Saturday ITV Racing Tips: Best bets for Newmarket and York

There's a televised double-header from Newmarket and York on Saturday and we've a tip for each of the seven races - plus there's news of a free bet offer well worth noting.

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Selections:

1.45 Newmarket - Goldspur

2.02 York - Canonized

2.20 Newmarket - Coroebus

2.37 York - Areus (each-way)

2.55 Newmarket - Native Trail (Go Bears Go each-way)

3.15 York - Boardman each-way

3.35 Newmarket - Calling The Wind

1.45 Newmarket - Goldspur

Haafit, a 2.1 million guineas purchase, had his bubble burst when turned over at odds-on last time, although fast ground might have contributed to that, causing him to hang.

He could well bounce back here under softer conditions but fellow Godolphin-owned Goldspur is clearly a useful prospect too, so impressive he was when running away with a Sandown novice on last month's debut.

There was a lot to like about the way he moved and quickened clear on the soft ground that day, and he'll get today's mile trip standing on his head given his pedigree.

With James Doyle staying loyal, he looks a value price.

2.02 York - Canonized

Canonized has been on the go since April, bagging three wins from her ten starts, all over the minimum, and she may not have finished yet on the evidence of her latest running in a Group 3 at Ayr.

Stepping up to today's trip of 6f for the first time, she travelled with real purpose throughout and looked set to score when taking the lead entering the final half furlong, only to be caught on the line.

Clearly at home over this extra furlong and still on the upgrade, she can make the most of her sex allowance against largely inferior rivals.

2.20 Newmarket - Coroebus

Backers of Coroebus here last time would have felt mugged, so well was the colt travelling when going clear two out, only to get lonely in front and be reeled in by Royal Patronage, who was gifted a neck victory.

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Any punters looking to recoup losses here are faced with skinny odds - he's odds-on at the time of posting - and it's easy to see why as he's clearly one of Charlie Appleby's best juveniles and still holds an entry in the Group 1 Futurity run later this month.

This is no cakewalk mind with his ten rivals boasting plenty of winning form, but it'll be a surprise if he can't give William Buick some consolation for that astonishing defeat.

2.37 York - Areus

With likely favourite Bay Bridge having to overcome an absence of 147 days and a 15lb rise in the weights to boot, he's opposable at shortish odds for all he might be a future Group horse.

Faisal is next best according to bookmakers but he looked in need of further when meeting with defeat over today's trip last time, whereas ten furlongs with some cut in the ground could prove ideal for Aleas.

Ralph Beckett's three-year-old has been found wanting over further the last twice, although he ran okay at Windsor last time and can be forgiven a poor run at Goodwood the time before on account of the track.

As a four-time winner with few miles on the clock, he looks worth chancing each-way at double-figure odds.

2.55 Newmarket - Native Trail (Go Bears Go each-way)

This looks a good renewal of the Dewhurst with the unbeaten pair of Native Trail, who is odds-on across the board, and Irish raider Straight Answer locking horns.

Doncaster winner Bayside Boy and Aidan O'Brien's Glounthane, not seen since winning on his Curragh debut in April, add further quality, and even rank outsider Go Bears Go has claims.

A tough and consistent performer at a high level, including when finishing a close up fourth behind Perfect Power in last month's Middle Park, he should relish the step up to a mile and is worth a couple of quid each-way.

But the most likely winner is clear top-rated Native Trail, an impressive winner of the National Stakes last time, and he could well give Charlie Appleby (also responsible for Coroebus) a double on the card - currently pays pays 2/1 (4/5 and 4/6) with Planet Sport Bet.

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3.15 York - Boardman

Last year's winner Gulliver is defending his crown off the same mark and can be forgiven a mid-field finish in the Ayr Gold Cup last time, with his previous fourth in a big field at the Curragh a better indicator of his wellbeing.

But he's hardly prolific (8-66) and is drawn high (21) this time, whereas last year he exited from stall six and stormed home up the centre of the track. It might not make a jot of difference but the gut feeling is to take him on at single-figure odds.

And it's not as if we're short of alternatives.

But rather than bang on about the merits of the several with chances we'll cut straight to our idea of the best value bet in the shape of Tim Easterby's Boardman.

He's not obvious on recent form, which helps his price of course, and we're banking on him returning to the sort of form he showed when winning three handicaps on the spin back in May.

The middle one of those came at this track and while that was over 7f he could have been called the winner a furlong out, and it was a similar story when he landed the hat-trick at Chester, where he again laughed at the handicapper to shrug off a 10lb rise.

He's not had the soft ground he needs since then and having dropped a few pounds in the weights, he looks poised to strike at good odds.

3.35 Newmarket - Calling The Wind

Wiliie Mullins knows what it takes to land this marathon 2m2f handicap having sent out the last three winners, and that helps explain the ante post plunge on his M C Muldoon, who is now clear favourite.

The six-year-old was last seen winning over hurdles at Galway in July and is returning to the flat on what looks a fair mark of 100, which is 4lb higher than when finishing second over 2m4f at Royal Ascot, which is proof he stays this far.

But he's no value now at around the 5/1 mark and besides gambles do go astray, with Mullins' Mt Leinster a good case in point - you may remember he was punted off the boards into favouritism before the Ebor only to run a shocker.

If he wins, he wins but our money is down on Calling The Wind, whose credentials look just as good, if not better. He's a good few points longer in the betting too.

Richard Hughes' charge has looked every inch a smart stayer since first tackling trips over 2m plus last autumn, with this season's highlights being his second at Royal Ascot over an extended 2m5f and a subsequent defeat of Withold (the 2019 Cesarewitch winner) at Glorious Goodwood over a furlong less.

He was simply given too much to do when beaten into second over an inadequate 1m4f last time, with his jockey waiting too long to ask him for maximum effort, and while the handicapper nudged him up 3lb for his troubles, he can run off his old mark in this early-closing race.

Seemingly best with some give in the ground - another tick - and with his stable in form - 4-22, 18% in the last fortnight - he looks to have a huge amount going for him.

Back him each-way with Planet Sports Bet, who are offering SIX places on the race!

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