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03 Feb 2023
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  • Tips for the ten ITV races on Saturday 4th February
  • Sandown, Musselburgh, Wetherby and Leopardstown feature on Saturday's ITV schedule
  • Flower Of Scotland, Remastered and Lebowski feature in our ITV tips
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Tom Scudamore riding Remastered clear the last to win The Bateaux London Reynoldstown Novices' Chase at Ascot. (Getty)
    ITV Tips on February 4th
  • Saturday's ITV Racing Schedule
  • Race 1 - Novices' Handicap Hurdle Tips
  • Race 2 - Novices' Limited Handicap Chase Tips
  • Race 3 - Dolos Handicap Chase Tips
  • Race 4 - Edinburgh National Handicap Chase Tips
  • Race 5 - Scilly Isles Novices' Chase Tips
  • Race 6 - Towton Novices' Chase Tips
  • Race 7 - Heroes Handicap Hurdle Tips
  • Race 8 - Irish Gold Cup Tips
  • Race 9 - Scottish County Hurdle Tips
  • Race 10 - Masters Handicap Chase Tips

ITV Racing viewers have got ten excellent races to enjoy on Saturday. Sandown and Musselburgh hog most of the coverage, with the Scilly Isles Novices' Chase and Scottish County Hurdle headlining their respective cards. Viewers will also take in a Grade Two live from Wetherby and the Irish Gold Cup from Leopardstown, where the Dublin Racing Festival will get underway.

Here are our free ITV Racing tips at Sandown, Musselburgh, Wetherby and Leopardstown on Saturday.

Saturday's ITV Racing Schedule


Time
Track
Title
1:10pm Sandown Virgin Bet Novices' Handicap Hurdle (Class 3) 2m4f
1:28pm Musselburgh bet365 Frodon Novices' Limited Handicap Chase (Class 3) 2m4f
1:45pm Sandown Virgin Bet Dolos Handicap Chase (GBB Race) (Class 2) 2m
2:03pm Musselburgh bet365 Edinburgh National Handicap Chase (GBB Race) (Class 2) 4m
2:20pm Sandown Scilly Isles Novices' Chase (Grade 1) 2m4f
2:40pm Wetherby William Hill Towton Novices' Chase (Grade 2) 3m
2:55pm Sandown Virgin Bet Heroes Handicap Hurdle (Premier Handicap) 3m
3:05pm Leopardstown Irish Gold Cup (Grade 1) 3m
3:16pm Musselburgh bet365 Scottish County Handicap Hurdle (Class 2) 2m
3:30pm Sandown Virgin Bet Masters Handicap Chase (Class 2) 3m

ITV Racing Tips - Saturday 4th February


Race 1 - Novices' Handicap Hurdle Tips


After a poor run on his hurdles debut at Cheltenham in October, TWINJETS has recorded two easy victories. Milton Harris' star came through to beat two future winners next time out at Leicester, before giving Twin Power a sound thrashing under a penalty on his latest effort at Plumpton.

Twinjets will have to give Twin Power twice as much weight in this handicap, but I'd be surprised if he wasn't far better than this opening mark of 121. He should have the class to cope with 12-0.

Race 2 - Novices' Limited Handicap Chase Tips


John McConnell's raiders always have to be respected and Ben Harvey's mount, DRUMBEAR seems to have plenty going for him. McConnell's seven-year-old won twice over hurdles in Britain last season, including a lengthy victory here at Musselburgh last January.

Despite a few sticky jumps, Drumbear managed to score on his chase debut at Limerick after Christmas, where he claimed a five-length victory over Limerick Lace, who's bolted up by eight lengths since. The British handicapper has handed Drumbear what seems a fairly lenient opening handicap mark of 138 and Harvey will take five pounds off his back.

Race 3 - Dolos Handicap Chase Tips


Sandown Park has named this handicap in honour of DOLOS, who's won this race three times and finished a close second twice since making his Sandown debut back in 2018. 

