ITV Racing Tips for 1st August 2020 (Goodwood & Newmarket)

The headline action from the Flat this week has been Glorious Goodwood. ITV Racing have broadcast the best races from all five days of the meeting in West Sussex and they’ll be in attendance once again on Saturday as will around 4,000 fans in a test event to see how crowds can be managed at race meetings. Fingers crossed it goes smoothly!

The Stewards’ Cup is the standout race of the day at Goodwood. There are several other handicaps and the Group 2 Lillie Langtry Stakes to enjoy whilst the pick of the action from Newmarket’s Saturday card will also be covered by ITV Racing. To give you the best chance of ending the weekend in profit, we’ve gone through the ITV races and picked out our best bets from them all – and here they are!

1:50 Unibet Stewards’ Sprint Handicap

Highly Sprung each way – 25/1

Goodwood
Highly Sprung
25/1

The first ITV Racing contest of the day is a consolation prize for horses who were not able to make the cut for the Stewards’ Cup. The field is full of experienced horses who are used to competing in this sort of big field contest as well as a selection of progressive three-year-olds. We like the look of two horses, both at similarly appealing each way odds.

Those looking to back experience should consider the very generous 25/1 available about Highly Sprung’s chances. Les Eyre’s seven-year-old comes alive in this type of race and will not give up. If it’s a younger, well treated horse you’re looking for then One Hart could run better than his odds of 25/1 suggest.

2:05 European Bloodstock News British EBF Fillies’ Nursery Handicap

She’s So Nice to win – 9/4

Newmarket
She’s So Nice
9/4

Just six fillies line up for this nursery handicap which takes place over 6f but it has had some good horses pass through in recent years and hopes are high at the Karl Burke yard that She’s So Nice will kick on to have some real success. We think she will and she’s the one for us in the second race of ITV’s action.

She’s So Nice could only finish second on debut when but still caught the eye so it was no surprise she was backed into favouritism for her run at Newmarket in July. She made sure that connections did not have to wait any longer for a first win as she controlled the contest from start to finish and was a better winner than the bare form suggests. She does have some tough opponents, most notably Famille Rose and Ocean Eyes, but She’s So Nice looks the one the others have to beat.

2:25 Unibet Summer Handicap

Laafy to win – 5/2

Goodwood
Laafy
5/2

There are some very tempting options available throughout the betting markets of the various handicaps on the Goodwood card on Saturday but things are different in the Unibet Summer Handicap. That’s because we have a strong and worthy favourite in the shape of Laafy.

Sir Michael Stoute and connections were broadly happy with what Laafy achieved as a three-year-old but they came to the conclusion that he would be best served by a gelding operation over the winter. That decision reaped instant rewards when Laafy won a strong handicap at Newbury before running well again in narrow defeat in the Old Newton Cup at Haydock. He is expected to be even better when taking the step up to 1m6f and will be tough to stop in the Unibet Summer Handicap.

2:40 It’s Not Rocket Science At MansionBet Handicap

Baashir to win – 9/4

Newmarket
Baashir
9/4

ITV Racing switches back to Newmarket next for the It’s Not Rocket Science At MansionBet Handicap. This 7f contest for three-year-olds will feature seven horses which is less than the organisers initially hoped but connections of Baashir won’t be concerned as it gives their charge a better chance of winning.

Charles Hills has only saddled Baashir twice but he emerged from both runs with real credit and won in convincing style last time out. His win was actually the fastest 7f time on the day’s card at Salisbury confirming suggestions that he could be a smart horse as he continues to improve. Giving him a run in a handicap and keeping him at 7f is an interesting decision from connections and could well pay off with another win.

3:00 Qatar Lillie Langtry Stakes

Enbihaar to win – 11/10

Goodwood
Enbihaar
11/10

The Lillie Langtry Stakes is the only Group level race on the card at the final day of Glorious Goodwood so it is undoubtedly a shame that only four horses have been confirmed for the run. Still, the field does include some real quality, even if it will be a surprise to see any of Manuela De Vega, Snow or Cabaletta get the better of last year’s winner, Enbihaar.

