TV TIPS (SATURDAY)

13:50 Cheltenham Bucking The Trend defied a near five month absence to win over hurdles at the first time of asking this season. That win came over an extended two and a half miles at Uttoxeter at the beginning of this month and he ought to strip a lot fitter for that reappearance this afternoon. Half of his six career wins to date have been over fences, so it is of little surprise to see him revert to them this afternoon. Tim Vaughan has his yard in absolutely tip top form and in receipt of weight from the vast majority of his rivals this afternoon, Bucking The Trend has to warrant serious consideration. Cogry has a decent record when going fresh and has won over further. Nigel Twiston-Davies has called upon Ryan Hatch to do the steering given that he has won on him in the past and can take a useful three pounds off his partner’s back. With the yard enjoying a purple patch at present he is likely to present the main menace to the selection. Keltus seems to have been around for ages but he is still only a six-year-old. Three previous visits to Prestbury Park have not yielded any success thus far and he may be best suited to less complicated tracks. Theatrical Star has already enjoyed a couple of runs so far this season and should now be in peak shape. At double figure odds he looks bound to be involved from a useful handicap mark. Bucking The Trend (E/W if 9/2+) Theatrical Star (E/W if 9/2+)

14:05 Doncaster Comedy School showed a likeable attitude when winning at York earlier in the month and that built on her maiden success at Haydock the previous month. Always prominent in the seventeen runner field, she struck for home at the two-furlong marker and recorded an easy three length win over a decent looking field. PJ McDonald who rode her on that last occasion has retains the ride and the duo must be high on any shortlist on what is one of Mark Johnston’s local tracks. Timeless Flight has done nothing wrong in three starts and has won her last two with relatively little fuss. Charlie Appleby’s yard continues to thrive and Will Buick has partnered nine of the yards last eleven winners. The Godolphin runner looks the biggest threat to the selection given their similar profiles and will not be an easy nut to crack. Nuclear Power is the highest rated runner in the line-up. This son of Equiano was only beaten three lengths by the classy Mrs Danvers last time and now takes a big drop in class. He certainly has place prospects if repeating that effort Comedy School (E/W if 9/2+)

14:20 Newbury Memorial Day was good enough to win first time out this year on ground similar to this at Pontefract just last month. He is bound to come on for that reappearance and now that the cobwebs will have fully been cleared he can go onto better things. Adam Kirby replaces James Doyle in the saddle but he is a more than capable replacement who often takes full advantage of his rides for Godolphin. Unlike most of his rivals who have endured long hard seasons, Memorial Day is as fresh as a daisy and may well make the most of this opportunity. Saeeed Bin Suroor has won this race twice in the recent past including with Sky Hunter in 2014 and Crime Scene in 2007. Mountain Bell is a three-year old filly who sneaks in here at the foot of the handicap. She has proven that she handles cut in the ground by winning two of her last three races on soft surfaces at Chester and Windsor. Oisin Murphy is back in the saddle this afternoon and it would be of little surprise to see them involved at the finish. Kings Fete is talented but he would prefer the ground a lot faster than he is likely to get today. He may also struggle to give weight away to fresher rivals. Western Hymn and Koora have proved frustrating so far this year and are best avoided today. Memorial Day (E/W if 9/2+)

14:40 Doncaster Humidor is a solid yardstick that can usually be relied upon to run a genuine race. He finished a close third to the re-opposing Mirza last time out in a tough Leicester handicap and now meets that rival on four pounds better terms. He is as versatile as they come and has won on a variety of surfaces including once over this course and distance. Fergus Sweeney is back on board the nine-year-old and they have only finished outside of the places once in their last five outings together. George Baker does well with his relatively small string and this stalwart of sprint handicaps can go close this afternoon. Tithonus has been in resplendent form throughout the summer and has won four of his last six starts for Denis Hogan. The handler is not renowned for bringing his runners across the Irish Sea so to do so today would indicate the yard are bullish about their chances and he is clearly in the form of his life so warrants utmost respect this afternoon. Robot Boy is still seven pounds below his highest winning mark and he has form on a variety of surfaces. He returned to somewhere near his best at York last time and if repeating that effort he must go close here. Humidor (E/W if 9/2+)

14:50 Newbury Imperial Aviator was no match for the likes of Idaho and Almanzor earlier in the year when upped into Group company. The son of Paco Boy looked to be returning to form when chasing home Baydar over this course and distance last time out and with similar ground conditions this afternoon, another decent run is expected. Oisin Murphy has already won on the three year thisold so he should know exactly what he has underneath him during the race and the pair look destined to go well. What About Carlo looks as though he is beginning to come back to himself following a spell in the wilderness. Eve Johnston Houghton has had a terrific year and her winning spree may not be over just yet. Any further rain that falls would certainly be in his favour and he looks a major threat. Blair House faces the largest field of his short career and despite winning at Pontefract last time, he may still lack the experience for a race of this nature. Lord Ben Stack has won his last two races and carries top weight here as a consequence. The Haydock specialist may well be able to translate that form over to here and if so he has solid place claims once again. Imperial Aviator (E/W if 9/2+)

