We’re hoping to bash the bookies with six of the best selections from Newmarket and Haydock in this Saturday’s ITV Racing tips.
The Cambridgeshire is one of the Flat season’s biggest betting events at HQ, where some high-class juveniles will also be on show.
1.50 Newmarket – ROYAL PATRONAGE
This likeable son of Wootton Bassett was out of luck in his first two starts, although on the second occasion he chased home National Stakes victor Native Trail at Sandown.
He then came of age at Epsom when bolting up by five lengths, but punters were unimpressed by that form and Royal Patronage was able to go off as a 25/1 shot for the Acomb at York.
It could be argued his rivals allowed him too much leeway up front, but Mark Johnston’s runner stayed every yard of the seven furlongs to win by just under three lengths and switching up to a mile for this contest promises to be even more suitable.
Masekela looks the one to beat with some fine form in the book, including when edged out by the aforementioned Native Trail on his penultimate run.
However, Royal Patronage has plenty in his favour and his Knavesmire win has already had a boost, so we’re backing him to raise his game again in the Group Two Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes.
2.05 Haydock – NOBLE DYNASTY
Returned from five months off to scramble home by a short-head at Thirsk and looks worth following with Charlie Appleby’s yard in such superb form.
2.25 Newmarket – ZAIN CLAUDETTE
Has improved with every start and can again find the necessary extra progress in the Group One Juddmonte Cheveley Park Stakes.
Trained by Ismail Mohammed, Zain Claudette has been beaten just once in four starts to date, looking in need of the experience when edged out by a neck on debut at Goodwood.
The No Nay Never filly has not looked back since, losing her maiden tag at Newmarket in June before taking a huge leap forward to win the Group Three Princess Margaret Stakes at Ascot in July.
She beat Desert Dreamer, who tries her luck again here, by a nose that day, but the margin probably is not a fair reflection of the run as she had plenty to do and was putting in all her best work at the end.
Mohammed then took her to York, where she made full use of a 3lb weight concession to beat Sandrine a length in the Lowther, with Desert Dreamer a creditable third after her saddle slipped.
2.40 Haydock – COPPER KNIGHT
After claiming a 10th career victory at York, Tim Easterby’s admirable seven-year-old was only headed close home when second over this course and distance and can be forgiven for fading late on in the ultra-competitive Portland Handicap at Doncaster.
3.00 Newmarket – PERFECT POWER (nap)
Richard Fahey’s charge can add a second Group One prize to his CV by winning the Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes.
He posted a memorable effort to get off the mark at the top table last time, reversing previous form with a couple of runners to sprint clear inside the final furlong in the Prix Morny at Deauville.
Having come from behind, the son of Ardad showed plenty of determination to find a run and then pull clear, easily holding Trident by a length and quarter.
The reopposing Asymmetric, who had beaten Perfect Power previously at Goodwood, had no reply in third and, given our selection’s less than ideal passage on the Sussex Downs, it was perhaps not too much of a surprise to see him turn around that running.
Winner of the Norfolk in June, when beating Go Bears Go a head, Perfect Power is certainly among the top rank of this year’s juvenile crop and can strike again for our ITV Racing tips.
3.40 Newmarket – CHICHESTER
It is easy to see why Chichester has been the subject of strong support for the Cambridgeshire over the last few days.
He secured his third win of the season for Keith Dalgleish at Ayr last weekend, adding to earlier victories at Newcastle in April and in the competitive Carlisle Bell in June.
Chichester had endured a few reverses following that latter win, but his third place at Newcastle in August now reads quite well, given winner Injazati was impressive at Newbury last week, while his second to Tregony at the same track was another decent effort.
Returned at 6/1 at Ayr, he made a mockery of that price as he cantered home by six and a half lengths – showing a fine change of gear in the closing stages in the process.
The four-year-old is saddled with a 4lb penalty for that verdict, taking him to a mark of 91, but given the handicapper has provisionally raised him to a perch of 100 following his Ayr display, Dalgleish’s charge is incredibly well in.
Add on the fact Dalgleish has booked Hollie Doyle and Chichester ticks plenty of boxes.
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