John Gosden couldn’t help but be a little disappointed with Enbihaar’s showing on her first outing of the season at Newmarket earlier this month. She lacked the pace to challenge on the day but the soft ground she encountered was against her and most horses are allowed a second chance if failing early on given how strange this season has been. Enbihaar is certainly deserving of another chance and should return to winning ways on ground that received a serious baking on Friday.

3:15 British Stallion Studs EBF Chalice Stakes

Katara to win – 9/4

Newmarket
Katara
9/4

It took Katara three attempts to get her first win under her belt but connections are clearly happy with the progress that she’s made so far. Sir Michael Stoute saw enough in her win in a novice event over 1m3f last time out to take the step up in class to the Listed Chalice Stakes and that’s a slightly risky move that could be rewarded.

That win at Kempton was her second performance of the summer. Those runs and her breeding suggest that the 1m4f trip of this race could bring even more out of her and that the bookies therefore have the correct favourite with Katara a general price of 9/4, which looks solid enough to us.

3:35 Unibet Stewards’ Cup

Lexington Dash each way – 14/1

Goodwood
Lexington Dash
14/1

The Stewards’ Cup is the big handicap of the entire meeting at Glorious Goodwood and is regarded as one of the best betting heats of the summer. Speed will get horses a long way in this 6f sprint but timing, some stamina to hold on when the pressure gets turned on in the closing stages, and a certain amount of luck are all required to land the big prize on offer.

For a long time three-year-olds struggled to make much of an impact in the race but that has changed in recent years and there are some very appealing younger horses in the betting for the 2020 renewal. Lexington Dash is one of those to stand out for an each way bet at 14/1.

Connections took things nice and easily with this son of Siyouni early in the season before entering him in the 17-runner bet365 Handicap in the July Festival at Newmarket. He showed a really likeable attitude and plenty of speed that day, enough to suggest he could be a real player at Goodwood on the sort of firmer ground that should bring the best out of him.

3:50 Gloriously Simple With MansionBet Further Flight Stakes

Withhold to win – 2/1

Newmarket
Withhold
2/1

Withhold has been a good horse for owner Tony Bloom but there is some disappointment that the seven-year-old has never been able to win against anything more than Listed company. He has been given chances to shine again this season but never looked to be doing anything more than making up the numbers in either the Ascot Gold Cup or the Henry II Stakes.

Dropped back down to a Listed race though and he should be much more comfortable. We know Withhold will have not issues with the 1m6f trip of the Further Flight Stakes and the 2/1 available about his chances in a distinctly winnable four-runner race is more than fair.

4:10 Qatar Handicap

Cold Front to win – 9/2

Goodwood
Cold Front
9/2

When looking through a handicap to try and pick out a winning bet it’s always worth examining the claims of horses who are making their handicap debut. Doing that in the Qatar Handicap may well provide some profit as Cold Front has every chance of winning at a tempting price of 9/2.

It took this well-bred three-year-old longer than many (including the bookies) thought it would to win but he got off the mark last time out and there is still a suspicion that he could be a very smart performer in the fullness of time. The handicapper is another to have respected Cold Front’s ability but he still looks well treated off a mark of 91 in his first handicap. If he shows his class he could easily prove too good for the rest of the field and he’s our final tip of the day.

ITV Racing Tips for 25th July 2020 (Ascot & York)

The compressed nature of this current Flat racing season means there are superstars performing even on weekends when the racing isn’t of the highest calibre. That’s the case on Saturday where the racing at both Ascot and York is good but not world class as many of the best horses are saved for Glorious Goodwood which takes place next week. And yet, we still have the chance to watch an absolute superstar in the shape of Enable.

As well as Enable’s attempts to win a third King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes, there are a couple more Pattern level races and some highly competitive handicaps which we have picked through in this week’s Saturday Racing Tips.

1:50 BetfredTV Pat Eddery Stakes

Twaasol to Win – 10/3

Ascot
Twaasol
10/3

ITV’s coverage of the racing on Saturday begins with a Listed contest for two year olds which has produced some good winners over the years. There is a decent field assembled for the 2020 running which suggests that the winner will be one to keep an eye on over the remainder of the season and into next year.

