ITV Racing Tips: Blue can be Prince of the Roodee

 | Friday 14th June 2024, 15:00pm

Friday 14th June 2024, 15:00pm

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More weekend riches courtesy of the ITV cameras on Saturday, June 15. SEVEN live contests, from three of our most beautiful and historic tracks - four from York, two from Sandown, and a solitary visit to Chester. Spoilt for choice then for our ITV Racing tips.

It's pretty much Royal Ascot-eve, as the much-anticipated annual bonanza kicks off on Tuesday, but in the meantime there's a great deal of terrific racing to enjoy. And we will!

ITV Racing Tips Saturday

  • 13:50 York - Arrange each-way @ 13/2
  • 14:05 Sandown - Flying Frontier each-way @ 6/1
  • 14:25 York - Yanifer each-way @ 9/1
  • 14:40 Sandown - Flora Of Bermuda @ 10/3
  • 15:00 York - Relentless Voyager @ 5/2
  • 15:20 Chester - Blue Prince each-way @ 7/1
  • 15:35 York - Tropical Island each-way @ 14/1

Horse Racing Odds

Today's ITV schedule in full;

13:50 York THE QUEEN MOTHER'S CUP HANDICAP STAKES (CLASS 3) (FOR FEMALE AMATEUR JOCKEYS) 1m 4f
14:25 York THE SKY BET HANDICAP STAKES (CLASS 3) 7f
15:00 York THE SKY BET RACE TO THE EBOR GRAND CUP STAKES (CLASS 1) (Listed)1m 6f
15:35 York THE CHURCHILL TYRES SUPPORTING THE MACMILLAN SPRINT HANDICAP STAKES (CLASS 2) 6f

14:05 Sandown LISTEN TO BETMGM ON TALKSPORT HANDICAP (CLASS 2) 1m
14:40 Sandown BETMGM: IT'S SHOWTIME SCURRY STAKES (Listed) 5f

15:20 Chester THE HORSERADISH CATERING & EVENTS HANDICAP (CLASS 2) 7 1/2 f

Rationale;

13:50 York - Arrange each-way @ 13/2

We go five places each-way - and that's exactly the way I'm playing this one.

Arrange will have the considerable benefit of crack Irish pilot Jody Townend in this prestigious event for lady riders. She's used to steering Willie Mullins' charges in particular around racetracks back home, very successfully, and Cumbria-based handler Martin Todhunter has snapped her up for this.

The six-year-old Mastercraftsman mare had a spin here 31 days ago in a slightly lower grade and ran on without quite getting ultra-competitive. She's gone well here in the past too, and could this possibly be a bit of a plan coming together? Fingers crossed ..

Arrange each-way 13.50 York

14:05 Sandown - Flying Frontier each-way @ 6/1

Another five places each-way race for Betfred customers - you know the rest!

James Doyle is on top here, for Newmarket trainer James Tate. Flying Frontier makes his seasonal reappearance with entries upcoming also for Royal Ascot (Hunt Cup) and the John Smith's at York.

He's evidently extremely well-regarded, and the four-year-old has improved steadily for every one of his six starts to date. The Doyle booking is a massive plus, and on the breeding front his sire Farhh was second at this very venue in the Eclipse.

This mile trip might just be about his minimum right now but as it's Sandown, with that unforgiving hill climb to home, it could suit down to a tee.

Flying Frontier each-way Sandown 14.05

14:25 York - Yanifer each-way @ 9/1

Another five places each-way battle - and a selection that's no stranger to success on the Knavesmire.

Yanifer is a six-year-old Dandy Man gelding, in the care of Harriet Bethell, over in the East Riding of the county, near Beverley. Dandy Man himself was a standing dish here for the Nunthorpe in August, and his son is a talented handicapper at around this 7f distance.

Only one trip to York so far, despite living relatively close by - and one win. That was off a mark of 80, and he's 10 pounds higher now - but he's earned it. Three weeks ago under today's 3lb claimer Conor Planas he was a close-up second in a higher grade at Chester off 88, with the jockey noting that he ran a bit free.

No disguising that he's not well drawn in 14, but if he can be smuggled into it up the straight he's got a very bright chance in my book.

Yanifer each-way 14.25 York

14:40 Sandown - Flora Of Bermuda @ 10/3

Oisin Murphy rides, and he's drilling in the winners left, right and centre.

Andrew Balding's three-year-old Dark Angel filly reared at the start last time at Haydock, and lost many lengths. We can safely write that one off.

She's often tardy in the early moments, which is unwelcome; she did however get to within 2.75l of Big Evs no less last September in a Group 2, and if she can improve at the gate this Listed heat could well be within compass.

Flora Of Bermuda will need all of Murphy's magic to arrive at the business end with chances, but the penny will surely drop sooner rather than later. The trainer's among the winners too, which is encouraging.

Flora of Bermuda 14.40 Sandown

15:00 York - Relentless Voyager @ 5/2

We're siding with another Andrew Balding conveyance here, with the wonderful Hayley Turner doing the steering.

Relentless Voyager took a Class 2 handicap at Epsom a fortnight ago in commanding style, and steps up for a Listed tilt over a new trip of 1m 6f. The four-year-old Ulysses gelding has had a somewhat stop-start career thus far but last time was a massive career-best on the Downs, and if in similar order over the famous Ebor trip will take the absolute world of beating.

It was good to soft at Epsom, so any lingering showers in the Yorkshire area won't harm his prospects one jot.

Relentless Voyager 15.00 York

15:20 Chester - Blue Prince each-way @ 7/1

My bet of the afternoon, but still the common sense option is to make full use of the four places each-way angle.

Trainer Dave Evans has booked Richard Kingscote, who's ridden the three-year-old Blue Point colt before. Blue Prince was a slightly unfortunate, narrowly-denied third at Goodwood three weeks ago when last seen, and he gets to run off the same mark, 90, on Saturday.

Being drawn in the four box is a plus around here, and if successful he wouldn't be winning out of turn. You need luck around these bends but Kingscote is a master around here. The Franny Norton of his generation. Big chance.

Blue Prince each-way Chester 15.20

15:35 York - Tropical Island each-way @ 14/1

An absolutely typical, high-quality, well-endowed York sprint handicap.

Six furlongs, a big field, and mercifully another five places each-way affair. Tropical Island is a course-and-distance scorer who is making her seasonal reappearance. North Yorkshire-based Richard Fahey trains, and stable jockey Oisin Orr is in the plate.

Took a nursery here in September off 83, then tried to follow up from 9lb higher in a Listed race - and nothing went right on the day. Dwelt, hung, and weakened were three of the disappointing reflections from the race readers, and she's not been seen since.

Her magnificent trainer is a top dog around these parts and it would be no surprise to see this one run really well at what's a mouth-watering price.

Tropical Island each-way York 15.35

If you're playing take care, have fun, and as always, enjoy.

ITV Racing Tips from Betfred Insights.

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