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ITV Racing Tips – Selections In All Seven Live Races On Saturday

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ITV Racing hosts a busy schedule on Saturday, with seven races broadcasted live from Ascot & York. Check our selections out in each race below, alongside an exclusive 888Sport offer, which provides £30 in Free Bets + A £10 Casino Bonus.


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Glenlaurel (1:50 Ascot, Princess Margaret Keeneland Stakes)

ITV’s afternoon begins with a Group 3 six-furlong contest from Ascot. Trainer Ralph Beckett will be hopeful of getting off to the perfect start this weekend as Lezoo looks to return to winning ways after losing her unbeaten record to Mawj in the Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes at Newmarket’s July festival. The Zoustar filly was foot perfect in her opening two starts and many will expect her to come home in front with Frankie Dettori maintaining the partnership. 

However, at the prices, it may pay to take on Ralph Beckett’s filly and the one runner who appeals most is Kevin Ryan’s GLENLAUREL. A daughter of Lope De Vega, she made an eye-catching winning debut over six furlongs at Thirsk last month, always travelling strongly under jockey Kevin Stott before displaying a smart and decisive turn of foot to win by 3¾ lengths at the line. Connections have wasted little time in stepping her up in class this weekend and considering she already holds a preliminary entry in the Group 2 Sky Bet Lowther Stakes at York next month, Glenlaurel is clearly held in the highest regard at home and is definitely a filly to keep firmly on side as the season unfolds. 


13.50 Princess Margaret Keeneland Stakes (Group 3) (Fillies)
Result
6th 5/1
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Val De Travers (2:05 York, Sky Bet ‘Jump Jockeys’ Nunthorpe’ Handicap)

Jump jockeys take centre stage in York’s opening contest this weekend and perhaps last year’s winning rider Tom Scudamore can follow up in this season’s renewal as he partners Mick Appleby’s VAL DE TRAVERS on Saturday afternoon.  

Renowned for improving runners who make the move to his Oakham-based yard, Mick Appleby has certainly found the key to Val De Travers in his outings this season. Winless in his opening six starts previously, the four-year-old made the ideal start for new connections when landing an apprentice contest over five furlongs at Nottingham on stable debut back in April off a mark of 57. A winner at Thirsk in May, he put behind a below-par effort at Windsor on his penultimate start when regaining the winning thread with a comfortable success at Musselburgh on his latest outing, defeating Jim Goldie’s subsequent three-time winner Sound Of Iona in the process. 

With the form of his last latest victory taking a significant boost, a mark of 75 could still leave Val De Travers feasibly handicapped and it would be no surprise to see the progressive four-year-old add to his tally with another stylish success this weekend. 


14.05 Sky Bet “Jump Jockeys’ Nunthorpe” Handicap (To Be Ridden By Professional Jump Jockeys)
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Zanbaq (2:25 Ascot, Longines Valiant Stakes)

There are a few to consider in this Group 3 contest but preference certainly lies with ZANBAQ who looks more than capable of making her mark at pattern level at some stage this season. 

A winner on her only start as a juvenile at Kempton last season, Roger Varian’s filly was pitched into Listed company on just her second racecourse outing when returning as a three-year-old at Goodwood in April. Third on that occasion, she was far from disgraced behind the likes of subsequent Group 3 winner Bashkirova. Faced with a golden opportunity when returning to winning ways back in novice company at Haydock in May, connections decided to enter Zanbaq in the Sandringham Stakes at Royal Ascot last month. 

Despite carrying a big weight in that handicap contest, the daughter of Oasis Dream went down as a real eye-catcher in the class 2 contest, staying on powerfully on the run to the line under Jim Crowley before being badly hampered by Richard Hannon’s eventual winner, Heredia. Stepping up into Group company for the first time on Saturday, she appears to have plenty of scope for improvement after just four career outings and it will be disappointing if Zanbaq fails to land the spoils following her excellent second over course and distance at the Royal meeting last month. 


14.25 Longines Valiant Stakes (Group 3) (Fillies & Mares)
Result
5th 13/8
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Atomic Lady (2:40 York, Sky Bet Dash Handicap)

It’s no surprise to see the likes of Silver Samurai and Nationwide towards the top of the betting given their recent efforts on track, and while both are entitled to plenty of respect once again on Saturday afternoon, it could pay to take a chance on one at a much bigger price. Trainer Tim Easterby knows what it takes to win this particular contest after sending out Flying Pursuit to land back-to-back renewals in 2017 & 2018 and although he runs four in here, it’s ATOMIC LADY that makes the most appeal. 

Although yet to fire this season, Tim Easterby’s Kodiac filly is certainly not devoid of ability and enjoyed a productive campaign as a two-year-old last year. Third on her debut at Thirsk last May, she wasted little time in building on her promising debut effort, landing a novice contest at Ripon on her third start before following up on her handicap debut over six furlongs at York off an opening mark of 74. Arguably unlucky not to add to her tally when finishing a neck second in the valuable Goffs UK Premier Yearling Stakes over that same course and distance in August, she rounded off her juvenile year with an equally smart performance at Ripon, finishing third in Listed company behind the established Group winning sprinter Flotus. 

Said to have suffered an injury at home in the off-season, it’s clearly taken Atomic Lady slightly longer to come to hand as a three-year-old and despite finishing down the field in her three outings this term, she remains very much capable of winning from her current mark of 85 and could outrun her odds now returning back to the Knavesmire. 