Twaasol, who sits top of the bookies’ markets, has already found his way into the notebooks of many savvy judges. In just two starts, Owen Burrows’ colt has shown an impressive turn of foot and the ability to grind out a win when put under pressure. He took victory in a strong renewal of the Dovecote Stakes three weeks ago, which suggests that he is very much the one to beat in the Pat Eddery Stakes.

2:05 Skybet Britain’s Most Popular Online Bookmaker EBF Stallions Fillies’ Handicap

Dawaaween to Win – 4/1

York
Dawaaween
4/1

We have a six runner handicap over 1m2½f from York to enjoy next. There’s actually a fair spread in the official ratings between the six in the field and connections of those at the bottom of the ratings will hope their charges can make the most of their lenient treatment. It is one from towards the higher end of the ratings who gets the nod though with Dawaaween well priced at 4/1.

James Bethell’s four year old has run three times already this season, impressing each time as she continues to improve. She looked very fit and well when finishing within a length of the winner last time out and is a very interesting option being stepped up in trip.

2:25 Moet & Chandon International Stakes

Shelir Each Way – 16/1

Ascot
Shelir
16/1

The Moet & Chandon International Stakes looks set to be one of the most exciting races of the day at Ascot. The quality of the field and the nature of the race both suggest that several will be in with a shout come the closing stages so there are plenty of routes for punters to consider.

It is hard to argue about the quality of the horses the market favours for this 7f handicap. Blue Mist (9/2) is the worthy favourite even if his last performance at Ascot wasn’t anything to write home about whilst Mutamaasik still has room to develop as a four year old and become better than this level in time.

The value bet from the race, however, looks to be Shelir at 16/1. David O’Meara has done some very good work with this four year old who has run well in defeat a couple of times this season. He has gradually come down the weights and now looks to be off a mark which will allow him to be very competitive.

2:40 Sky Bet York Stakes

King Of Comedy to Win – 10/1

York
King Of Comedy
10/1

The quality of Saturday’s racing goes up a level or two when the cameras switch their focus to York with the York Stakes. This Group 2 is run over 1m2½f and is open to horses aged three and older although there are no horses younger than four in the field of seven.

The field size isn’t as big as many would hope but there is still scope for a plethora of potential winners. Indeed, you have to go all the way down to King Of Comedy who is available at 10/1 for the best bet of the race. John Gosden’s four year old tailed off somewhat towards the end of last season but he ran well enough on his debut this season to suggest that he is deserving of much respect and has more improvement left in him. King Of Comedy will need to be right back to his best to get the better of Elarqam, Telecaster, et al but he has every chance of doing just that so looks too big to ignore at 10/1.

3:00 Betfred “Nifty Fifty” Handicap

Tsar to Win – 5/2

Ascot
Tsar
5/2

John Gosden and Frankie Dettori are one of the most feared trainer/jockey partnerships in Flat racing. They have combined to secure excellent wins from some horses who are right out of the top drawer already this season and hopes are high amongst all connected that Tsar has enough improvement in him to graduate out of handicaps and compete in pattern company before too long.

Tsar is the favourite for this one mile handicap for three year olds after winning on his handicap debut last time out. The quality of his run that day at Yarmouth was not missed by the handicapper but he is still better than his new mark of 94 suggests, something he can prove at on his course debut at Ascot.

3:15 Sky Bet Club Handicap

Orbaan to Win – 4/1

York
Orbaan
4/1

David O’Meara is based in York and absolutely loves running his best horses at his local race course wherever possible. As is usually the case for a big day of racing on the Knavesmire, O’Meara has a couple of very good chances on Saturday including Orbaan in this one mile handicap for horses who have a maximum official rating of 105.

Orbaan sits right at the top of the ratings for this race and therefore also at the top of the weights. He has already proven course form at York, showing that he has plenty of stamina for a tough examination over a mile. A win over course and distance last time out is a major positive so Orbaan is the one that connections of all the others will all be worried about.

