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ITV Racing Tips - Sunday's selections at Ayr and Newbury

17 Apr 2021
Jon Vine 17 Apr 2021
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  • We've published our best bets for all ten ITV races on Sunday 18th April
  • The Scottish Grand National headlines the card at Ayr
  • Newbury stages important races like the Fred Darling and Greenham Stakes
  • Al Aasy, Chidit and Tamaroc Du Mathan feature amongst our tips for the afternoon
Chindit (left) winning the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster. (Getty)

Racing fans have a feast of action to look forward to on Sunday afternoon. Ayr stages their famous Scottish Grand National meeting, while two important trials for the Guineas will take place at Newbury.

We've got ten races to get through on Sunday, so let's jump straight into our best bets!

Sunday's ITV Racing Schedule

1:00pm Newbury Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships Maiden Stakes (Plus 10 Race) (Div I) 1m
1:15pm Ayr Scotty Brand Handicap Chase (Listed Race) 2m
1:35pm Newbury Dubai Duty Free Finest Surprise Stakes (Registered As The John Porter Stakes) (Group 3) 1m4f
1:50pm Ayr CPMS Novices' Champion Handicap Chase (GBB Race) (Class 2) 3m
2:10pm Newbury Dubai Duty Free Stakes (Registered As The Fred Darling Stakes) (Group 3) (Fillies) 7f
2:25pm Ayr Coral Scottish Champion Hurdle (A Limited Handicap) (Grade 2) 2m
2:45pm Newbury Watership Down Stud Too Darn Hot Greenham Stakes (Group 3) (Colts & Geldings) 7f
3:00pm Ayr Jordan Electrics Ltd Future Champion Novices' Chase (Grade 2) 2m4f
3:20pm Newbury MansionBet Spring Cup Handicap (Class 2) 1m
3:35pm Ayr Coral Scottish Grand National Handicap Chase (Grade 3) 4m

ITV Racing Tips - Sunday 18th April

Race 1 - Maiden Stakes Tips

Snow Lantern stayed on to finish second to Zabeel Queen on her only two-year-old start, and the five horses who followed her across the line went on to win last season. While the form of that race looks very strong, I'd still rather side with DERAB here.

John Gosden's charge also made his debut at Ascot last seen, staying on gamely to finish second to La Barrosa. The winner was narrowly touched off in the Craven at Newmarket this week, and the third and fourth-placed horses have further boosted the form of that maiden with wins of their own. A half-brother to Enable and by the great Sea The Stars. It's clear Derab has a bright future.

Race 2 - Scotty Brandy Handicap Chase Tips

Grand Sancy1:15pm Ayr Scotty Brand Handicap Chase (Listed Race) 2mGET 11/4 HERE
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Having started the season with a smart victory over Paint The Dream at Chepstow, GRAND SANCY has put in three erratic performances. Paul Nicholls' charge jumped terribly in the Rising Stars, and made two telling errors when trying to get into the Greatwood Gold Cup on his return after a winter break.

Nicholls left the headgear off at Newbury the last day, but that lit Grand Sancy up too much. Harry Cobden's charge bowled into a 15-length lead, and faded rapidly in the final half-mile. 

The headgear goes back on at Ayr, and I think this drop in trip is really going to suit. Grand Sancy is currently 10-pounds below his career-high mark, so there's no reason to say he can't win.

Race 3 - John Porter Stakes Tips

AL AASY makes his long-awaited return, having not been seen since a limp performance at Glorious Goodwood. William Haggas' charge was under pressure from a long way out, as Subjectivist set some swift fractions in the Gordon Stakes, and Al Aasy simply couldn't pick up.

Before that run, Haggas' charge had looked a real star in the making, winning the Bahrain Trophy with plenty in handicap, and many fancied him as last year's St Leger winner. If he's progressed again between three and four, then Al Aasy will take some stopping on his return.

Al Aasy
Al Aasy (left) powers to victory in the Bahrain Trophy. (Getty)

Race 4 - Champion Handicap Chase Tips

DEAD RIGHT has been campaigned lightly this season. Neil Mulholland's charge has only run once since a comfortable win over now 136-rated Before Midnight in September. That outing came in the Paddy Power Plate at the Cheltenham Festival, where Dead Right's name was barely mentioned.

