Saturday ITV Racing Tips: Best bets for Ascot, Newmarket, Haydock and the Curragh

The ITV cameras are rolling at four meetings on Saturday, August 6 and we've a tip for each of 11 live races.

A bumper day of action this Saturday for the cameras to feast upon. A hefty seven race card at Ascot's Shergar Cup, two from Haydock, a Group 3 at Newmarket and the big Group 1 Keeneland Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh.

First a quick list of our selections, plus the reasons behind our highlighted picks further down the page. You can check out the race cards for Ascot, Newmarket, Haydock and the Curragh just a click away at Planet Sport's Racing Live Centre.


13:35 (Ascot) Divine Magic

14:10 (Ascot) Judicial

14:25 (Haydock) Electrical Storm 

14:45 (Ascot) Island Brave

15:00 (Haydock) Grocer Jack

15:20 (Ascot) Pride Of Priory

15:40 (Newmarket) Lakota Sioux

15:55 (Ascot) Jungle Cove

16:15 (Curragh) Little Big Bear

16:30 (Ascot) Franz Strauss

17:05 (Ascot) Spangled Mac

14:25 (Haydock) Electrical Storm

Electrical Storm ran with credit when third at Sandown on his first attempt over 1m2f and the drop back to a mile might be more suitable for Saeed bin Suroor's gelding.

Young Fire has won three of his six starts here and he may get the better of Fame And Acclaim, a course and distance winner in June who races off only 1lb higher now, in the race for second.

15:00 (Haydock) Grocer Jack

Grocer Jack is finally starting to live up to his chunky price tag and he can secure a Group Three triumph in the Betfred Rose of Lancaster Stakes at Haydock.

The five-year-old won a couple of Group Threes in Germany and Italy last season and was also placed at Group One level, prompting Prince Faisal Bin Khaled to splash out 700,000 guineas at last year's Tattersalls Autumn sale.

Moved to William Haggas from Waldemar Hickst's German team, Grocer Jack made a satisfactory debut for the yard in Saudi Arabia, enduring a troubled passage in the Neom Turf Cup before eventually coming home fifth.

However, he never looked like challenging on his second spin for Haggas, taking a keen hold in the early stages of the Grand Prix de Chantilly and making only limited inroads at the finish of that 12-furlong affair.

Dropped back to 10 furlongs and on quick ground at Newbury, Grocer Jack was an entirely different proposition, making the most of a dip to Listed class to demolish a couple of decent rivals by upwards of nine lengths and secure this step back up in grade.

While Anmaat is respected, Grocer Jack can set himself up for a big autumn campaign with victory here.

15:40 (Newmarket) Lakota Sioux

Lakota Sioux brings strong form to the table in the Jewson Sweet Solera Stakes at Newmarket.

Third behind the reopposing Inanna on debut, she took a huge step forward when coasting home by six and a half lengths at Lingfield next time - with Mark and Charlie Johnston then making the decision to pitch into Listed company at Royal Ascot.

Sent off a 33/1 chance as she took on the colts in the Chesham Stakes, Lakota Sioux defied those odds to be beaten just two and a half lengths in third, with the winner Holloway Boy boosting the form finishing second in the Vintage at Goodwood last week and well-regarded ninth The Foxes on the scoresheet since.

Although the daughter of Sioux Nation flashed her tail on every occasion so far, it does not appear to hinder her efforts.

16:15 (Curragh) Little Big Bear

This year's renewal of the Keeneland Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh is truly top drawer, but Little Big Bear can stamp himself as one of the season's leading juveniles.

Aidan O'Brien resisted a Group-race assignment at Royal Ascot, but after landing the Listed Windsor Castle Stakes in a thrilling finish, the No Nay Never colt made a seamless move up to Group Three level in the Anglesey Stakes at this track.

Last month's race may not have been the strongest, but his near five-length verdict could not have been more impressive and unsurprisingly Ryan Moore has plumped for Little Big Bear over stablemate Blackbeard.

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