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ITV Racing Tips - Saturday's best bets at Sandown and Aintree

  • We bring you our tips in all eight of Saturday's ITV races
  • The Tingle Creek Chase is the main event at Sandown this weekend
  • There's also the Grade One Henry VIII Novices' Chase to enjoy
  • Aintree's card is headlined by the Many Clouds Chase
  • Get our best bets for all eight races
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A view of the horses jumping the Grand National fences at Aintree. (Getty)

We take a look through all of Saturday's televised races at Sandown and Aintree and provide readers with our ITV Racing tips.

Racing fans have another wonderful afternoon of action to enjoy on ITV on Saturday. Altior's return in the Tingle Creek is the big talking point this weekend. We also have another Grade One, the Henry VIII Novices' Chase to enjoy at Sandown, while Santini, Native River and Frodon clash in the Many Clouds Chase at Aintree.

Let's dive straight into our best betting tips on Saturday!

Saturday's ITV Racing Schedule

1:30pm Aintree William Hill Becher Handicap Chase (Grade 3) 3m2f
1:50pm Sandown Henry VIII Novices' Chase (Grade 1) 1m7½f
2:05pm Aintree williamhill.com Best Odds Guaranteed Fillies' Juvenile Hurdle (Listed Race) 2m1f 
2:25pm Sandown Betfair Tingle Creek Chase (Grade 1) 1m7½f
2:40pm Aintree William Hill Many Clouds Chase (Grade 2) 3m1f
3:00pm Sandown Betfair Exchange Back And Lay London National Handicap Chase (Class 2) 3m5f
3:15pm Aintree William Hill Grand Sefton Handicap Chase (Class 2) 2m5f
3:35pm Sandown Betfair Exchange December Handicap Hurdle (Listed Race) 2m

ITV Racing Tips - Saturday 5th December

Race 1 - Becher Chase Tips

Le Breuil1:30pm Aintree William Hill Becher Handicap Chase (Grade 3) 3m2fGET 6/1 HERE
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Walk In The Mill beat Kimberlite Candy to win his second Becher in 2019, and will go for a hat-trick this weekend. Robert Walford's winner is eight pounds higher in the weights this time around, while Kimberlite Candy - who bolted up in the Classic Chase - sits 16-pounds higher, and will run for the first time off this career-high mark of 153.

In contrast, LE BREUIL returns to Aintree nine pounds lower in the ratings. Ben Pauling's National Hunt Chase winner endured a torrid campaign last year, with his 20-length defeat in last year's Becher the best result he could manage.

Le Breuil ran at Kelso on his reappearance, and was hampered jumping the very first obstacles. Kielan Woods' mount recovered well to hit the front three-out. He then faded after a sloppy jump, but rallied gamely to eventually finish just five lengths behind Some Chaos. 

Pauling's eight-year-old jumped the National fences pretty well last year, and Le Breuil should be much more comfortable with nine pounds less to lumber around Aintree.

Race 2 - Henry VIII Novices' Chase Tips

Hitman hacked up by 30-lengths on his stable debut for Paul Nicholls. That was, however, a right mess of a race, and Hitman got away with several dicey jumps. I fear the railway fences at Sandown may catch him out.

Eldorado Allen and Ga Law have already won Grade Twos this term and have to be in with a chance. I, however, was really impressed with ALLMANKIND'S chase debut at Warwick, and I'm going to side with Dan Skelton's four-year-old.

He may have had that four-year-old allowance on his side, but Allmankind jumped like a buck at Warwick, sealing a 13-length win without coming off the bridle. Runner-up Zanza boosted the form with a handicap win at Newbury last weekend, while third-placed Stolen Silver ran up to his mark of 140 when finishing second earlier this week.

This will be the first time Allmankind has switched to a right-handed track, but I can't see that being an issue. Victory here would put him bang in the picture for the Arkle at the Cheltenham Festival.

Allmankind winning on his chasing debut at Warwick. (Getty)

Race 3 - Listed Fillies' Juvenile Hurdle Tips

We've got a strange mix of debutantes and fairly exposed runners in this year's race. The one who has already proven she can jump and remains open to plenty of improvement is MEGAN, so I'm comfortable siding with the favourite.

