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

The ITV cameras are rolling at three meetings on Saturday, September 24 and we've a tip for each of the eight live races.

Another bumper day of action this Saturday as the Flat season starts to draw to a close, and there's two big Group 1s at Newmarket to get stuck into - the Cheveley Park Stakes (1425) and the Middle Park Stakes (1500).

First a quick list of our selections, plus the reasons behind our highlighted picks further down the page. You can check out the racecards for NewmarketHaydock and the Curragh in Planet Sport's live centre.


13:35 (Curragh) Roaring Gallagher

13:50 (Newmarket) Flying Honours

14:05 (Haydock) Akhu Najla

14:25 (Newmarket) Meditate

14:40 (Haydock) Isle Of Lismore

15:00 (Newmarket) Blackbeard

15:20 (Curragh) Oviedo

15:40 (Newmarket) Savvy Victory

13:50 (Newmarket) Flying Honours

Flying Honours can oblige as favourite in the Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes.

After a debut fourth, Charlie Appleby's runner ran out a nine-and-a-half-length winner next time out in maiden company, before adding a five-and-a-half-length Listed success at Salisbury.

The second that day, Stormbuster, was in turn an impressive conditions winner at Newbury last week, giving Flying Honours a further boost to his credentials.

14:25 (Newmarket) Meditate

Meditate is an Aidan O'Brien-trained progeny of No Nay Never and she looks a likely candidate in the Juddmonte Cheveley Park Stakes.

Unbeaten in her first four starts, including two Group Threes and a Group Two, she surrendered her unblemished record in the Moyglare earlier this month, when Tahiyra was simply far too good.

Meditate went to win her race over a furlong out but could not fend off the eventual winner, with the seven-furlong trip perhaps stretching her stamina on what was quite testing ground.

Back to six furlongs and on a sounder surface, Meditate can right the record and secure a first top-level success.

15:00 (Newmarket) Blackbeard

Blackbeard can spearhead a Group One double for O'Brien by landing the Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes.

Always highly rated by the master of Ballydoyle, he has won five of his seven starts this term, culminating in his victory in the Prix Morny at Deauville last month.

His previous trip to Britain yielded a slightly disappointing fourth in the Coventry at Royal Ascot, while he narrowly failed to make amends next time, edged out by Shartash in the Railway Stakes - form which has though worked out.

Blackbeard has not looked back though, supplementing his Robert Papin success with a half-length verdict over the reopposing Persian Force in the Morny, with the runner-up never really looking likely to get past him.

Six furlongs on good ground appears to the optimum test for Blackbeard and the another progeny of No Nay Never might be good value here against Marshman.

15:40 (Newmarket) Savvy Victory

Savvy Victory has an eyecatching jockey booking in the shape of Ryan Moore in the bet365 Cambridgeshire Handicap and the hint should be taken.

A one-time Classic hope for trainer Sean Woods, Savvy Victory finished well beaten in both the Chester Vase and King Edward VII Stakes, but he has turned a corner since dropping back down in distance of late.

Beaten a nose by Protagonist at Doncaster in July, he was getting 3lb that day and holds the same advantage this time, although Savvy Victory is technically 2lb well in having had his mark raised following a Goodwood win last month.

Nine furlongs on good ground with a strong pace should play to his strengths.

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