ITV Racing tips today: Newsboy’s best bets for Ascot and Haydock

MALAYA has everything in place to land another big pot with a victory in the Betfair Exchange Trophy (3.35) at Ascot.

To capture the £56,950 first prize, Paul Nicholls’ mare must turn round course and distance running with Kid Commando, who beat her by four and three-quarter lengths at the end of October.

But the winner, who made all that day, won’t get a quiet time of things up front this time. The race should pan out ideally for a horse held up for a late run.

Harry Cobden’s mount is at her best at two miles on soft ground – and she exploited identical conditions for remunerative successes here in March 2018 and at Sandown Park 12 months later.

He’s a law unto himself, but REGAL ENCORE loves Ascot and gets the vote to win the Good Luck Hollie In SPOTY Silver Cup Handicap Chase (3.00) for the third time.

Anthony Honeyball’s enigma, victorious in 2016 and 2019, showed the fire still burns at the age of 12 when beating Whatmore at this track two outings ago – and his failure to finish Newbury’s Ladbrokes Trophy three weeks ago should be forgiven.

The “For The Love Of Racing” Handicap Chase (1.50) looks open, but EARLY DU LEMO returned to the fray with a fine second to stablemate Darebin at Sandown's Tingle Creek fixture and has strong claims of going one better.

At Haydock Park, HILL SIXTEEN is unbeaten in two outings for Nigel Twiston-Davies and should take the beating in the Betfair Tommy Whittle Handicap Chase (2.40).

The seven-year-old followed a 46-length margin over fences at Ffos Las last month with a follow-up over hurdles at Newbury nine days later – and there is plenty more where that came from.

His record fresh suggests THE LAST DAY can go well after a 392-day absence as he reverts to hurdles for the Betfair Exchange Handicap Hurdle (2.05).

Saturday's selections

ASCOT

12.40 FAWSLEY SPIRIT

1.15 CARIBEAN BOY

1.50 EARLY DU LEMO

2.25 THYME HILL (NB)

3.00 REGAL ENCORE

3.35 MALAYA (NAP)

HAYDOCK PARK

11.50 TEGEREK

12.20 ELVIS MAIL

12.55 RAYNA’S WORLD

1.30 CAPTAIN MOIRETTE

2.05 THE LAST DAY

2.40 HILL SIXTEEN

3.15 CLYNE

LINGFIELD PARK

11.45 A GO GO

12.15 WISPER

12.50 AFRAID OF NOTHING

1.25 PREMIER POWER

2.00 DUBAI WARRIOR

2.35 KOEMAN

3.10 BEAT THE BREEZE

3.40 JANUS

NEWCASTLE

12.00 LOUGH LEGEND

12.30 SMITHS CROSS

1.05 ARCHI’S AFFAIRE

1.40 SHE’SASUPERMACK

2.15 ANOTHER THEATRE

2.50 ZALVADOS

3.25 HEAR ME OUT

WOLVERHAMPTON

4.00 PINK JAZZ

4.30 GYPSY DANCER

5.00 THE MACKEM TORPEDO

5.30 IT MUST BE FAITH

6.00 MYTHMAKER

6.30 THRILL SEEKER

7.00 TREVIE FOUNTAIN

7.30 SPIRIT POWER

8.00 SPIRIT OF ROWDOWN

DOUBLE : MALAYA and THYME HILL

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