ITV Racing tips: Previews for Saturday’s big races
Preview and odds for the key races
There are a total of eight races from three different venues taking place in front of the ITV cameras on Saturday, with the Coral-sponsored Scurry Stakes the main event of the afternoon at Sandown.
We take a look at that Listed contest and two other interesting races in our ITV Racing tips.
2.15 SANDOWN – Coral ‘Beaten By A Length’ Free Bet Scurry Stakes
The brilliant Battaash (2017) is one of several high-class sprinters on the roll of honour for this five-furlong feature and the likely favourite for this year’s renewal is Marco Botti’s ATALIS BAY.
The son of Cable Bay has won four of his eight starts to date and was last seen filling the runner-up spot behind the hugely exciting Winter Power at York last month.
The latter is considered a legitimate contender for the King’s Stand at Royal Ascot on Tuesday, so plenty will see 13/8 as a fair price about Atalis going one better this weekend.
STEEL BULL represents Irish trainer Michael O’Callaghan. The 11/2 chance won the Molecomb Stakes at Goodwood last summer and perhaps the testing conditions were to blame when he was well beaten on his return to action at Naas last month.
It will be interesting to see how WARRIOR BRAVE (11/2) fares stepping up in class, having won three of his five starts since moving from Ireland to join the excellent Mick Appleby.
2.50 SANDOWN – Play Coral ‘Racing-Super-Series’ For Free Handicap
An open contest in which LATEST GENERATION makes his handicap debut for Simon and Ed Crisford.
A son of Frankel out of Group One-winning mare Rizeena, the three-year-old won once from three juvenile efforts and finished behind the high-class One Ruler on the other two occasions.
He was unable to land a telling blow behind last Saturday’s Derby third Hurricane Lane on his most recent outing at Newbury, but is nevertheless of interest at 100/30 as he enters the handicap arena on a mark of 93.
3.40 YORK – Pavers Foundation Catherine Memorial Sprint Handicap
A clutch of promising three-year-olds will face the starter for this fiercely competitive contest, with little to choose between several at the head of the market.
DARK SHIFT (11/2) has won two of his first three starts for Charlie Hills and won as he liked on his Nottingham comeback.
JADWAL (11/2) brings more experience to the table with seven runs under his belt, and would not be winning out of turn following three successive runner-up finishes.
The William Haggas-trained SKYRUNNER (6/1) is on a hat-trick for the season, having followed up a narrow success at Doncaster with a demolition job at Pontefract a fortnight ago, while Irish challenger AIKIDO (13/2) also merits the utmost respect.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication