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ITV Racing Tips - Saturday's tips at Newbury and Newmarket

  • We've published our tips for all of Saturday's ITV Racing races
  • The Dante Meeting continues at York on Saturday 15th May
  • The Lockinge Stakes is the Group One feature on the card
  • Tactical, John Leeper and Oz Legend feature amongst our top tips
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Oisin Murphy riding Tactical (L) win The bet365 European Free Handicap at Newmarket. (Getty)
Jon Vine 14 May 2021
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Newbury and Newmarket take center-stage on ITV this Saturday, with the Group One Lockinge Stakes headlining a bumper afternoon of action. We have seven races to delve into today, so let's dive straight into our ITV Racing selections.

Saturday's ITV Racing Schedule


Time
Track
Title
1:50pm Newbury BetVictor Carnarvon Stakes (Listed Race) 6f
2:05pm Newmarket Betway Fairway Stakes (Listed Race) 1m2f
2:25pm Newbury Al Rayyan Stakes (Registered As The Aston Park Stakes) (Group 3) 1m4f
2:40pm Newmarket Betway King Charles II Stakes (Listed Race) 7f
3:00pm Newbury BetVictor London Gold Cup Handicap (Class 2) 1m2f
3:15pm Newmarket Heed Your Hunch At Betway Handicap (Class 2) 6f
3:35pm Newbury Lockinge Stakes (Group 1) 1m

ITV Racing Tips - Saturday 15th May


Race 1 - Carnarvon Stakes Tips


Although the RPRs suggest he produced a career-best effort in the seven furlong European Free Handicap last time out, dropping TACTICAL back to six furlongs seems a smart move. Andrew Balding's charge won Listed and Group Two races over this trip last season, before coming up short at the highest level in the autumn.

Oisin Murphy had to weave his way towards the rail to find a path to the post at Newmarket, but once he was unleashed, Tactical won quite nicely. I'm confident he'll have the class to cope with a three-pound penalty.

Race 2 - Fairway Stakes Tips


On ratings, Fancy Man should be very hard to beat. I would still rather back JOHN LEEPER, who powered to a really impressive victory on his reappearance at Newcastle. 

Ed Dunlop's three-year-old is by the great Frankel and out of Snow Fairy, who won the Oaks for the yard in 2010 and five further Group Ones in three different countries. John Leeper is bred to be very smart, and could head onto the Epsom Derby is he manages to impress here.

Race 3 - Al Rayyan Stakes Tips


It's hard to get the replay of Logician's St Leger win out of my mind. It was a quite brilliant performance, and to see him sitting on 2/1 here seems crazy. Yet, John Gosden struggled to get his star right all of last season, and on the two occasions he did run, he looked well below his best.

As Logician will probably be in need of this first run back, I'm going to have to side with AL AASY. William Haggas' charge showed great promise at three and looked better than ever on his reappearance at Newbury, sweeping his rivals aside with ease in the John Porter Stakes. If in that same vein of form, Al Aasy will take all the beating.

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Al Aasy wins The Dubai Duty Free Finest Surprise Stakes at Newbury Racecourse in April. (Getty)

Race 4 - King Charles II Stakes Tips


Devilwala2:40pm Newmarket Betway King Charles II Stakes (Listed Race) 7fGET 4/1 HERE
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Front-runners are often favoured on the Rowley Mile, so I'm going to side with DEVILWALA, who was last seen fading out of contention in the 2000 Guineas. 

Ralph Beckett's charge placed in a Grade Two over six furlongs last season, and produced excellent performances to finish fourth in the Dewhurst and on his reappearance in the Craven. Beckett has fitted blinkers to Devilwala for the first time, and they could help this likable front-runner break a six-race losing streak.

Race 5 - London Gold Cup Tips


Oz Legend E/W3:00pm Newbury BetVictor London Gold Cup Handicap (Class 2) 1m2fGET 11/1 HERE
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I fancy an each-way punt on OZ LEGEND, who stayed on to beat a decent sort of John Gosden's up at Newcastle on his final two-year-old outing. Hugo Palmer's three-year-old made his reappearance in a very competitive maiden at Windsor, and proved he stayed ten furlongs with a fine third-place finish. 

Oz Legend is a full brother to Patrick Sarsfield, who won handicaps and a Grade Three for Joseph O'Brien last season, while also placing in top races in France and Germany. Palmer will have been pleased with an opening mark of 82, and Oz Legend can certainly challenge the more fancied runners.

Race 6 - Heed Your Hunch Handicap Tips


First Folio E/W3:15pm Newmarket Heed Your Hunch At Betway Handicap (Class 2) 6fGET 7/1 HERE
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Being drawn in a single-figure stall has given horses a big advantage in this race in recent years, and I'm going to side with FIRST FOLIO, who's been drawn kindly in stall seven.

This son of Dark Angel arrived at James Ferguson's yard as a maiden, having failed to win after five starts in France. Daniel Mascatt's mount was the 20/1 outsider of the field when he made his debut at Yarmouth, and proceeded to blow his rivals away with a superb front-running performance. 

First Folio has an eleven-pound rise to contend with, but seemed to have plenty left to give when winning at Yarmouth and could have more improvement left in the locker.

Race 7 - Lockinge Stakes Tips


Read our full guide to the 2021 Lockinge Stakes to see if we're for or against hot-favourite Palace Pier.

If you want to watch the racing on Saturday via your mobile or tablet, then check out our Lockinge Stakes Live Streaming page.
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