Saturday Horse Racing Preview & Tips –12th June– Seymour Biz

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The television cameras are all over the country this Saturday to try and find some decent racing as the industry gears up for Royal Ascot next week. Although ITV are covering four races from York, two from Sandown and two from Chester, it is all actually pretty mediocre fare but at least six of the races on offer are handicaps so ensuring the racing will be competitive.

I have looked through the cards to try and find some value in what are mainly Class 2 contests and have chosen races from Sandown and York so giving Chester a miss. The Roodee is somewhere to back blindly whatever is drawn in stall 1 especially in sprints and that looks the case here on Saturday. So with that in mind, here are my thoughts for this week’s televised Lucky Fifteen.

Saturday Lucky Fifteen
2.00 York. Carlos Felix
2.35 York. Dazzling Dan
3.40 York. Dark Shift
2.50 Sandown. Latest Generation
Bet this lucky 15 now on Bet365

Starting at York with the 2.00 the Queen Mother’s Cup Handicap run over 1m 4f for Female Amateur Jockeys. I well remember the inaugural running of this race where a horse that had been bred by the Queen, previously owned by the Queen Mother and now running in the Queen’s colours, ridden by Princess Anne trounced the rest of the field by 12 lengths at odds of 14/1. You could practically see the rest of the field waving the Royal rider around them but I cannot see any Royalty riding this year. However, there may be some hidden connections.

Last year’s winner Arctic Fox returns to defend his title won in 2019 albeit under a different trainer. This time it is Martin Todhunter but the horse has not won since that race and he has 6lbs more than he carried then.

The favourite looks to be Brian Ellison’s Civil Law who has good recent form winning at Newcastle on the A/W last month, but his turf form is poor.

Jim Goldie sends down Nicholas T but he only ever seems to win at Ayr these days. Ian Williams’s Byron Flyer is fancied but he has not won since 2018.

I like Carlos Felix trained by Phillip Kirby who won at Ascot last season and has shown some good form since. He has Gina Andrews as a pilot who has won 18 times over fences, a 16% strike rate and they are my choice to take this prestigious contest.

At 2.35 it is the JCB Handicap run over 7 furlongs and the top weight here is Paul Midgley’s Osfilio but he has failed to show last season’s form this time around.

Tom Dascombe sends Gifted Ruler out for his first run of the season and I think he is best watched at this moment in time.

Dazzling Dan had a wind-op during the winter and Pam Sly’s gelding won at Yarmouth in April. He has since been placed at Newmarket and must have every chance here.

Tony Coyle’s Broken Spear was a winner at Chester last month after a long losing streak but this is a major step up in class for him.

Manigordo from Tim Easterby’s yard won over 6f at Thirsk in April but this step up in distance and class may not suit.

Another to mention is Richard Fahey’s bottom weight National League who was well beaten in Broken Spear’s race at Chester but this astute trainer will have placed him well and he may well make the frame but I will side with Dazzling Dan.

The Pavers Foundation Catherine Memorial Sprint Handicap is at 3.40 and run over 6 furlongs. Top weight here is an Irish raider Aikido trained by Ger Lyons who has won twice on the all-weather at Dundalk, the latest of which was in April, it is uncertain how he will respond to running on turf.

Tim Easterby’s Showalong was a fine winner at Chester in May and was a winner at York last year but on both occasions that was over 5 furlongs and although he won over 6 furlongs as a two-year-old, he is up against some specialists at the longer trip.

William Haggas’s Skyrunner has won twice this season at 5 and 7 furlongs so he should have no problems at this trip.

Charles Hills has a smart 3-year-old with Dark Shift who won comfortably at Nottingham in early May and he should go well here.

Jadwal is also fancied to get back to winning ways for Hills after three runner-up spots but he has risen 6lbs in the weights so that may hold him back.

Kevin Ryan’s Uncle Jumbo won over this distance at Doncaster last year and has been running consistently well. He could take a place at a nice price.

Weighing everything up, I think Hills has the answer and Dark Shift can take this and may move to Group company in the future.

Moving south to Sandown at 2.50, we have the Play Coral ‘Racing Super Series’ For Free Handicap run over a mile.

Charles Hill’s has the favourite here with King’s Knight who won on the all-weather at Lingfield in early April. He followed that up with a good second at Goodwood but failed to make the frame last time at Chester.

Top weight is Mick Channon’s Trais Fluors who has some good French form but has been unable to bring that across the Channel.

David Simcock’s Repertoire has some patches of good form including a victory at Wolverhampton in February but it is asking a lot for him to feature here.

Dogged has Ben nibbled at in the market but his latest form when running fifth in a Class 4 is not good enough for this.

I like the Crisford’s Latest Generation who won at Doncaster last September. He pulled hard on his last outing at Newbury in April in a race won by the Derby third, Hurricane Lane, he drops back in trip here and is capable of taking this.

Saturday Lucky Fifteen
2.00 York. Carlos Felix
2.35 York. Dazzling Dan
3.40 York. Dark Shift
2.50 Sandown. Latest Generation
Bet this lucky 15 now on Bet365

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