ITV will broadcast eight races live on Saturday from Uttoxeter and Kempton. The action features some high class racing, most notably the Boulton Group Midlands Grand National. We’ve got you covered for the day’s terrestrial TV coverage.
Virgin Bet Free Bets for Winners Handicap Chase, 3m
Paul Nicholls was without a Cheltenham Festival winner this week, but eight-year-old Brewers Project has plenty of appeal now on the journey. The recent third Cap St Vincent looks like a key danger.
TOP TIP: CAP ST VINCENT
The last win in the chase over the lower 4lb 2m7f; Respectable hurdle return for new yard.
Optimum Experience Disabled Obstacle, 2m7½f
Serious Charges has never been out of the front in two of his four starts and now Anthony Honeyball is putting him to the test at the handicap level. Pulling Stumps, another in winning form, looks like his biggest threat.
TOP TIP: NOT A FALSE WORD
Consistent hurdler; runner-up in his two handicaps; new trip could generate more progress
Virgin Bet Free Bets for Winners Beginners’ Limited Handicap Chase, 2m
Rockstar Ronnie, trained by Dan Skelton, is looking for a third straight win at this track. Golden Boy Gray comes here in winning form while Siroco Jo is feared.
TOP TIP: ROCKSTAR RONNIE
Two wins here in November; strong affirmations if you continue the good work after a break
Trinity Create Beginners’ Handicap Chase, 3m
American and De Rasher Counter are among the notable former winners of this race and Saint Palais looks like something of an upgrade for Richard Bandey. Fuji Flight and Docpickedme are in for a hat-trick.
TOP TIP: SAINT PALAIS
He won three handicaps before coming up short in a strong Grade 2; this is easier
Virgin betting handicap with obstacles, 2m5f
Sam Thomas has enjoyed a great season and is aiming for another big jackpot with Paddys Motorbike, which puts itself to the test on obstacles. Exciting prospect Brief Times, recent winners Jay Jay Reilly and Press Your Luck and former winner of Graded Solo also appear.
TOP TIP: JAY BEE WHY
Today’s return to the fences could work in his favor and he has potential outside of this brand.
Optimum payout handicap hurdle, 2m4f
The well-respected Boothill hasn’t quite delivered, but perhaps he can pick himself up for Harry Fry, whose Love Envoi gave the stable a big boost during the week. Consistent Beauport and Irish raider Freedom To Dream also line up.
TOP TIP: BOOTHILL
His third Ascot in October reads well and it’s unlikely we’ve seen the best of him.
Virgin Bet Handicap Chase, 2m4½f
Fresh from a brilliant Cheltenham, Venetia Williams has a strong contender in Espoir De Guye. The recent Warwick winner faces stronger company this time around, including Diego Du Charmil, Pistol Whipped and Debece.
TOP TIP: THE HAND OF THE MOUNTAIN
Second this past year and then impressed over 2m4f next time; he had difficult assignments in the fall
Boulton Group Midlands Grand National, Listed, 4m2f
Time To Get Up and Truckers Lodge are set to make history by becoming the first to win two Midlands Nationals. Hewick, Wholestone and the admirable Final Nudge also star in this valuable contest.
TOP TIP: TIME TO GET UP
Well built to go a long way at Haydock and only 4lbs taller than in last year’s win at this
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Race 1, 1:30 Kempton: CAP ST VINCENT
Race 2, 1.50 Uttoxeter: NOT A WORD OF A LIE
Race 3, 2.05 Kempton: ROCKSTAR RONNIE
Race 4, 2.25 Uttoxeter: SAINT PALAIS
Race 5, 2.40 Kempton: JAY BEE WHY
Race 6, 3.00 Uttoxeter: BOOTHILL
Race 7, 3.15 Kempton: HAND OF THE MOUNTAIN
Race 8, 3.35 Uttoxeter: TIME TO GET UP
Saturday race previews:
3.15 Kempton: ‘We’ve been waiting for better ground’ – analysis and quotes for the Kempton chase
3.35 Uttoxeter: ‘He has a good chance’: The truth about Uttoxeter’s Midlands Grand National
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FIRST PUBLICATION 7:00 am, MARCH 19, 2022