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ITV Racing Tips - Friday's tips at Newmarket, Chepstow and York

  • Tips and selections for all nine ITV races on Friday 8th October
  • The Fillies Mile is the Group One feature from Newmarket
  • Chepstow and York also feature on the ITV schedule
  • Perfect News, Camprond and La Trinidad feature amongst our tips
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The runners spread across the track in last year's bet365 Old Rowley Cup. (Getty)

Newmarket's Future Champions Meeting begins on Friday, with the Fillies' Mile headlining the card on day one. Along with five races from flat racing HQ, Chepstow and York bolster the ITV Racing coverage with two races apiece.

With nine races to cover, let's jump straight into Friday's ITV racing tips.
    Table Of Contents
  • Friday's ITV Racing Schedule
  • ITV Racing Tips - Friday 8th October
  • Race 1 - Cornwallis Stakes Tips
  • Race 2 - Veteran's Handicap Chase Tips
  • Race 3 - Oh So Sharp Stakes Tips
  • Race 4 - Persian War Novices' Hurdle Tips
  • Race 5 - Godolphin Challenge Stakes Tips
  • Race 6 - Casumo Handicap Tips
  • Race 7 - Fillies' Mile Tips
  • Race 8 - Heritage Handicap Tips
  • Race 9 - Old Rowley Cup Tips

Friday's ITV Racing Schedule


Time
Track
Title
1:50pm Newmarket Academy Godolphin Beacon Project Cornwallis Stakes (Group 3) 5f
2:10pm Chepstow Professor Caroline Tisdall Supports Heroic Jumpers Veterans' Handicap Chase (Leg 7 Veterans' Series) (Class 2) 2m7½f
2:25pm Newmarket Godolphin Lifetime Care Oh So Sharp Stakes (Group 3) 7f
2:45pm Chepstow Unibet Persian War Novices' Hurdle (Grade 2) 2m3½f
3:00pm Newmarket Godolphin Stud & Stable Staff Awards Challenge Stakes (Group 2) 7f
3:15pm York Download The Casumo App Today Handicap (Class 2) 1m
3:35pm Newmarket bet365 Fillies' Mile (Group 1) 1m
3:50pm York Casumo Dare To Be Different Handicap (Heritage Handicap) (Class 2) 1m6f
4:10pm Newmarket bet365 Old Rowley Cup Handicap (Heritage Handicap) (Class 2) 1m4f

ITV Racing Tips - Friday 8th October


Race 1 - Cornwallis Stakes Tips


Karl Burke has a strong hand to play in this juvenile sprint, and I think the drop back to five furlongs on juicy ground will suit ILLUSTRATING perfectly.

Burke's filly announced herself with a fantastic win on soft ground at Glorious Goodwood, before keeping on for third in the Group Three Prix d'Arenberg at Longchamp. Illustrating then seemed to be going OK in the Cheveley Park Stakes, but faded during the final furlong to eventually finish sixth. That was still an encouraging run, though, and she looks a solid each-way bet.

Race 2 - Veteran's Handicap Chase Tips


The new National Hunt season officially gets underway at Chepstow on Friday, and I fancy this Veterans Chase could go the way of SOME CHAOS.

Last autumn, Ben Poste's mount finished third behind the classy Secret Investor here in the Native River Handicap, before winning up at Kelso and finishing a strong fifth in the Badger Beers Trophy. Michael Scudamore's ten-year-old now has his first run in with the old boys and could be a big player off a mark of just 140.

Race 3 - Oh So Sharp Stakes Tips


Although there was a length-and-a-half separating Pearl Glory and PERFECT NEWS when they met in the Dick Poole, William Haggas' filly has come out and won well since and I fancy she's the one to beat in this Group Three.

Tom Marquand's was forced to carry 9-6 in the Jersey Lily Nursery Handicap, but tanked into contention coming through the dip and saw out the trip gamely to prevail. That experience will be vital when she returns to the Rowley Mile, and 7/2 looks a lovely price.

Race 4 - Persian War Novices' Hurdle Tips


This looks a wide-open renewal of this Grade Two, but I fancy the extra three-and-a-half-furlongs may draw some improvement out of CAMPROND

Philip Hobbs' five-year-old first caught the eye at the Grand National meeting, where he stayed on for second behind Rowland Ward in the Pinsent Masons Handicap. Since then, Camprond has been on the go through the summer, winning a novice hurdle by 17 lengths and losing out by just half-a-length as the 2/5 favourite last time out.

This son of Lope De Vega was a stayer on the flat and has never seemed that well suited to two miles over hurdles. I think Camprond will see out this trip really well.

rowland ward aintree
Camprond (centre) stays on for second behind Rowland Ward (left) in the The Pinsent Masons Handicap Hurdle at Aintree.

Race 5 - Godolphin Challenge Stakes Tips


Although there are several classy types ahead of her in the market, I fancy an each-way punt on DOUBLE OR BUBBLE, who relished the challenges of the Rowley Mile when bolting up in a handicap here back in April.

Chris Wall's filly went on to win the six-furlong Listed Flying Fillies' Stakes at Pontefract by two lengths, and has since finished second at Group Three level, losing out to Toro Strike and Just Beautifu. Following that narrow defeat in the Sceptre Stakes, I'm hoping Double Or Bubble can run another strong race over what seems her favourite trip.

Race 6 - Casumo Handicap Tips


La Trinidad E/W3:15pm York Download The Casumo App Today Handicap (Class 2) 1mGET 12/1 HERE
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Challet ran out an impressive winner here at York over seven furlongs in September. Sixth to cross the line that day was LA TRINIDAD, who got stuck in traffic two furlongs out and didn't get rolling in time. Roger Fell's four-year-old has an excellent record at this track and stepping back up to a mile is a bonus. He represents excellent each-way value.

Race 7 - Fillies' Mile Tips


Read our full guide to the 2021 Fillies' Mile to see who we're backing in this important Group One.

Check out our Fillies' Mile Live Streaming page if you want to watch this race via your mobile or tablet.

Race 8 - Heritage Handicap Tips


Moliwood E/W3:50pm York Casumo Dare To Be Different Handicap (Heritage Handicap) (Class 2) 1m6fGET 16/1 HERE
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The one who caught my eye here is MOLIWOOD, who won a handicap over this distance two starts ago at Redcar. Marco Botti's gelding then tried to follow up at Haydock, but was passed in the closing stages having hit the front a little too early. Despite that narrow loss, Moliwood remains a progressive stayer and there are clues in his breeding to suggest he will deal well with cut in the ground.

Race 9 - Old Rowley Cup Tips


I'm going to take a big punt in our final race of the day and back FARHAN at a lengthy price. John Butler's three-year-old ended his juvenile campaign with an excellent win on soft ground at Pontefract, and has continued to progress this season, despite failing to win.

On his last two starts, Farhan stayed on for second at Sandown, and was beaten into second again when Hayley Turner gave Bookmark a peach of a ride up at Chester. David Egan's mount ran OK on his only previous start over this distance, but the time looks right to step him back up, now that the ground is suitably juicy.
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