15:00 Cheltenham Adrien Du Pont won three of his four starts last year and is widely expected to pick up right where he left off. Despite the burden of top weight the yard sent Diego Du Charmil into battle with Gibralfaro a fortnight ago with the former coming out well on top. That will give Paul Nicholls a clearer idea of where his horses need to be and Adrien Du Pont can certainly get to that point. Nick Schofield is an able deputy for the injured Sam Twiston-Davies and having won on this four year old in the past they are likely to go extremely well yet again. Sceau Royale was the only horse to beat the selection last year and that actually defeat came on this track. Another win at Huntingdon followed before he went completely off the boil at Cheltenham and Aintree during the festivals. Alan King will have put plenty of work into him over the summer and if back on song he may well prove the biggest threat once again. Leoncavallo notched up a five timer last season including when beating Sceau Royale by a nose at Wetherby. He has switched stables during that time and if Ben Pauling has him right back to his best, he too is likely to make his presence felt. Adrien Du Pont (WIN)

15:15 Doncaster UAE Prince cost a whopping 670,000 Guineas but bumped into some useful performers on his debut where he finished third to Imperial Aviator. He clearly learned a lot that day but he wasn’t seen again until five months later. Again he lined up at Leicester in a maiden but this time he cruised up to challenge Arthur McBride and readily swept past him and was then eased down in the closing stages. The form was handed a massive boost when Arthur McBride won at Goodwood a few weeks later. Andrea Atzeni is once again in the saddle this afternoon and the pair look more than capable of playing a leading role here. Huge Future has run four times so far this year and picked up a couple of wins at Newcastle and Newmarket. He lined up again at Newmarket last time but he unfortunately found Saunter too strong in the closing stages. This is a notable step up in trip for the Godolphin runner and if he stays he looks sure to be a threat. To Be Wild made an eye catching debut at Newmarket last month and then followed that up by winning at Ffos Las. This marks his handicap debut but with much ,ore improvement likely to come, he too can make the frame. UAE Prince (WIN)

15:30 Cheltenham Fox Norton goes well fresh and went from strength to strength last season for Neil Mulholland. Wins at Huntingdon and Market Rasen allowed him to be considered forsome top class races where he ran with great credit against the likes of Garden La Victoire, Vaniteux and Douvan. Learning all the time it was of little surprise that he landed the odds when finishing off his season over this course and distance back in April. Noel Fehily takes over in the saddle today and having won on him three times in the past he will know exactly how to get the best out of his partner. He remains a promising prospect for the rest of this season and he looks destined to go well here. Boondooma won this race twelve months ago on what was his seasonal return so he is another that clearly goes well first time out. It is worth bearing in mind that he pulled up on his subsequent start but Dr Newland does not look to have been in a rush to get him back. He is five pounds higher in the ratings here today but if over his troubles, he looks sure to run another decent race. Ultragold looked a progressive type last year winning at Wincanton and Newbury before finishing runner up in a listed race at Ayr in the spring. The Tizzards have been struggling for winners so far this season but he is good enough to make the places here. Fox Norton (WIN) Ultragold (E/W if 9/2+)

15:50 Doncaster The market seemed to revolve around Capri and Yucatan earlier in the week and what Ryan Moore was going to ride. With the withdrawal of the former, it looks as though his mind was made up for him. Yucatan won his maiden at The Curragh when beating an odds on stablemate. He was then sent out over the same course and distance but upped into Group 2 company and ran a race filled with distinct promise. He shook up the aforementioned Capri getting to within three quarters of a length of the favourite. Aiden O’Brien specifically targets this race and knows exactly how to win it having seen the likes of Kingsbarns, Camelot and St Nicholas Abbey win it in recent years. Rivet won a Group 2 at Newmarket last month before lining up to contest the Dewhurst. He was ultimately disappointing when only finishing fifth of seven runners and Aiden O’Brien will have a good handle on that level of form as he saddled the first two home in Churchill and Lancaster Bomber. Sir Dancealot has won three of his last four races but has never raced over this one mile trip. Champion jockey Jim Crowley regains the ride on him this afternoon and if staying they look likely to be the biggest threat from the English. Ballydoyle have so much strength in depth this season that it wouldn’t be of any great shock to see another 1,2,3 for them today. Yucatan (WIN)

16:05 Cheltenham For Good Measure was a beaten favourite when last seen out at Market Rasen back in May but he was getting the hang of things as the season rolled on. He was only beaten a head that day by a rival that was carrying a couple of pounds less than him on that occasion. He will have strengthened up over the summer and he is certainly housed at the right yard for him to make an impact this afternoon. Richard Johnson has won on him twice in the past and whilst ideally they would enjoy a little more cut in the ground, this looks a sensible starting point. Eshtiaal comes here at peak fitness and on great terms with himself. He represents a stable that can do very little wrong at present and he has to be considered as a massive threat. The useful dual purpose performer has been kept busy with runs at Ascot and York throughout the summer to maintain his fitness and he looks a player here. Call The Cops and Tagliatelle are solid handicappers that have gone well here in the past. They both carry big weights this afternoon and it will be some performance if they can get involved. Top of The Town is trained by Charles Byrnes and seeks a hattrick of wins this afternoon. Proven at the trip and receiving up to almost two stone from his rivals should see him go well once again. For Good Measure (E/W if 9/2+)


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