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ITV Racing Tips – Previews & Selections for All ELEVEN Races on Super Saturday

ITV Racing Tips. Selections for all eleven televised races on Super Saturday.

Super Saturday takes place this weekend with an incredible ELEVEN races scheduled on ITV’s main channel within a three-hour period. In anticipation of a jam-packed day’s action, our Racing Editor has produced previews and selections for all ITV races. Check this out below, alongside an exclusive Matchbook offer, which provides Money Back as a Free Bet up to £30 if your first bet loses.



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CHALLET – (1:45 York, John Smith’s Racing Handicap) 10.5

Isla Kai remains 8lb above his last winning mark and may prefer it a little softer, whilst Blue For You doesn’t carry the most consistent profile and should struggle to get the same easy lead allowed at Sandown last time.

At the prices, preference goes to CHALLET, winner of a course and distance handicap at this meeting last year.

Challet hasn’t managed to score in five starts this season, but he had run well in defeat in a pair of 7f handicaps here before finding the change to hold-up tactics against him at Musselburgh last time out.

That latest Musselburgh run brought Challet’s form figures from January-June to 93305572339 (0-11) compared with 3246113517314013 (5-16) from July onwards, so this is the time of year to catch him.

His form figures here at York currently read 11333, and top apprentice Harry Davies claims a handy 5lb. When taking that into account, Challet is now a couple of pounds below his last winning mark, and therefore at the prices looks worth being with.


13.45 John Smith’s Racing Handicap
Result
7th 8/1

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SILKEN PETALS – (2:05 Newmarket, Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa Fillies’ Handicap) 9.4

Kidwah represents last year’s winning stable and has won both starts to date, but she doesn’t appear to be chucked in off an opening mark of 88 and therefore appears to be a favourite worth taking on.

Preference goes to SILKEN PETALS, who had some exceptional early-season form to her name as a juvenile behind the likes of Sandrine (subsequent Group 2 winner) and Mr McCann (German 2000 Guineas fourth).

Twice a novice winner that summer, including when giving 3lb to the now 101-rated Vertiginous at Kempton in August, Silken Petals form fell off a cliff towards the end of her juvenile campaign, due to antics when in the stalls, and she was well held on seasonal debut at Chester in May.

However, Silken Petals put that run behind when runner-up in a course and distance handicap just over a fortnight ago, with the front pair pulling clear of the remainder. That was her first start over this 7f trip, so she retains untapped potential over this distance, and a mark of 82 is clearly workable on the pick of her form, so she looks the value play at the prices.


14.05 Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa Fillies’ Handicap
Result
2nd 9/1

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Newmarket Racecourses, The Links, Newmarket, Suffolk CB8 0TG. United Kingdom.

Newmarket Racecourse

Known as the headquarters of British racing, Newmarket’s Rowley Mile course features a clutch of top quality events such as the 1000 and 2000 Guineas in early May and Champions Day in October. One of the fairest tracks in the world, racing at the Rowley Mile is divided into two seasons, spring and autumn, and only on rare occasions does the ground ride on the soft side. Racing switches from the Rowley Mile to the popular July Course during the summer months. The highlight of the season is the Darley July Cup, Europe’s leading six furlongs sprint, which takes place on the final day of the three-day July Meeting. The six evening meetings are amongst the most popular fixtures staged anywhere in the country.


THUNDEROUS – (2:20 York, John Smith’s Silver Cup Stakes) 2.8

Only a field of three entered for this Group 3. Without A Fight was a course and distance winner last time out, seemingly confirming his stamina for this trip, but given that was run at a crawl and horses clearly failed to run to form, it mightn’t be form to take too seriously.

Given John Leeper was second that day, the vote goes to THUNDEROUS, who remains winless since landing the 2020 Dante at this track.

The Johnston’s gelding has run some creditable races in defeat recently, however, finishing a close second in the Ormonde at Chester before occupying the same finishing position behind Stradivarius in the Yorkshire Cup over this track and trip.

That form reads well in the context of this race and Thunderous can be forgiven for a subsequent Sandown fourth where he failed to see out the 2m trip. Back down in distance here expect him to be ridden positively by Franny Norton, and if so he’s going to take plenty of pegging back at what appears to be his favourite course.


14.20 John Smith’s Silver Cup Stakes (Group 3)

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LAASUDOOD – (2:40 Newmarket, bet365 Mile Handicap) 4.2

Jimi Hendrix is up 5lb for his Britannia third, which clearly demands more, and the handicapper doesn’t appear to have taken too many chances with Bay Of Honour off an opening mark of 94.

The vote goes to LAASUDOOD, who bumped into the subsequent King George V winner Secret State (that form has been franked) when second at Nottingham on his stable/seasonal debut back in May.

Laasudood himself made a successful handicap debut at Doncaster last month, showing a good attitude once challenged to ultimately run out a length and a quarter winner. That tactical race wouldn’t have been ideal for Laasudood, and he’s going to be far better suited by having a decent pace to aim at over this trip. Christophe Soumillon looks a notable booking by connections, and even up 7lb Laasudood appears to be a horse ahead of his mark.

