Our latest ITV racing tips feature a magnificent seven selections from Newbury, Ripon and Newmarket, as we look to help armchair punters bash the bookies.
There are two Group-class events from the Berkshire track, plus some cracking handicap contests, and we’ve got expert picks from PA’s Anita Chambers.
1.50 Newbury – THUNDEROUS
Mark Johnston’s charge can maintain his unbeaten record in the Listed-class Denford Stakes.
He has claimed comfortable victories at Doncaster and Redcar so far and looks the type to improve again when stepped up in trip, but this seven furlongs is good enough for now.
2.05 Ripon – DALTON
Finished well to win at Nottingham in June and put a couple of below-par efforts behind him when a staying-on third at this venue recently.
2.25 Newbury – TECHNICIAN
Martyn Meade’s runner has had a patchy campaign, running two excellent races at the start of the year before flopping badly at Chester when the yard’s horses were all wrong.
He bounced back to form with a hard-fought victory in a French Listed race in June, but then found nothing really working in his favour at Goodwood.
Technician was stuck out wide and hit a bit of trouble in running before fading into sixth – a result that clearly did not represent his best effort.
The Mastercraftsman colt has a few questions to answer now, but if he is to take up his St Leger engagement next month, he will need to run well in the Group Three Geoffrey Freer Stakes.
2.45 Newmarket – MY STYLE
Seemed to be getting his act together when third at Ffos Las at the end of last month and will hopefully continue on an upward curve.
3.00 Newbury – GRAPHITE STORM
Clive Cox’s five-year-old is coming off a gutsy success at Newmarket and is a proven performer at this course from when scoring here as a juvenile back in September 2016.
3.15 Ripon – BELATED BREATH
Has been running well in some competitive heats and can enjoy her moment in the spotlight in the Great St Wilfrid Handicap.
Beaten into third at Windsor on her most recent outing, that form got a bit of a boost when the second that day, Open Wide, filled the same position in the Stewards’ Cup at Goodwood.
Belated Breath’s previous run at Newmarket looked decent too, so while she is on a career high mark of 91, she is not one to discount yet.
3.35 Newbury – HEY GAMAN
Can reverse recent Goodwood form with Sir Dancealot and take the glory in the Group Two Hungerford Stakes.
The pair finished first and second in the Lennox Stakes late last month, with Hey Gaman possibly doing a bit too much through the early stages before being swamped by the winner at the finish.
Sir Dancealot raced more patiently that day and just had too much toe at the finish, but Hey Gaman certainly deserves plenty of credit for both that run and his previous effort, when he was not beaten far by subsequent Group One scorer Romanised.
Hey Gaman, who won the Denford Stakes on this card two years ago, is getting 3lb from Sir Dancealot this time, having raced off level weights at Goodwood, which should be enough to turn things around for our ITV racing tips.
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