We’ve got a whopping nine ITV racing tips for armchair punters to consider this Saturday, with Haydock, Goodwood, York and the Curragh featured on the box.
The Irish 2,000 Guineas is an added bonus to an already impressive list of high-class contests and we’ve got expert picks from PA Sport’s Keith Hamer.
1.55 Goodwood – THUNDERING BLUE
Can benefit from a significant drop in grade to land the Listed spoils in the Festival Stakes for our ITV racing tips.
David Menuisier’s stable star enjoyed Group 2 success at York last summer and he was also placed in the Group 1 Juddmonte International.
Globe-trotting in Stockholm, Canada and Japan probably took its toll at the end of the year, while his reappearance at Sandown, though disappointing, will have brought him on plenty.
2.15 Haydock – PIRATE KING
This lightly-raced four-year-old made an encouraging return to action at Doncaster recently and looks sure to be suited by this step up to two miles.
2.30 Goodwood – DUBAI LEGACY
Saeed bin Suroor’s colt showed plenty of promise as a juvenile, winning at Doncaster and Epsom, and started out this term with victory in his first handicap on the all-weather at Newcastle.
2.50 Haydock – DUKE OF HAZZARD (nap)
Can be rewarded for some excellent efforts in classy company by defying top-weight in the Silver Bowl.
His form in finishing fifth to Persian King in the French 2,000 Guineas merits close inspection, while he had also run third to Andre Fabre’s superstar on his seasonal debut.
Paul Cole’s colt ended the last campaign winning a Listed contest over a mile at Deauville, after performing with credit at top venues such as York, Goodwood, Ascot and Newmarket.
His first venture into handicap company looks set to be a winning one.
3.05 York – PILASTER
Winner of the Group 2 Lillie Langtry Stakes at Glorious Goodwood last summer, the daughter of Nathaniel was beaten only narrowly when third in the Park Hill Stakes at Doncaster, before running below par at Ascot on Champions Day.
Was surprisingly beaten on her reappearance at Nottingham last month, but that was a tactical four-runner affair and she will be better suited by a more competitive race.
3.25 Haydock – CALYX
Will be all the rage to bolster his claims for the Commonwealth Cup at the Royal meeting with victory in the Group 2 Sandy Lane Stakes.
Having won the Coventry on the second of only two starts as a youngster, the John Gosden-trained colt trotted up on his return back at Ascot. He can confirm he will be a serious force in the sprint division.
3.35 Curragh – MAGNA GRECIA
Can complete the English-Irish 2,000 Guineas double by following up his convincing Classic victory at Newmarket (pictured above) by also obliging in the Curragh version.
Aidan O’Brien’s colt won in authoritative fashion and can inflict a second defeat in less than a fortnight for last year’s champion two-year-old Too Darn Hot, who was thought to have run out of stamina when runner-up in the Dante at York last week.
3.45 York – EL ASTRONAUTE
Will appreciate the step back to the minimum trip after a respectable effort over six furlongs in the Duke of York Stakes on this course last week.
John Quinn’s six-year-old showed his usual blistering speed to take the field along to the furlong pole in the Group 2, before fading out of contention as Invincible Army grabbed the limelight.
He is twice a course-and-distance winner and was runner-up in the corresponding race 12 months ago.
4.00 Haydock – BATTAASH
The Charlie Hills-trained sprinter bids to take the Group 2 Temple Stakes for the second year running on the way to the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot and should have too much dash for the opposition.
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