Saturday Horse Racing Preview & Tips – 25th July – Seymour Biz

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This week we have probably the best betting Saturday since the lockdown started and racing resumed on June 1st with nine races covered, five at Ascot and four at York.

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What makes the racing so competitive is that six of these races are handicaps with three being televised from each course including a Class 2 Heritage Handicap from Ascot and I have tried to find the best value from all these fields below along with this week’s Lucky Fifteen.

Saturday E/W Lucky Fifteen

  • 2.25 Ascot. Cliffs Of Capri
  • 4.10 Ascot. Dreamweaver
  • 3.15 York. Hartswood
  • 3.50 York. Mutabaahy

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The only blot on Saturday’s cards is the biggest and richest race of the day, the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes. Only two trainers are represented in this great race, Aidan O’Brien and John Gosden the latter of whom sends Enable to make a bid to win this race for the third time. Where are the other trainers with their Group horses? Where are this year’s crop of classic horses? Instead we are left with a great mare in Enable racing against a trio of O’Brien’s and although the Irish trainer will argue that all his horses are running on their merits, make no mistake they are there as spoilers to try and stop Enable’s hat-trick bid by all means necessary. Frankie Dettori will have to be on his toes to keep her out of trouble as the Ballydoyle horses swarm around him, I am firmly on his side and am hoping for another victory for the great Enable.

Looking at all these fine handicaps on offer I will start with the 2.25 at Ascot, the Moët & Chandon International Stakes. This Class 2 Heritage Handicap over 7 furlongs is always fiercely competitive and this year’s renewal is no exception. Top of the handicap is Vale Of Kent and I have been on the side of Mark Johnson’s gelding since lockdown racing started unfortunately he has failed to deliver despite putting in some good performances, he is saddled with top weight here and there are others with better chances. The bookmakers choice is Blue Mist but he is another who flatters to deceive, on his latest run here at Ascot last month he was slowly away then found all sorts of trouble in running, he is without a victory since October 2018.

Ebury from Martyn Meade’s yard is highly fancied and is a course winner, he ran here in the Buckingham Palace at Royal Ascot finishing sixth when drawn on the wrong side. A couple of places in front of him was Jamie Osborne’s Cliffs Of Capri who had run second here at Ascot in his previous race. He is currently on a long losing streak in the UK but has won in Dubai in February. Spanish City has been an eyecatcher for Roger Varian without troubling the judge and is a fancy of mine along with Cliffs Of Capri and Jamie Osborne’s charge gets the nod over Spanish City, just.

At 4.10 it is the Betfred.com Handicap over 12 furlongs and there could be a blot on the handicap in the shape of David Simcock’s Media Storm. This 3-year-old has only had two outings, both on the all-weather and has won and been runner-up but even off bottom weight he is facing some experienced handicappers here. One of which is Charlie Fellowes Mankayan who was a winner last time out at Doncaster three weeks ago. His connections feel he is able to make this move up in class but he may need a little give in the ground. Frontispiece from Amanda Perrett’s yard won here at Ascot way back in 2016 and has run consistently ever since.

In his latest run at Newmarket he was a fine second to Country on his only outing this season, he has a major chance here. But the one I really like is Ed Walker’s Dreamweaver who in his first run this year ran poorly on the all-weather, from there he went to Haydock and after taking up the running two furlongs out he then went clear to win by three lengths. I feel there is more to come from him this season and he can take this.

Moving north to York at 3.15 we have the Sky Bet Club Handicap at just under a mile. Top weight and current favourite is David O’Meara’s Orbaan who won here at York a fortnight ago but he has moved up the handicap and the weight he has to carry here maybe too much for him. Greenside won last time out for trainer Henry Candy but is another who has moved up the weights so I discount him. So moving down in the weights we have a Tim Easterby pair, Just Hiss and Al Erayg and the latter looks the better of the two after winning on the all-weather at Newcastle in early June, since then he has twice run third and may improve on that. Right at the bottom of the weights is Richard Fahey’s Hartswood who was a winner as a juvenile and on his first outing this year two weeks ago he ran a promising third here at York. He can improve after that run and the move up to a mile should suit.

The York 3.50 is the Sky Bet Most Extra Place Races Handicap over 6 furlongs and all eyes will be on Les Eyre’s Queen Of Kalahari, a winner of five of her last six races. She made hay on the all-weather at the end of last season with four victories then came out after lockdown to win at Newcastle at the beginning of June, she now comes out to have her first run on turf for over a year. She will be up against a different class of animal here and won’t have things all her own way. Top weight is is David O’Meara’s Tukhoom who won here at York a week ago where he made all but the rise in the weights mean he won’t get away with those tactics again. Normandy Barriere has been running well since the resumption of racing including a good second at Redcar last month but he has not won for three years and I can’t really see him improving on that record here. Similarly with Victory Angel from Rebecca Bastiman’s yard whose last win was in August 2017. Autumn Flight was a beaten favourite at Haydock last time in a very tight finish and Tim Easterby’s Young gelding has been running well this season but may have to settle for a place. A winner last time out on the all-weather is Anthony Brittain’s Mutabaahy and although that is the surface on which he has shown his best form he does have a victory at Thirk on his CV. If he shows his a/w form here he has the ability to take this.

Saturday E/W Lucky Fifteen

  • 2.25 Ascot. Cliffs Of Capri
  • 4.10 Ascot. Dreamweaver
  • 3.15 York. Hartswood
  • 3.50 York. Mutabaahy

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