With Royal Ascot around the corner, it’s a case of quantity not quality on Saturday with racing on ITV4 from York, Sandown and Chester.
Watch the weather closely as chaos is forecast at York with thunder, lightning, rain and sunshine all possible. That narrows it down!
Stewart Williams – The Sun
Let’s get straight into it, and the first race on ITV is the 1.50pm from York, a handicap over 1m4f for lady riders.
DESERT RULER is in great form and proved he could cope with a higher mark on turf when finishing second at Chester after a break.
If he improves a bit for the run he has every chance of carrying on good work for Jedd O’Keefe.
Next is the 2.25pm, a 7f handicap. GOLDEN APOLLO can easily operate off his current handicap mark and he looked like a horse running into form at this track last time.
My only worry is the trip as there’s a chance he’s better at 6f – but he can still go very close for Tim Easterby.
Getty Images – Getty Hugh Bowman rides Marmelo in work down under
The action goes up a grade in the 3.00pm, a Listed event over nearly 1m6f.
Whether the rain comes is key to this race, so bet late! If it’s pouring down, then back Hughie Morrison’s MARMELO, who is a fine performer with cut in the ground.
I would fancy him strongly with a bit of juice.
PA:Press Association John Gosden will be hoping Jawwaal can do the business
The last race at York is the 3.35pm, a handicap over 6f live on ITV. JAWWAAL stays 7f and goes on any ground. He’s in great form for John Gosden and is hard to keep out the frame for jockey Dane O’Neill as he bids for a hat-trick.
Matt Chapman’s TV Tips
1.50 York – Desert Ruler: ‘he has every chance of carrying on the good work for Jedd O’Keefe’ (add to your betslip)
2.05 Sandown – Mokaatil: ‘he has a great draw here and might well improve for that first outing for Owen Burrows’ (add to your betslip)
2.25 York – Golden Apollo: ‘he looked like a horse running into form at the track last time’ (add to your betslip)
2.40 Chester – Shuhood: ‘up in trip with new headgear, and might be worth taking a chance on’ (add to your betslip)
3.00 York – Marmelo: ‘fine performer with cut in the ground for Hughie Morrison. I would fancy him strongly with juice.’ (add to your betslip)
3.15 Sandown – Zwayyan: ‘has a reasonable draw for Andrew Balding and might well be capable of better this time.’ (add to your betslip)
3.35 York – Jawwaal: ‘in great form for John Gosden and has to be hard to keep out the frame for Dane O’Neill as he bids for a hat-trick.’ (add to your betslip)
Over at Sandown, ITV show the 2.05pm, a Listed race over 5f. MOKAATIL didn’t look totally in love with the game on his return run this season after wind surgery but he has a great draw here and might well improve for that first outing for Owen Burrows. On top of that, he actually wasn’t beaten that far on his seasonal debut so there are reasons to hope for a better performance.