Godolphin’s New Kingdom has been gelded since last seen and his classy juvenile form suggests there is a decent race in him at some stage. He could outrun healthy odds and perhaps grab a place behind the selection.


14.40 bet365 Mile Handicap
Result
7th 3/1

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GET AHEAD – (3:00 Ascot, Betfred Heritage Handicap) 18

A typically competitive sprint handicap here, and the 3yos Lovely Mana and Bold Chairman are both interesting contenders. Albeit in the case of the latter, he’s not guaranteed to build on his Royal Ascot fourth given his good record fresh.

A chance instead is taken on fellow 3yo GET AHEAD, who took a course and distance maiden on debut last May before finishing sixth in the Queen Mary at the Royal meeting.

Off that track subsequently (was found to be lame after that Queen Mary run), Get Ahead hasn’t managed to score in four starts this year but has run to a solid level of defeat on each occasion, despite a tendency to race keenly.

A strong pace to aim at might help Get Ahead settle better, and it’s clearly a plus that she’s back at this track, the scene of her sole win to date. Trainer Clive Cox is a master with sprinters and it seems notable that he throws Get Ahead into this competitive handicap.

Tim Easterby’s Count D’orsay has been unlucky of late and went well on his last visit to Ascot. He is another to consider for all that his very best form has tended to come on a slightly easier surface.


15.00 Betfred Heritage Handicap
Result
11th 16/1

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ISAAC SHELBY – (3:15 Newmarket, bet365 Superlative Stakes) 5

Victory Dance came with a late rattle to go in over course and distance last time, albeit you could argue that race set up for him and despite his trainer’s excellent recent record in this event, he looks too short in the betting.

Lion Of War didn’t have to come off the bridle to score at Newcastle last time, but this is a huge step up in class, and his Leicester maiden form has received significant knocks since (second rated only 67).

Dark Thirty was only fifth in a weak Chesham, and although you could argue For A Laugh might be a little overpriced having caught the eye on debut, it’s a big ask to break his maiden tag at this level.

A confident vote goes to ISAAC SHELBY, who was representing a stable not renowned for first-time-out juvenile winners when backed into 100/30 for a Newbury maiden on debut earlier this year. He showed that support to be completely justified with an impressive three-and-a-half-length victory.

Sean Levey keeps the partnership intact on Saturday afternoon, and whilst this quicker surface is an unknown his action suggests that he will have no problems handling it.


15.15 bet365 Superlative Stakes (Group 2)
Result
1st 7/2

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Today’s Racecards


MUTASAABEQ – (3:35 Ascot, Fred Cowley MBE Memorial Summer Mile Stakes) 4.6

This has been an absolute paradise race for favourite backers, with the last nine market leaders all obliging. Chindit should hold that mantle in 2022, having bumped into Baaeed the last twice, but connections do feel he’s at his best on a straight track, and since his 2020 Champagne Stakes victory he’s 0-8 at Group 2 level or higher.

At the prices, therefore, he looks worth opposing, with MUTASAABEQ, a representative of last year’s winning stable, taken to land this prize.

This Shadwell-owned 4yo hasn’t quite built on some of the promise he showed early in his career, but he has been relatively consistent in three starts this campaign, backing up a Thirsk conditions success with narrow defeats in Group company at Sandown and Epsom the last twice.

Mutasaabeq hung down the camber last time out and getting back on a more conventional track looks a big plus for him, and it’s notable that connections have resisted the urge to geld him, clearly feeling that he’s capable of better than what he’s shown up to now.


15.35 Fred Cowley MBE Memorial Summer Mile Stakes (Group 2)
Result
2nd 7/2

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STAR OF ORION – (3:50 Newmarket, bet365 Bunbury Cup) 14

Rob Hornby and Ralph Beckett teamed up for big-race success at Newmarket yesterday with Prosperous Voyage and a little over 24 hours later the partnership can claim further July Festival glory with STAR OF ORION in the prestigious Bunbury Cup.

This lad has been a big eyecatcher in both starts this season, performing well against the stands rail bias in the Victoria Cup (8th) before enduring a nightmare run in the Buckingham Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot (13th).

Star Of Orion hacked up on his only previous run over this course and distance, and he’s now just 2lb above that winning mark, his form figures of 212 in July suggests that this could be the time to catch him, and he’s definitely got his ground.

Being drawn middle to high has traditionally been the place to be in this race, which would be a negative for the fancied trio of Montassib (6), Samburu (7) and Jumby (5).

Al Rufaa is 2-2 here, but form figures of 591000 in fields of 10+ compared to 1114722 in single-figure fields suggest that he might find the big field against him.

Persuasion is one of the more interesting bigger priced outsiders, with his form figures on 7f on ground officially described as good to firm currently reading 1103 (bled from the nose on the disappointing run).


15.50 bet365 Bunbury Cup (Heritage Handicap)
Result
14th 12/1

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JUST FINE – (4:05 York, John Smith’s Cup Handicap) 14

A typically competitive renewal of the John Smith’s Cup is in prospect here.