3:35 King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes

Enable to win – 8/15

Ascot
Enable
8/15

The King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes is the feature race of the day in British racing on Saturday. What a shame, therefore that only four horses have been confirmed for this Group 1 that takes place over a mile and a half. Still, each of those four has tremendous quality and is deserving of their place in the line-up.

That John Gosden/Frankie Dettori partnership is expected to run out triumphant with Enable a firm odds-on favourite across the board with the bookies. Despite the various qualities of Japan, Anthony Van Dyck and Sovereign, it is tough to look past the favourite. Victory in this race would create more history for this wonder-mare as it would mark a third and set her up nicely for one more crack at the Arc at the end of the season.

3:50 Sky Bet Most Extra Place Races Handicap

Abate Each Way – 9/1

York
Abate
9/1

There are decidedly more horses in the field for the last couple of ITV races of the day. 14 are due to line up in the penultimate race of the day which gives punters a lot of choice. Unlike some of the day’s other handicaps there is no clear favourite with Tukhoom the shortest priced runner at 6/1. Another for David O’Meara and his team, Tukhoom does have a chance of justifying his position at the head of the betting but there is better value around including with Abate who can be found at best betting odds of 9/1.

Abate has done some good work for Adrian Nicholls this season. Although his last run was his worst result, there was still enough to like about the run. It is very interesting that connections are keeping him at six furlongs rather than reverting him to the minimum distance. He deserves respect at a good price.

4:10 betfred.com Handicap

Dreamweaver Each Way – 10/1

Ascot
Dreamweaver
10/1

12 horses have been confirmed for the last ITV race of the day, the betfred.com Handicap. Those who are comfortable eschewing the pull of the favourites (Media Storm is the clear favourite at 9/2) should consider an each way play on Dreamweaver who can be backed at 10/1.

There wasn’t anything particularly special about Dreamweaver’s first run of the season but it soon became clear that Ed Walker was getting a run in his charge’s legs, in the hope that he would perform to a higher level next time out. That was very much the case as Dreamweaver put his rivals to the sword last time out at Haydock and he is primed to follow up with another strong showing.

ITV Racing Tips for 18th July 2020 (Newbury & York)

York and Newbury are both incredibly popular racecourses among the locals and those from farther afield. Whenever they host a day of racing as high quality as they are on Saturday they can be assured of large crowds through the door. As we all know too well though, things are very different this year and the fans will be forced to watch Saturday’s action on TV. On the plus side, of course, that means you can take in the best of the racing from both courses!

The pick of the action from both cards is being broadcast live by ITV Racing. They’ll be beaming eight races into living rooms and quite possibly gardens up and down the country. To capitalise on the excellent racing ahead, we’ve gone through all eight races to pick out our best Saturday racing tips.

1:55 John Smith’s Silver Cup Stakes

Communique to Win – 3/1

York
Communique
3/1

We head to York, where somewhat disappointingly, just five runners will compete in the first live ITV race of the day, the John Smith’s Silver Cup Stakes. Small fields are not a problem providing there is enough talent for the race to be competitive and that looks to be the case for this Group 3 contest for which Moonlight Spirit tops the betting.

Many are clearly happy to forgive the Godolphin-owned four-year-old for his inability to get the trip of the Ascot Gold Cup last time out but it is by no means as simple as dropping him back in trip to get the best out of him. We certainly don’t think this one will have it all his own way here.

Moonlight Spirit looks like a favourite to be taken on and in Communique we may have the perfect horse to go to battle with. Mark Johnston’s five-year-old finally showed signs of his quality when running very well for second place in the Group 2 Princess Of Wales’s Stakes at Newmarket just over a week ago. Connections are looking to make the most of the old sparkle returning and could well be rewarded by this dual Group 2 winner earning a victory as he drops down to Group 3 company.

