Horse Racing tips: Rory Delargy’s best Saturday bets for ITV Racing

Rory reckons he's found some value in Saturday's tellybox races at Lingfield, Kempton & Newcastle.

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ITV Racing Betting Tips:

Lingfield 13:30 – Tone The Barone
Kempton 13:50 – Scriptwriter
Lingfield 14:05 – Lord North
Kempton 14:25 – Boothill
Kempton 15:00 – Cap Du Nord
Newcastle 15:25 – Kittys Light
Kempton 15:40 – Hansard

Lingfield 13:30 – Tone The Barone

I’m with Tone The Barone for Rossa Ryan and Stuart Williams. You may think that Alligator Alley has everything in his favour after throwing a few wins together but I can’t bring myself to back him. Tone The Barone is reliable on the all-weather track and he improved from his run at Kempton when winning at Wolverhampton earlier this month.

Kempton 13:50 – Scriptwriter

Scriptwriter is the clear form pick for the Adonis, and he can help Milton Harris gain back-to-back wins in the Grade 2 contest for juveniles. A winner at this level at Cheltenham in November, he must concede weight to his rivals, but he improved again despite a poor tactical ride when second to Comfort Zone in Triumph Hurdle Trial (Finesse) at Cheltenham last month, and clearly has the class to do so, albeit against rivals who are open to plenty of improvement.

Lingfield 14:05 – Lord North

Harrovian is always capable of winning races on the all-weather but Lord North looks a class above. He hasn’t been since since the Eclipse at Sandown and I don’t think he’s running here as a prep for something else. If he’s ready to go, he should be different class to the rest.

Kempton 14:25 – Boothill

Boothill has been a model of consistency since returned to fences this season, and he holds Datsalrightgino on their running at Newton Abbot in October when conceding that rival 3lb in a handicap. He’s 2lb worse off for a cosy three-parts of a length, and has shown better form when winning a handicap at Ascot and the Grade 2 Wayward Lad Novices’ Chase since.

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Kempton 15:00 – Cap Du Nord

Christian Williams won this race and the Eider Chase a year ago, and I believe he will do the double again. Cap Du Nord is turned out again just a week after winning the Swinley Chase at Ascot and a penalty for that win is largely irrelevant as he is out of the weights due to the presence of Frodon at the top of the handicap.

Cap du Nord is 8lb higher in effect that he was last week, but he also has the benefit of Cian Quirke’s 5lb claim and will be carrying less weight than when winning the corresponding event 12 months ago, and I’d be surprised and disappointed if he wasn’t able to do himself full justice here.

Newcastle 15:25 – Kittys Light

It’s hard to believe how well handicapped Kitty’s Light has become in just a handful of runs since his excellent placed efforts in the Scottish National and the Bet365 Gold Cup last spring. Those races were won by handicap blots in the shape of Win My Wings and Hewick, and there is absolutely no second-guessing required in terms of the value of the form. Kitty’s Light was rated 145 by the BHA handicapper at Sandown and is now able to run off a mark of 132, which highlights his chance here. He stays all day as he showed at Ayr last April, and while the ground was soft last weekend after heavy local rain, it is now coming right for him.

Kempton 15:40 – Hansard

The field assembled for the Dovecote does not look vintage, and it’s hard to see past favourite Hansard who beat Master Chewy by two lengths at Plumpton despite conceding 7lb. That gelding finished over ten lengths in front of Rubaud in receipt of 6lb in the Betfair Hurdle last time, and while that may be a dangerous formline to trust, it does suggest that Hansard is comfortably the better of the pair.

ITV Racing Betting Tips:

Lingfield 13:30 – Tone The Barone
Kempton 13:50 – Scriptwriter
Lingfield 14:05 – Lord North
Kempton 14:25 – Boothill
Kempton 15:00 – Cap Du Nord
Newcastle 15:25 – Kittys Light
Kempton 15:40 – Hansard

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