ITV Racing Tips: A key rider from each of the nine races on ITV on Saturday | Horse racing news
Virgin Bet Doonside Cup Stakes (List), 1m2f
Juan Elcano found the level of Group 1 a little too hot in the Juddmonte International last time around and takes a considerable drop in level. The last time he raced in a listed company he won the Wolferton at Royal Ascot. It won’t be an easy comeback, however, with Euchen Glen and Maydanny in the lineup.
SUGGESTION: JUAN ELCANO
Flying too high in the last York Group 1, but this Royal Ascot winner is a great player here
Dubai International Airport World Trophy Stakes (Group 3), 5f
Hurricane Ivor looked like a group horse in a handicap when it won the Portland and completed that milestone in just seven days. Khaadem seemed well suited to this distance in his last win and Tis Marvelous is aiming for a hat-trick.
LIGHT TIP: HURRICANE IVOR
Best personal best in Portland’s victory at Doncaster last week; could follow
Virgin Bet Ayr Handicap Silver Cup, 6f
Magical Spirit was an impressive winner of this contest 12 months ago and comes here after a third place finish at Ascot. Blackrod has improved rapidly this season and appears to be the main danger while
Bergerac, Woven and Royal Cimeterre are also threats.
PROJECTOR TIP: BICKERSTAFFE
Slightly run 3 years; awesome at Ascot in July and had an excuse last time; more soon
Graeme Rodway’s Banker in Ayr on Saturday
Dubai Duty Free Legacy Cup Stakes (Group 3), 1m3f
Al Aasy has been neutered since his last loss at Newmarket and returns to Newbury, where he has already recorded two impressive wins. Foxes Tales and Solid Stone get here thanks to victories.
PROJECTOR TIP: AL AASY
Two Group 3 wins here this spring and holds the main claims under a 3 pound penalty
Virgin Bet Firth Of Clyde Fillies’ Stakes (Group 3), 6f
Ger Lyons had a winner, second and third among the eight flat runners he sent to Ayr and the undefeated Head Mistress could improve that record. She looked smart when she landed a Listed contest at the Curragh last time around. The first easy winner Hala Hala Athmani is an exciting prospect.
PROJECTOR TIP: MASTER IN MIND
Irish filly who is 2-2 and commands respect with a further improvement on the cards
Dubai Duty Free Handicap, 1m2f
The Aramaic garnered a lot of attention when he scored in York earlier this month and faces many other progressive types. Mo’assess has already beaten Aramaic, so that’s to be feared as King Leonidas makes his first start since being a battered favorite in the Jersey Stakes last year.
PROJECTOR TIP: ARAMAQUE
Won in style on his handicap debut at York and could have a lot more to offer
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Virgin Bet Ayr Gold Cup Handicap, 6f
Five riders arrive at this lucrative handicap thanks to victories last time around, most notably Commanche Falls which has not been seen since the Stewards’ Cup touchdown at Glorious Goodwood. He appears to be the first to win both major sprints in the same season in 25 years. Ed Walker has two better chances with Great Ambassador and Popmaster while Just Frank was impressive at Thirsk last time around.
PROJECTOR TIP: OSTILIO
Chic shape in the past; well trained on 5f unsuitable for this yard; treated well now
Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes (Group 2), 6f
Native Trail’s third place in the Superlative Stakes looks solid after last Sunday’s result, so Dhabab is only interesting for his fourth start. Gimcrack, second Gis A Sub and Super Sprint winner Gubbass, is also featured.
LIGHT TIP: GUBBASS
Won the Super Sprint here in July; good efforts in Richmond and Morny since; respected
Handicap Virgin Bet, 1m
David O’Meara won that handicap in 2018 and 2019 and trained third last season, so maybe the constant Shelir could have a chance for a change of heart after being a finalist five times this season.
Cruyff Turn sets the standard for the form of his victory at the Ebor Festival.
PROJECTOR TIP: HONG KONG HARRY
4 years low mileage with a 4 to 6 strike rate; today’s additional footage may be suitable; great luck
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Race 1, 2h30 AYR: BICKERSTAFFE
Race 2, 2.50 NEWBURY: AL AASY
Race 3, 3.05 AYR: LEADING MASTER
Race 4, 3.25 NEWBURY: ARAMAICQUE
Race 5, 3.40 AYR: OSTILIO
Race 6, 4.00 NEWBURY: GUBBASS
Race 7, 4.15 AYR: HONG KONG HARRY
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The previews of Saturday’s race:
2.15 Newbury: Will the real Khaadem return? Tom Collins assesses a ‘wide open’ sprint
2.30 Ayr: views of coaches and analysis of prognosticators ahead of an ultra-competitive Ayr Silver Cup
2.50 Newbury: Castel Al Aasy should be close to their best comeback, says William Haggas
3.05 Ayr: The undefeated runner’s tendency to hit flat makes her a running game
3.40 Ayr: “I hope this will be his last race in a handicap” – key quotes from the Ayr Gold Cup
3.40 Ayr: why the Grand Ambassador can find himself in the worst possible position (Members Club)
4:00 am Newbury: Will early season blooms or late season blooms thrive in a bizarre Mill Reef?
4.30 Gowran Park: “This is probably the first time in the whole season that she has had her home ground”
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FIRST PUBLISHED AT 7:00 AM, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021