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ITV racing tips: A look at Saturday’s best races

| 20.05.2022

Preview of Saturday’s best races for ITV racing tips

Baaeed dazzled for ITV racing watchers last weekend at Newbury and the top-class racing continues on Saturday with Classic action in Ireland and two fascinating Group Two contests for the speedsters at Haydock. 

There are a whopping 11 races for terrestrial viewers to savour on ITV4 and we have ITV racing tips for the best three races in a jam-packed programme, with coverage beginning at 1.10pm.

3.10 Haydock – Cazoo Sandy Lane Stakes

There looks to be two stand-out candidates in this Group Two contest over six furlongs, which has served as a key guide to the Commonwealth Cup in recent years.

That Royal Ascot race is the target for GO BEARS GO (2/1), who is shading favouritism following his win at the Berkshire venue in Group Three company last time.

He was a winner at this level as a two-year-old and this super-speedy son of Kodi Bear showed he has plenty of gears when splitting a pair of tearaways from Wesley Ward’s US stable at the Breeders’ Cup in November.

Challenging David Loughnane’s stable star at the top of the market is EL CABALLO (9/4), who since finishing second on debut has embarked on a five-race winning run and saw the form of his latest win at Newcastle franked by the second at Newbury last weekend. The Karl Burke team are in fine form and he is sure to be a popular choice in ITV racing tips.

Clive Cox won this in 2017 with Harry Angel and looks to repeat the dose by saddling both CATURRA (7/1), second on reappearance in France, and WINGS OF WAR (12/1), who won the Mill Reef at two, but has a point to prove following a disappointing return last month.

Hugo Palmer is also double-handed with his pair of Chester winners, FLAMING RIB (7/1) and EVER GIVEN (14/1), while the unbeaten BEAUTY INSPIRE (16/1) is an interesting raider from Ireland.

Further down the betting is GIS A SUB (33/1), who was a beaten favourite up at Musselburgh on reappearance, but that run came over five furlongs and he may be suited by a return to further here. He could be the value for each-way players in ITV racing tips.

3.20 Curragh – Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas 

The first Classic to take place on the Emerald Isle this season sees Newmarket runner-up NATIVE TRAIL (4/11) odds-on and all the rage to avenge his narrow Rowley Mile reversal in the English equivalent.

There is no Coroebus in opposition this time and this could turn out to be a penalty kick for the previously unbeaten son of Oasis Dream, who looks to give Godolphin and Charlie Appleby their third Classic success of the season having also landed the French Guineas at Longchamp last weekend.

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The pick of the opposition could well be Joseph O’Brien’s BUCKAROO (4/1), who was beaten only a short head over 10 furlongs by the Derby third-favourite on his reappearance and then impressed when dropped back to a mile over this track and trip to pick up the Tetrarch Stakes last time.

WEXFORD NATIVE (16/1) was second in that contest but four lengths adrift and is now left with a little to find with the winner, while MALEX (33/1) was even further back in fourth and will be playing for minor money once again one would imagine.

IVY LEAGUE (14/1) is the sole Ballydoyle representative in a race the yard has won four times in the last 10 years, while ATOMIC JONES (20/1) makes his last appearance before heading to Hong Kong and his handler has admitted the best he can hope for is a silver medal.

3.45 Haydock – Cazoo Temple Stakes

WINTER POWER (11/8) won three times at York last season, including when springing a surprise in the Nunthorpe Stakes, but Tim Easterby’s four-year-old will need to prove he is just as effective away from the Knavesmire in this ITV racing tips event.

If the rain stays away the one who could have most potential is TWILIGHT CALLS (11/2), who didn’t have things go his way in the Palace House last time, but was still only beaten a length and a quarter.

He will have a new rider on board this time with usual pilot David Probert riding for his boss aboard course-and-distance winner KINGS LYNN (6/1), while CAME FROM THE DARK (11/2) is one to consider if the heavens do begin to open over the course of Saturday morning.

MOSS GILL (14/1) has some smart course form and could be the one for value hunters, with recent York winner LAST CRUSADER (12/1) the standout pick of Karl Burke’s three runners.

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Adam Morgan