14.40 Sky Bet Dash Handicap
Result
13th 12/1
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Star Of Orion (3:00 Ascot, Moet & Chandon International Stakes)

It’s certainly difficult to have a strong opinion in this wide-open 22-runner handicap but it might be worth giving STAR OF ORION another chance to show that he is a well-handicapped individual despite running some way below his best last time out at Newmarket’s July Festival. Prior to his below-par effort last time out, Ralph Beckett’s charge had caught the eye with an encouraging return to action in the Victoria Cup at Ascot in May. Drawn in stall 8 on that occasion, the four-year-old was beaten just six lengths at the line despite being badly hampered at the start, in a race that ultimately favoured those that were drawn high – the first three home that day came from stalls 27, 26 and 28. 

Lining up off a mark of 98 on his penultimate start in the Buckingham Palace Stakes, Star Of Orion again entered the notebook after enduring a luckless run throughout the seven-furlong contest. Drawn towards the middle of the track in stall 16, he dwelt as soon as the stalls opened and quickly found himself on the back foot. Racing towards the rear of the field as a result of his tardy start, the Footstepsinthesand gelding tried to take closer order with two furlongs to go but was briefly short of room before encountering a wall of horses when trying to deliver his challenge. Second by a short head in last year’s renewal off a mark of 97, the four-year-old now finds himself dangerously well treated off a 1lb lower mark this time around and with double-figure odds currently available, Ralph Beckett’s charge represents solid each-way value here. 


15.00 Moet & Chandon International Stakes (Heritage Handicap)
Result
17th 16/1
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Dubai Honour (3:15 York, Sky Bet York Stakes)

The feature contest at York on Saturday afternoon can go the way of William Haggas’ DUBAI HONOUR, who came a long way in a short space of time for connections last season and should strip fitter following his seasonal reappearance in the Dubai Sheema Classic at Meydan back in March. 

A winner of a novice contest at Haydock as a juvenile, the Pride Of Dubai gelding simply went from strength to strength last season. Poorly drawn when finishing fourth in the Britannia Stakes on his opening start at three, William Haggas’ charge went on to win his next three starts over ten furlongs, landing a Newmarket handicap in July before going on to complete back-to-back Group 2 victories in France at Deauville and Longchamp.

Returning to British soil in October, he then ran a mighty race to finish three parts of a length behind French raider Sealiway in the Group 1 Champion Stakes at Ascot having been supplemented for £75,000. Sent to contest the Group 1 Hong Kong Cup at Sea Tin on his final three-year-old outing in December, Dubai Honour again performed with plenty of credit in defeat, finishing best of the British and Irish challengers in fourth – beaten just a length and a half at the line. 

Connections will be very keen to land a Group 1 prize with Dubai Honour this season and with the four-year-old lining up against Group 2 opposition this weekend, it’s difficult to look past William Haggas’ runner and Group 1 targets such as the Juddmonte and Irish Champion Stakes will be very much on his agenda towards the end of the year. 


15.15 Sky Bet York Stakes (Group 2)
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Emily Upjohn (3:35 Ascot, King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes)

The day’s feature race promises to be a spectacular contest with the majority of the six runners holding claims in some shape or form. The obvious starting point here is Ralph Beckett’s Westover, who didn’t get the rub of the green when finishing with plenty of running left in Epsom’s prestigious Classic back in June but certainly made no mistake when thumping seven rivals in the Irish equivalent last time out. Many punters will expect the exciting Frankel colt to put up a similar performance here, however, he faces some interesting and established rivals this weekend and is plenty short enough as things stand. 

The likes of Broome and Pyledriver will both have to produce career-best efforts to come home in front on Saturday afternoon, while last year’s surprise Arc winner Torquator Tasso must now prove that he handles quicker ground after returning to winning ways in Group 2 company in Hamburg earlier this month. Team Gosden fire two of their strongest bullets here and although globetrotting superstar Mishriff caught many people’s eye behind Vadeni in the Coral-Eclipse last time out, it’s EMILY UPJOHN who is taken to come out on top. 

The Sea The Stars filly followed up her emphatic Sandown novice victory in April with an equally impressive performance in the Group 3 Musidora Stakes at York the following month, stretching effortlessly clear of her four rivals to win by five and a half lengths. Although her unbeaten record came to an end when narrowly defeated by Tuesday in the Cazoo Oaks at Epsom in June, she still deserves enormous credit given the way in which that race ultimately unfolded.

Restless beforehand, she was awkwardly away under Frankie Dettori and was immediately on the back foot towards the rear of the field. Regaining her momentum, she was last off the bridle turning into the straight before launching her challenge towards the stands’ side rail but her effort was ultimately in vain as she failed to reel in the eventual winner who got first run on her. Both Taghrooda and Enable have both won this contest as three-year-old fillies for the yard in the past and although Emily Upjohn takes on the boys for the very first time this weekend, she is very much on the up and a bold bid from the Gosden filly looks assured. 


15.35 King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series)
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ITV Racing Selections – 23rd July

Glenlaurel (1:50 Ascot, Princess Margaret Keeneland Stakes) 13/2

Val De Travers (2:05 York, Sky Bet ‘Jump Jockeys’ Nunthorpe’ Handicap) 15/2

Zanbaq (2:25 Ascot, Longines Valiant Stakes) 2/1

Atomic Lady (2:40 York, Sky Bet Dash Handicap) 16/1

Star Of Orion (3:00 Ascot, Moet & Chandon International Stakes) 16/1

Dubai Honour (3:15 York, Sky Bet York Stakes) 7/4

Emily Upjohn (3:35 Ascot, King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes) 11/4


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