Tom Scudamore's mount has undergone a wind-up since and, considering how strong Dead Right was in the Kim Muir betting prior to being confirmed in the Plate, this longer trip should be more suitable. He's worth chancing with in what looks a wide-open race.

Race 5 - Fred Darling Stakes Tips

This is a really competitive renewal of the Fred Darling. Alcohol Free beat Happy Romance and Dandalla in the Cheveley Park Stakes in September, and all three could take this step up in trip in their stride. Third in that Grade One at Newmarket was UMM KULTHUM, and Richard Fahey's filly looks worth chancing with at an each-way price.

Following an easy win on debut over five furlongs, Umm Kulthum won the Group Three Firth Of Clyde Stakes, while also finishing third in the Lowther and the Cheveley Park. Paul Hanagan was the first to get to work in all three of those races, as Umm Kulthum struggled to lay up with the early pace. Yet, Fahey's filly finished off her races very well, hitting the line hard to seal some impressive results.

I can see this step up in distance bringing out plenty of improvement in Umm Kulthum, and Fahey's filly offers plenty of each-way appeal.

Race 6 - Scottish Champion Hurdle Tips

Following Belfast Banter's Grade One win at Aintree, it's easy to see why Milkwood - who finished third behind that rival in the County Hurdle - sits atop the betting here. However, ANNA BUNINA came from the clouds to finish just three lengths behind Milkwood at Cheltenham, and John McConnell's raider is much better off at the weights.

Anna Bunina is usually campaigned when the ground is at it's best, and she's run some cracking race over both hurdles and on the flat. McConnell's five-year-old didn't seem to handle the track that well at Cheltenham, and switching to an easier circuit will certainly be to her advantage. Given how dominant Irish horses have been in Britain this season, Anna Bunina looks overpriced at 10/1.

Tamaroc Du Mathan
Harry Cobden looks round to see if he has Ga Law covered at Tamaroc Du Mathan wins at Kempton. (Getty)

Race 7 - Greenham Stakes Tips

I'm really struggling to see beyond CHINDIT, who enjoyed an unbeaten start to his two-year-old campaign last season, Richard Hannon's charge went into the Dewhurst on the back of a sparkling win in the Champagne Stakes, but looked a little outclassed on the Rowley Mile, finishing down the field in ninth.

Pat Dobbs' mount seemed to get a little unbalanced going through the dip that day, and Dobbs said his mount hung right badly in the final three furlongs. The flatter track here at Newbury should be much more suitable, and a return to the form he showed at Doncaster and Ascot last season should make Chindit hard to beat.

Race 8 - Champion Novices' Chase Tips

Tamaroc Du Mathan3:00pm Ayr Jordan Electrics Ltd Future Champion Novices' Chase (Grade 2) 2m4fGET 2/1 HERE
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Allmankind sits some ten pounds clear of his closest rival in the ratings, and he's run well on good ground plenty of times in the past. However, I'm not convinced this step up in trip plays to Allmankind's strengths, so I'll be taking him on with TAMAROC DU MATHAN.

Paul Nicholls' charge has only been beaten by Shishkin over fences, winning well at Wincanton first time out, before a comfortable win over Ga Law in the Pendil at Kempton. Ga Law, like Allmankind will, tried to take his rivals on from the front that day. Harry Cobden stalked the leader in second, before pulling clear in convincing fashion. I could see the same thing happening here at Ayr.

Race 9 - Spring Cup Handicap Tips

I'm tempted to take an each-way punt on RAAEQ at the head of the weights. Brian Meehan's star bolted up with 9-12 on his back in a handicap at Ascot last October. Raaeq then went off as the favourite for the Balmoral Handicap on Champions Day, where he faded back to fifth having made most of the running on the inside rail.

With a rating of 107, Meehan must have considered Listed and Group Three events for Raaeq's reappearance. Yet, he's decided to target another big handicap prize, so he must think this Kingman colt can progress beyond his current mark.

Race 10 - Scottish Grand National Tips

Read our full guide to the 2021 Scottish Grand National to see the latest odds, key trends and our two against the field.

If you plan on watching all of this weekend's racing via your mobile or tablet, then check out our Scottish Grand National Live Streaming page.

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