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ITV Racing Tips – Sandown and Haydock Selections on Saturday, 6th July

ITV Racing’s cameras focus on Sandown and Haydock. With Group race action at both tracks, Joe Napier has his eye on four selections who can land some profits.

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1.50 Sandown – Coral Charge (Group 3)

Both Live In The Dream and Twilight Calls are genuine Group 1 sprinters, but there is a cloud over the former’s form, while the latter’s tendency to duck the start is a big negative for Sandown for all he may be about to find his best stride. Preference is therefore for MAKAROVA, who has been running well and is drawn to go close here.

Ed Walker’s mare has form of 4667 in Group 1s since August, all of which have featured 15 or more runners. However, the key to her winning may well be that she was ridden more prominently at Royal Ascot last time, finishing only narrowly behind Twilight Calls, and that riding style from a plumb draw in stall 2 may be the difference. She was second in this last year and the returning winner is in weaker form. Overall, this looks just as winnable a renewal.

Coral Charge (Group 3) (Registered as the Sprint Stakes)

2.25 Sandown – Coral Challenge

There’s plenty of strong recent handicap form to go on here, but it is difficult to sort through Perotto, Metal Merchant and Holloway Boy, as all three finished prominently in Royal Ascot’s Royal Hunt Cup, but from different parts of the track. Sifting through who comes out the best treated here is therefore tricky, and with all similar prices, they are avoided.

Classic’s runner-up effort over course and distance three weeks ago entitles him to most respect aside from a chance selection in CICERO’S GIFT. Charles Hills’ four-year-old won on his first three starts, conceding 9lb to recent Queen Anne runner-up Docklands when the pair met in a Wolverhampton novice event last March before bolting up at Goodwood to maintain his 100% record.

That ensured he went off at just 12/1 for the St James’s Palace Stakes in 2023 in which he was seventh of nine without ever getting a clear run. That can be hugely upgraded, and he is very much a potential Group horse in a handicap here if able to negotiate a 382-day break. His win over Docklands came on his seasonal reappearance last season, and while that absence was nowhere near as long, it is worth banking on him returning in full health.

Coral Challenge (Handicap)

2.40 Haydock – bet365 Lancashire Oaks (Group 2)

The last ten renewals of the Lancashire Oaks have all gone to four-year-olds, so placing faith in one of the Classic generation is risky. However, the only representative of that age group boasts solid claims in FOREST FAIRY, as her older rivals do not set a daunting form standard, with favourite Tiffany having enough to prove back on turf in this country.

The selection won on her first two starts, scoring comfortably on debut at Wolverhampton before claiming the Listed Cheshire Oaks. The runner-up, Port Fairy, went on to win the Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot, so that form is solid, and Forest Fairy’s own disappointment in the Oaks at Epsom can be safely put down to her failure to handle the track. In receipt of 12lb, she may well still prove a Group race filly and there is value in her price.

bet365 Lancashire Oaks (Group 2) (Fillies & Mares)

3.15 Haydock – bet365 Old Newton Cup Handicap

Sticking with the Beckett yard, IF NOT NOW looks a cracking each-way bet in the big handicap at Haydock. He is a four-year-old who has raced only seven times, so not only is there room for more to come, but he looks well capable of landing a handicap prize now that he has dropped to a double-digit mark.

He won two of his first three starts, with a third in between at this venue a good effort on the figures given he was conceding 6lb to subsequent Queen’s Vase winner Gregory. He has subsequently proven inconsistent, finishing fifth in the Germany Derby, while also suffering heavy reverses at Doncaster and Epsom.

The latter was his most recent start, but he became unbalanced in the dip, and it is his third at Lingfield on return that is the standout form to make him an alluring option. That form has been franked by both the winner and runner-up since, especially the former, who went down by just a neck in Listed company at the end of June. If Not Now is now 3lb lower on suitable ground and back on a more galloping track.

bet365 Old Newton Cup Handicap
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