Easter Saturday ITV Racing Tips: Best bets for Haydock on March 30

Sadly racing at Musselburgh has been abandoned but the Planet Sport tipsters still have some red-hot tips for racing at Haydock on Saturday, March 30..

Water logging at the Scottish track has put an end to £100,000 Queen's Cup and Scotland's fastest race - The Scottish Sprint Cup in front of the ITV cameras.

However, Haydock rocks up with three races on it's Dinosaur Easter Family Day. Not sure how dinosaurs fit into the Easter story but we'll go with it. The Veterans’ Handicap Chase Finale (1515) is the feature and not a stegosaurus in sight.

Let's begin with a quick run through our tips, with the reasons why we've picked them further down the page.

If you fancy a punt or two, check out the Planet Sport race centre which will show you all the live odds, racecards and results.

Good luck and please gamble responsibly.

(Please be aware selections could become non-runners after article's first publication)


Saturday's selections:

14:05 (Haydock) Playful Saint

14:40 (Haydock) Shoeshine Boy

15:15 (Haydock) Riders Onthe Storm


14:05 (Haydock) Playful Saint

Dan Skelton’s Playful Saint arrives as the freshest horse in the My Pension Expert Challenger Two Mile Hurdle Series Final Handicap Hurdle.

Skelton had plenty to choose from at the five-day stage but it looks informative that he has gone down this route, given he also held an entry in the Sussex Champion Hurdle which was worth more money.

Given every penny counts as Skelton battles with his old boss Paul Nicholls for the title, he must view this race as more winnable.

The nine-year-old was a beaten favourite at Stratford the day before Cheltenham but that was his first run of the season, so he is entitled to come on a good deal for it and can be expected to turn the tables on Milldam, who beat him.

Playful Saint’s third in last year’s Imperial Cup is the best bit of form on offer.


14:40 (Haydock) Shoeshine Boy

Shoeshine Boy could prove effective from a low weight in the Challenger Stayers Hurdle Series Final Handicap Hurdle.

The eight-year-ol enjoyed a stamina test scoring over 3m2f at Kelso attempting a handicap hurdle last time and has a top chance.

Goshhowposh will need to bounce back after being pulled up at Exeter in February. Better judged on a five length Wincanton victory prior, so can still be a contender.


15:15 (Haydock) Riders Onthe Storm

Riders Onthe Storm looks the class act in the Unibet Middle Distance Veterans’ Handicap Chase Finale.

The 11-year-old might not be the force of old, but he might not have to be and his second to Homme Public last time out shows he is still fairly capable on his day.

Thor De Cerisy bids for a hat-trick and could prove competitive from a low mark. Switches to open company following two good novice handicap chase wins at Chepstow.


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