215-1 horses for courses accumulator for a 10-race ITV bonanza

Khaadem winning from Oxted in the Newbury Carnarvon Stakes

It’s an ITV bonanza on Sunday, with a whopping ten races broadcast on the ITV main channel. The action comes from Ayr and Newbury, with the feature contest being the Scottish Grand National. Newbury’s card has a trio of Group 3 races, including the John Porter, Fred Darling and Greenham Stakes.

We’ll have ITV Racing Tips for all the action, but on a non-stop day of racing, finding an edge is essential. One way of doing so is by finding horses with course form and I’ve identified three who will relish their trips to their respective venues on Sunday.


1.50 Ayr – Marown

After just five starts over fences, Marown is shaping into a very smart chaser for Nicky Richards. Ayr has been his happy hunting ground, winning three of his four starts at the Scottish venue. That sole defeat came on his chasing debut, making right on that third-place by winning his subsequent course start in comfortable fashion.

He’s kept some good company since, including a strong second in a Grade 2 at Haydock. Most recently, he was a facile winner at Wetherby, albeit after his main market rival failed to complete. What makes him fascinating today, is that he makes his handicap debut off an attractive rating. The yard is in great form and if handling this sounder surface, he’ll be a tough horse to keep away from the frame.


2.10 Newbury – Alcohol Free

Dubai Duty Free Stakes (Registered As The Fred Darling Stakes) (Group 3)

Winning two of her three starts as a juvenile, Alcohol Free is a hugely exciting prospect for Andrew Balding. Despite pulling early on, she ended the campaign with a game victory in the Group 1 Cheveley Park, beating off some very useful fillies in the process.

A daughter of No Nay Never, stamina perhaps won’t be her strong suit, but she’s a half-sister to Alexander James, so stretching out to seven furlongs and the mile should be no problem for her. Regardless, given the attitude that she displayed last term, she certainly won’t be lying down even if the petrol gauge starts flashing. The highest-rated in the line-up, she’s the one they all have to beat.


2.45 Newbury – Alkumait

Watership Down Stud Too Darn Hot Greenham Stakes (Group 3)

A dual winner as a juvenile, Alkumait produced his best performance when landing the Group 2 Mill Reef in September. Clearly suited by fast going at Newbury, he sauntered into the lead and only needed to be pushed out to record an impressive success.

He ended his campaign tailing off at Newmarket in the Dewhurst, but he was undone by softer ground on that occasion. He makes his seasonal return back on his preferred surface and with a pair of Newbury runs under his belt, he can put that experience to good use to kick off his three-year-old campaign in style.


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