2:15 bet365 Rose Bowl Stakes

Method to Win – 11/10

Newbury
Method
11/10

The bet365 Rose Bowl Stakes has been won by some very good two-year-olds over the years and there are a couple in the field who could well progress to have successful careers. Mighty Gurkha is one to take a note of for the future and some will be enthused by the odds of 8/1 available about his chances on Saturday. However, he will need a big improvement to overcome the favourite, Method.

Method’s immediate start to his racing career was inauspicious as he missed the break on his debut at Doncaster but Ryan Moore was clearly confident that he had plenty of horse under him as he quickly ensured the colt got back on terms. From then it was all about waiting for any of his rivals to make a move and when they did, Method pulled away in taking style to reward his backers. Expect something very similar on Saturday in this Listed race, with anything above evens looking like a cracking price to us.

2:30 John Smith’s Handicap

Solid Stone to Win – 8/1

York
Solid Stone
8/1

After a five-runner race, the John Smith’s Handicap is much more of what you’d expect from a raceday like this at York. This big field handicap is the sort of contest that really exercises punters’ ability to read form and it does seem sensible to have more than one string to your bow from a betting perspective in a tough puzzle of a contest like this.

The first horse to have onside is Solid Stone at tidy looking odds of 8/1. He was bred to be competitive at a higher level than this and the fact he was gelded and kept in training over the summer suggests that connections are confident the four-year-old will have plenty of success this season. He showed that to be a shrewd decision last time out when winning a handicap at Sandown despite having all sorts of trouble in running and could prove to be too good for his opposition at York.

When it comes to an each way option from just a little further down the betting, look no further than Pivoine at 12/1. Last year’s winner of this race has an excellent record at York and has been targetted at valuable handicaps here in each of his last two seasons. A return to the levels of last year will ensure that he is at least in the equation come the closing stages on Saturday.

2:50 British EBF/bet365 Premier Fillies’ Handicap

Tomorrow’s Dream to Win – 5/2

Newbury
Tomorrow’s Dream
5/2

It is always worth having a look at horses who are making their handicap debut in races such as the British EBF/bet365 Premier Fillies’ Handicap. Baarrij was a very interesting option in the early betting in that regard but the William Haggas team have decided against giving her a run in this contest. They should, however, still be celebrating come the end of the race as Baarrij’s stablemate, Tomorrow’s Dream tops the betting at 5/2.

She was one who made the most of a lenient mark on her handicap debut, winning the first race of her three-year-old season at the end of June. The handicapper has obviously had his say on that run but a 9lb penalty may not be enough to stop her doubling up against her small and not overly impressive competition.

3:05 John Smith’s City Walls Stakes

Que Amoro to Win – 7/2

York
Que Amoro
7/2

Will the fillies’ allowance make a telling difference in the John Smith’s City Walls Stakes? That is what a lot of punters seem to think as Que Amoro is the bookies’ favourite to win this Listed 5f sprint at York.

You’d be hard pressed to argue that the market has called this incorrectly given how progressive Que Amoro has been over the last year. She made continued steps forward during her three-year-old campaign and showed that there is still more to come when blowing the field away on her first start of this season at Ayr. A real speed merchant who won’t be stepping up from 5f any time soon, Que Amoro is the one the others all have to beat at 7/2.

3:25 bet365 Aphrodite Fillies’ Stakes

Vivid Diamond to Win – 7/1

Newbury
Vivid Diamond
7/1

We have a very interesting betting heat and race in prospect for the Aphrodite Stakes. This Listed 1m4f contest for fillies (which has been switched from Newmarket for this year’s renewal) has produced some progressive winners in recent years and whoever comes out on top on Saturday will be one to note for the rest of the season.

Three-year-olds, who have won the last three renewals, are well represented this time around but it’s a four-year-old who still has room to improve who really catches the eye at a generous price. Vivid Diamond is a very well bred filly and had some good performances last season, good enough to suggest that she has the beating of this field at her best. She wasn’t at her best last time out but should come on for that first run of the season and appears overpriced at 7/1.

3:40 William Hill Extra Places Every Day Handicap

Arctic Fox Each Way – 9/1

York
Arctic Fox EW
9/1

The ITV Racing action from York ends with another tricky handicap for punters to pick apart. There are several horses in the field who either need to right the wrongs of recent runs or continue the momentum they have built up recently. Perhaps strangely, Arctic Fox is in both of those camps.

