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Saturday ITV Racing Tips: Best bets for Sandown and Haydock on July 6

Coral-Eclipse day at Sandown on Saturday, July 6 and the Planet Sport tipsters have a fistful of red-hot selections for all seven races being shown on ITV.

Before attention turns to England's clash with Switzerland at Euro 2024, we've got the matter of a big Group 1 race at Sandown to sort out first.

The Coral-Eclipse Stakes (1535) is the highlight of the afternoon's racing, but there's three other contests from the Esher track, plus three from Haydock including the Group 2 Lancashire Oaks (1440).

Let's kick off with a quick run through our Saturday 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 tips in full:

13:50 (Sandown) Live In The Dream

14:05 (Haydock) Dramatic Star

14:25 (Sandown) Classic

14:40 (Haydock) Tiffany

15:00 (Sandown) Regal Jubilee

15:15 (Haydock) Maghlaak

15:35 (Sandown) City Of Troy

 

13:50 (Sandown) Live In The Dream

Live In The Dream perhaps has something to prove in the Coral Charge after a short-priced Haydock defeat last time out.

Winner of last year’s Nunthorpe, Live In The Dream posted a fine second on his seasonal bow in the Temple Stakes on ground that was not ideal, but it was a surprise when he could trail home only fifth in the Listed Achilles Stakes subsequently.

After appearing to stumble at the start, Live In The Dream did manage to assume his usual position at the head of affairs but his race was run over a furlong out and he dropped away in the finish.

Adam West felt his troubled start took its toll, so it is worth keeping the faith.

 

14:05 (Sandown) Dramatic Star

Recent Hamilton maiden winner Dramatic Star looked just the type to improve for going up in trip.

Trained by William Haggas, who stretches him out to 1m6f, this galloping track could also play to his strengths and the opening mark appears lenient now sent handicapping for top connections.

Wild Waves may provide a bold bid to defy top weight and complete a hat-trick after staying on powerfully to score over 1m6 1/2f at Doncaster.

It’s tough to rule out Too Bossy For Us stepping up in distance after coming from too far back when third at Thirsk (1m4f) last start.

Winner of that Thirsk event Align The Stars cannot be be ignored. Needs to find more off this revised rating.

 

14:25 (Sandown) Classic

Classic can turn around recent form with Two Tempting in the Coral Challenge.

After finishing last on his return at Sandown in May, Richard Hannon’s charge went down by just a head to his reopposing rival over the same mile he faces here.

He might have been a bit unlucky as he came from the back of the field and a 1lb rise should not prove too much of an issue.

 

14:40 (Haydock) Tiffany

Tiffany can make a quick leap to Group Two glory in the bet365 Lancashire Oaks.

She really came of age at Newcastle last week when registering an impressive success in the Group Three Hoppings Stakes, having previously struck twice at Listed level in Germany.

Moving back to turf is obviously not a concern and she comes here in clearly excellent form for Sir Mark Prescott.

 

15:00 (Sandown) Regal Jubilee

Regal Jubilee was another who did not enjoy an ideal run on her most recent spin.

Second in the Fred Darling first time up, John and Thady Gosden felt she merited a shot at Classic glory in the 1000 Guineas but that proved beyond her and she came home a well-beaten 10th.

Dropped back to Listed company and upped to 10 furlongs at Goodwood, she found only Francophone too good after struggling for a run with a couple of furlongs to go.

Given she was conceding 3lb, her three-quarter-length defeat deserves marking up ahead of the Coral Distaff.

 

15:15 (Haydock) Maghlaak

Maghlaak can gain redemption for a Redcar defeat in the bet365 Old Newton Cup Handicap.

Contesting the Zetland Gold Cup, he had to race wide and never really got into a decent position so his defeat as favourite can be forgiven.

 

15:35 (Sandown) City Of Troy

 

City Of Troy will not be any sort of price for the Coral-Eclipse but if in the same form as last time, he is impossible to oppose.

It was a huge shock when Aidan O’Brien’s champion juvenile trailed home ninth, beaten 17 lengths, in the 2000 Guineas, surrendering his unbeaten record in the tamest of fashion as he dropped right back through the field in the final couple of furlongs.

The Justify colt was very keen that day and O’Brien felt he had sent his star to Newmarket short of his best, an opinion that was totally borne out at Epsom.

While keen again, Ryan Moore managed to get him settled from an unfavourable draw in stall one and he could be called the winner from some way out in the premier Classic.

The fact he took some time to pull up after cruising to a near three-length win suggests City Of Troy had plenty in reserve and although that could mean he will not be suited by dropping back to 10 furlongs, his change of gear was sublime and the presence of stablemate Hans Andersen will make sure they do not hang about.

 

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