Matt Chapman’s best bets for Wednesday’s ITV Racing


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ITV is back on Wednesday from this handicap on 1m4f. Gaasee might be thrown in, but I’ll have a few pounds on either side DARK JEDI for Tim Easterby and Duran Fentiman. I powered him down this track last year at a similar event in August and he ran a good third at 11-1 on a mark of 95. He gained 2 pounds here but I’ll take a chance, he has a good canter to run which he needs because he stays strong and at least slips into the frame.


ITV is also at Newton Abbot jumping on Wednesday with this handicapped hurdle on a 2m2f extension. Obviously the best looking horse here is Chapmanshype, but looks aren’t everything. I will try my luck with RETURN RETURN for Harry Fry and Kevin Brogan. My selection has been consistent without winning lately but his second at Aintree last June reads well in this company. It was then at 124 and is now at 122, so the mark is achievable.

Another handicap here this time on 6f. Mr. WAGYU is still quite high in the handicap but could be drawn better than the main fantasies Bergerac and Woven which are both stuck high. Trained by John Quinn and ridden by Jason Hart, Mr Wagyu has a third in the Ayr Gold Cup to his name and finished last season with a solid sixth at this track. He was 40-1 on the return at Newmarket but was far from dishonored behind Blackrod in the eighth and should have made a big deal out of it. A chance in every way.




A Group 2 here at the Duke of York on 6f. The return of the talented Dragon Symbol with new trainer Roger Varian. The bet for me has to be MINZAAL, who was last seen finishing third behind Creative Force and Glen Shiel in the Group 1 British Champions Sprint at Ascot. He ran very little and should have more improvement and as long as a few showers hit the course he has a great chance for Owen Burrows and Jim Crowley.

Now the Oaks trial in Group 3 Musidora on an extended 1m2f. Emily Upjohn was awesome at Sandown, but just as much LIFE OF DREAMS in his early days for Godolphin, Charlie Appleby and William Buick. The Dubawi daughter made her Newbury Racecourse debut on April 22 and won nearly four lengths in a decent field. Second and third did nothing for form, but she looked decent and is bred to be very good with a Sea the Stars mare.

Finally a handicap greater than 7f. SAMBURU could easily be a class above this lot. Trained by the Gosdens and ridden by Frankie Dettori, Kingman’s son scored at both Yarmouth and Salisbury, holding his own last time out on this trip to see a horse that ran well at Ascot. A rating of 88 might just be forgiving.

Wednesday’s ITV racing tips:

1:50 p.m. – DARK JEDI
2:25 p.m. – Mr. WAGYU
15:00 – MINZAAL
3:35 p.m. – LIFE OF DREAMS
4:10 p.m. – SAMBURU

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