It’s a typically busy Saturday afternoon for the ITV Racing team with eight races from Ascot, Newmarket and Redcar on their broadcast on ITV (1.25-4.00pm).
Our tipster marks your card for every race below and we’ll have ITV Racing tips for Sunday’s action too, with four races from Longchamp, including Enable’s bid for history in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe on her final career start.
Scroll down for our tipster’s selections and analysis for all the Saturday ITV Racing action and a great free bets offer to back them all with.
ITV Racing tips – Newmarket, Ascot and Redcar, Saturday 3 October
Enda has recommendations for all eight races for you this week. You can read the analysis behind his selections below.
Odds correct at time of publishing and may be subject to change.
1.40 Newmarket – £150,000 Tattersalls October Auction Stakes (6f)
A 30-runner sales race gets the day’s proceedings under way and it’s one in which Archie Watson’s recent Group 3 all-weather winner Mighty Gurkha sets a noble standard.
He has every right to go and win despite conceding weight but is priced as such. An alternative might be the fast-improving filly GIFT LIST for Karl Burke’s team.
She is only a head away from being 3-3 and is improving all the time after successes at Newcastle and Redcar. She drops to 6f but there should be enough pace to see her to good effect.
Tip: Gift List @ 10/1 with bet365
1.55 Ascot – tote.co.uk Rous Stakes (Listed, 5f)
Dakota Gold seeks to win this for the second year running but this is a tougher renewal on paper. Tarboosh had a few of these behind at Doncaster recently while Tis Marvellous often does his best work here.
HAREEM QUEEN never got a blow in when she ran in a Newmarket Group 3 in June but she may be better than that result suggests. She looked progressive on the all-weather previously and a stiff 5f here might help her to get involved late. She has also gone well fresh in the past and remains fairly low-mileage, giving her some each-way possibilities.
Tip: Harem Queen @ 25/1 with bet365
2.10 Newmarket – British EBF Premier Fillies’ Handicap (1m 2f)
With soft ground forecast both OTI MA BOATI and Wondrous Words have valid claims and the three-year-olds remain open to better things. Narrow preference is for the former.
William Haggas’s filly won with something in hand over a mile at Goodwood last time and while she’s 6lb higher in a better race, there could be plenty more to come from her over this longer trip.
Tip: Oti Ma Boati @ 9/2 with bet365
2.30 Ascot – tote.co.uk Cumberland Lodge Stakes (Group 3, 1m 4f)
Unbeaten 2019 St Leger hero LOGICIAN did no more than stretch his legs when winning a match at Doncaster on his return last month. He was very exciting last season and can rubber-stamp his class by accounting for the likes of last year’s winner Morando and his Andrew Balding-trained stablemate Alounak, both in the King Power Racing silks.
Tip: Logician @ 4/6 with bet365
2.45 Newmarket – Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes (Fillies and Mares) (Group 1, 1m)
Last year’s one-two Billesdon Brook and VERACIOUS are back for more in this British Champions Series race. They’ve got plenty to fear from younger rivals like Champers Elysees, Peaceful and Terebellum but Sir Michael Stoute’s mare might have the answers.
She returned from wind surgery with a comfortable Listed success at Haydock in August and is reunited with Oisin Murphy, the rider who steered her to Group 1 glory here in the Falmouth Stakes last summer. Assuming the ground doesn’t turn very testing, she’s got sound claims.
Tip: Veracious @ 7/1 with bet365
3.05 Ascot – tote.co.uk Challenge Cup Handicap (7f)
Despite his poor strike-rate (3-35) ADMIRALITY has been very consistent lately and after four successive seconds (most recently in the Ayr Silver Cup) he certainly deserves a change of fortune.
He should be in the shake-up, though the improving three-year-old River Nymph is much feared despite a ratings hike for his August success at Newbury.
Tip: Admirality @ 16/1 with bet365
3.25 Redcar – William Hill Two Year Old Trophy (Listed, 6f)
In a wide-open affair it’s hard to pick a winner but it may be worth chancing BLIND BEGGAR to make the frame for the Richard Fahey team.
The gelded son of Equiano had mixed it with good sorts this season before leaving Michael Dods to join this trainer, narrowly missing out behind the smart Umm Kulthum at Thirsk in July and looking unlucky next time at Catterick. After another close second at Haydock eight days ago, he will handle soft ground and should be fine over the extra furlong.
Tip: Blind Beggar @ 16/1 with bet365
3.40 Ascot – John Guest Racing Bengough Stakes (Group 3, 6f)
Cape Byron won this last year and is a three-time course winner. He has won fresh before (beating Kynren) but his lack of a run still rates a concern in this grade. The improving three-year-old Brad The Brief could have a say at a fair price but the safe option might be THE TIN MAN.
Twice a Group 1 winner here in his pomp, he will act on any ground and showed himself to be in decent nick in the Sprint Cup at Haydock last month. A drop in class might be just the tonic for the eight-year-old veteran.
Tip: The Tin Man @ 3/1 with bet365
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