We have tips for every live race on Friday as racing returns to ITV
With four places on offer there’s a couple I like at each-way prices for the opening ITV race. The first is SUMMERGHAND (best price 9-1) who has a very good record when re-appearing. The six-year-old had a tricky time of it at Meydan but was impressive on multiple occasions last season. He’s likely to be held-up and will find it easier to get a run in the smaller field.
The second is OPEN WIDE (best price 9-1) who is a lot better than his form suggests. The six-year-old has started pretty poorly his last two starts but has finished well on both occasions. If he got a better run at Ascot in September he would have most likely won. Open Wide will hopefully find a smoother passage against a smaller field.
CORVAIR (best price 9-2) has an impressive record to date, finishing in the first two on every outing. The three-year-old was last seen winning at Lingfield back in March. Unlike a few others in this race, Covair’s proven on this track. I’d much rather be on Corvair at 9/2 compared to the unproven favourite.
BRANDO’s (best price 13-8) not the most convincing favourite but there’s not many in this field who are better options. Brando found a few better than him on his last two outings on softer ground. Last time on decent ground was over in France when he finished a close second to Advertise. It is hard to see him getting beat.
MISS YODA (best price 11-8) finished second last time out, but that was on ground which didn’t suit. The second and third placed horses from the run before have since scored. Miss Yoda hit the line well on her first two outings, and should relish this distance on the all-weather. She’ll be very hard to beat today.
Unlike Brando, SANGARIUS (best price 7-4) is a pretty convincing favourite. The four-year-old won last time out at Ascot, finishing very well on that occasion. There’s a little concern he prefers softer ground but he should have the class to beat this field.
This looks a very tricky race to call, but there’s a bit of each-way value about with a few doubts around a couple at the top of the market. KING’S CAPER (best price 10-1) is a reliable type and tends to perform well on the quicker ground, which includes a win on the all-weather back in August. King’s Caper has every chance of placing, the one to beat is English King but I can’t be confident at 3/1.
A few might laugh at picking STRADIVARIUS (best price 7-2) as the six-year-old is using this outing as a prep run and the distance won’t suit. However, Stradivarius is a class horse and won first time out over 1m 6f last season. The trip is shorter but I wouldn’t totally ignore a horse of this calibre.