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ITV Racing Tips - Best bets at Sandown, Haydock and Leicester

  • We've published our tips for the six ITV races on Saturday 24th April
  • Sandown's Celebration Chase meeting headlines the action
  • We also have a couple of flat races to watch from Haydock and Leicester
  • On To Victory, Pogo, Mister Fisher and Golan Fortune feature amongst our best bet
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bet365 Gold Cup day at Sandown. (Getty)

The 2020/21 National Hunt season draws to a close on Saturday, as Sandown hosts their Celebration Chase meeting. ITV Racing viewers have four races to take in from Sandown, as well as a couple of interesting flat races from Leicester and Haydock.

Let's jump straight into Saturday's best betting tips.

Saturday's ITV Racing Schedule

1:55pm Sandown bet365 Novices' Championship Final Handicap Hurdle (Class 2) 2m
2:10pm Leicester Elusive Bloodstock EBF Stallions King Richard III Stakes (Listed Race) 7f
2:30pm Sandown bet365 Oaksey Chase (Grade 2) 2m6½f
2:50pm Haydock Casumo Best Odds Guaranteed Handicap (Class 2) 7f
3:05pm Sandown bet365 Celebration Chase (Grade 1) 2m
3:40pm Sandown bet365 Gold Cup Handicap Chase (Grade 3) 3m5f

ITV Racing Tips - Saturday 24th April

Race 1 - Novices' Championship Final Tips

ON TO VICTORY secured his second win of the season at Warwick last month, powering clear down the home straight to beat a future winner by four lengths. 

Alan King's star, who reached a rating of 105 on the flat, has only been put up the handicap by two pounds after that win, meaning he will carry just 11-4 into this competitive race. On To Victory is undoubtedly well-treated, and remains open to progression over obstacles.

Race 2 - King Richard III Stakes Tips

The highest-rated horse in the field here is POGO, who shot up the handicap by nine pounds last season, despite only winning one race, the Listed Midsummer Stakes over a mile at Windsor. 

Charlie Hill's five-year-old did, however, manage to place in the Royal Hunt Cup, the Godolphin Stakes and the Grade One Prix d'Ispahan, where he was beaten just three lengths behind Persian King. Pogo has a good record when fresh and goes well on fast ground. I expect Kieran Shoemark will attempt to make all from stall two.

Race 3 - Oaksey Chase Tips

Mister Fisher2:30pm Sandown bet365 Oaksey Chase (Grade 2) 2m6½fGET 2/1 HERE
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Frodon bids to round off another fantastic season with victory here at Sandown, and Paul Nicholls' King George winners deserves to be odds-on. However, I'd rather take Frodon on with MISTER FISHER.

Nicky Henderson's charge was pulled up behind Allaho in the Ryanair. Mister Fisher was then upped to three miles at Aintree and attempted to make the running, but an error at the 11th was followed by a stumble after the 12th, and Nico De Boinville was flung from the saddle.

Mister Fisher was still going well up until that point, so I doubt it would have taken too much out of him. This drop in trip will suit, as will the ground, as we know Henderson's seven-year-old loves good going. He's the value bet at 2/1.

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Nico de Boinville riding Mister Fisher clear the last to win The Fitzdares Club Loves The Peterborough Chase at Cheltenham. (Getty)

Race 4 - Casumo Best Odds Guaranteed Handicap Tips

A really tricky little race this. Very few stand out to me. I might have a small bet on ANOTHER BATT, who's drawn well in stall five, goes well on fast ground and has dropped to a rating just one-pound higher than his last winning mark. But, again, I don't really hold a strong opinion.

Race 5 - Celebration Chase Tips

Read our full guide to the 2021 Celebration Chase to find out our best bet in the final Grade One of the season in Britain.

If you want to watch the racing from Sandown via your mobile or tablet, then check out our Celebration Chase Live Streaming page.

Race 6 - bet365 Gold Cup Tips

Golan Fortune E/W3:40pm Sandown bet365 Gold Cup Handicap Chase (Grade 3) 3m5fGET 10/1 HERE
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The Rachael Blackmore factor has pushed Plan Of Attack to the head of the betting, but he's got more letters next to his name than numbers this season, and travels to Sandown on the back of a heavy, late fall in the Kim Muir.

GOLAN FORTUNE is the one I fancy will run a good race, and he holds plenty of each-way appeal at 10/1. Phil Middleton's stable star won really well at Ludlow on his chase debut back in December, before doing himself justice in the Kauto Star and the Hampton Novices' Chase.

From a very early stage in the Midlands Grand National, it was clear Golan Fortune didn't fancy thr challenge, and I was surprised that he even completed the circuit. Tom Scudamore's mount has been dropped two pounds for that effort, and boasts some strong form here over hurdles at Sandown, so a return to Esher may spark a return to top form. 


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