ITV7 Racing Tips: Cesarewitch and Dewhurst take centre stage

Check out our ITV7 selections, which includes racing tips from Newmarket.
Check out our ITV7 selections, which includes racing tips from Newmarket.

Steve Chambers takes a look at Saturday's televised action at Newmarket and York - which includes the Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes and the Cesarewitch Handicap - and picks out his ITV7 selections...

York 14:00 - Rockingham Stakes 

We kick off Saturday's ITV7 action with a fascinating listed Rockingham Stakes will see eight runners go to post for another trappy betting heat over six furlongs. Simon and Ed Crisford's Legal Attack is a prominent figure in the betting and the son of Shalaa will be on the vicinity if repeating his recent run in a Group 3 at Chantilly, where he finished second. However, it's the Richard Fahey-trained Regional, who was a hugely impressive winner on debut at Pontefract in July, and then went on to finish a creditable fourth in a listed event at Ayr over five furlongs. Fahey will step his charge up to six furlongs on Saturday and that could prove to be what he needs, as he was doing all his best work late on in that Ayr event, and he can score here if continuing on an upward curve.


York 14:00
Regional silk



Chepstow 14:12 - Unibet You're On Handicap Hurdle 

Next up we head to Chepstow for the solitary National Hunt race on this week's ITV7, and it could be worth siding with multiple champion trainer Paul Nicholls, who tasted success at the Welsh venue on Friday and can land this prize with an interesting performer. Friend Or Foe missed the whole of last season, but the French recruit had previously won two of his three races, with his last success coming at prohibitive odds at Chepstow. If the market shows significant support for him then he could well be the answer to a trappy contest, and the Ditcheat inmate could use this contest as a springboard to bigger and better things later in the season.


Chepstow 14:12
Friend Or Foe silk

Friend Or Foe


Newmarket 14:20 - Autumn Stakes 

Godolphin and Ballydoyle lock horns in the Group 3 Autumn Stakes at 14:20 as One Ruler will fly the flag for the former, with Van Gogh taking his chance for Aidan O'Brien's yard and it's the latter of the exciting pair of juveniles that makes most appeal. Second in a brace of Group races at Leopardstown, Van Gogh finally broke his maiden tag at the fifth time of asking when comfortably landing a maiden event at the Curragh in late September, and the son of American Pharaoh can kick on again. One Ruler failed to get his head in front in listed company last time out at Doncaster, so Van Gogh, who has already shown he can perform to a decent level in Pattern company, can prove to be too classy for his market rival and land victory at Newmarket.


Newmarket 14:20
Van Gogh silk

Van Gogh


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York 14:35 - Coral Beaten By A Length Free Bet Handicap 

Next up is a 1m 2f 56y handicap from York, where a wide proportion of the field are separated by a few lb in the handicap, so it's got all the makings of a tight, competitive affair. However, there's one horse that could well be ahead of the rest and that is the William Haggas-trained Ilaraab. An exciting, hugely progressive three-year-old, the son of Wootton Bassett has amassed three wins on the bounce and will now be looking to defy a mark of 95. He was a narrow winner at Newbury last time out off a mark of 90, so he will need to improve again if he is to continue his winning streak. He showed a fine turn of foot in that aforementioned Newbury contest and he could prove to be a cut above his rivals and land a fifth win on the spin.


York 14:35
Ilaraab silk



Newmarket 14:55 - Dewhurst Stakes 

A host of potential 2000 Guineas clues will be available in the Dewhurst Stakes, which is next up in the ITV7 at Newmarket, and it's off at 14:55. One of the premier trials for next season's classic, the Group 1, seven-furlong event for juveniles has attracted a stellar cast with 14 runners declared. Richard Hannon's Chindit and Joseph O'Brien's Thunder Moon are battling it out for favouritism, and the former heads into the race on the back of an impressive one length win in the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster. However, O'Brien's Thunder Moon can eclipse his main rival as he was hugely impressive when winning the Group 1 National Stakes at the Curragh, and having only been seen on the track twice then he can continue his fine form. A proven Group 1 winner, Thunder Moon can cement his place at the head of the betting for next year's 2000 Guineas.



Newmarket 14:55
Thunder Moon silk

Thunder Moon


York 15:10 - Coral Sprint Trophy Handicap 

David O'Meara's Gulliver will attempt to retain his Coral Sprint Trophy Handicap on the Knavesmire on Saturday, but he will face a whole plethora of classy sprint handicappers in what is one of the toughest betting heats of the day. Roulston Scar and Came From The Dark are two worthy of a mention, but the most eye-catching runner is the Kevin Ryan-trained Bielsa, who has some smart form in the book and will relish any rain that hits York in the lead up to the race. A creditable ninth in the Ayr Gold Cup, Bielsa has been dropped 2 lb by the handicapper, so he lines up off a mark of 97 and that could prove to be a fruitful mark for a horse that already has a win off a mark of 94.


York 15:10
Bielsa silk



Newmarket 15:35 - Cesarewitch Handicap 

One of the toughest betting heats on the Flat calendar, the Cesarewitch Handicap will see a monster field line up at 15:35 and the likes of Great White Shark, Coltrane and Leoncavallo sit prominently in the betting and appear to have a sporting chance of bagging the marathon victory. However, it's been a race that has seen big-priced winners in recent times with two 66/1 shots and a 50/1 raider prevailing and this year's renewal could go the way of a big-priced runner again. Gavin Cromwell's Whirling Dervish has been running over hurdles in recent months, but will revert to the level and having finished second to former Ebor winner Mustajeer and beaten subsequent Group winner Twilight Payment then the Irish charge could run a huge race.


Newmarket 15:35
Whirling Dervish silk

Whirling Dervish

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