Hannon’s yard to ride the progressive Capote’s Dream, whose form for the stable reads 1121.

SPOTLIGHT TIP: Capote’s Dream

Three narrow wins from first four stable starts and could have more left in the tank

2.00 Beverley
Hilary Needler Trophy Fillies’ Conditions Stakes 5f

This might be a warm enough race for a juvenile filly to make her debut in, but connections of Jazzy Princess – Robert Cowell and the Cool Silk Partnership – have previous, winning the prize with newcomer Chica La Habana in 2017.

SPOTLIGHT TIP: Hester Prynne

Winning start over C&D (good to firm); may well follow up if handling the different ground


One trainer, one jockey, one horse and one race to watch on Saturday


2.20 Haydock
Betway Achilles Stakes, 5f, Listed 

Blink and you might miss El Astronaute blasting from the stalls and a clean break could have the John Quinn-trained rocket scorching away from his rivals. He displayed his wellbeing by quickly and typically making all at Chester this month.

SPOTLIGHT TIP: El Astronaute

Listed winner last season and reappeared with good win at Chester; strong claims

2.40 Chester
tote+ Pays You More At tote.co.uk Handicap7½f

Rob Hornby has recorded five winners from 26 rides for Tim Easterby, which has yielded a healthy £26.00 profit to a £1 level stake. Boardman, seeking a hat-trick after wins at Haydock and York in May, could be another lucrative mount.

SPOTLIGHT TIP: Another Batt

Strong at the finish when winning at Thirsk latest (7f, soft); 5lb rise fair; solid claims

2.55 Haydock
Betway Pinnacle Stakes, 1m4f, Group 3

Roger Varian has won this race twice so knows what type of horse is needed for victory and Cabaletta looks a likely sort for the Newmarket trainer. She was a solid third over 1m2½f at York last time and going back up to 1m4f can only help.

SPOTLIGHT TIP: Salsada

This is an even higher grade but this first attempt at 1m4f is interesting

3.10 Beverley
bet365 Continental Two Year Old Trophy Conditions Stakes, 5f

Bred by Gigginstown House Stud, Ryan’s Party must have caught the eye at the Breeze-Up sales as he went on to make 200,000gns, although that did not necessarily look wasted when he was a respectable second on his debut behind the reopposing Tipperary Sunset.

SPOTLIGHT TIP: Ryan’s Party

Promising debut when second to Tipperary Sunset at Hamilton; leading contender

3.30 Haydock
Betway John of Gaunt Stakes, 7f, Group 3

7f can be a specialist distance and River Nymph’s record over it reads 8111, with the last of those victories coming in Ascot’s Victoria Cup. It was a career-best for the colt, who is at home with some ease underfoot and conditions appear perfect.

SPOTLIGHT TIP: Toro Strike

Went close in Group 3 last year and won with something to spare at Thirsk on comeback

3.45 Beverley
bet365 Handicap 7½f

Sibaaq gets weight from his 11 rivals, including a whopping 21lb from Queen’s Sargent and Byron’s Choice, so he will likely prove popular for Mark Johnston’s powerful and prolific yard, with Ben Curtis booked to continue his fine start to the season.

SPOTLIGHT TIP: Cassy O

Lightly raced four-year-old; shaped well first two outings this term; could still be unexposed


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Race 1, 1.45 Haydock: CAPOTE’S DREAM
Race 2, 2.00 Beverley: HESTER PRYNNE
Race 3, 2.20 Haydock: EL ASTRONAUTE
Race 4, 2.40 Chester: ANOTHER BATT
Race 5, 3.10 Beverley: RYAN’S PARTY
Race 6, 3.30 Haydock: TORO STRIKE
Race 7, 3.45 Beverley: CASSY O


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Read more on Saturday’s racing:

2.00 Beverley: ‘You couldn’t back her after that first run but she’s certainly got ability’

2.20 Haydock: ‘There are no worries’ – El Astronaute ready for launch again in Achilles Stakes

2.40 Chester: what is it about Boardman that impressed our handicappers so much?

2.55 Haydock: who will peak in the Pinnacle Stakes? Get the lowdown from Tom Collins

3.10 Beverley: ‘He’s quite a nice animal’ – Tipperary Sunset bids to live up to tall reputation

3.30 Haydock: can course specialist Safe Voyage give John Quinn another big winner?


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