ITV Racing Preview, Saturday, June 9

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Published: 9th June 2018

Blue De Vega can gain swift satisfaction for a luckless spin at Epsom in front of the ITV Racing cameras.

Robert Cowell’s charge, who has become a little frustrating since switching to his current yard, runs in the Betway Achilles Stakes at Haydock.
But the five-year-old is clearly getting the hang of this sprinting lark and could easily take this Listed prize over five furlongs.
And had circumstances been more favourable last Saturday, Blue De Vega would be a far shorter price for this race.
He endured frightful scrimmaging in the Epsom Dash, in which he was blocked for room inside the final furlong.


Blue De Vega and Oisin Murphy simply had nowhere to go when it mattered, and when daylight did appear the game was up.
The son of Lope De Vega ended up finishing fourth behind Tanasoq, but that, of course, did not tell the full story.
Granted more fortune on Merseyside, he can ably prove up to this level.
Byron Flyer could be one of the more likely sorts on a frenetic card at Newmarket.
The seven-year-old gelding is a decent hurdler.

But trainer Ian Williams has also found a niche market for him in staying Flat races.
It is a little bemusing that Byron Flyer has yet to win on the turf.
He has finished second five times from nine starts in very good company.
But that unwanted statistic can come to an end in the John Sunley Memorial Handicap.


He was only beaten half a length over two miles at Haydock last month.

That run should have him cherry-ripe for this assignment.
Those prepared to forgive Orion’s Bow his York trespasses can be rewarded in the Scottish Sprint Cup Handicap at Musselburgh.
Tim Easterby’s seven-year-old struggled in a strong six-furlong handicap, for which he was sent off the 7/1 favourite.
But that might have something to do with a perceived dislike of York, where he has never shown his true form.
Orion’s Bow can unquestionably do some damage off a mark of 89.
The son of Pivotal might appreciate a bit of rain in the build-up to the Scottish Sprint Cup.
But he has won on fast ground before so that might not be too big an issue.


Don’t miss our free ITV Racing Tips for five of the eight ITV races this afternoon.
This afternoon’s action begins at 1.30pm and, as usual, comprehensive coverage will be delivered by the ITV Racing team.

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