ITV Racing Tips: Best bets for Saturday's televised races

The ITV cameras are in action at three meetings on Saturday August 14 and we've a tip for each of the eight live races, plus an exciting free bet offer.

Let's start with those free bets which are on offer for all eight races.

Get up to £20 back as a free bet if your horse places second and is beaten by a neck or less - applies to ALL LIVE ITV RACES!

So you can bet with a little more confidence with Planet Sport Bet this Saturday in the knowledge there's a nice consolation on offer if your horse just gets chinned on the line, or just fails to get up.

Saturday's selections:

Bayside Boy (1.45 Newbury)

Eileendover (2.00 Newmarket)

Hukum (2.20 Newbury)

My Style each-way (2.35 Newmarket)

Aratus (2.55 Newbury)

Mark's Choice each-way (3.10 Ripon)

Line Of Departure each-way (3.30 Newmarket)

Staxton (3.45 Ripon)

1.45 Newbury - Bayside Boy

This looks to be between Masekela and Bayside Boy, with the latter getting the nod.

Roger Varian's colt, a 200,000gns yearling and bred to be smart, could not have been more impressive when making a winning debut over course and distance last month, with his rider not having to resort to the whip to draw clear of an odds-on shot.

He's been pleasing his trainer since on the gallops and can follow up here before going on to better things - he has multiple Group entries in the autumn including the Dewhurst.

2.00 Newmarket - Eileendover

The two last-time-out winners, Midraar and Goolwa, dominate the market but the former is carrying a 5lb penalty for winning a slowly-run affair on the all-weather, while Goolwa has to prove she stays this 1m6f trip.

We'll take a chance instead on Eileendover, a triple bumper winner who has been quite highly tried on her three flat starts to date, including in Listed company last time out.

This is her first run in a handicap and a mark of 92 seems fair, with today's longer trip also likely to suit her better, so she ought to be competitive under Shane Kelly.

2.20 Newbury - Hukum

Last year's winner Hukum is bidding to defend his crown and while the 3lb penalty he picked up for winning a York Group Three when last seen out is not ideal, he does have plenty in hand over today's rivals on official ratings.

The best of these may be Golden Pass, who has progressed from handicaps and was successful in Listed company over 1m4f last time out, giving the impression she would stay this far.

But she's got to improve again to beat Hukum, who looks sure to run his race under ideal conditions.

2.35 Newmarket - My Style

Case Key has been a regular in this handicap, which is confined to grey horses, winning it twice. But he's gone up 7lb for winning at Nottingham last time and it's four years since he last won off a mark in the 70s.

He finished dead last in last year's renewal, off the same mark as today's (72), and the winner My Style is taken to follow up after showing his winning turn was near when staying on nicely into fourth here on his most recent outing.

Georgia Dobie, who has won on him twice, claims a very handy 5lb and the partnership surely won't be far away at an each-way price.

2.55 Newbury - Aratus

Most of these are fairly exposed and it could pay to side with the lightly-raced three-year-old Aratus, who represents last year's winning trainer Clive Cox.

The son of Free Eagle built on the promise he showed at two when turning a Doncaster novice into a procession on his reappearance run, clocking a good time in the process.

While he may not have beaten much, he's entitled to strip fitter here and an initial handicap mark of 94 could prove generous, especially when you consider the horse who beat him by less than a length on his debut here last September is now rated 103.

Ed Walker's hat-trick-seeking Sunset Bay is feared most.

3.10 Ripon - Mark's Choice

Plenty can be fancied in this consolation race for horses who didn't make it into the Great St Wilfrid Handicap run, and we're going to roll the dice and take a chance on relative outsider Mark's Choice.

He's hard to fancy on his more recent starts but is returning from yet another wind operation, and that has done the trick in the past, including when successful over course and distance on his seasonal debut back in April.

He was winning off a mark of 77 on that occasion and is 2lb lower this afternoon, while he was rated as high as 82 when finishing third in the 2019 renewal of this contest.

He clearly likes it here and, indeed, his Ripon form figures of 3911431134 make for impressive reading, so another big run at what look to be generous each-way odds wouldn't surprise.

Mark's Choice loves it at Ripon
Mark's Choice loves it at Ripon

3.30 Newbury - Line Of Departure

With Space Blues waiting for York - he's one to back next week - the race is left without a genuine Group One performer and it's wide open as a result.

At least Danyah's star is on the rise and Owen Burrows' four-year-old should make a bold bid from the front, which is how he likes to be ridden.

Those tactics worked a treat in the 7f International Handicap last time as made all after being backed into favouritism, just holding off horses who were getting stacks of weight.

He looks more than capable of holding his own at this highest level and would be the selection but for the presence of Roger Varian's Line Of Departure, who makes plenty of appeal at the respective odds for his massively in-form yard.

Roger Varian has his team in fantastic form
Roger Varian has his team in fantastic form

A big improver last season when winning three times, he showed he had trained on when successful on his reappearance at Salisbury in June, giving the impression there was more to come from him this term.

He looked a bit out of his depth in the Commonwealth Cup on his next start, albeit he was only beaten five lengths in that Group One, and this looks a more realistic level at this stage of his career.

He does have to prove he stays the extra furlong here, admittedly, but he was strong at the finish when winning over an extended 6f at two and is related to several horses who have won over much further.

The key to him is the ground as he likes it fast, which also applies to Danyah (worth a saver), and connections of both horses will be hoping the ground - they're currently calling it 'good' - continues to dry out, with no rain in the forecast.

Ripon 3.45 - Staxton

As in the consolation race, we're siding with a horse with strong course form in the shape of last year's winner Staxton, who was making it three wins over track in trip when reappearing in April (form figures here of 235111) and is now just 1lb higher.

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He hasn't shown much since then, hence the handicapper has relented a little, but soft ground was against him at Goodwood last time and his previous fourth at Hamilton can be marked up as he was stopped in his run when making headway and wasn't beaten far.

The Hamilton third Mr Waghu is preferred by bookmakers after his success in the Stewards' Cup consolation race last time with a fair bit in hand.

However, he's now far worse off with Staxton on today's terms and the latter horse can take advantage back at his favourite track, and with the drying ground in his favour.

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