We’ve got a magnificent seven ITV racing tips from Musselburgh and Haydock this Saturday, with some cracking races on the Flat and over jumps featured.
There are plenty of wide-open handicaps for punters to get stuck into at both courses and we’ve got expert picks from PA Sport’s Keith Hamer.
1.50 Musselburgh – THREE SAINTS BAY
David O’Meara’s four-year-old kept on nicely when fourth here at the start of the month and should strip fitter for that first run in 169 days, so we’re keeping him on side in our ITV racing tips.
2.05 Haydock – RED TORNADO
This seven-year-old is at the top of the ratings but was always a good weight carrier during his time with Dan Skelton and was a fair third on his first outing over hurdles for new handler Chris Fairhurst last month.
2.25 Musselburgh – REGGAE RUNNER
The Lethal Force colt has improved for each of his three runs inside a month, culminating in victory at Lingfield in February.
Although this will be the first time he has encountered turf in public, he no doubt will know what is expected from Mark Johnston’s gallops at Middleham and be primed for a return to action.
2.40 Haydock – QUARENTA
Jonjo O’Neill has given this likeable gelding a little rest since two wins at Warwick over the winter and that can help to freshen him up for a decent spring campaign.
3.00 Musselburgh – SAAHEQ
The Scottish Sprint Cup Handicap has a fiendish look to it – but it has proved nothing of the sort for Mick Appleby twice in the last five years, including with Caspian Prince 12 months ago.
This time, the Oakham trainer has Saaheq nestling near the foot of the weights for his return to the turf after a consistent winter on the all-weather.
The five-year-old was a short-head runner-up on his most recent start at Southwell two weeks ago and generally races as if this return to the shortest distance will suit him fine.
3.15 Haydock – FAITHFUL MOUNT
Ian Williams’ relative veteran has been knocking on the door of late in decent races and may hit the jackpot this time.
3.35 Musselburgh – AUSTRIAN SCHOOL (nap)
Johnston’s charge can pass the stamina examination that is the Queen’s Cup Stakes with flying colours.
The four-year-old will have been well prepared by his trainer for this valuable test over a mile and three-quarters.
The son of Teofilo displayed plenty of promise as a young stayer last season and showed he comes to hand early by winning his first two starts.
He may not have got his head in front again last term, but he ran well on numerous occasions – both in handicaps and at Listed level.
This could well be the season he comes into his own and Austrian School completes our ITV racing tips.
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