Wednesday ITV Racing Tips: Best bets for Newmarket and Cheltenham

The Craven Stakes is one of seven races being shown live on ITV this afternoon and we've a tip for each.

In addition to our tips, which are listed below, you might also want to check out Planet Sport's Racing Live Centre as it's here you'll find the highly informative race cards for Newmarket and Cheltenham.


Enshrine (13.15 Newmarket)

Bold Plan (13.30 Cheltenham)

Loves Me Likearock each-way (13.50 Newmarket)

Stolen Silver (14.05 Cheltenham)

Secret State (14.25 Newmarket)

Bellosa (15.00 Newmarket)

Native Trail - Star Of India straight forecast (15.35 Newmarket)

13.15 Newmarket - Enshrine

Roger Varian's Ameynah boasts the best racecourse form in this 7f maiden fillies' contest, having finished strongly into second behind Ribbon Rose (well beaten in yesterday's Nell Gwyn) when making her racecourse debut over track and trip last October.

But as a sister to middle-distance winner Labeeb, she might need at least a mile to show her best and with several short-priced stablemates being turned over when looking in need of the run in recent days, she's opposed at shortish odds.

Her two closest rivals in the betting, Enshrine and Shining Al Danah, who represent William Haggas and John and Thady Gosden, are unraced and the market is therefore going to prove the best guide to their chances.

The former filly is perhaps the most interesting on breeding as she's a half-sister to last year's Nell Gwyn winner Sacred, who won on her racecourse debut here, and that earns her a tentative vote in a race perhaps best watched.

13.30 Cheltenham - Bold Plan

Evan Williams' eight-year-old is taken to land a hat-trick in this 2m4f handicap hurdle after wins at Market Rasen and Newbury under today's claiming rider Isabel Williams.

He has gone up just 5lb in the process and should be up to defying his current mark of 125 having won off 130 previously, after which he went off favourite for a Grade 3 handicap at Ascot (fell early on) off a rating of 140.

He's also an assured stayer over this trip, which can't be said for some of his rivals, including Mongol Emperor and Captain Morgs, who also has a 107-day absence to overcome.

Romeo Brown impressed when scoring over 2m5f at Kelso last time, quickening away from a well-backed favourite close home and having set a good gallop, and he is feared most.

13.50 Newmarket - Loves Me Likearock each-way

Pocket The Profit is well-in under his 6lb penalty for winning at Pontefract eight days ago, having been raised 11lb for that, and he's a worthy favourite for this 6f handicap.

That said, he has to prove himself on this much quicker ground - all three of his turf wins have come on ground with cut in it - and Charlie Hills' Loves Me Likearock makes more appeal at the odds. which are big enough for each-way.

The daughter of sprinter Lethal Force looked a nice prospect when winning back-to-back races on the all-weather last season, and was far from disgraced when fourth in Listed company on her final start here in October.

Her dam Love On The Rocks, also trained by Hills, was at her best on fast turf and avoided soft, so this quicker terrain might bring out some improvement, and her stable has started the season strongly, with three winners to show from nine runners in the last fortnight.

14.25 Newmarket - Secret State

The all-conquering Charlie Appleby, who landed a double here yesterday and is 7-11 in April, runs two in the latest running of the Wood Ditton, which is being contested by a dozen unraced three-year-olds.

Charlie Appleby is in red-hot form and enjoyed a double at Newmarket on Tuesday

Bookmakers much prefer the chances of his Secret State over stablemate State Event, with William Buick opting to ride the former, and the son of Dubawi out of Jacqueline Quest (first past the post in a 1000 Guineas) is certainly bred for the job.

Unless he takes a big walk in the market, he can provide his trainer with yet another winner on the Rowley Mile: his five-year record after Tuesday's racing stands at an impressive 107-398 (27%) for a £84.12 profit to £1 level-stakes.

14.05 Cheltenham - Stolen Silver

Coole Cody put a couple of well beaten efforts behind him when scoring over this track and trip last month, having also won the big handicap chase run here in December, and is seemingly good as ever at the age of 11.

However, a 7lb rise to a career-high mark of 152 might be enough to stop him and the horse he beat into fourth last time, Sam Thomas' Stolen Silver, who finished just over eight lengths adrift, is weighted to turn the tables.

The seven-year-old enjoys an 8lb pull this afternoon and today's faster surface is another thing in his favour as he bounced off good ground when scoring at Market Rasen in October.

He built on that when finishing a neck second over 2m here, when not helped by a stumble at the last, and he seems just as effective over today's longer trip.

Last year's winner Manofthemountain could only finish last of the eight finishers on his most recent start at Kempton, but a bad mistake cost him there and he's respected.

15.00 Newmarket - Bellosa

Group 1-winning juvenile Ebro River is getting plenty of weight from the older horses on his return to action and is clearly the one they all have to beat.

However, the classic generation don't have a good record in this 6f Group 2 contest - Passion For Life in 1996 being the last winning three-year-old - and there are ground concerns too as his three wins last season were on soft/yielding (currently good).

That's enough to take him on at short odds and Jane Chapple-Hyam's Bellosa is worth chancing in the hope she can bounce out and make all, as she did when winning her first two starts last season, including a maiden at this meeting by seven lengths.

While she's done all her racing over 7f, she clearly has the speed for shorter and might prove hard to catch under Jamie Spencer and with a first-time tongue-tie applied.

15.35 Newmarket - Native Trail

It's hard to see past Charlie Appleby's unbeaten Native Trail, who is Planet Sport Bet's 5/2 favourite for 2000 Guineas run in just over three weeks' time, and while this race will put him spot on for that assignment it'll be a major surprise if he can't beat his six rivals, with no penalty to carry for his Group 1 Dewhurst success.

Given the size of the field, there's no each-way betting angle to the race and forecast backers are steered towards another Guineas entry in Aidan O'Brien's Star Of India, who won with plenty in hand on his Leopardstown debut in October.

He's more of a staying type than the red-hot favourite and should come into his own over middle distances.

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