Richard Fahey’s filly ended last season with three poor runs and wasn’t any better on her first run of the new campaign. Her drop down the handicap ratings did not look as though it was going to end any time soon but she finally looked like her old self last time out at Ripon. She finished strongly a fortnight ago to earn third but has had her mark eased a further pound by the handicapper, so is in a good position to take advantage and potentially return to the winner’s enclosure or certainly be good enough to land a place.

4:00 bet365 Hackwood Stakes

Shine So Bright Each Way – 9/1

Newbury
Shine So Bright EW
9/1

The Hackwood Stakes is a classy way to end Saturday’s ITV Racing action and hopefully for us to bag another winner. The betting for this Group 3, 6f contest has been a little tentative over the week with some of the leading contenders holding entries elsewhere over the weekend but Shine So Bright has always been aimed at Newbury.

Andrew Balding and King Power Racing have had to have a serious think about how to get the best out of this talented four-year-old and look to have decided that 6f is preferable to 7f, whilst 1m races look to have been ruled out entirely.

He has the class to be a multiple Group level winner but recent performances have shown that he just lacks a bit of stamina. The good ground at Newbury is a boost to his chances and this could be the starting point for a string of positive results over the remainder of the season so back Shine So Bright each way at 9/1.

ITV Racing Tips for 11th July 2020 (Newmarket & Ascot)

Saturday’s racing this week comes courtesy of a couple of very good cards at Newmarket and Ascot. The eight races being covered by ITV Racing include a combination of Group level races, handicaps and chances for two year olds to show what they can do so there’s a bit of everything for punters and racing fans.

1:50 bet365 Mile Handicap

Haqeeqy to Win – 6/1

ITV Racing’s first race of the day comes in the shape of the Class 2 bet365 Mile Handicap at Newmarket. This is a stern test for punters first up as there are several potential routes to tackling the contest. Finest Sound has been installed as the bookies’ favourite having been a beaten favourite in the Britannia Stakes at Royal Ascot whilst Eastern World has very good recent Newmarket form.

The form angle, however, has to be Haqeeqy who is unbeaten in his three year old season so far. John Gosden has clearly done an excellent job getting this son of Lope De Vega ready for this season as he heads to Newmarket looking to complete a hat-trick and has every chance of doing just that at 6/1.

2:05 Betfred “Ascot Official Bookmaker” Fillies’ Handicap

Melnikova to Win – 9/2

Sir Michael Stoute heads into this Class 3 handicap with the bookies’ favourite and we think there is a reasonable possibility that the market has called this one correctly. Melnikova showed a very willing attitude in her first ever run at Kempton where she kicked on strongly for the line to win on debut. She was unable to build on that next time out but that is the sort of thing that can easily happen with two year olds.

Sir Michael has so far resisted the temptation to run this daughter of Frankel this season, instead choosing to bide his time and make sure that she is ready before giving her a run. It is very interesting that he has entered her in this race and she can justify her position at the head of the betting.

2:25 British Stallion Studs EBF Fillies’ Handicap

Nasaiym Each Way – 12/1

This has been a very strange season which is still being affected by the suspension of racing. Several potentially smart three year olds have been unable to make their first starts after their juvenile seasons which has been frustrating for their connections but does present some excellent opportunities for punters.

There is one such opportunity in the British Stallion Studs EBF Fillies’ Handicap with Nasaiym available at 12/1. Connections clearly think a lot of her as she was tried out against some very high level opposition as a juvenile. Whilst she was unable to land a big win, she did show a likeable attitude and willingness to tough it out. If she shows that sort of attitude at Newmarket she can claim at least a place at odds of 12/1.

2:40 Betfred “Ascot Official Bookmaker” Fillies’ Handicap

Eastern Sheriff to Win – 9/1

If you spend any time looking at horse racing form you will know that the result does not always tell the whole picture. Not all wins are equal for example as connections of Eastern Sheriff will know. On the face of it, the three year old came on well for his first run of the season to win at Rippon next time out, however, a number of withdrawals for that race meant that it was a very weak contest.

