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ITV Racing Tips - Saturday's tips at Newcastle, Newmarket and the Irish Derby

  • We've publish our tips for all eight of Saturday's ITV Races
  • Newcastle, Newmarket and the Curragh feature in the coverage on Saturday 26th June
  • The Irish Derby headlines the action, with the Northumberland Plate also taking place
  • Cachet, Good Effort and Mums Tipple feature amongst our tips
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Trueshan will attempt to defy top-weight in the Northumberland Plate. (Getty)
Jon Vine 25 Jun 2021
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ITV Racing viewers are in for a treat on Saturday afternoon, with eight races coming to us live from across three different race tracks. Newcastle and Newmarket dominate Saturday's coverage, which ends with a trip to the Curragh as eleven top colts go to post in the 2021 Irish Derby.

Let's dive straight into our ITV racing tips.

Saturday's ITV Racing Schedule


Time
Track
Title
1:45pm Newcastle (AW) williamhill.com Best Odds Guaranteed Handicap (Class 2) 6f
2:05pm Newmarket Maureen Brittain Memorial Empress Fillies' Stakes (Listed Race) 6f
2:20pm Newcastle (AW) William Hill Chipchase Stakes (Group 3) 6f
2:40pm Newmarket Close Brothers Fred Archer Stakes (Listed Race) 1m4f 
2:55pm Newcastle (AW) William Hill Pick Your Places Northumberland Vase Handicap (Consolation Race For The Northumberland) (Class 2) 2m
3:15pm Newmarket Close Brothers Criterion Stakes (Group 3) 7f
3:30pm Newcastle (AW) William Hill Northumberland Plate Handicap (Heritage Handicap) 2m½f
3:45pm Curragh Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby (Group 1) 1m4f

ITV Racing Tips - Saturday 26th June


Race 1 - William Hill Handicap Sprint Tips


VICTORY HEIGHTS has an excellent record on the all-weather, winning three of his five starts. James Tate's charge has run here at Newcastle three times before, bolting up by three lengths back in November, before a one-length defeat behind Significantly, who followed up at Royal Ascot last week.

A wide draw is often beneficial over the shorter distances here at Newcastle, so Luke Morris will be pleased to find himself in stall 14. Victory Heights can certainly outrun his odds.

Race 2 - Empress Fillies' Stakes Tips


Cachet2:05pm Newmarket Maureen Brittain Memorial Empress Fillies' Stakes (Listed Race) 6fGET 11/2 HERE
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Going into Royal Ascot, George Boughey - who's strike rate with juveniles this season has been sensational - said that CACHET is probably the most forward of his two-year-olds. Nicola Currie's mount followed a five-length demolition on debut with a strong showing in the Albany Stakes, where she placed fifth of 15. 

This looks a decent drop in class, and this daughter of Acclaim should be more comfortable on firmer ground. 11/2 looks a great price to me.

Race 3 - Chipchase Stakes Tips


Good Effort E/W2:20pm Newcastle William Hill Chipchase Stakes (Group 3) 6fGET 9/1 HERE
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A really classy renewal of this Group Three, and I fancy an each-way punt on GOOD EFFORT, who goes for his sixth-straight victory on European soil.

Before heading out to Meydan, Ismail Mohammed's sprinter won on the all-weather at Deauville, followed up here at Newcastle and then racked up a four-timer at Lingfield. Good Effort was beaten by just a neck in a Group Three in Dubai in March, before bursting a blood vessel in the Golden Shaheen. 

Ray Dawson's mount has been given 91 days to recover, and Good Effort won on the back of a break last season. He looks a solid each-way bet.

Race 4 - Fred Archer Stakes Tips


I'm happy taking Logician on with PABLO ESCOBAR, despite his lengthy reappearance defeat in the Jockey Club Stakes. William Haggas' five-year-old beat Desert Encounter to win the Glorious Stakes at Glorious Goodwood last August, before finishing down the field in the Ebor where the soft ground had gone against him. Hopefully a first-time visor will help this talented gelding bounce back to his best.

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Tom Marquand riding Pablo Escobarr (L) win The L'Ormarins Queen's Plate Glorious Stakes at Goodwood. (Getty)

Race 5 - Northumberland Vase Tips


I'm not a big fan of these consolation races, but I do fancy a small each-way bet on COSMELLI, who's placed in the two renewals of the Northumberland Plate. Gay Kelleway's eight-year-old has placed in two good-quality staying races off this mark on his last two starts, and clearly enjoys racing here at Newcastle.

Race 6 - Criterion Stakes Tips


Prior to a poor run over six furlongs at Salisbury last time out, MUMS TIPPLE was starting to find some consistency. Richard Hannon's four-year-old bolted up in the Lady Wulfruna Stakes at Wolverhampton in March, and followed that with two runner-up finished behind Khuzaam and a genuine Group One performer in Pogo.

Lord Of The Lodge currently sits third in the betting for this Group Three. However, given Mums Tipple thrashed him at Wolverhampton and Pat Dobbs' mount is returning to his favourite distance, the disparity between the two in the betting is far too wide. There's definitely value to be found backing Mums Tipple at 16/1.

Race 7 - Northumberland Plate Tips 


Even with a welter burden on his back, I think you have to back TRUESHAN here. Alan King's star stayer ran a blinder on his reappearance at Chester, and sat second in the Ascot Gold Cup betting before he was withdrawn. 

Trueshan is one-from-one on the all-weather - having beaten last year's winner of this race, Caravan Of Hope at Wolverhampton in 2019 - and Rhys Clutterbuck takes five pounds off his back.
I'l also going to have an each-way bet on Joseph O'Brien's raider GRANDMASTER FLASH, who's won twice on the all-weather at Dundalk already this season. 

Things didn't go to plan in the Chester Plate last time out, but O'Brien's five-year-old is a proven stayer and Dylan McMonagle's claimer leaves his carrying just 8-08 to post. 

Race 8 - Irish Derby Tips


Read our full guide to the 2021 Irish Derby to see who we're backing in Saturday's Classic feature.

If you plan on watching the racing from the Curragh via your mobile or tablet, then check out our Irish Derby Live Streaming page.
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