Saturday ITV Racing Tips: Best bets for Cheltenham, Newbury and Doncaster

The ITV cameras are rolling at three meetings on Saturday October 23 and we've a tip for each of the ten televised races.

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If you'd rather head straight to Planet Sport Bet to place your bets, just click on the horse's names below. Otherwise, read on for the reasons behind our value (just one favourite amongst them at the time of posting) tips.


Ingleby Hollow each-way (1.45 Cheltenham)

Light Infantry (2.00 Newbury)

Cool Mix each-way (2.20 Cheltenham)

Siskany (2.35 Newbury)

Stepney Causeway (2.55 Cheltenham)

Imperial Fighter (3.15 Doncaster)

Beyond Midnight (3.30 Cheltenham)

Deodar (3.50 Doncaster)

Born Patriot (4.05 Cheltenham)

Illusionist (4.20 Doncaster)

1.45 Cheltenham - Ingleby Hollow each-way

Paul Nicholls' Samarrive looked an exciting prospect when making a winning British debut at Kempton in April, and the distant third Chives has won three times since to advertise the form.

However, the handicapper has taken no chances by handing him a mark of 132, meaning he carries top weight here, and he's a very short price for one so inexperienced, for all he's the most likely winner.

Instead we'll put up Ingleby Hollow at an each-way price. An 11-time winner with David O'Meara, he has run two cracking races in defeat since joining Rebecca Menzies, going down by narrow margins on each occasion.

He's a horse that needs a strong pace to aim at as he likes to come late, and today's big field means that's more likely than not.

2.00 Newbury - Light Infantry

Noble Truth has every right to be favourite on racecourse evidence, which includes a couple of fast-ground wins over today's trip of 7f, and a close up second in a French Group 1 run on heavy earlier this month.

A keen going sort who looked suited to the switch to forward tactics last time, he's going to prove hard to peg back in this lower grade contest.

But it was hard not to be impressed with the way Light Infantry put his rivals to the sword on his debut at Yarmouth (6f), where he scythed through the pack to bound clear and score easily.

The placed horses have franked the form since and there should be plenty of improvement to come from the winner, given how green he was in the early stages, and his pedigree suggests he'll relish today's extra furlong too.

2.20 Cheltenham - Cool Mix each-way

Cloth Cap is unlikely to be fully wound up on his first run back since pulling up in the Grand National, with the Aintree race surely top of his agenda for this term.

Besides he's giving plenty of weight to his inferior rivals and Cool Mix, who is getting a whopping 26lb, has the form in the book to suggest he can take advantage.

He was last seen running a mighty race to finish fifth of the 22 runners in the Scottish National, while his previous third in the Rehearsal Chase at Newcastle can be marked up further as his rider lost an iron and took a while to get it back.

While he's done all his winning at trips up to 2m4f, those two runs prove he categorically stays this 3m1f trip and it's doubtful his trainer Ian Williams will have left much to work on, given this is a valuable prize and he's no spring chicken at nine.

2.35 Newbury - Siskany

It's hard to see past Charlie Appleby's Siskany, who is a three-year-old very much on the up and is getting weight from his six older and inferior rivals.

It was only a handicap he won last time, albeit a bloody good one, but it looks like a gelding operation since running well in similarly competitive handicaps at Royal Ascot and Glorious Goodwood has done him the power of good.

He's surely a Group winner in waiting and with no concerns over the prevailing soft ground, he can prove it this afternoon.

2.55 Cheltenham - Stepney Causeway

Alan King's Tritonic was a smart juvenile last season and won't be much of a price to beat his three rivals, but he looks opposable.

For one he's carrying a penalty on his first run back and there's also a suspicion he might prove best on a flatter track, having won the Adonis at Kempton before being soundly beaten in the Triumph Hurdle here (run on the New Course admittedly).

He might still prove good enough but Stepney Causeway, who rounded off a four-timer with a facile success when last seen out at Ayr in April, and has had his breathing tinkered with since, could make the most of the 8lb he receives.

