Saturday ITV Racing Tips: Best bets for Ascot and Haydock

ITV are showing six live races - four from Ascot and two from Hayock - on Saturday and we've got them all nicely covered with the latest odds and tips. Not to mention some free bets!

Let's start with those free bets which are up for grabs on all six live races and work like this...

Get up to £20 back as a free bet if your selection finishes second and is beaten by a half a length or less!

Now on to our value selections and you can click on the horse's names below to go straight to Planet Sport Bet, or why not scroll down for the reasons behind them before placing your bets?


Guy (13.50 Ascot)

N'Golo each-way (14.05 Haydock)

Thomas Darby (14.25 Ascot)

Buzz De Turcoing (14.40 Haydock)

Annsam (15.00 Ascot)

Onemorefortheroad (15.35 Ascot)

13.50 Ascot - Guy

Plenty of possibles in this 2m3f handicap chase and they include likely favourite Palmers Hill, who won over a similar trip at Wetherby last month when taking advantage of a slipping handicap mark.

He's gone up just 3lb for that and has to be of major interest, but this is a step up in grade and narrow preference is for Guy, who might have won here last time out but for clouting the second-last.

He's now just 1-6 in chases but you can't knock his consistency - form figures of 123422 - and he retains plenty of potential for further improvement given he's only six.

With just 10st 7lb on his back and regular pilot Sam Twiston-Davies on board, he must go close again.

Golden Whisky, a brother to Topofthegame who needed his comeback run at Aintree and is best racing right-handed, could go well at a nice price and is one for each-way backers.

14.05 Haydock - N'Golo each-way

There's nothing really grabbing our attention from near the head of the market and current favourite Stellar Magic has not run since running since pulling up at Warwick in February. His stable is struggling for winners too.

So we're going to roll the dice on rank outsider N'Golo, who is having his first start for Ann Duffield having been transferred from Willie Mullins.

It's his Irish form which makes him very interesting for this class 2 handicap hurdle as he was a smart novice, winning three times, including a Grade 3, and he wasn't beaten far in the Grade 1 Royal Bond won by Ballyadam last November.

He lost his way after that for whatever reason but a change of scenery and first-time cheekpieces might just spark a revival, while he shouldn't lack for fitness having had a run in the Irish Cesarewitch.

Duffield, who trains in North Yorkshire and doesn't have many jumpers under her care, celebrated a 22/1 winner at Carlisle last Sunday and has booked in-form claiming professional Kevin Brogan to take the reigns on her top weight.

14.25 Ascot (Long Walk Hurdle) - Thomas Darby

Buzz (NON-RUNNER) is a strong favourite for the day's feature, the Long Walk Hurdle run over an extended 3m, and that's understandable as he could have been called the winner a long way out in a Grade 2 over shorter here last time out, having won the Cesarewitch previously.

That Newmarket handicap is a real stamina test and Nicky Henderson's charge should stay today's trip on that evidence, but he's yet to prove it (not raced beyond 2m4f over hurdles) and is not as clear of his rivals on official ratings as his cramped odds would suggest.

Indeed, Thomas Darby is rated his equal on 155 and we can be sure that Olly Murphy's eight-year-old won't fail through lack of stamina, having watched him win last month's 3m Long Distance Hurdle at Newbury with plenty to spare and without doing much on the run-in.

The re-opposing second and third, On The Blind Side and Paisley Park, will struggle to reverse placings on that evidence.

He's been called some names in the past and his head definitely went up in the air when beaten into fourth on his Wetherby reappearance, but it might have been that his breathing was restricted and a first-time tongue-tie evidently made a difference at the Berkshire venue.

If he can back that up - the tongue-tie needs to work again - at a course he has also won at and with the forecast 'good to soft' ground fine for him, he simply has to be involved at the finish and is an each-way price to boot.

Thyme Hill, who looked sure to win last year's renewal only to be run down by Paisley Park close home, is now a short-priced favourute after the defection of Buzz.

It's hard to argue with that as he's the best horse in the field on official ratings - he's 5lb superior to our selection.

However, he was beaten out of sight on his latest outing in France, with no apparent excuse, and his stable is not exactly firing on all cylinders (just 2-50 in the last fortnight).

14.40 Haydock (Tommy Whittle Chase) - Buzz De Turcoing

Remastered had just made his move going well when coming to grief four out in last month's Ladbrokes Trophy and surely would have been involved at the finish.

If that hasn't affected his confidence, David Pipe's eight -year-old is taking to take plenty of beating in this 3m 1f Grade 2 contest, especially as he has the deep ground he needs to show his best.

But we're tempted by one at much odds in the shape of Sam Drinkwater's Buzz De Turcoing, who built on a promising second behind a smart sort on his chase debut in October to go one better at Ayr a month later.

His two-and-a-half lengths margin of victory on that latter occasion doesn't do him justice as he was value for much more, having dossed approaching the last when clear and all the way up the run-in.

So a subsequent 6lb rise looks very fair and half of that is negated by the claim of Jack Tudor, who was on board the gelding when he recorded his previous course win, that coming in easy fashion over hurdles last December on heavy ground.

The second on that occasion, Torn And Frayed, has taken well to fences since and is now rated 133 after chasing home My Drogo at Cheltenham's International meeting, so the selection looks nicely treated on a perch of 129 with further improvement almost a given.

15.00 Ascot - Annsam

wide open 3m handicap chase and there are some familiar names amongst the 13 runners, not least the 13-year-old Regal Encore, who reserves his best these days to this track, winning four times in all, and was a respectable third here two starts back off a 3lb higher mark.

He'll give you a good run for your money but we just prefer the chances of Evan Williams' Annsam, who is only six and made a good start to his chase career around this time last year, including when thrashing the now 146-rated Fidelo Vallis at Ludlow.

He's been kept to hurdles this season - quite possibly to preserve his chase mark (134) with this valuable race in mind - and he's run well on both occasions, including when not beaten far into third in a competitive handicap at Newbury.

A genuine sort who likes to go from the front and right-handed, he looks sure to make a bold bid with his stable in good form and Adam Wedge taking over from a conditional rider.

15.35 Ascot - Onemorefortheroad

Yet another tough-to-solve handicap but we can't desert Neil King's six-year-old, who did us a good turn when winning at 8/1 on Ladbrokes Trophy Day (hope you were on?).

The outsider of four on that occasion, he was perhaps granted a soft lead but his slick jumping (apart from two out) was again in evidence and he found plenty on the run-in to win with something in hand, taking his record to 5-8 over hurdles.

A 3lb rise for that is unlikely to stop this improving sort going in again and, with a dry week forecast, he should get the decent ground (good to soft is fine) he needs to show his best.

Interestingly, his trainer thinks he'll be a better horse when he can come from behind so we'd expect Bryony Frost, who is 3-5 on him, to adopt more patient tactics, and that could work a treat on this more stamina-testing track.

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