Friday ITV racing tips: Matt Chapman selects his best bets on Coronation Cup day at Newmarket

Friday ITV racing tips: Matt Chapman selects his best bets on Coronation Cup day at Newmarket

June 4, 2020

TODAY'S cracking cards at Newmarket and Lingfield highlight the changed times in horse racing with the appearance of Anthony Van Dyck in the rerouted Coronation Cup.

Last year's Derby hero landed the Epsom showpiece after scooting home in the Lingfield Derby Trial, which took place long before Defoe banged in the 2019 Coronation Cup.

Today the Derby Trial and Coronation Cup take place within hours of each other, and Defoe and Aidan O'Brien's challenger take each other on.

The Coronation Cup is highlight as racing returns to terrestrial TV today with seven races on ITV4.

Alas with no betting ring I will be nothing to do with it, but I'll be watching on from home just like you and wishing the team all the best.

It should be a walk in the park, as selling good racing has never been hard. So let's see what we can do with the cards and try and find a few winners.

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GULLIVER (1.50 Newmarket) might prefer a little further than this, but he’s run more recently than most and lines up off 104 here while he was 110 on the all-weather last time. He’s got quality on a going day and often finishes off well. I’ll have a few quid each-way.

Despite being an eight-year-old, it’s hard on quality to get away from BRANDO (2.25 Newmarket), who often does well in the Group 3 Abernant.

Trained by Kevin Ryan, Brando has a mark of 116 and has no penalty. He showed when fourth in the Champions Sprint that he’s still fully capable.

We are in Listed company in the 3.00 at Newmarket with a 1m contest. So many types of different horses here, with two open to loads of improvement in Dawaam and Sangarius.

The latter probably will need further, although his class might be enough, so I will back handicapper ESCOBAR each-way. He’s just a solid proven performer, and while he might not be the best of these by the end of the season he should make his presence felt.

The last ITV race at Newmarket is the big one the Group 1 Coronation Cup over 1m4f at 3.35.

A fascinating renewal with a Derby winner taking on a Gold Cup hero and also GHAIYYATH, who might just be the beat off all of them. The Godolphin runner, trained by Charlie Appleby, flopped in the Arc but was back to form in Dubai and could still be anything.

Obviously many will stick with Stradivarius, the top stayer dropping back in trip, while Anthony Van Dyck might still come back to his best. What an event.

Lots of potential improvers in the first live race at Lingfield, and I’ll take a chance with HUBOOR (2.05), who might get to the front early from stall two for Mark Johnston, who has hit the ground running.

I'm not convinced this year's Lingfield Oaks Trial (2.4o) will produce at Oaks winner, and on paper Miss Yoda is the one to beat.

If there is something special in the field then I think it will be SO I TOLD YOU for Richard Hughes. This could be the best Hughes has trained, and she looked really good when scoring at Nottingham last term having run well at Bath on the debut.

And finally at 3.15 at Lingfield it's the Derby Trial, also Listed class over an extended 1m3f. Pride of America and ENGLISH KING are the lightly raced ones here who might have more to give.

The latter is the one I like, as he ran well on the debut and then looked really good when I was at Newcastle one day. Ed Walker might have a classy animal on his hand.

What a day ahead. Enjoy.

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