According to his trainer Dan Skelton he needs good ground on a left-handed track, so conditions should be ideal for him and he's surely got a good bit more more improvement in him.

3.15 Doncaster - Imperial Fighter

Luxembourg is odds-on at the time of posting to give Aidan O'Brien a tenth success in this Group 1 mile contest for juveniles, and the son of Camelot certainly looked a bit special when landing last month's Beresford Stakes, which catapulted him to Derby favouritism.

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However, his main market rival in that five-runner contest ran well below his best and while he's entitled to improve on that performance, having shown greenness (carried his head high and hung right), it looks a case of style over substance with him thus far.

When you factor in the form of his stable - just two winners from 51 runners in the last 14 days - he looks one to take on and we're not short of decent alternatives, with Royal Patronage, whose wins at York and Ascot have been boosted, and Dewhurst third Bayside Boy, who would have got closer to Native Trail with a clearer run, amongst his rivals.

At bigger odds, though, a case can be made for Imperial Fighter, who represents the 2019 winning trainer Andrew Balding, whose Kameko arrived at this race with the same form figures of 122.

While he has ground to make up on Royal Patronage on their York running, the winner enjoyed the run of the race that day and his most recent second behind Coroebus can be marked up, given that he made his challenge on the opposite side of the track to the winner and third.

In the hope he has further improvement in him on just his second try at a mile and in the knowledge he copes with the prevailing soft ground - won his maiden on such a surface - he's worth chancing at decent odds.

3.30 Cheltenham - Beyond Midnight

Sky Pirate is the class act in this 2m handicap chase but he has top weight of 11st 12lb to show for that, and he's 7lb higher in the ratings than when winning the Grand Annual here in March.

He therefore might struggle on his first run back to give 23lb to Before Midnight, who has won his last two starts over this trip; one a jumpers' bumper and the latest over fences at Chepstow, which has to rank as a personal best.

Having been campaigned over further previously, he might have more to offer over the minimum trip and he should get the good ground he needs to show his best - his record when completing on such a surface is 221231.

Sam Twiston-Davies (form figures of 211 on him) renews the partnership.

Sam Twiston-Davies has a good record on Beyond Midnight

3.50 Doncaster - Deodar

Flaming Rib has landed a hat-trick of nursery victories, the latest off a big weight in easy fashion, and that entitles him to a crack at this Listed contest.

His stable is having a quiet spell, though, with just one winner to show from 26 runners in the last fortnight, and he's also up against a trio of once-raced juveniles, all of whom won on their debut.

Of these, preference is for Ralph Beckett's Newbury winner Deodar, who scored despite being weak in the market and with his rider only pushing him out with hands and heels.

He'll surely improve for that experience and his trainer has opted to run him at this higher level instead of taking up a much easier opportunity at Leicester on Monday.

The booking of Ryan Moore seals the bet.

Ryan Moore rides Deodar

4.05 Cheltenham - Born Patriot

Gordon Elliott's Tullybeg is chasing a hat-trick and has been put in as an early favourite for what is an open 3m handicap.

He's definitely one of the more likely winners but preference is for another Irish raider, the Peter Fahey-trained Born Patriot, who has almost ten lengths to find on the Elliott runner on their running at Navan last month.

That was a disappointing effort given he was sent off a well-backed favourite, but he may have needed the run after a 131-absence, so should strip fitter here, and he also enjoys a 5lb pull at the weights with the winner.

His two runs before Christmas last season were full of promise and still only five, he has the potential to make up into a useful staying handicapper, and that his connections have travelled over with him suggests he's fancied to go well.

4.20 Doncaster - Illusionist

Illusionist came from last to first when scoring at York 15 days ago, which was a remarkable display given that the race was otherwise dominated by prominent racers, and nothing else managed to get anywhere close to challenging from the rear.

Grant Tuer's four-year-old has been raised 5lb for that effort but that won't stop him if in a similar mood, and he should again get the soft ground he needs.

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