ITV Racing Tips: We’re off to see the wizard!

 | Friday 10th May 2024, 16:23pm

Friday 10th May 2024, 16:23pm

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After a terrific week at Chester, and on the eve (ish) of York's Dante meeting, we pause to take in some superb Saturday fare in front of the extremely busy ITV cameras. They were on the Roodee, and they'll be on the Knavesmire shortly - but for May 11 it's four from Lingfield, three from Ascot, and a big handicap hurdle from Haydock. First race coverage-wise is at 13:30.

Trials for both the Betfred Oaks and Derby take pride of place at Lingers (plus the Group 3 Chartwell), while Ascot has three handicaps including the 20+ runner Victoria Cup. Haydock's timber-toppers meanwhile chase a tasty £45k first prize in the Swinton. We had winners at Chester this week, and here's our idea on the ITV Racing Tips front for this week. Good luck if you're playing, have fun, and enjoy!

ITV Racing Tips Saturday

  • 13:30 Ascot - Kotari @ 7/2
  • 13:50 Lingfield - Aimeric @ 9/4
  • 14:05 Ascot - My Margie each-way @ 8/1
  • 14:25 Lingfield - Danielle @ 5/4
  • 14:40 Ascot - Hickory each-way @ 11/1
  • 15:00 Lingfield - Defiance @ 9/4
  • 15:15 Haydock - Rare Middleton each-way @ 9/1
  • 15:35 Lingfield - Great Generation @ 9/4

The ITV Racing schedule for Saturday May 11 in full;

13:30 Ascot Peroni Nastro Handicap 1m 4f

13:50 Lingfield William Hill Epic Value Handicap 1m 2f

14:05 Ascot Peroni EBF Fillies’ Handicap 1m

14:25 Lingfield William Hill Oaks Trial 1m 4f

14:40 Ascot Victoria Cup - Handicap 7f

15:00 Lingfield William Hill Derby Trial 1m 4f

15:15 Haydock Pertemps Network Swinton Handicap Hurdle 2m

15:35 Lingfield William Hill Chartwell Fillies’ Stakes 7f

The rationale;

13:30 Ascot - Kotari @ 7/2

We're paying four places each-way, so it's an option here particularly if my selection Kotari drifts from the 7/2 or thereabouts that's available as I write.

Gary and Josh Moore train, and Jason Watson is on board. Just six days ago the five-year-old Nathaniel gelding sluiced up on heavy ground at Salisbury. He's up two notches to a Class 3 today but such was the improvement shown it's understandable that connections are rolling the dice again so soon.

It was a huge leap in terms of form. He's a fairly modest hurdler too but in the last couple of months is enjoying a purple patch on the level, having also won at Windsor. He's up 5lb for Salisbury but will hopefully have a bit of juice in the ground (the forecast is good-to-soft) as he evidently enjoys getting his toe in.

Kotari 13.30 Ascot

13:50 Lingfield - Aimeric @ 9/4

James Doyle has been one of the 'hot' jocks in recent weeks and he's aboard Aimeric for Newmarket handler Roger Varian. The five-year-old Frankel gelding runs in the famous silks of Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum, whose Rosallion ran so well in the 2000 Guineas last week.

The selection is making his seasonal reappearance but signed off for 2023 with a cosy win in this grade at Beverley in the autumn. He's up 6lb for that but it was a career-best and his trainer's in fine fettle, operating at a 20% strike-rate over the last fortnight.

'The Doyler' has ridden the horse before and can win on him today.

Aimeric Lingfield 13.50

14:05 Ascot - My Margie each-way @ 8/1

Four places each-way for this competitive heat, so that's the way I'm leaning.

My Margie is in the care of Richard Hughes, who enjoyed a real purple patch of his own earlier this season, with winners flying in from all angles. The stats are not quite so sensational now but this is a lightly-raced three-year-old daughter of the mighty Dandy Man, who's won her last two starts in progressive fashion.

She takes a step up in class now, and must defy a 7lb hike too - but the last success 29 days ago was a cosy one and she's certainly heading in the right direction. The mile trip looks ideal and I'm very hopeful that she can challenge for top honours.