Despite the weakness of that race, Eastern Sherrif has been raised seven pounds by the handicapper. That does look a little harsh but may not actually scupper this colt’s chances. He did everything he had to in order to win at Rippon and should improve for the run so has a good chance to convince the doubters at a decent price of 9/1.

3:00 bet365 Superlative Stakes

Master Of The Seas – 5/1

The Superlative Stakes has been a very good race for Charlie Appleby over recent years and he heads into this year’s renewal with another very good Godolphin-owned two year old. Master Of The Seas has only made the one appearance so far but was right up to the challenge, winning at the first opportunity at Newmarket.

As a son of Dubawi, big things are expected about his ability to have a good juvenile campaign and then make serious progression as he matures. Master Of The Seas does have a high level of opposition to contend with, but we think he can get the better of his rivals at odds of 5/1.

3:15 Betfred Summer Mile Stakes

Marie’s Diamond to Win – 7/1

The Betfred Summer Mile Stakes is one of the biggest races of the day at Ascot and the 11-runner field assembled for this year’s renewal is befitting a contest of this class. Obviously, it’s a shame that no fans will be in attendance to see the race in person but that won’t affect the horses, especially the progressive Marie’s Diamond who has really stepped up a couple of levels since racing has returned behind closed doors.

He was a surprise winner at Newmarket at the start of June when sent off at 14/1 and few thought he would build considerably on that run when stepped up to Group 1 level in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot for which he was a 40/1 shot. The calibre of that performance suggested that there is even more to come from Mark Johnston’s four year old who is well priced for the Summer Mile at odds of 7/1.

3:35 Darley July Cup

Khaadem to Win – 7/1

The form of horses who ran at Royal Ascot is always a major talking point ahead of the big races in the July Festival. Those who ran well at Royal Ascot feature prominently in the betting for Saturday’s markets including in the feature race, the July Cup.

Golden Horde, winner of the Commonwealth Cup, is deserving of his place right at the head of the market whilst Hello Youmzain is being well backed to follow up on his win in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes. Carrying Royal Ascot form forward is never straightforward though given how hard the top level races are at that meeting. Moreover, the track on the July Course at Newmarket is much quicker and nowhere near as stamina sapping as at Ascot and it is that which could open the door for Khaadem at 7/1.

This hugely talented four year old just didn’t have things go his way at Ascot where the pace was a little too tame, the field a little too small and the ground a little too testing. He still ran into a creditable fourth place suggesting that he will be a major force on quicker ground. The July Cup is expected to be run at a strong pace which will help him no end so Khaadem has every chance of reversing the Ascot form.

3:50 Betfred Heritage Handicap

Aplomb to Win – 10/1

The Betfred Heritage Handicap is an excellent way to end the day’s race at Ascot. This hugely competitive affair has been contested by some of the best sprint handicappers around in recent years and there is a good field assembled on Saturday.

This is a race in which it could well pay to have a couple of horses onside each way rather than backing one on the nose. The William Haggas runner Aplomb is one of those who should be right in contention come the final furlong and is tempting at 10/1 whilst Venturous for David Barron is the one to back at 14/1 for those looking for a horse who can outperform a juicy price.

4:10 bet365 Bunbury Cup

Tomfre to Win – 12/1

The Bunbury Cup is a highly competitive handicap with a betting market that always has plenty of movement on the day of the race. This is the perfect race for punters who like to try and get on the right end of a gamble as there could well be a steamer on the day of the race but those taking an early position will find plenty of good value available.

Tomfre looks to be the pick of the prices at odds of 12/1. No doubt this is a big step up for Ralph Beckett’s three year old as it marks his first race in open company but his run at Sandown last time out suggests that he is ready for it. He would have surely got the better of Well Of Wisdom that day if the race was just another couple of strides longer. His flying finish really caught the eye and the handicapper has only raised him two pounds, so 12/1 looks a very good price indeed.