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ITV Racing Tips on April 26th - Friday's tips at Sandown and Perth

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  • Tips for the ITV races on Friday 26th April
  • Sandown and Perth feature on the ITV schedule
  • Miaharris, Haute Estime and Arabian Crown feature in our selections
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William Buick riding Arabian Crown to win The Martin Densham Memorial British EBF Maiden Stakes at Sandown. (Getty)

Ahead of the National Hunt season's curtain closer on Saturday, Sandown hosts a valuable flat card on Friday afternoon. ITV Racing will be showing five races live from Sandown, as well as two from Perth, including the Highland National.

Here are my best betting tips for Friday's ITV races.

ITV Racing Schedule


Time
Track
Title
1:15pm Sandown bet365 Handicap (Class 2) 5f
1:30pm Perth AK Bets Best Price Every Runner Handicap Hurdle (Class 4) 2m
1:50pm Sandown bet365 Esher Cup Handicap (Class 2) 1m
2:05pm Perth QuinnBet Highland National Handicap Chase (Class 3) 3m6½f
2:25pm Sandown bet365 Gordon Richards Stakes (Group 3) 1m2f
3:00pm Sandown bet365 Mile (Group 2) 1m
3:35pm Sandown bet365 Classic Trial (Group 3) 1m2f

ITV Racing Tips - Friday 26th April


1.15pm Sandown - bet365 Handicap Tips


Sandown can be a specialist's sort of track. MIAHARRIS (9/2) flew home from the rear to score here on debut last season, before following up in the Listed St Hugh Stakes at Newbury.

After failing to see out six furlongs in the Dick Poole, Owen Burrows dropped his youngster back down to five furlongs for the Cornwallis Stakes at Newmarket. Miaharris got a little unbalanced through the dip and was hampered by a fading front-runner soon after, but kept on well to finish a fairly close fifth.

This opening handicap mark of 94 looks workable based on that Group Three effort and the booking of William Buick has to be seen as significant.

1:30pm Perth - Handicap Hurdle Tips


No bet for me in this one.

1:50pm Sandown - Esher Cup Tips


Hand Of God looked like a gangly, unfurnished sort when winning at Newmarket last season and I'm interested to see what another winter has done for his physique. Those who've backed Night Raider for the 2000 Guineas will be hoping to see Cogitate boost his form with a good run. Several bring strong all-weather form to the table, but I find that hard to weight-up. I'll be taking a watching brief.

2:05pm Perth - Highland National Handicap Chase Tips


After placing third in the 2022 Mersey Novices' Hurdle, HAUTE ESTIME (6/1) started out over fences with a rating of 130. Lucinda Russell's mare was still rated 125 when she finished third in the Listed Mares' Chase at this meeting 12 months ago, but a heavy fall on her reappearance this term sparked a downturn in form.

Following a wind-op, Haute Estime produced her best showing of the season at Bangor at the end of February, keeping on well under top-weight to finish close behind Stellar Stream and today's favourite, Duke Of Deception. Derek Fox's mount remains on a lowly mark of just 118 and she comes into this race nice and fresh.

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Oisin Murphy riding Miaharris (R, yellow) win The Highclere Thoroughbred Racing St Hugh's Stakes at Newbury. (Getty)

2:25pm Sandown - Gordon Richards Stakes Tips


Backing drifters is always a risk, but 16/1 is far too big a price for ARTISTIC STAR (16/1). Ralph Beckett's four-year-old finished seventh in the 2023 Epsom Derby, before running perfectly decent races in both the King Edward VII and Gordon Stakes later in the season.

Artistic Star made a winning reappearance over this course-and-distance last term, scoring in a very competitive maiden before heading on to the Derby. Ralph Beckett's horses haven't been in the best of form during the early weeks of the season and stall one might not be ideal, but there has to be some value in Artistic Star's current price.

3:00pm Sandown - Bet365 Mile Tips


Read our full guide to the 2024 Bet365 Mile to find out who we've backed in Friday's Grade Two feature.

Visit our Bet365 Mile Live Stream page if you plan on watching any of today's races via a mobile device.

3:35pm Sandown - Classic Trial Tips


I'm struggling to see beyond ARABIAN CROWN (Evs) in this Derby trial. Charlie Appleby's star is currently the fourth-favourite to land that Classic at Epsom, after ending his juvenile campaign with a runaway victory in the Zetland Stakes at Newmarket.

William Buick's mount proved his stamina over this distance in the Zetland and the favouite won't carry a penalty for that success. Arabian Crown won well and finished a close third on his two starts here at Sandown as a two-year-old and Appleby has been striking at almost 30% during the early weeks of the season.

Verdict

Friday's Top ITV Racing Tips:

Best Bet1: Arabian Crown 3:35pm Sandown @1/1 at bet365 - 15 Units
Best Bet2: Miaharris 1:15pm Sandown @9/2 at bet365 - 10 Units
Best Bet3: Haute Estime 2:05pm Perth @6/1 at QuinnBet - 5 Units
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