While in the care of German flat trainer Dominic Moser, this Lord Of England filly ran in several Listed races and a Group Three at Hamburg. See The Eagle Fly was the firm-favourite when Megan made her British debut at Leicester, but Stuart Edmunds' newcomer jumped her rivals into submission, and had the field well strung out behind her as she sealed a nine-length triumph.

Sam Twiston-Davies takes over from Jonny Burke, and he knows Aintree as well as anyone. If Megan jumps that well again, she should take some stopping.

Race 4 - Tingle Creek Tips

Read our full preview of the 2020 Tingle Creek to see whether we're siding with or against odds-on favourite Altior.

If you want to watch this Grade One on your mobile or tablet, then check out our Tingle Creek Chase Live Streaming page.

Race 5 - Many Clouds Chase Tips

Native River2:40pm Aintree William Hill Many Clouds Chase (Grade 2) 3m1fGET 9/4 HERE
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Santini is the only entrant who stands any chance in the 2021 Gold Cup. I am, however, often reluctant to back Nicky Henderson's charge on his seasonal reappearance, especially when he seemed to be carrying plenty of condition during that public work-out at Newbury two weeks ago.

Frodon will make sure they go at an honest gallop, but I'd much rather side with the returning NATIVE RIVER

Colin Tizzard's charge won this comfortably last season, and did well to fend off the challenge of good-ground-loving Secret Investor to win the Denman Chase. A fourth crack at the Gold Cup was then on the cards, until the 2018 Champion of Cheltenham suffered a season-ending injury in the build-up to the Festival.

Native River may be ten now, but he's by no means a has-been and he'll relish the extra juice in the ground at Aintree. Colin Tizzard's stable have hit a bit of form, and I think Richard Johnson's mount is the best bet in this race at 9/4.

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Native River bids to make it two in a row in the Many Clouds Chase. (Getty)

Race 6 - London National Tips

After the fiasco of last year, where the race was declared void due to several jockeys ignoring a yellow flag, the stewards will be hoping that Saturday's London National goes off without a hitch.

Cloudy Glen will carry a very short price into battle, having romped to victory in the Southern National at Fontwell. Venetia Williams' seven-year-old would be a worthy winner, but may have his work cut out trying to give 15 pounds to CLASSIC BEN.

Stuart Edmunds' seven-year-old was backed into favouritism for this last year, only to fall at just the eighth fence. Three defeats since then have helped Classic Ben drop back to his last winning mark of 130. Ciaran Gething's mount ran well under top-weight on his reappearance, and has proven form here at Sandown. Classic Ben looks the best-handicapped runner in this race.

Race 7 - Grand Sefton Tips

Huntsman Son ran out a very good winner on his reappearance at Wetherby, and Alex Hales' ten-year-old has very few miles on the clock. Paul Nicholls' recent record in the Grand Sefton is strong, so it's easy to see why the classy Modus has been backed in the build-up.

A case can be made for several in this ultra competitive renewal, but I'm going to come down on the side of an old favourite of mine, DINGO DOLLAR.

I backed Alan King's charge in the 2018 and '19 renewals of the Ladbrokes Trophy, where he placed on both occasions. I'm sure the plan was to run in that historic handicap for a third time at the start of the season, but a breathing problem was identified after his prep-run over hurdles at Uttoxeter, and there wasn't enough time to recover following the wind operation.

Dingo Dollar has never run at Aintree before, let alone over the Grand National fences. He does, however, boast plenty of form around left-handed tracks and looks well-handicapped off his current mark. Tom Cannon - who rode Hogan's Height to victory in this 12 months ago - takes the ride, and Dingo Dollar will be out to prove he's a lively National contender.

Race 8 - December Handicap Hurdle Tips

Mister Coffey remains very well-handicapped and could be far too good. However, heavy ground certainly doesn't aid his cause, and I'm tempted to take an each-way punt on BENSON.

Dr Newland threw Benson straight into the Contenders Hurdle here on his first start over hurdles, and Sean Bowen's mount was still in there pitching when he fell at the second-last. This term, Benson has been campaigned at a lower level, running on well to win two novice races in fairly comfortable fashion.

Gavin Sheehan's mount has previous here at Sandown, and won't be inconvenienced by the ground. Benson has plenty of room to progress off this lowly handicap mark of 127 and he'll be the last of my ITV racing tips.


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