Jason Weaver: Here’s who I’m backing for Saturday’s ITV races

Here's where Jason Weaver's putting his money at Ascot, Haydock and Newmarket...


13:05 Ascot

Sir Robert Cheval has put up his best performances over this course and comes in here on the back of an excellent return in the fiercely competitive Wokingham handicap. That would’ve put him spot on for today’s assignment and the stand-side draw is looking to be an advantage with pace drawn next door install number 10.

13:40 Ascot

This contest looks as if it will be run at a decent gallop that is going to suit Lord George down to the ground. Putting a line through his last run, where he never got competitive after a tardy start on the all-weather at Newcastle, he possesses a decent change of gear which will be a potent weapon in here.

14:15 Ascot

Eddystone Rock is a regular in some of the most competitive handicaps at all of the group one tracks. He has just recently started to catch the eye with a good run at Newmarket and also an excellent effort at the competitive Royal Ascot meeting over course and distance. Pat Cosgrave is a positive jockey switch – he’s got the class to surprise in here at a price.

14:50 Ascot

Mythical Madness has been in flying form of late, running an absolute blinder in the golden mile at Glorious Goodwood. Don’t worry about the foreign rider, he is a multiple group one winning jockey in his homeland and has also won the King George around here on Danedream. He will be good enough.

15:25 Ascot

Blue Laureate has not been with this excellent team for very long, having started life with Clive Cox, then going to Dubai with Doug Watson and now arriving back home. She put up an improved display when tackling this trip for the very first time at Newmarket. Sent off close to the head of the market on that occasion, it looks like we can expect another bold show now running over the correct trip.

16:00 Ascot

Snazzy Jazzy looked destined to be a very good horse last season when remaining unbeaten however he has come unstuck in spectacular fashion the last twice, he’s been given a little break by his trainer and is also taking a drop in company,  he may be lacking a little bit of confidence and this looks an ideal opportunity to re-gain that competitive edge and he is an each way price to boot.

13:55 Haydock

Super Kid looks to be another excellent purchase for only £3,500 from the horses in training sale. This yard do a remarkable job of turning the proverbial pig’s ear into a silk purse. Only raised 5lbs for popping up at Wolverhampton, he still looks on a dangerous mark with the excellent Rachel Richardson booked.

14:30 Haydock

The reports from Newmarket about Narella before her return were suggesting she was home and hosed, however they proved wide of the mark. She reportedly has been burning up the gallops again and connections are putting that last call run down to being ring rusty. She did try up at the highest level when chasing home Wild Illusion on Arc weekend and he’s given another chance to bounce back at listed level.

15:05 Haydock

Zaaki put up by far and away his best performance last time when only failing by a short head at Newmarket over today’s distance. He was giving away a whopping 12lb to the re-opposing Communique. Back off level weights today, he should have no problem in beating him and looks to have Elwazir to worry about – but Stoute’s team are redhot at present.

15:45 Newmarket

La Pelosa has run in some hot races so far and continues to improve. Put a line through her start two back as she was nearly knocked over but admittedly was a little below par when odds-on at Sandown last time. Given that they try her again over the long sprint of 7f suggests she will have no problem with the trip. Brett Doyle takes the ride and often a change of hands can do the trick.

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