Paul Nicholls' ten-year-old came into this race in poor form last season and still managed to thrash Frero Banbou by four lengths. In contrast, Dolos has run fairly well on both of his outings in Graded races this term and Harry Cobden's mount is rated just three pounds higher than last year.

Race 4 - Edinburgh National Handicap Chase Tips


On the back of that excellent win in the Scottish Borders National up at Kelso in December, FLOWER OF SCOTLAND has every chance of contending in another big staying handicap.

Sandy Thomson's mare was backed into favouritism that day and ran out an impressive winner, easing down late on and still crossing the line six lengths clear of her closest rival. Flower Of Scotland remains lightly raced over fences and she had no trouble seeing out this sort of distance on even softer ground at Kelso. 

Race 5 - Scilly Isles Novices' Chase Tips


Read our full guide to the 2023 Scilly Isles Novices' Chase to find out who we're backing in Saturday's Grade One highlight at Sandown.

If you plan on watching any of Saturday's races via a mobile device, then check out our Scilly Isles Novices' Chase Live Stream page.

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Castle Robin (left) winning last season. (Getty)

Race 6 - Towton Novices' Chase Tips


Dan Skelton's runners always seem to jump well around Wetherby and it's hard to see past BALLYGRIFFINCOTTAGE at the head of the betting. Harry Skelton's charge was much the best of these over hurdles and jumped nicely as he thrashed Beauport and Quel Destin on his only chase start of the season at Haydock. Stepping back up to three miles will only bring about further improvement.

Race 7 - Heroes Handicap Hurdle Tips


Remastered2:55pm Sandown Virgin Bet Heroes Handicap Hurdle (Premier Handicap) 3mGET 11/2 HERE
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It's very easy to make a case for REMASTERED, who bolted up in a Pertemps Qualifier at Aintree on his reappearance this season. David Pipe's star was then narrowly beaten in the Coral Gold Cup at Newbury, before going on to trounce a decent field over fences at Kempton, where he missed the break badly but still managed to win by four lengths.

Remastered will run off a hurdles mark that's ten pounds higher than what he won off at Aintree in November. Yet, this rating of 142 is still ten pounds lower than his mark over fences and Tom Scudamore's mount boasts a fantastic record going right-handed.

Race 8 - Irish Gold Cup Tips


To find out whether we're with or against odds-on favourite Galopin Des Champs in this huge race at Leopardstown, then check out our full guide to the 2023 Irish Gold Cup.

You can also get our free tips for every race on day one of the Dublin Racing Festival here on our website.

Race 9 - Scottish County Hurdle Tips


Lebowski3:16pm Musselburgh bet365 Scottish County Handicap Hurdle (Class 2) 2mGET 4/1 HERE
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I'm keen on the chances of LEBOWSKI, who comes into this handicap on the back of a career-best effort on his reappearance. Michael Scudamore's charge kicked off his novice campaign with two impressive victories, before finding life a bit tougher in two Graded races during the spring.

Lebowski was sent off as a 9/2 shot on his return to action at Wetherby in December, where Luca Morgan's mount tanked along just behind the pace, before scooting three lengths clear on the run to the line. The handicapper has shoved Lebowski's mark up by seven pounds for that victory, but I feel like there's more to come from this lightly-raced eight-year-old.

Race 10 - Masters Handicap Chase Tips


Having ended his first season over fences with two impressive handicap victories, CASTLE ROBIN continued his progression with a fine run in the Edinburgh Gin Handicap on his reappearance at Kelso. Charlie Longsdon's eight-year-old kept on well to finish fourth that day, crossing the line 11 lengths behind two very classy rivals in Sounds Russian and Aye Right.

Paul O'Brien's mount was pulled up very early at Cheltenham in November, having been badly hampered by a faller at the fourth fence. Longsdon has given his star 80 days to get over that disappointment and I'm expecting Castle Robin to run well on the back of that break.

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