Thursday’s ITV Racing Tips from Newmarket and Pontefract
The latest schedule of ITV Racing takes place this week as the Newmarket Cambridgeshire meetings gets underway. There are six races on ITV4 on Thursday and Henry has picked out a selection from each of those races.
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The opener from ITV at Newmarket is a Nursery handicap over the 1m distance. Lost In Space bids to complete the hat-trick for powerful connections John Gosden and Qatar Racing and I’m sure he’ll do for many.
However, I prefer LAST SUNSET NB here for Godolphin. Last Sunset won well on debut before finishing second on his second and third starts. His last start was a cracking run under a penalty and the form looks strong. He now goes handicapping for the first time off what looks a lenient mark. It is also quite telling that the great Frankie Dettori comes here for the one ride.
We head to Pontefract for the next race and that it is a Class 3 handicap over 1m2f. Victory Chime has been running well of late and Beckett will be hoping he gets his head back in front sooner rather or later.
I like HIGHWAY GREY here who was a winning nap for us over this course and distance last week. He has a fine record over this course and distance and I think he has a fine chance of going in again for us under favourable conditions. David Allan and Tim Easterby continue to be in rude form.
The 2:25 from Newmarket is next up and it’s another handicap. This time it is a fillies handicap over 6f. Betsey Trotter heads the market after winning well last time out at Thirsk and now steps up in class.
I like GALE FORCE MAYA here for the Michael Dods team. She has been recently some really good races of late but just not quite getting the rub of the green to get her head in front. Conditions should be ideal today and she came second in this contest last year. I feel this is a weaker renewal and she’s sure to run her race at a decent price.
We head back to Pontefract for the next race and it is yet another competitive looming handicap, this time over 1m4f.
The one for me here is DARK JEDI who has the strongest piece of recent form when finishing second behind Euchen Glen at Haydock. Dark Jedi has been running well all summer and is thriving as of late. I see no reason why he won’t run his race again here and I think he’ll prove tough to beat judges on recent efforts.
It’s back to Newmarket for the 3pm contest which looks one of the more exciting races on today’s card. It is the Tattersalls Stakes, a Group 3 contest for the boys over 7f. Yazaman runs again here in what has been a busy campaign. He has struggled to get his head in front but the step up to 7f may well bring out some improvement.
Nevertheless I like LA BARROSA NAP here for Charlie Appleby and William Buick. He was very impressive when winning on his debut at Ascot. The son of Lope De Vega has a fine pedigree and I think he will come on again from his debut run and win this before stepping up in class again.
The finale on ITV today is the 3:35 race from Newmarket which is a listed contest over 2m. Mildenberger heads the market and has fine claims if returning in the same form after a small break. Withhold could get the run of things out in front and a bold bid will be expected if that’s the case.
However I am happy to chance GHOSTWATCH here who hasn’t been at his best of late. He ran well on his last start at Newmarket though when finishing a good second in a decent handicap over the July course. He then disappointed over at Deauville and then last time out at York. The ground was very soft there and I’m happy to give him another chance at a decent price here in what I’m hoping will be a great day for Godolphin and for us punters!
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