A busy afternoon is in prospect for the ITV Racing team on Saturday as they broadcast eight races from Ascot and Haydock, including the first British Grade 1 jumps contest of the season, the Betfair Chase (3.00pm).
ITV Racing is on air from 1.25-4.15 on Saturday. You’ll find our tipster’s selections for every race plus some brilliant betting offers below.
ITV Racing tips – Ascot and Haydock, Saturday 21 November
Enda McElhinney has recommendations for all eight races. You can read the analysis behind his selections below.
Odds correct at time of publishing and may be subject to change.
1.50 Haydock – Betfair Racing Only Bettor Handicap Hurdle (2m 3f)
This is a tough opening handicap to pick apart, with 17 runners declared. Anthony Honeyball’s Kid Commando is likely to set the pace, while an opening mark of 130 could be attractive for Shakem Up’Arry if he can settle just off the pace. Fix Sun, On The Wild Side and War Lord all make degrees of appeal but David Pipe’s UMBRIGADO earns the call.
He’s a winner over 2m 2½f and ran well over three miles on this card last year before contesting a pair of hot races at Ascot and the Cheltenham Festival. He still has the look of an unexposed sort, Fergus Gillard claims a valuable 7lb and the Pond House team are in fine form right now.
2.05 Ascot – Chanelle Pharma 1965 Chase (Grade 2, 2m 5f)
A cracking contest is in prospect here, despite only four going to post. Last season’s efforts failed to yield a win for Black Corton and this is no easy starting point for Bryony Frost’s mount, and while Itchy Feet finished third in the Old Roan on his comeback at Aintree, doubts linger over his jumping.
The form of Imperial Aura’s Cheltenham Festival win is strong and he won the Colin Parker Memorial Chase at Carlisle on his return this month. That race fitness is a boost but REAL STEEL is a dangerous opponent on his first start for new trainer Paul Nicholls.
He was a dual winner at this level in Ireland last season and signed off his time with Willie Mullins by running a stormer to be sixth in the Gold Cup at Cheltenham. There are no worries about him going well after a lay-off and might have too much for the other trio.
Tip: Real Steel @ 2/1 with Betfair
2.25 Haydock – Betfair Exchange Stayers’ Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3, 3m)
David Pipe landed this contest in 2010, 2011 and 2013 and will be hoping his winning machine Main Fact has a strong chance now. The seven-year-old has won on all of his eight starts in 2020 (five over hurdles) and must be on any shortlist, despite being 15lb higher than when last spotted in this code.
Top weight is carried by 2018 Betfair Hurdle winner Kalashnikov, facing a stiff task back over hurdles but capable fresh and having undergone a wind operation.
The Jam Man routed a good field over fences in Ireland recently but faces a tough challenge from a career-high mark now, while the unexposed Imperial Alcazar could be a massive player for Fergal O’Brien if ready to roll first time out.
WHO DARES WINS is fit from his exploits on the Flat and has won from higher marks over hurdles before. Alan King’s runner should get the three miles around this circuit and looks a sure-fire each-way contender in a very competitive race.
Tip: Who Dares Wins 14/1 with Betfair
2.40 Ascot – Coral Hurdle (Grade 2, 2m 3f)
Disappointingly, only three go to post in this Grade 2. Song For Someone signed off last season by winning the Kingwell at Kempton in February and has scope for better things, while Call Me Lord was edged out by a strong stayer in If The Cap Fits when second in this race a year ago.
Call Me Lord, trained by Nicky Henderson, has the benefit of a recent run at Aintree to boost him but perhaps giving away 13lb to LAURINA is going to be too big a challenge.
Like Real Steel, she’s one of the Sullivan Bloodstock inmates to have left Willie Mullins for Ditcheat and she has had a wind operation since she was last spotted at Punchestown in February.
She had her problems last season but was fourth in the 2019 Champion Hurdle and the vibes from Ditcheat are positive ahead of her return.
Tip: Laurina @ 11/8 with Betfair
3.00 Haydock – Betfair Chase (Grade 1, 3m 1½f)
The main dish of the day and, as has become the norm, a small but select field for this first British Grade 1 chase of the season. Dual winner Bristol De Mai had no answer to LOSTINTRANSLATION a year ago and Colin Tizzard’s excellent jumper can prevail again.
He finished a close third in the Gold Cup when last spotted, another progressive effort, with both Nigel Twiston-Davies’ grey and Clan Des Obeaux well behind.
The latter had, of course, won a second King George on Boxing Day, a race in which Lostintranslation failed to fire. Paul Nicholls is upbeat about the hopes of Clan Des Obeaux here but, over 3m 1½f, the cards may fall for the reigning champion under Robbie Power.
Tip: Lostintranslation @ 5/4 with Betfair
3.17 Ascot – Coral Hurst Park Handicap Chase (2m 1f)
Magic Saint accounted for some useful rivals at Cheltenham but that was only eight days ago and this is asking a lot from a 7lb higher mark. Amoola Gold is 2-2 this season and respected despite his latest rise, while Capeland was well touted over track and trip three weeks ago only to crash out early on.
Irish raider ABBEY MAGIC has won four out of five over fences and is seemingly still on the upgrade after her win at Cork last month. Hers is an interesting bit of placement from Henry De Bromhead, as his only runner on the card, and it could prove a nice ride for Bryony Frost.
Tip: Abbey Magic @ 11/2 with Betfair
3.35 Haydock – My Odds Boost On Betfair Stayers’ Handicap Chase (3m 4½f)
There’s a proper marathon to end the card at Haydock and it’s one in which Kings Monarch may confirm superiority over Financial Outcome after they were first and second at Ffos Las last month. The latter is easily forgiven a lesser effort at Wetherby since, owing to a juddering early mistake.
The mare Midnight Tune isn’t dismissed despite carrying top weight but perhaps this thorough test of stamina is just what DON POLI wants now. He ran well for a long way in a Veterans’ Handicap Chase at Aintree (3m 1f, soft) last month on his first start for the Dan Skelton team and the former Gold Cup third could have a major say if he builds on that.
Tip: Don Poli @ 11/2 with Betfair
3.50 Ascot – Coral Supporting Prostate Cancer UK Standard Open NH Flat Race (2m)
There are some useful newcomers on paper, none more so than WRAYSFORD, whose trainer boasts a majestic record in this sphere. He looks the pick of Nicky Henderson’s pair (Hamilton’s Fantasy is the Seven Barrows trainer’s other runner) on the evidence of the riding arrangements, and is preferred over Wonderwall, a €105,000 gelding out of Yeats.
Tip: Wraysford @ 7/2 with Betfair
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