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ITV Racing Tips - Saturday's tips at Uttoxeter and Kempton

  • We provide our tips for all seven ITV races on Saturday 20th March
  • The Midlands Grand National takes place at Uttoxeter on Saturday
  • Viewers will also enjoy four live races from Kempton
  • Shanty Alley, Gustavian and Smarty Wild feature amongst our best bet
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Uttoxeter races. (Getty)

It may seem like a come-down after the Cheltenham Festival, but ITV racing viewers have an excellent afternoon of racing to enjoy on Saturday. The Midlands Grand National is the main event on the card at Uttoxeter, while Kempton stages a very competitive card.

Let jump straight into Saturday's best betting tips!

Saturday's ITV Racing Schedule


Time
Track
Title
1:50pm Uttoxeter Marstons Brewery Handicap Hurdle (Class 3) 2m7½f
2:05pm Kempton Bet Novices' Limited Handicap Chase (GBB Race) (Class 3) 2m
2:25pm Uttoxeter 1834 Novices' Handicap Chase (GBB Race) (Class 2) 3m
2:40pm Kempton Virgin Bet Silver Plate Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race) (Class 2) 2m5f
3:00pm Uttoxeter Burton Union Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race) (Class 2) 2m4f
3:15pm Kempton Virgin Bet Handicap Chase (Class 3) 2m4½f
3:35pm Uttoxeter Midlands Grand National Handicap Chase (Listed) 4m

ITV Racing Tips - Saturday 20th March


Race 1 - Marstons Brewery Handicap Hurdle Tips


When it gets to this stage of the season, I like backing runners who haven't had a particularly hard campaign. One who ticks the box in that respect is STEAL A MARCH, who ran on well from a poor position to place third in a Class 3 at Cheltenham in November.

Nicky Henderson's six-year-old was then beaten 15-lengths behind stablemate Emir Sacree at Ascot, where he never really got into any sort of rhythm. This looks the right time to step him up in trip, and I expect him to go well.

Race 2 - Novices' Limited Handicap Chase Tips


Onthefrontfoot2:05pm Kempton Bet Novices' Limited Handicap Chase (GBB Race) (Class 3) 2mGET 5/1 HERE
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On his last start over fences, ONTHEFRONTFOOT shaped nicely when placing second behind a strong stayer in Equus Dancer. To avoid the worst of the winter weather, Donald McCain's charge has run in three bumpers for jumpers, registering three really solid efforts. Jonathan Burke's mount now returns to jumping on good ground which will suit. I expect him to go well.

Race 3 - 1834 Novices' Handicap Chase Tips


St Barts has been thrown up the handicap by eight pounds following a smart win at Newbury. Fellow top-weight, Eclair Surf will also be running off a career-high mark, having hacked up on heavy ground at Kempton last time out. Ask Me Early couldn't cope with his lofty mark last time out, while both Acey Milan and Flegmarik have struggled since being thrust up the ratings.

SHANTY ALLEY, meanwhile, was upped a whopping 13-pounds after two lengthy wins during the winter. Ben Case's charge then ran a cracker to place second behind Midlands Grand National favourite, Time To Get Up off off 130 at Wincanton last month. Bryan Carver's claimer means Shanty Alley is effectively running off a one-pound lower mark here, and remains open to further improvement.

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Smarty Wild (left) winning at Kempton. (Getty)

Race 4 - Silver Plate Handicap Hurdle Tips


BREFFNIBOY ran up a sequence of five wins from six starts in handicaps between October and November. He then stayed on from the rear to finish a length-second behind Millers bank over two miles here at Kempton in January.

Johnny Farrelly's mount faded late on after travelling into the race well in the Listed Novices' Hurdle at Exeter last month. Clearly the heavy ground didn't suit him that day, and this looks the ideal time to step Breffniboy back up in trip.

Race 5 - Burton Union Handicap Hurdle Tips 


Gustavian E/W3:00pm Uttoxeter Burton Union Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race) (Class 2) 2m4fGET 6/1 HERE
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Illegal Model will come good at some point. He's clearly got plenty of ability, but his jumping lets him down and I think it'll expose him again over this shorter trip. The one I really like is GUSTAVIAN, who comes into this one the back of an excellent course-and-distance win. 

Anthony Honeyball's charge made a mess of the second-last at Fontwell in January, but still had enough in the tank to reel in Hasankey and win going away. Ben Godfrey's mount jumped beautifully when winning here at Uttoxeter last month, and I think Gustavian is still ahead of the handicapper.

Race 6 - Virgin Bet Handicap Chase Tips


Smarty Wild3:15pm Kempton Virgin Bet Handicap Chase (Class 3) 2m4½fGET 4/1 HERE
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Falco Blitz and My Way have both been chucked up the handicap after making all to win on their latest starts. Neither particularly impress in the jumping department, and I think it's well worth taking them on.

With plenty of front-runners in the field, SMARTY WILD could get the perfect passage into the race, Philip Hobbs' charge won a competitive race at Kempton in January, and was only beaten six-length in a high-quality handicap at Warwick last time out. The handicapper has dropped Smarty Wild a pound for that effort, and he looks poised to run a good race.

Race 7 - Midlands Grand National Tips


Time To Get Up tops the market for this year's Midlands Grand National. He's followed closely by Achille and Highland Hunter, with last year's emphatic winner, Truckers Lodge sitting down the betting at around 16/1.

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