Saturday ITV racing tips: Best bets for Newmarket, York and Ascot

The ITV cameras are rolling at three meetings on Saturday, July 9 and we've a tip for each of the 11 live races. Yes 11!!!

There's a bumper day of ITV racing on Saturday, with the Group 1 July Cup (16:25) the pick of the bunch at Newmarket. But York and Ascot also have some fairly big hitters too. It's the perfect time to really stick it to the bookies with our hot tips.

Anyone considering a punt or two would do well to check out the racecards for NewmarketYork and Ascot on Planet Sport's live centres, we'll have the race results in there too after they've weighed in.

Selections:

13:45 (York) Eilean Dubh

14:05 (Newmarket) Kidwah

14:20 (York) Thunderous

14:40 (Newmarket) Laasudood

15:00 (Ascot) Zarzyni (e/w)

15:15 (Newmarket) Lion Of War

15:35 (Ascot) My Oberon

15:50 (Newmarket) Samburu

16:05 (York) First View (e/w)

16:25 (Newmarket) Artorius

16:40 (York) Royal Aclaim

13:45 (York) Eilean Dubh

Eilean Dubh recorded a good win on his penultimate outing over this course and distance, but couldn't quite handle a 6lb rise when competing at Pontefract last month.

A step up in class should not rule him out given the nature of the aforementioned win and he gets the nod in the John Smith's Racing Handicap.

Blue For You could well chase him home having run a good second over 1m at Sandown on his latest outing. Tammani might be worth a shout for those looking for bigger odds.

14:05 (Newmarket) Kidwah

Kidwah will be looking to extend her unbeaten record on her handicap debut in Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa Fillies' Handicap.

Scored a four and a half length victory on her most recent outing at Redcar, and this step up in trip should suit the Kodiac filly.

But watch out for hat-trick seeking Truely Aclaimed who won at this seven furlong distance at Ayr in June, and York in May. Has not been out the top three in six runs this year.

Golden Spice could also be in contention, having weakened late on over 1m at Royal Ascot on her latest run.

14:20 (York) Thunderous

Thunderous can make it a double for the Charlie and Mark Johnston team in the John Smith's Silver Cup Stakes, which is a three horse race at York.

Winner of the Dante in 2020, Thunderous has slightly struggled to find his niche since, but a recent move to more staying trips has yielded some decent results, most notably second to Stradivarius in the Yorkshire Cup.

His latest spin saw him fall short on his first try over two miles and moving back a couple of furlongs here is plus.

14:40 (Newmarket) Laasudood

Laasudood made a positive impression on his handicap debut last month, winning comfortably by a length and a quarter at Doncaster over 1m.

The nature of this race seems tougher, but his dam was a dual Grade 1 winner in the USA and won a Listed race in France earlier in her career, so the selection may well be able to handle better opposition.

Jimi Hendrix was not disgraced in a class 2 at Royal Ascot on his latest start, while the Charlie Appleby-trained Bay Of Honour is another not to be taken lightly on his handicap bow.

15:00 (Ascot) Zarzyni (e/w)

Big field and plenty in with a chance of landing the Betfred Heritage Handicap, but we are leaning towards the consistent Zarzyni for an each-way punt.

Won over this distance at Musselburgh in April, then was fourth of twelve in the Palace House Stakes at Newmarket at the end of the same month, and hasn't been raced since. Three second place finishes at this Class earlier in the year, make him an interesting choice at a big price.

15:15 (Newmarket) Lion Of War

Lion Of War has made quite a splash in two starts to date and he can make it three on the bounce in the bet365 Superlative Stakes.

A son of the excellent Roaring Lion, he grabbed the headlines when becoming the sire's first winner at Leicester last month and then followed up in some style with a 10-length demolition job at Newcastle.

Clearly this is a leap in class, but Lion Of War looks a horse of immense potential.

15:35 (Ascot) My Oberon

My Oberon can strike Group Two gold in Ascot's Fred Cowley MBE Memorial Summer Mile Stakes.

Made it three wins from four this season after winning the Listed Midsummer Stakes at Windsor in late June. My Oberon pipped Modern News, who also runs in this race, to victory in that one.

Though it might be a tough ask stopping Planet Sport favourite Chindit who has impressed finishing behind Baaeed in two Group 1s this season. This drop in class makes him a strong favourite.

Trainer Richard Hannon is hopeful Chindit will handle both the likely quick ground and the opposition.

"He must have a very good chance," said Hannon. "He deserves to win a nice prize. He's consistent and this looks a nice opportunity."

15:50 (Newmarket) Samburu

Samburu ran with huge credit in the Jersey Stakes at the Royal meeting and moving back to handicap company can see him back on the winning trail in the bet365 Bunbury Cup.

He was unbeaten in his first three outings for John and Thady Gosden, winning a backend novice at Yarmouth last year before returning with a cosy Salisbury novice verdict in April.

Moved to handicap level at York's May meeting, Samburu triumphed off a mark of 88, winning by half a length in a cosy manner and prompting a try in Group Three company, when Samburu ran well for a long way before fading in the finish.

Samburu is now rated 97, but the conditions of the race mean he has a handy pull which could prove decisive.

16:05 (York) First View (e/w)

First View is worth a chance at a decent price in the John Smith's Cup Handicap.

The five-year-old posted a decent effort on his return from 811 days off the track when beaten a head at Kempton in May and he showed plenty of progression when improving on that to score at Leicester.

The 10-furlong trip here is an unknown, but there is stamina on his dam's side and Stefano Cherchi takes off a useful 3lb.

16:25 (Newmarket) Artorius

Artorius can turn Royal Ascot form around and bag another major sprint prize for Australia in the Group 1 Darley July Cup, the feature race of the day's racing.

Nature Strip secured a sensational success for the Antipodean raiders in the King's Stand Stakes at the summer highlight, but Artorius just fell short in his quest to make it a sprint double for the raiding team.

Lining up in the Platinum Jubilee Stakes, Artorius took up his usual waiting role before launching a powerful challenge in the final furlong, but he did not enjoy a perfect passage in his run and Jamie Spencer was forced to switch for space.

Beaten just three-quarters of a length by the reopposing Godolphin pair of Naval Crown and Creative Force, it is impossible to say with certainty that Artorius would have won with a clear route, but he was definitely closing all the way to the line. Certainly in with a big shout.

16:40 (York) Royal Aclaim

Royal Acclaim can land a first Listed title in the John Smith's City Walls Stakes.

James Tate's runner flashed plenty of promise when beating the likes of subsequent three-time Group One winner Perfect Power and Listed scorer Fearby on her debut over five furlongs at Newcastle last May.

However, she suffered a setback and did not return until winning a novice very impressively at Bath four weeks ago.

Tate obviously has high hopes given he has made a clutch of Group-race entries for her later in the year.

"We hope she is a very exciting filly," said Tate. "We spend all our careers looking for nice horses. She beat a couple of smart horses first time out and we have been dreaming ever since that she may be up to that level."

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