My Margie Ascot 14.05 each-way

14:25 Lingfield - Danielle @ 5/4

One of the major trials for the Betfred Oaks, and I'm relying on a stable that has a sensational record in the premier fillies' Classic. Newmarket's Clarehaven Stables, home to the Gosden family enterprise, field Cracksman filly Danielle here, and she looks the part in every respect.

One quiet run at two, and a couple of very promising outings this term at three, culminating in an emphatic 12l win at Wetherby in a little novice stakes race. A Racing Post Rating of 93 that day is testament to the potential this one undoubtedly possesses.

She's as short as 8/1 for the Oaks itself and a handsome win here would put that under pressure. Runs in the legendary Oppenheimer silks, graced by the likes of Golden Horn and her talented father. Mouth-watering contest in prospect.

Danielle Lingfield 14.25

14:40 Ascot - Hickory each-way @ 11/1

A magnificent six places each-way, so you know the direction of travel suggested here.

Hickory is an old hand at these big-field, high-quality handicaps and was placed in two, over course-and-distance, last summer/early autumn. Thirty-eight days ago the six-year-old gelding made a pleasing return to action at Kempton, running on late in the piece, and should be cherry-ripe for this.

Saffie Osborne is a rare talent and horses really produce for her. Trainer James Fanshawe is vastly-experienced, and this is exactly his kind of contest. Hopes are very high that we can get among the places, or even better.

Lean, angular trainer Fanshawe has been known by his nickname 'The Skeleton Man.' Arguably his most famous horse was The Tin Man, named after famous Newmarket jockey Fred Archer, and who won three G1 races for the stable.

Tin Man was of course a major element in the Wizard of Oz, a mere Kansas farmhand before the famous dreamy adventure with Dorothy and friends on their perilous journey to the Emerald City. His character name, before the armour plating appeared? Hickory ..

Hickory 14.40 Ascot each-way

15:00 Lingfield - Defiance @ 9/4

It's The Doyler again, for Roger Varian, this time with a Camelot colt owned by Highclere in the shape of Defiance.

This is one of the premier trials for the Betfred Derby and Aidan O'Brien is sending over Illinois to test the water. There will in all likelihood need to be an authoritative winner if the Betfred Derby betting is to be shaken up, but that's the beauty of the sport - it's certainly a possibility.

The selection was a creditable second at Epsom in another trial for the big one 18 days ago, and on only his fourth career start can put up his hand and demand Blue Riband consideration for June 1.

Defiance 15.00 Lingfield

15:15 Haydock - Rare Middleton each-way @ 9/1

£45k to the winner, a well-established race targeted by plenty of ambitious yards, and we're paying five places each-way.

Our selection Rare Middleton is trained by Paul Nicholls and will be ridden by champion jockey Harry Cobden. He ran well at Cheltenham 24 days ago when narrowly pipped by Tintintin, who reopposes today.

This is a mainly progressive five-year-old gelding stepping up in class, but with a nice racing weight of 11st 2lb. In December he took a race at Donny emphatically, and Haydock is a similar, flat, left-handed test.

He's 10lb higher now than on that successful day but he's improved in the interim and is well worth a tilt at this handsome prize.

Rare Middleton Haydock 15.15 each-way

15:35 Lingfield - Great Generation @ 9/4

Group 3 fillies are on parade at Lingers, and our selection is a three-year-old by Holy Roman Emperor in the care of Marco Botti. Marco Ghiani rides.

Great Generation has run on four occasions, winning twice and finishing a very creditable fourth on reappearance in a G3 at Deauville a month ago, beaten just 3l.

The winner is a smart Godolphin filly well entered up at the Royal meeting and she's probably got the year-older Remarquee to beat here, a genuine G1 performer. The selection gets 12lb from the likely fav however, and that could prove crucial. She's also had the benefit of that recent run, whereas Remarquee hasn't been seen on the racecourse for 286 days.

She's entitled to improve for this run and it could be a good opportunity for the younger challenger to strike. Deauville was a career-best and at this 7f trip might just have the legs of the likely favourite today.

Great Generation 15.35 Lingfield

ITV Racing Tips from Betfred Insights.

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