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ITV Racing betting tips: Best bets for Haydock on Saturday

Sir Dancealot bounds clear to win the Hungerford Stakes last season. (credit:Julian Herbert/PA Archive/PA Images)

Our expert takes a look through the betting for the three big races at Haydock on Saturday 8th June and provides readers with his ante-post tips.

There may be no Group One or Classic action to thrill fans this weekend, but ITV Racing viewers will still be in for an entertaining afternoon on the flat this Saturday. The team will pitch their tent up at Haydock this weekend, with the Group Three John Of Gaunt Stakes the highlight of the day on Merseyside.

Our expert has taken a closer look at the three most prestigious races on Haydock card on Saturday and provided readers with his tips.

Saturday’s ITV Racing Tips at Haydock

2:25pm Haydock Betway Pinnacle Stakes (Group 3) (Fillies & Mares) 1m4f

I’ve often found, over the past few years, that Group Three and Listed races at this level for fillies and mares can often be a bit pot-luck, with most of the runners capable of winning on any given day. Dramatic Queen brings winning form to Haydock and Pilaster could appreciate the drop back in trip. Yet, I feel the class act in that race – if she makes the final entries – is Irish raider TRUE SELF and she could be very difficult to beat at the weekend.

Despite winning twice over hurdles, Willie Mullins seems to have decided that jumping isn’t True Self’s game, skipping the entirety of the last National Hunt season. Since making her debut on the level last summer, True Self has won four times, venturing to Newmarket at the end of 2018 to comfortably win the Listed Jane Seymour Stakes.

On her first start of the new campaign, Colin Keane guided True Self to a maiden win in Grouped company, staying on strongly under a penalty to beat Jaega in the Vintage Triple Stakes. The prospect of soft ground won’t worry this former jumper and True Self has six pounds on her nearest rival in the ratings. If she is declared, I wouldn’t be surprise to see her current price of 7/4 shorten significantly.

3:00pm Haydock Betway Achilles Stakes (Listed Race) 5f

Intense Romance loves soft going, winning a handicap here at Haydock last season before securing back-to-back Listed triumphs. Michael Dods’ sprinter will be a huge threat if he is declared, but one who seems guaranteed to run is EL ASTRONAUTE and John Quinn’s six-year-old currently sits on an appealing each-way price.

Consistency in the sprinting division is hard to come by, but El Astronaute was a hardly out of the frame last year, winning three times and finishing outside the places just once in 12 starts during 2018. Quinn’s charge also proved he could handle difficult ground on his final start of the season over in France, making all to win the Listed Prix du Bonneval.

Results have slipped a little this season, but that’s understandable, considering the kind of company El Astronaute has been in with. A narrow defeat to Tanasoq on his reappearance was followed by a sixth-place finish in a red-hot Palace House Stakes. El Astronaute then failed to get home on his first crack at six furlongs in the Group Two Duke Of York Stakes, before a terrible start gave the top-weight a mountain to climb back in handicap company at York.

That Listed victory on French soil means El Astronaute will have to give weight to the field. Yet, Jason Hart’s mount has proven himself capable of carrying big weights on plenty of occasions and, given a much more alert start, he’s often difficult to pass once he hits the front.

3:35pm Haydock Betway John Of Gaunt Stakes (Group 3) (Class 1) 7f

Safe Voyage has won on all three of his starts here at Haydock, bolting up to win two handicaps on soft ground and winning a Listed contest on his most recent outing. Both he and Sprint Trophy runner-up Mankib – who’s a classy performer who should come on from his reappearance – have to be greatly respected, but this is the first time SIR DANCEALOT has dropped below Group One company for a while now and seven furlongs seems to be his optimum trip.

David Elsworth’s stable star climbed to an impressive rating of 117 last season, thanks to victories in the Lennox Stakes, the Hungerford Stakes and a strong fourth in the July Cup. Sir Dancealot then finished down the field in the Sprint Cup here at Haydock, before failing to fire in three further Group Ones across three different countries.

On his return to action, Elsworth handed his charge just his second start over a mile in the Lockinge. The market back-marker performed admirably in that historic Group One, crossing the line just four lengths behind Mustashry in seventh. Cable Bay ran a similar race in the 2015 Lockinge before travelling to Haydock to win the John Of Gaunt and, without the burden of a penalty, I expect Sir Dancealot to follow in his footsteps.

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ITV Racing betting tips: Best bets for Haydock on Saturday

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