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  • Tips for all eight ITV races on Saturday 2nd April
  • Viewers will watch five races live from Ayr on Scottish Grand National Day
  • We'll also enjoy three races from Newbury
  • Anna Bunina, Rainyday Women and Do Your Job feature in our tips
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Milkwood and Anna Bunina clash again in the Coral Scottish Champion Hurdle. (Getty)

Ayr racecourse stages its biggest card of the year on Saturday, where the Scottish Grand National headlines the action. Along with five races from Ayr, ITV Racing viewers will head down to Newbury for three strong handicaps.

Let's jump straight into Saturday's ITV Racing betting tips.
    ITV Racing Tips
  • Saturday's ITV Racing Schedule
  • Race 1 - Scotty Brand Handicap Chase Tips
  • Race 2 - BetVictor Novices' Handicap Hurdle Tips
  • Race 3 - Novices' Champion Handicap Chase Tips
  • Race 4 - Veterans' Chase Series Final Tips
  • Race 5 - Scottish Champion Hurdle Tips
  • Race 6 - Mares' Novices' Hurdle Handicap Tips
  • Race 7 - Future Champion Novices' Chase Tips
  • Race 8 - Scottish Grand National Tips

Saturday's ITV Racing Schedule


Time
Track
Title
1:15pm Ayr Scotty Brand Handicap Chase (Listed Race) 2m½f
1:35pm Newbury Play Pick 6 At BetVictor Novices' Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race) (Class 2) 2m3f
1:50pm Ayr CPMS Novices' Champion Handicap Chase (GBB Race) (Class 2) 3m
2:10pm Newbury Download The BetVictor App Cond' Jockeys' Veterans' Handicap Chase (Veterans' Chase Series Final) (Class 2) 2m7½f
2:25pm Ayr Coral Scottish Champion Hurdle (A Limited Handicap) (Grade 2) 2m
2:45pm Newbury British EBF BetVictor racingtohelpukraine.uk "NH" Mares' Novices' Hurdle (Lmtd Handicap) (Grade 2) (Class 1) 2m4f
3:00pm Ayr Jordan Electrics Ltd Future Champion Novices' Chase (Grade 2) 2m4½f
3:35pm Ayr Coral Scottish Grand National Handicap Chase (Grade 3) 4m

ITV Racing Tips - Saturday 2nd April


Race 1 - Scotty Brand Handicap Chase Tips


Sebastopol1:15pm Ayr Scotty Brand Handicap Chase (Listed Race) 2m½fGET 9/4 HERE
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SEBASTOPOL ended a 12-race losing streak in excellent style at Kempton two weeks ago. Tom Lacey's eight-year-old demolished his rivals in what looked, on paper, to be a very competitive affair, cruising to victory with plenty left up his sleeve.

The runner-up that day, Golden Boy Grey came out and beat the classy Thyme White earlier in the week, boosting Sebastopol's victory. The handicapper has chucked Stan Sheppard's mount up the weights by eight pounds, but top-weight didn't stop Sebastopol at Kempton and I doubt it'll be his undoing on Saturday.

Race 2 - BetVictor Novices' Handicap Hurdle Tips


Rainyday Women E/W1:35pm Newbury Play Pick 6 At BetVictor Novices' Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race) (Class 2) 2m3fGET 7/1 HERE
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Winner of a Listed bumper last season, RAINYDAY WOMEN notched up a quick hat-trick over hurdles back in December. Paul Nicholls' mare twice won comfortably at Wincanton, before claiming another Listed prize at Taunton, where Mares' Novices' Hurdle runner-up Ahorsewithnoname finished a distant third.

Harry Cobden's mount then hated heavy ground at Lingfield during the Winter Millions' Meeting, where she was also suffering from an irregular heartbeat. It's interesting to see Nicholls pitch his mare in with the boys over a tilt at the Grade Two later on the card. He must feel this race is a little less competitive. 

