ITV Racing Betting Tips: Live TV Horse Racing Selections for Lingfield, Ascot & Haydock

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Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections for Saturday’s ITV Racing coverage of the meetings from Lingfield, Ascot and Haydock.

After some cracking midweek live TV action from the Chester May Festival meeting, the ITV Racing cameras are in action again on Saturday with an eight-race line-up which takes in the best of the day’s action across the day’s fixtures at Haydock, Lingfield and Ascot.

1:55 Lingfield – Betfred Mobile Oaks Trial Fillies’ Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (3yo) 1m3f133y

2:15 Ascot – Rosling King Handicap Cl3 (4yo+) 1m3f211y

2:30 Lingfield – Betfred Derby Trial Stakes (Listed Race) (Colts & Geldings) Cl1 (3yo) 1m3f133y

2:50 Ascot – Carey Group Buckhounds Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 1m3f211y

3:10 Haydock – Pertemps Network Swinton Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) Cl1 (4yo+) 1m7f144y

3:25 Ascot – Club Godolphin EBF “Breeders’ Series” Fillies’ Handicap Cl2 (3yo+) 1m

3:40 Lingfield – Betfred “Supports Jack Berry House” Chartwell Fillies’ Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 (3yo+) 7f

4:00 Ascot – totescoop6 Victoria Cup (Heritage Handicap) Cl2 (4yo+) 7f

Brian Healy assesses the day’s live TV horse racing action across all three fixtures where he has race-by-race tips for every race.

1:55 Lingfield – Betfred Mobile Oaks Trial Fillies’ Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (3yo) 1m3f133y

THE SKY IS BLAZING (5/4, Sky Bet) looked a very smart and exciting prospect when blitzing rivals at Newcastle on his debut in March, beating Multicultural by four lengths impressively.

William Haggas’ Sea The Stars filly fetched a tidy sum, and she is bred to come into her own over a stiffer test; she goes up in trip for this second career start, and open to plenty of improvement she can give her trainer another win in the race since 2012.

She could be hard to beat in this Oaks Trial contest if building on that impressive debut success and she can double up on her win tally.


William Haggas can get Saturday’s ITV racing action off to a winning start.

2:15 Ascot – Rosling King Handicap Cl3 (4yo+) 1m3f211y

APPEARED (9/2, Sky Bet) returned from an absence to score on his first outing for Roger Varian, having ran twice in Ireland for John Oxx where he failed to win.

The Dubawi gelding finished third next time at Chelmsford following that success, but he quickly put that reversal behind him when scoring at York twelve months ago to beat Life Less Ordinary; not at his best on his next outing, he weakened quickly and may have been amiss, and he was given a break.

Third to Frontiersman on his final start at Newmarket off this mark, he has been gelded in the interim prior to this return; but with the stable in decent form, he could have improvement to come, and if fit to go on his reappearance then he can get back on the scoresheet.

2:30 Lingfield – Betfred Derby Trial Stakes (Listed Race) (Colts & Geldings) Cl1 (3yo) 1m3f133y

TARTINI (9/2, William Hill) shaped well amid inexperience to get off the mark on his debut at Nottingham last term, and the Giant’s Causeway colt wasn’t seen to best effect at Epsom last month on his return where he looked in need of a stiffer test having done plenty of good late work.

John Gosden’s charge is bred to appreciate this longer trip, and with the potential for improvement on the back of that reappearance run he can do better with Frankie Dettori taking over in the saddle.

He remains an exciting prospect, and in receipt of 5lbs from the standard-setting Best Solution from the Godolphin camp he should be competitive and can resume winning ways here.

2:50 Ascot – Carey Group Buckhounds Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 1m3f211y

There is a chance he may need this first run of the season, but BAYDAR (7/1, Paddy Power) had looked a progressive sort last term, racking up a four-timer of successes which included a valuable Newbury handicap prior to bombing out in Listed company when last seen at Newmarket in October.

Hugo Palmer’s Rock Of Gibraltar colt couldn’t have been right that day given how quickly he capitulated and eventually trailing in a well-beaten last of seven; that run is forgiven based on his earlier progressive form, and he could bounce back here under Josephine Gordon to resume winning ways assuming he is fully wound up for his return.


Josephine Gordon can ride a winner at Ascot on board Baydar for Hugo Palmer.

3:10 Haydock – Pertemps Network Swinton Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) Cl1 (4yo+) 1m7f144y

A competitive renewal of the Swinton Hurdle can go to the lightly-raced MULTICULTURE (10/1, Bet365) who remains unexposed and comes into the race having won three of his four starts last term.

Philip Hobbs’ Mount Nelson gelding was a fair sort on the flat for John Murphy in Ireland prior to joining this yard where he made an impressive start to his hurdling career at Uttoxeter back in January.

No match for High Bridge at Newbury the following month, he has since posted wins at Wincanton and Warwick where he ran out a wide-margin winner both times; open to considerable improvement stepping into handicap company from a potentially lenient opening mark, he has the services of Richard Johnson in the saddle, and he could go close here.

3:25 Ascot – Club Godolphin EBF “Breeders’ Series” Fillies’ Handicap Cl2 (3yo+) 1m

ARISTOCRATIC (3/1, William Hill) has only once finished outside the frame in her nine career starts to date, and the Exceed and Excel filly can get off the mark for the season on the back of a promising return at Salisbury last month.

Sir Michael Stoute’s charge won at Kempton last term, beating Sunset Dream, and she followed up with in-the-frame efforts at Sandown and Kempton. Back from a break last time at Salisbury, she finished just over three lengths behind Cheval Blanche where she shaped as if the return to this stiffer test might suit.

She can race off the same mark here, and sure to strip fitter for her return she can resume winning ways.

3:40 Lingfield – Betfred “Supports Jack Berry House” Chartwell Fillies’ Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 (3yo+) 7f

QEMAH (4/6, William Hill) looks very difficult to oppose from making a winning return to action, and the French raider should take all the beating.

The Danehill Dancer filly has yet to finish worse than third in any of her eight career starts, and Jean-Claude Rouget’s star won twice at Group One level last term, posting wins in the Coronation Stakes at Ascot and following up at Deauville in the Rothschild.

Third to Alice Springs on her final outing, she won first time up twelve months ago and the class act in this field she escapes a penalty for those wins last term so meets the majority of this field on level weights.

A strong travelling sort, she should win this if anywhere near her best despite dropping back in trip on her return. 


Qemah should be hard to beat on his return to action.

4:00 Ascot – totescoop6 Victoria Cup (Heritage Handicap) Cl2 (4yo+) 7f

GEORGE WILLIAM (14/1, Bet365) won three times last term, scoring at Wolverhampton, Haydock and Chelmsford; while the Paco Boy gelding ran some good races in defeat in-between those wins, including when beaten a short-head behind Rostova at Newmarket last July.

Richard Hannon’s charge was given a break following his latest Chelmsford success over He’s No Saint, and he returned to action last month to register a narrow success at Nottingham from G K Chesterton. Arguably given too much to do at Newbury next time in the Spring Cup, he was a fast-finishing fourth behind Banksea, beaten less than one length.

The drop back in trip is no issue given all three wins last term came over this seven furlongs trip; raised just 1lb on the back of his Newbury fourth, he may have more to offer this term and drawn close to the pace he could get back on the scoresheet. 

SATURDAY 13 MAY ITV RACING TIPS – ASCOT, HAYDOCK & LINGFIELD

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