Expert Eye: Tips for all nine of Saturday's ITV races

Betting on Saturday's nine ITV4 races? Read the views of Planet Sport experts first as they might just put you on a winner or two.

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(All runners and odds correct at time of publication)


12.50 Ascot - Desert Safari

1.25 Ascot - Call My Bluff

2.00 Ascot - Spanish Kiss

2.25 Haydock - Bakersboy (each-way)

2.35 Ascot - Bear Force One (each-way)

2.50 Newmarket - Wild Beauty

3.10 Ascot Star Caliber

3.45 Ascot - Popmaster

4.10 Haydock - Foxes Tales

12.50 Ascot - Desert Safari

Forecast favourite Tis Marvelous has run some of his best races at Ascot and in better company than this, but he's hardly well handicapped at present on a mark of 102.

He won't be far away but narrow preference is for Desert Safari, who won twice in the spring and wasn't beaten far in two sprints at Glorious Goodwood, both run on soft ground.

Better ground suits him ideally - today's good to soft will be fine for him and, now back over his best trip of 5f, he should go close off just a 1lb mark higher than his last winning one.

1.25 Ascot - Call My Bluff

Providing the ground is no faster than good - the forecast provides encouragement for that - mudlark Call My Bluff can complete his hat-trick after wins at Nottingham and Chester over this trip of 2m.

He managed to win on the trot last season and, while considerably higher in the weights now, he's at least on a roll (last five form figures on turf read 11211),and that can't be said for most of these.

2.00 Ascot - Spanish Kiss

It was a messy race over 1m6f here that contributed to the defeat of Spanish Kiss last time out, and the four-year-old is taken to resume the progress he showed when winning at York over today's shorter trip and Newmarket previously.

William Knight's charge has always been held in some regard, hence he has been kept in training, and it was his first time on turf when successful on the Knavesmire in May, relishing the soft ground on that occasion.

The handicapper has reacted of course but he's potentially got more to offer, and the prospect of a fast-run race over 1m4f with some give underfoot could prove ideal for him.

2.25 Haydock - Bakersboy

Both Dubai Mirage and Thibaan have to be respected as course and distance winners, as does recent Ascot close third Fantastic Fox.

But this is a handicap and the trio have to concede plenty of weight to Tom Dascombe's Bakersboy, who is surely capable of better than he's shown on turf to date and has been dropped to a winnable mark of 77.

After making a promising start to his career on the all-weather at the backend of last year, he's yet to produce anything similar in four runs this term, two of which came after a gelding operation.

However, there were excuses the last twice and this half-brother to the same stable's Kachy could be worth a roll of the dice at big odds, especially with his yard in flying form and with Jane Elliott (two winners this month for the stable) in the plate.

2.35 Ascot - Bear Force One

Likely favourite Dance Fever was clearly out stayed when beaten over this track and trip last July and has produced all his best efforts since over 7f.

He's opposable back over a mile today and we'll take him on with Roger Teal's Bear Force One, who is making a quick reappearance after running fourth of the eight runners over ten furlongs at Doncaster seven days ago.

He ran far too free on that occasion and unsurprisingly failed to see out the trip, but he should strip fitter for that comeback run - he'd been off for 104 days - and his usual cheek pieces are being reapplied.

They did the trick at Newmarket last July, when he was winning off a mark just 2lb lower than today's on good to soft ground, and we can also take some encouragement from the form of his trainer, who sent out a double (13/2 and 8/1) at Glorious Goodwood.

2.50 Newmarket - Wild Beauty

Some promising fillies will go to post for this Group 3 and they include Charlie Appleby's Wild Beauty, who is possibly capable of winning at an even higher level - she holds an entry in the Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes.

It was relative greenness that prevented her from landing a hat-trick in a Listed contest at Sandown last time, with the reopposing Sunstrike a neck behind in third, so further improvement is likely from the daughter of Frankel.

Crucially, given the weather forecast, both of her previous wins came on soft ground, whereas her chief market rival Vital Theory appeared to relish fast conditions when winning a novice over course and distance last month.

3.10 Ascot - Star Caliber

A couple of these, Barn Owl and Possible Man most notably as they head the market, are far from certain to be suited by the step up to 1m4f, and especially if there is plenty of pace on.

That would suit Star Caliber, who is given another chance after letting down favourite backers when finishing second over 2m here last time, after which his jockey said he ran on too freely.

That was still a creditable effort on what was just his fifth career start and his handicap mark of 86 is surely one he can win off if things go his way.

A positive ride over today's shorter trip could be just what he needs to get his head in front for the second time, and there are no worries should the ground deteriorate as he's shown he can handle cut.

3.45 Ascot - Popmaster

Royal Scimitar was scratched from the Stewards' Cup consolation race on account of unsuitable ground and he's one of several who could do without the forecast rain, for all he looked a ready-made winner of a decent sprint handicap when a close-up fourth (of 17) at Newmarket last time.

On the other hand, Ed Walker's Popmaster will relish any cut as he showed when getting off the mark for the season at Doncaster (6f, good to soft) seven days ago, his first win on turf after winning twice on the all-weather at two.

That was his third run back after being gelded, after a close third in a hot Newmarket handicap previously, and he's certainly shaping into the sort of horse who could win a big sprint handicap before too long.

A strong travelling sort and clearly on the up, he's taken to shrug off a 5lb rise in the weights.

4.10 Haydock - Foxes Tales

Forecast favourite Real World has been winning on a fast surface and today's slower might just scupper his hat-trick bid, so he's taken on with improving three-year-old Foxes Tales.

An impressive winner at Royal Ascot two starts back, that success coming over today's trip of 1m2f on soft ground, he lost little in defeat when headed by close home by Dubai Honour on faster ground at Newmarket last time, the pair finishing clear.

That was only his fifth ever run, so there's likely to be plenty more to come from him, and an entry in the Group 1 Champion Stakes later in the season tells you he's highly regarded by his trainer Andrew Balding.

With the weight-for-age allowance on his side this afternoon and his stable in good nick, he should go close.

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