ITV Racing tips: one key runner from each of the nine races on ITV on Saturday
BetVictor Veterans' Handicap Chase, 3m2f
Present Man was impressive in his Chepstow win at the start of the season and is going for another success in veterans' company here. He takes onseasoned top-level handicappers West Approach, Shantou Village and Singlefarmpayment.
SPOTLIGHT TIP:SHANTOU VILLAGE
On a tempting mark and in-form Millie Wonnacott takes off a useful 7lb
bet365 Premier Novices' Hurdle (Grade 2), 2m2f
Dan Skelton's leading novice hurdler My Drogo ischasing a second success at Grade 2 level after winning Ascot's Sky Bet Supreme Trial in impressive style. He does not have an entry at Cheltenham and takes on the unbeaten Bareback Jack here.
SPOTLIGHT TIP:LUCKY ONE
Formerly a tearaway but he was mightily impressive in hammering a good horse at Wincanton
BetVictor Greatwood Gold Cup Handicap Chase (Grade 3), 2m4f
Paul Nicholls has won this race three times in the last four years and trains the likely favourite in unexposed chaser Grand Sancy. The improving Killer Clown, Pistol Whipped and Umbrigado are also of interest.
SPOTLIGHT TIP:KILLER CLOWN
Unexposed chaser whose form stacks up well; scored in good style at Kempton on Boxing Day
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bet365 Handicap Hurdle, 2m5f
Nicholls then has another leading chance at Kelso in the form of Flash Collonges, bidding for a third career success on his handicap debut. He clashes with last-time-out winner Torn And Frayed and the improving Mega Yeats.
SPOTLIGHT TIP:MEGA YEATS
Promising early in career; pleasing return in jumpers' bumper three weeks ago; big player
Virgin Bet Mares' Novices' Hurdle (Listed), 3m
Wynn House and Rayna's World have entries in the Mares' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival and will look to keep that dream alive in this Listed heat. The former enjoyed two good wins earlier this season before a good fourth at Cheltenham. However, the improving Alpha Carinae looks a major danger.
SPOTLIGHT TIP:WYNN HOUSE
Won first two hurdle starts before Grade 2 fourth against males; major player
bet365 Premier Chase (Listed), 2m7½f
Ladbrokes Trophy winner and Grand National favourite Cloth Cap takes a crucial step to Aintree in this competitive Listed event. His rivals include Grade 2 winner Lake View Lad, Two For Gold and Aso.
SPOTLIGHT TIP:CLOTH CAP
Grand National fav after his Newbury romp in November; drying ground a massive plus
Virgin Bet Handicap Chase, 2m½f
Rikoboy has shaped well in two starts over fences in Britain and looks to make it two from three in this competitive handicap chase. Getaway Trump and Zoffee are key dangers.
C&D winner who has had wind op since last chase start and is below his last winning mark
bet365 Morebattle Hurdle, 2m
There is £75,000 on offer for this handicap hurdle and Irish-trained raider The Shunter is bidding for another big pot in Britain following his success in the Greatwood at Cheltenham in November. Recent winners Christopher Wood and Faivoir are other live contenders.
SPOTLIGHT TIP:TOMMY'S OSCAR
Progressive for this yard and reason to believe he can improve on latestsecondin a novice
Virgin Bet Grimthorpe Handicap Chase, 3m2f
Beware The Bear tops the weights for ahandicapthat features former winner Chidswell and Chef D'Oeuvre. Alan King's improving runner Canelo won the Rowland Meyrick in December and could have more to offer.
SPOTLIGHT TIP:SPECIAL PREP
This is his first chase start since April 2019 but this C&D winner is still of interest
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Race 1,1.50 Newbury: KILLER CLOWN
Race 2,2.05 Kelso: MEGA YEATS
Race 3,2.20 Doncaster: WYNN HOUSE
Race 4,2.40 Kelso: CLOTH CAP
Race 5,2.55 Doncaster: BALLYWOOD
Race 6,3.15 Kelso: TOMMY'S OSCAR
Race 7,3.30 Doncaster: SPECIAL PREP
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