ITV Racing Preview - 28/06/19

13:50 Newcastle - Betfair Exchange Handicap

Saturday's racing at Newcastle gets underway with the Betfair Exchange Handicap over six furlongs and in this sprint contest we fancy Mark Johnston's Deep Intrigue.

This three year old has a very good record on the all weather winning three out of his six races and on his only previous start over course and distance he won nicely.

He has to raise his game from his last three wins this season but with Silvestre De Sousa on board and his trainer in good form you can not rule him out.

14:05 Newmarket - The Randox Health Empress Fillies' Stakes (Listed Race)

The Newmarket card starts off with a hot Listed contest in the Empress Fillies Stakes over six furlongs and Summer Romance for trainer Charlie Appleby looks the one to beat.

This two year old filly was a real eye-catcher on debut at Yarmouth when showing a lot of class to win well on soft ground and if taking to this quicker turf should go well again.

He stands out from the rest of the field with his pedigree being a son Kingman who has been the sire of the year so far having numerous winners across the different race-tracks.

14:25 Newcastle - Betfair Exchange Chipchase Stakes (Group 3)

Next race of the day on ITV sees a seven strong field go into the Group 3 Chipchase Stakes over six furlongs and we have sided with Invincible Army for trainer James Tate.

He started his season off in March at Doncaster winning the Listed Cammidge Trophy Stakes, comfortably beating some smart horses and looking like a different horse ahead of his new campaign.

He backed up these suspicions when landing the Group Two Duke Of York Clipper Logistics Stakes at York, again seeing off some fair competition and priming him for a big run in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes.

He went off at 7/1 in the market which looked a good price to take for the way he had ran all season but could only finish seventh behind the superstar Blue Point and has a big chance in this contest to get back to winning ways.

14:45 York - Sun Racing Handicap

York only has one race on the ITV Broadcast and it comes in the big fielded Sun Racing Handicap over six furlong and we have sided with Savalas.

This Kevin Ryan trained four year old ran to a good standard back in May over course and distance and can use that form to go close again here.

He is now 3lbs lower than that run and if excusing his latest run on heavy ground he could be a force coming back to quick ground.

15:00 Newcastle - Betfair Exchange Northumberland Vase Handicap (Consolation Race For The Northumberland Plate)

The Class 2 Northumberland Vase Handicap which acts as a consolation race for horses that could not get into the Northumberland Plate, is up next and we have gone with Carnwennan to land the spoils.

This Charlie Fellowes trained four year old looks to be the pick of the bunch in the betting market having good Polytrack form and if being able to convert that to Tapeta will be a serious contender.

This season the gelding has finished second and won his last two races meaning he is seeking a hat-trick and is still nicely in the weights to run affectively.

15:15 Newmarket - The Randox Health Criterion Stakes (Group 3)

The feature race at Newmarket on Saturday is the Group 3 Criterion Stakes over seven furlongs and Tabarrak for trainer Richard Hannon looks to have a great chance.

This six year old finished last season off in great style winning two nice races and the latest being a Listed contest at Redcar which sets a decent standard.

He made his seasonal debut this season at Ascot in a tough Listed contest behind Zaaki who went on to win again and Barney Roy who franked the form as well.

He will need to improve from that run but the form line looks strong.

15:35 Newcastle - Betfair Exchange Northumberland Plate Handicap (Heritage Handicap)

The feature race of the day at the Newcastle track is the Northumberland Plate over 2 miles and in this big fielded handicap we have two selections.

Our first is the Willie Mullins trained Stratum who is due a big run on the flat after hitting a bad patch of form and if finding the form from his JLT Cup win at Newbury he will be a serious player.

Our other selection is one of Ian Williams three runners in the field and Time To Study looks a real improver in the making, finishing a good third in the Ascot Stakes at the Royal meeting and also sixth in this race last year off 12lb higher.

He will definitely stay the trip and looks a good each-way selection.

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