Saturday ITV Racing Tips: Best bets for Newbury and Newcastle

There's a double-header of televised action on Saturday, with ITV showing five races from Newbury and three from Newcastle, and we've got all eight nicely covered.

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Selections:

Killer Clown (13.15 Newbury)

Tupelo Mississippi (13.30 Newcastle)

Masters Legacy (13.50 Newbury)

Dingo Dollar (14.05 Newcastle)

Onemorefortheroad (14.25 Newbury)

Eklat De Rire / Fortesque each-way (15.00 Newbury)

Not So Sleepy (15.15 Newcastle)

Numitor each-way (15.35 Newbury)

13.15 Newbury - Killer Clown

The Sir Peter O'Sullevan Memorial Handicap Chase over an extended 2m6f has attracted a field of 13 and most can be given a chance of sorts.

They include Emma Lavelle's Killer Clown, whose winning chance is no laughing matter based on a narrow defeat here in March off today's mark, while he should strip fitter for his comeback sixth in a hot handicap at Aintree last month.

He perhaps hasn't won as many times as he should admittedly - just 1-11 under Rules - but this looks as good as any opportunity as any and first-time cheekpieces might be just what he needs to get his head in front for his in-form yard.

Kalooki has form figures of 132 here but makes life hard for his jockeys by diving left at his fences and would have preferred softer ground, a comment that also applies to the 2018 winner Kapcorse, who is respected nonetheless.

But a bigger threat to the selection could come from Sompteux, who represents the formidable combination of Henry de Bromhead and Racahel Blackmore. 

The ultra competitive Galway Plate proved a bit too much for him last time out, but the form of his previous second at Wexford gives him every chance here off what looks a fair mark.

13.30 Newcastle - Tupelo Mississippi

Just for the four runners will go to post for this 3m handicap for novices and they are headed by Alan King's Valleres, who made a rock-solid start to his chase career when third at Newbury (2m4f) earlier this month.

According to his trainer, he has come on for that run and worked well since, so he deserves be favourite and especially as this longer trip should suit.

However, he has to give 9lb to Brian Ellison's Tupelo Mississippi, who shouldn't be too harshly judged on his defeat at odds 1-5 in a match at Carlisle last month.

He was giving 10lb to the winner Hardy Du Seuil, who might have followed up at Market Rasen but for unseating, and they didn't go very quick either, which wouldn't have suited the runner-up as he is more of a three-miler.

Today's stamina test should see the ex-pointer in a much better light and every drop of rain that falls will help too, as he relishes soft ground. Did we mention he's a nice price too?

13.50 Newbury - Masters Legacy

This open-looking 2m4f handicap hurdle can go the way of Philip Hobbs' Masters Legacy, who made a winning return to action in a quality handicap at Chepstow last month, needing every yard of the 2m trip to get up late and land the spoils by a head.

The handicapper could only put him up 2lb for that, meaning he still has some leeway off his current mark, and there should be more to come from the six-year-old given he's relatively unexposed over hurdles.

Nicky Henderson's Lecale's Article, the winner of a maiden here last December before being beaten twice at shortish odds, rates a danger, although he's viewed as more of one for fences in due course.

The Paul Nicholls-trained Calva D'Auge has won four times under today's 7lb claimer Angus Cheleda, including a handicap over course and distance last season, and he could be the one to give the selection most to do.

14.05 Newcastle - Dingo Dollar

A competitive renewal of the Rehearsal Chase run over a few yards short of 3m and that ensures a decent price on the selection, Dingo Dollar, who is just preferred over stablemate The Ferry Master.

Representing Sandy Thomson, who won last year's renewal with Yorkhill, the pair finished second and fourth respectively in the Scottish National back in April, and both should strip fitter for their recent comeback runs.

They're not easy to split but Dingo Dollar has been revitalised since joining the yard and looked well at home over today's track and trip when sauntering clear on his stable debut in March, before only narrowly failing at Ayr.

Interestingly, the tongue-strap he wore for those two starts is being reapplied this afternoon and Ryan Mania clearly gets a good tune out of him.

Cool Mix, whose third place last year took his record over these fences to 2213, has to rate a danger, along with last year's Ladbrokes Trophy runner-up Aye Right and Dan Skelton's Spiritofthegames, who invariably runs well without winning.

14.25 Newbury - Onemorefortheroad

Another four-runner handicap affair and, once again, it could pay to look beyond the short priced favourite, in this case Soaring Glory.

Jonjo O'Neill's top weight is not easily dismissed having made a winning return to action at Ascot last month but the 16lb he has to concede to Onemorefortheroad might just prove beyond him.