Race 3 - Novices' Champion Handicap Chase Tips


Lord Accord E/W1:50pm Ayr CPMS Novices' Champion Handicap Chase (GBB Race) (Class 2) 3mGET 8/1 HERE
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17 days ago, Dusart plugged on through rain-sodden ground to finish a respectable fifth in the Brown Advisory Chase at Cheltenham. That race is bound to have left a mark on a gelding who's proven to be fairly fragile, so I'm happy to take the favourite on.

LORD ACCORD ran well in a three-mile handicap hurdle here at Ayr last spring and has been very consistent over fences, winning two of his four starts. Neil Mulholland's seven-year-old didn't jump fluently on soft ground at Doncaster last time out. Saturday's conditions will be much more suitable and Lord Accord appeals each way, so long as three paid places remain available.

Race 4 - Veterans' Chase Series Final Tips


Psychedelic Rock E/W2:10pm Newbury Download The BetVictor App Cond' Jockeys' Veterans' Handicap Chase (Veterans' Chase Series Final) (Class 2) 2m7½fGET 9/1 HERE
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Another who appeals at an each way price is PSYCHEDELIC ROCK, who was just starting to make inroads in this race 12 months ago before falling at the fourth-last. Ian Williams' teenager went into last year's final on the back of a win, and went on to score twice more on good ground at Kempton later in the spring.

Psychedelic Rock was pulled up on his first couple of starts this season, both coming on heavy ground. Williams' charge ran better when fourth behind Glen Forsa last time out at Musselburgh, where he jumped a little out to his left throughout. Fergus Gregory's mount returns to Newbury seven pounds lower in the handicap and the ground has come up in his favour.

Race 5 - Scottish Champion Hurdle Tips


Anna Bunina E/W2:25pm Ayr Coral Scottish Champion Hurdle (A Limited Handicap) (Grade 2) 2mGET 6/1 HERE
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ANNA BUNINA  was my selection in this race 12 months ago, and only the impressive Milkwood was able to beat John McConnell's mare. 

Since then, Anna Bunina has been beaten three times here in the UK, twice around Musselburgh and once in the Grade Two Yorkshire Rose Mares' Hurdle. Those defeats mean Sean Bowen's mount returns to Ayr five pounds lower in the weights and with nine pounds less on her back. She could go well again at a decent price.

Race 6 - Mares' Novices' Hurdle Handicap Tips


Good Luck Charm E/W2:45pm Newbury British EBF BetVictor racingtohelpukraine.uk "NH" Mares' Novices' Hurdle (Lmtd Handicap) (Grade 2) (Class 1) 2m4fGET 14/1 HERE
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After starting the season running in bumpers, GOOD LUCK CHARM made a winning hurdles debut over 21 furlongs at Hereford back in January. Anthony Honeyball's mare then finished second under a penalty to the strong-staying Eureka Creek at Ffos Las, where she recovered well after a bad mistake in the middle of that race.

Good Luck Charm then proved she was a hardy mare by winning back down over two miles at Exeter last time out. The handicapper has pushed her mark up by six pounds for that win, but she remains unexposed and this step back up in trip is sure to suit.

Race 7 - Future Champion Novices' Chase Tips


Do Your Job3:00pm Ayr Jordan Electrics Ltd Future Champion Novices' Chase (Grade 2) 2m4½fGET 5/2 HERE
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While I'm wary of Minella Drama, that five-pound penalty the favorite has to carry could open the door for DO YOUR JOB to end an excellent novice chase campaign with a Grade Two triumph.

Michael Scudamore's eight-year-old won on debut at Warwick, before finishing second behind Edwardstone and Third Time Lucki in a couple of Graded races over two miles. Despite a couple of notable blunders, Richard Patrick's mount scored in a two-and-a-half-mile handicap at Newcastle last time out, where he was giving plenty of weight to some experienced rivals.

That experience will stand Do Your Job in excellent stead as he returns to novice company and he'll relish the quicker ground conditions at Ayr.

Race 8 - Scottish Grand National Tips


Read our full guide to the 2022 Scottish Grand National to get the latest odds, some key trends and our two against the field.

If you plan on watching any of Saturday's races via a mobile or tablet, then take a look at our Scottish Grand National Live Streaming page.

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