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ITV Racing Tips - Seven selections at Warwick and Market Rasen

  • We take a look at each of the seven races to be shown live on ITV on Saturday 16th January
  • The Classic Handicap Chase is the feature race up at Warwick
  • We fancy Fiddlerontheroof and Oscar Elite to win the Grade Twos on Warwick's card
  • Oscars Elite and Lil Rockerfeller feature amongst our tips from Market Rasen
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Lil Rockerfeller is fancied to win the big conditions race at Market Rasen on Saturday. (Getty)

Horse racing fans have an enjoyable afternoon of action ahead of them on Saturday. Three Graded races will be staged at Warwick, including the Classic Handicap Chase. We also have three races to take in from Market Rasen, where Willie Mullins sends a runner out in the Listed Mares' Bumper.

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

Saturday's ITV Racing Schedule

1:50pm Warwick McCoy Contractors Civils And Infrastructure Hampton Novices' Chase (Grade 2) 3m
2:05pm Market Rasen MansionBet Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race) (Class 2) 2m½f
2:25pm Warwick Ballymore Leamington Novices' Hurdle (Grade 2) 2m5f
2:40pm Market Rasen MansionBet's Bet 10 Get 20 Hurdle (Gbb Race) (Class 2) 2m7f
3:00pm Warwick Classic Handicap Chase (Grade 3) 3m5f
3:15pm Market Rasen Alan Swinbank mares' Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race (Listed Race) 2m½f 
3:35pm Warwick Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle (Pertemps Hurdle Series Qualifier) (Class 2) 3m1f

ITV Racing Tips - Saturday 16th January

Race 1 - Hampton Novices' Chase Tips

Another graded novices' chase with a small, underwhelming field. I'd be surprised if Next Destination wasn't good enough to carry a penalty to victory, but at the odds, I'd rather take another chance on FIDDLERONTHEROOF - who's entered in all three of the Grade One novice chases at the Cheltenham Festival.

I've been disappointed with what Colin Tizzard's charge has produced so far over fences, winning just one of his four starts. The stable has struggled for consistency all season though, so maybe that can attribute for his lack of progression. Fiddlerontheroof has shaped like he'd really appreciate the step up to three miles, so I'm banking on that bringing out an improved display.

Race 2 - MansionBet Handicap Hurdle Tips

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OSCARS LEADER was beaten 30-lengths in a three-mile handicap on this card last season. Jennie Candlish immediately dropped her eight-year-old down to two miles, a move which resulted in back-to-back to wins and three runner-up finishes.

This season, Sean Quinlan's mount has finished a five-length second to the well-handicapped Mister Coffey, and stayed on to finish second behind The Cob over 19-furlongs at Haydock. Oscars Leader has only been but up a pound for those stirling efforts, and he could be the one to side with here.

Race 3 - Leamington Novices' Hurdle Tips

A really interesting Grade Two, where plenty of them enter with claims. I'm confident this step up in trip will suit the strong-traveling Adrimel, but he has to carry a three-pound penalty into battle.

The most appealing proposition in the betting is OSCAR ELITE, who's one of the few Colin Tizzard runners to have strung two victories together this season. 

Having bolted up in a maiden at Chepstow by 20-lengths on his debut under rules, Oscar Elite defeated Springfield Fox in a three-runner affair. Tizzard's six-year-old was giving his rival seven-pounds at the weights, but swept him aside with ease and claimed a comfortable win over three miles.

Oscar Elite is already the highest-rated horse in the field, and I don't think we've seen what he's really capable of.

Fiddlerontheroof (left) finishes second to Allart in the Noel Novices' Chase. (Getty)

Race 4 - Bet 10 Get 20 Hurdle Tips

It's been over three years since LIL ROCKERFELLER won a hurdles race. Neil King's stable star has won on the flat and over fences in the meantime, and this looks an ideal opportunity to claim the 12th win of his impressive career.

King's former Stayers' Hurdle runner-up produced a superb performance on his reappearance, going down to the progressive Hill Sixteen by a length, when giving his rival almost two stone at the weights. Lil Rockerfeller remains a high-quality operator, and the weights in this conditions race certainly seem in his favour.

Race 5 - Classic Chase Tips

Captain Chaos has been backed to the head of the market in the last few days, and Dan Skelton's chaser is clearly fancied to go one better than last year. Notachance, Stormy Control and Late Romatnic come in with winning form, while Le Breuil has dropped to an attractive mark.

Read our full preview of the 2021 Classic Handicap Chase to find out which outsiders we fancy could trouble the market leaders.

Race 6 - Listed Mares' Flat Race Tips

Willie Mullins has a 100% record around this track, having won this race with Panic Attack 12 months ago on his first foray to Market Rasen. Nico de Boinville rides Grangee, who holds a Champion Bumper entry, but she will have to give nine pounds to EILEENDOVER, and it's hard to side against Pam Sly's impressive four-year-old.

Eileendover has beaten nothing on her first couple of starts, but couldn't have won any more impressively. Sly's budding star has secured 30 and 15 lengths wins, registering back-to-back RPRs of 127. 

Although she's a flat-bred filly, Canford Cliffs has produced plenty of good National Hunt horses, including last year's winner Panic Attack. That pull at the weights gives this talented filly a massive advantage.

Race 7 - Pertemps Handicap Hurdle Tips

Come On Teddy would probably need to win this qualifier to get into the Pertemps Final at the Cheltenham Festival, and looks to have a good chance of doing just that. KEPPAGE is in a similar boat, and I'd rather side with David Pipe's challenger at the odds.

Despite jumping pretty poorly, Keppage ran up a hat-trick of victories in novice hurdles last season. Tom Scudamore's mount was lumbered with top-weight on his reappearance at Cheltenham, and could only finish fourth. Despite the result, Pipe will have been pleased with the way his charge jumped and kept on up the hill, and this step up in distance should really suit.

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