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ITV Racing Tips on May 20th - Saturday's selections on Lockinge day

19 May 2023
Jon Vine 19 May 2023
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  • Tips for the seven ITV races on Saturday 20th May
  • ITV viewers will enjoy action from Newbury and Newmarket on Saturday
  • Ceanna, Have Secret and Striking Star feature in our ITV tips
Gimcrack winner Noble Style (right) drops back to six furlongs on Saturday. (Getty)

The first Group One of the season for older horses takes place on Saturday, as a field of talented milers does battle in the Lockinge Stakes. ITV viewers will enjoy four excellent races live from Newbury on Lockinge day, while also heading to Newmarket for three strong races on the Rowley Mile.

Here are our best ITV Racing tips at York and Newbury.

Saturday's ITV Racing Schedule

1:50pmNewburyBetVictor Carnarvon Stakes (Listed Race) 6f
2:05pmNewmarketAspall Cyder 1728 Handicap (Class 4) 1m
2:25pmNewburyAl Rayyan Stakes (Registered As The Aston Park Stakes) (Group 3) 1m4f
2:40pmNewmarketAspall Suffolk Draught Cyder Handicap (Class 2) 6f
3:00pmNewburyBetVictor London Gold Cup Heritage Handicap (Class 2) 1m2f
3:15pmNewmarketAspall Premier Cru Handicap (Class 3) 7f
3:35pmNewburyAl Shaqab Lockinge Stakes (Group 1) 1m

ITV Racing Tips - Saturday 20th May

Race 1 - Carnarvon Stakes Tips

Unlike the rest of the field, neither NOBLE STYLE nor Aesop's Fables would be out of place in the Commonwealth Cup and I expect the former of the two to head to Ascot on the back of a victory.

Having looked like a natural sprinter at two, Noble Style did very well to finish sixth on his reappearance in the 2000 Guineas. Charlie Appleby's decision to drop his colt back down to six furlongs won't come as a surprise to anyone and Noble Style should be very difficult to beat.

Race 2 - Aspall Cyder 1728 Handicap Tips

Having progressed with each of her juvenile starts, CEANNA returns to action as a three-year-old with plenty of scope for further improvement. 

The Gosden's filly was slowly away on debut at Kempton, and then didn't get the run of the race on her second start behind Embrace at Wolverhampton. Ceanna powered to victory on her final start in 2022, beating several future winners with ease. This opening mark of 79 looks there to be exploited.

Race 3 - Al Rayyan Stakes Tips

This really is a fantastic renewal of the Al Rayyan Stakes. Chances can be given to the entire field, even Bolshoi Ballet and Old Harrovian at the bottom of the market cannot be ruled out.

Haskoy was my selection in the St Leger, where inexperience cost Ralph Beckett's talented filly the chance to contend. If I was to back one, it would probably be Frankie Dettori's mount, but it's more likely I'll end up taking a watching brief.

Race 4 - Aspall Suffolk Draught Cyder Handicap Tips

While he was no match for Shaquille, Kevin Ryan will have been very pleased with WASHINGTON HEIGHT'S effort here at Newmarket last time - on what was his first start south of Yorkshire.

Ryan's colt bounced back from a disappointing reappearance run with a fine effort to finish second, where he seemed to be doing his best work on the uphill run to the line. David Probert's mount showed some solid form at two and that performance last time out matched Washington Heights' career-best RPR. Off just a one-pound higher mark, he can contend once again.

Race 5 - London Gold Cup Tips

This race has become notorious for producing high-class horses. Seven of the last ten winners have gone on to win pattern races, including Cannock Chase, Defoe and Bay Bridge, who all scored at the highest level. 

Winners have often been well-found in the betting, with only two of the last ten going off at double-figure prices. That being said, I fancy an each-way punt on HAVE SECRET, who'll be ridden by Andrea Atzeni.

Richard Fahey ran this son of Havana Gold seven times as a juvenile. Have Secret saved his best performance for his final two-year-old start at Nottingham, where Fahey's star was heavily eased in the closing stages and still won by over three lengths. Have Secret has been gelded since that run and both his experience and proven stamina over this distance could help him outrun those odds.

Race 6 - Aspall Premier Cru Handicap Tips

Charlie Appleby's record on the Rowley Mile is very strong and he accounts for the top two in the market for this handicap. STRIKING STAR made a lovely impression when winning on debut at Sandown last time out, but flopped on his final juvenile start in the Horris Hill at Newbury.

Striking Star then bumped into Theoryofeverything on his reappearance at Doncaster, where Appleby's runner was carrying a seven-pound penalty. Yacowlef proved slightly too strong as Striking Star finished second on his handicap debut here at the Guineas Festival, but that was still an excellent run and Adam Kirby's mount is worth siding with on better ground.

Race 7 - Lockinge Stakes Tips

Read our full guide to the 2023 Lockinge Stakes to find out who we're backing in Saturday's feature.

If you want to watch any of Saturday's races via a mobile or tablet, then check out our Lockinge Stakes Live Stream page.



Noble Style is our best bet for Saturday's ITV action. Striking Star is our next best. Ceanna is our treble selection.

Carnarvon Stakes Tips: Noble Style NAP @8/11 at Hollywood bets - 15 Units
Aspall Premier Cru Handicap Tips: Striking Star Next Best @3/1 at Hollywood bets - 10 Units
Aspall Cyder 1728 Handicap Tips: Ceanna Treble @9/2 at QuinnBet - 5 Units
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