Neil King's six-year-old has not stopped improving since graduating to handicaps in March of this year, winning four of his five starts since, and was never seriously threatened at Huntingdon 18 days ago, when gifted an uncontested lead.

This is tougher of course and he does have a 6lb rise to cope with, but he is clearly well served by good ground and a flat track, like this one, and has to be worth a small interest at juicy odds providing the rain stays away.

Should the ground go against him, we'd not hesitate in switching to Soaring Glory.

15.00 Newbury - Eklat De Rire

While this has not been a good race for the Irish, their two big hopes this weekend look to have rock-solid claims and they predictably dominate the market.

Willie Mullins, responsible for Ireland's only winner in the last 40 years in Total Recall, who justified favouritism in 2017, is triple-handed but Ontheropes is clearly his number one hope and, like his winning stablemate, he arrives here on the back of a Munster National victory.

The seven-year-old impressed with the way he travelled in that Limerick contest before winning going away, but he's not quite as well handicapped as Total Recall was - he races off a 6lb higher perch - and all his best form is going right-handed.

Henry de Bromhead, who has made a habit of farming British racing's crown jewels, relies on Eklat De Rire, the mount of Rachael Blackmore, and his claims are irresistible, although we won't pretend he's a value price at around the 9/2 mark.

Another lightly-raced seven-year-old, he has won three of his four chases on heavy ground, the most recent of those coming at Wexford in October, with his only defeat coming in last season's 3m championship race for novices at the Cheltenham Festival.

Sent off clear second favourite for that contest, he was still going okay when unseating Rachael Blackmore at the 12th on what was only try on a decent surface and that was uncharacteristic as he has shown a fine aptitude for jumping fences.

Watering at the Berkshire track has produced 'good to soft' ground for the start of the meeting and it's not hard to imagine that deteriorating by the time of this race given the weather forecast, which of course won't hinder Eklat De Rire one bit.

Another thing in his favour is the fact he likes to be ridden handily, given that the vast majority of recent winners have made all - think Cloth Cap 12 months ago - or raced within spitting distance of the leaders.

There's no better rider than Blackmore when it comes to tactical awareness and knowing she's on the best horse in the race - a well handicapped one at that - it wouldn't surprise to see her bounce out in front. In which case the partnership will take plenty of catching!

Rachael Blackmore is on board Eklat De Rire

Some rain will also help the cause of Fiddlerontheroof, who looked right back to his best at Carlisle last time over an inadequate 2m4f, and he looks the main British challenger, while Fortesque, a dour stayer off a feather weight, is capable of grabbing a place late on to reward each-way backers at huge odds.

15.15 Newcastle - Not So Sleepy

All eyes will be on the 2020 Champion Hurdler Epatante on her return to action after back surgery and we'll know after a couple of hurdles as to whether that has had the desired effect.

Electric in this contest 12 months ago, she failed to hurdle with any real proficiency in three subsequent runs, resulting in comprehensive defeats, one at long odds-on behind Silver Streak in the Christmas Hurdle.

That horse was firmly put in his place by Sceau Royal when the pair clashed at Kempton earlier this month and it could be a similar story here. Indeed, Alan King's popular gelding is a very plausible winner if the real Epatante fails to turn up.

He is preferred to Paul Nicholls' Monmiral, who won all four starts in his juvenile campaign but was bought as a staying chaser. He will surely need the ground to soften considerably to be seen to best effect here.

A favourable mention also has to go to Not So Sleepy who jinked right and unseated his rider at the first hurdle in last year's renewal, going on to carry out Silver Streak at the next.

His subsequent defeat of Buzz in a Grade 3 at Ascot confirmed him an exciting hurdler when things go his way, and he was far from disgraced when finishing fifth in the Champion Hurdle in March.

Not So Sleepy could ourtun his big odds in the Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle

His recent second on the Flat in a race that wasn't run to suit will have blown any cobwebs away and, given he hasn't much to find on official ratings with today's rivals, he has a better chance than his 16/1 price tag might suggest.

For that reason, we're going to put him up as a value selection to small stakes, for all that Epatante is by the most likely winner if on song.

15.35 Newbury - Numitor

A wide open 2m handicap to finish and we're going to take a chance on relative outsider Numitor at a double-figure price.

The seven-year-old was taking his record over fences to 3-5 when making all on his seasonal reappearance at Wetherby, settling matters with a bold leap at the last and then keeping on strongly.

That was a cracking effort off top weight and the form has been well and truly franked, with the third and fourth both winning since, so a 5lb rise looks very fair.

Tom Scudamore, who has won twice on him already, takes over the reigns this afternoon and he should at least give us a good run for our each-way money, with the admirably consistent Grey Diamond feared most from those at the head of the market.

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