Rogue Bear should really have won over this course and distance last time, but he’s up 2lb in a tougher race, whilst last year’s Cambridgeshire runner-up Anmaat represents a shrewd yard but, on jockey bookings at least, may be the lesser fancied of the two Shadwell runners.

Brilliant Light looks better over further and is possibly handicapped up to his best now, whilst Caradoc (no win since September 2019) and Greatgadian (3-3 on the all-weather compared with 1-8 on turf) both have their own questions to answer.

Sean Davis is a fascinating jockey booking for La Trinidad, for all that the horse is yet to conclusively prove that he stays this far, and instead, it’s a horse dropping back in trip, JUST FINE that is preferred.

Sir Michael Stoute’s charge was an eyecatcher in a 1m4f handicap here on seasonal debut, travelling well into the race before his effort petered out late on.

That form looks solid, the second Forta Ortza won here yesterday whilst the fourth, Global Storm, finished third in the Group 2 Princess Of Wales’s at Newmarket on Thursday. Just Fine failed to go on from that when only eighth in the Duke Of Edinburgh at Royal Ascot last month, but it wasn’t the first time he’d struggled at that track/meeting or over 1m4f, with all of Just Fine’s best form coming over 1m2f.

That suggests that dropping back to this distance will suit, and it’s worth mentioning that he bounced back from a poor 2021 Royal Ascot run to score next time out, which was his third start that season.

A mark of 96 doesn’t look insurmountable for Just Fine, particularly as he gets the fast ground that he craves, and he can provide jockey Richard Kingscote with a Saturday winner in the silks of Her Majesty the Queen.


16.05 John Smith’s Cup Handicap
Result
6th 12/1

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HAPPY ROMANCE – (4:25 Newmarket, Darley July Cup Stakes) 29

A fascinating renewal of this Group 1, Perfect Power has to be respected on the back of his Commonwealth Cup success, for all that this track poses him with a different test, particularly taking on his elders for the first time.

At the prices, a chance is taken on HAPPY ROMANCE, who brought her record at Group 1 level to 0-6 when seventh in the Platinum Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot last month.

That wasn’t the first time that she’d disappointed at Ascot, however, and on her start prior she was a very respectable second in the Al Quoz sprint in Dubai; Naval Crown fourth.

6f on quick ground appears to be her optimum conditions, as she showed when a fast-finishing fourth in the Haydock Sprint Cup last September, and with the likes of Flaming Rib and King Hermes both potential pace angles that are drawn low, this could set up for her late.


16.25 Darley July Cup Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series)
Result
5th 33/1

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York Racecourse,
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York Racecourse

Known as ‘The Knavesmire’, racing has been staged over this turf since 1731 and is without question one of the most attractive racecourses in the world. The highlight of each season is the prestigious three-day Ebor Meeting in August which features three Group 1 races. The Dante Meeting in May, also over three days, is another immensely popular fixture featuring a mix of classic trials, pattern races for older horses and top-class handicaps.


WINTER POWER – (4:40 York, John Smith’s City Walls Stakes) 3.6

Last year’s Nunthorpe winner, WINTER POWER, takes a significant class drop for this Listed contest, a race she won comfortably 12 months ago.

Now 3-4 over this course and distance, the return to York is an obvious plus for Winter Power, and her official mark of 114 puts her well clear on these terms.

Winter Power has struggled in both starts this campaign, but reading between the lines she badly needed her comeback run at Haydock in May, and it looked far from ideal racing away from the main action in the King’s Stand at Royal Ascot last month.

There were clear excuses, therefore, for those showings, and it might just be that we finally see the real Winter Power back in action on Saturday.

Caturra should have this run to suit and hasn’t had much luck in running the last twice. If the gaps appear this time around he can chase the selection home.


16.40 John Smith’s City Walls Stakes (Listed Race)
Result
6th 5/2

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ITV Racing Tips (09/07/22)

CHALLET – (1:45 York, John Smith’s Racing Handicap) 10.5

SILKEN PETALS – (2:05 Newmarket, Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa Fillies’ Handicap) 9.4

THUNDEROUS – (2:20 York, John Smith’s Silver Cup Stakes) 2.8

LAASUDOOD – (2:40 Newmarket, bet365 Mile Handicap) 4.2

GET AHEAD – (3:00 Ascot, Betfred Heritage Handicap) 18

ISAAC SHELBY – (3:15 Newmarket, bet365 Superlative Stakes) 5

MUTASAABEQ – (3:35 Ascot, Fred Cowley MBE Memorial Summer Mile Stakes) 4.6

STAR OF ORION – (3:50 Newmarket, bet365 Bunbury Cup) 14

JUST FINE – (4:05 York, John Smith’s Cup Handicap) 14

HAPPY ROMANCE – (4:25 Newmarket, Darley July Cup Stakes) 29

WINTER POWER – (4:40 York, John Smith’s City Walls Stakes) 3.6