SATURDAY brings another bumper card on ITV Racing with nine races televised live on the terrestrial channel.
The supposed highlight of the day is the King George VI at Ascot but with only 3 runners set to line up it is a bit of a disappointment, even if Enable does win the race for a record third time. It would be a well-deserved feather in her cap because she really is world class and I think her connections will be disappointed if she can't beat Japan and Sovereign but we are left scratching our heads wondering why there are only three taking their chance. The answer is probably a lack of prize money with much better targets abroad for the top horses and it's something that racing in the UK will have to look at urgently.
Thankfully, there are plenty of other races with more entries for us to get stuck into and I've picked out five that I think are worth a dabble.
I think Saeiqa and Saint Lawrence both have strong form and should be feared but TWAASOL is unbeaten in his two starts and beat Modern News nicely last time out in a decent race at Epsom. I have to side with him at the prices here given his significant potential.
This is a tough handicap where quite a few of them have the form to get involved so I am looking for the potential improver who can put in a personal best and take the race. I think that horse will be ESHAASY who won narrowly last time out but only goes up 4lb in the handicap and is only 2lb higher than his run in the Britannia at Royal Ascot which I think was an excellent race. This is an improving 3 year old who receives weight from his elders and should go very close to winning again. I'm surprised we can get a decent each way price and he looks the value pick to me, particularly with firms including William Hill (who are currently also best price) paying 6 place each way.
ELARQAM is the clear form pick here and won the race last year. In my view he should be a good bit shorter and is clearly the one to beat so is a confident win bet.
I mentioned the form of the Britannia stakes at Royal Ascot with reference to Eshaasy earlier and the same can be said for GREAT AMBASSADOR who also ran well in the race. He is unexposed and could have a few pounds up his sleeve against his opponents here. He might need it because it's a competitive race but with a good each way price available I think he is the one to take a chance on.
This is a tricky race to finish off the ITV coverage but I am taking a chance on WESTERN DUKE each way at a big price. He won this race last year but hasn't really shown much since, mostly over longer trips. He is now only 1lb higher in the handicap than last year's win and drops back down to his favoured trip so I can see him running well if Ian Williams has reignited a bit of the old spark in the horse.