Our latest ITV racing tips feature eight selections from Ayr Gold Cup day and Newbury, as we look to help armchair punters bash the bookies.
There is a fine mixture of group-class contests and wide-open handicaps to get stuck into and we’ve got expert picks from PA’s Keith Hamer.
1.45 Newbury – JUDICIAL
Got back on track with victory in the Beverley Bullet and Julie Camacho’s speedster has an opportunity to follow that up in the Group 3 Dubai International Airport World Trophy.
2.00 Ayr – BOSTON GEORGE
Wasn’t beaten far when sixth of 16 in a valuable event at York recently and the feeling is that Keith Dalgleish’s colt still has a bit more to offer after only four runs this term.
2.20 Newbury – PONDUS
Can strike a blow for the Classic generation with victory over older rivals in the Group 3 Dubai Duty Free Legacy Cup.
James Fanshawe’s three-year-old has a progressive profile and is excused his only poor run behind Japan in the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot, because it probably came too soon and the mile and a half stretched him at that stage.
His latest effort in chasing home Addeybb at Haydock was a good performance on heavy ground that would not have been ideal. He will be much more at home in these faster conditions.
2.40 Ayr – LAHORE
The Silver Cup can go to Lahore, who has been one of the stars in former jockey Phillip Makin’s first season as a trainer.
The five-year-old was sixth in what looked a strong Great St Wilfrid and the Elusive Quality gelding may reward his handler with a notable triumph early in his new career.
2.55 Newbury – MYSTERY POWER
Can be forgiven his below-par display in the Vintage Stakes and is taken to redeem himself in the Group 2 Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes.
Richard Hannon’s smart youngster was found to have a respiratory problem when well-beaten behind the brilliant Pinatubo.
He is better judged on his success in the Superlative Stakes at Newmarket on his previous start.
3.15 Ayr – ALENEVA
Created a good impression when a well-backed winner on her Haydock debut back in early June, making all and keeping on gamely to hold off Walk In Marrakesh.
That runner-up franked the form by going on to land a hat-trick and it will be interesting to see how Richard Fahey’s charge has developed during a three-month lay-off.
3.30 Newbury – FOREST OF DEAN
Returned from a mid-summer break to secure convincing victories at Goodwood and York last month and this progressive three-year-old may still be ahead of the handicapper.
3.50 Ayr – SUMMERGHAND (nap)
Can finally achieve what he has been threatening all year and lift one of the biggest sprint handicaps in the calendar, the Ayr Gold Cup.
From the moment he just failed to peg back Flavius Titus after he encountered bad luck in running at Newmarket in April, David O’Meara’s five-year-old has been in many a punter’s notebook.
As yet, he has not quite delivered – despite heroic efforts in the Wokingham, Stewards’ Cup and Great St Wilfrid, when he was second behind the much-improved Dakota Gold.
However, those performances augur well in his bid to claim the jewel in the Western Meeting’s crown and boost our ITV racing tips.
Summerghand is in much better form than 12 months ago, when he was out of the money as Baron Bolt and Son Of Rest shared the prize.
It was heavy ground last year, but conditions will be more favourable this time and he looks to hold every chance of landing the spoils, to give his trainer a second Ayr Gold Cup after Louis The Pious in 2014.
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