There’s racing this afternoon at the country’s two premier flat tracks and the feature race at Ascot from a betting perspective has to be the Challenge Cup at 3.35pm.
totescoop6 Challenge Cup
These big field, seven furlong handicaps are standing dishes throughout the season at the Berkshire track, so it is no surprise that plenty of these have clashed before.
Mjjack and Firmament were second and fifth in such a contest here about a month ago and both should run well again, but it was the fourth and seventh that day that interest us more – RAISING SAND and Birchwood.
Both were involved in the bunch finish and they would also both prefer a faster gallop than there was that day. If they get that here then they should be involved at the death again. They both have form with give in the ground and of the pair narrow preference is for Raising Sand.
He is drawn in stall one and next to him is AMAZOUR, who is also worth backing. He returned to form in style at Doncaster last time out and the extra half a furlong should suit him here. He ran better than his finishing position would suggest when 11th over 6f at Royal Ascot, so we know he handles the track.
It probably makes sense to back something drawn on the other side too and the one that makes most appeal is last weekend’s Newmarket winner MAKZEEM.
He was far too good for a big field that day and is being turned out again quickly before the handicapper can catch up with him. His trainer thinks he can develop into a Group horse next year, but this would be a nice prize to take on the way.
Paddy Power are offering 5 places for each-way bets on this race.
|Raising Sand (ew)||3.35 Ascot||11/1||Paddy Power|
|Amazour (ew)||3.35 Ascot||33/1||Paddy Power|
|Makzeem (ew)||3.35 Ascot||15/2||Bet365|
Hope And Homes For Children Rous Stakes
The Ascot card opens with a Listed Race over five furlongs which we think could be between Mirza and KYLLANG ROCK. In the end, we have plumped for the latter who is having his first start since being gelded. He hasn’t also gone through with his finishing effort in the past so that procedure could have helped focus his mind on the job in hand.
|Kyllang Rock (ew)||1.50 Ascot||9/2||Bet365|
Kingdom Of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes
The feature race at Newmarket is the Group 1 Sun Chariot Stakes and we think the big prize will go the way of Cheveley Park. Their main hope is PERSUASIVE who looks to be peaking at the right time for the dynamic duo of Messrs Gosden and Dettori.
Her third at Leopardstown last time was a particularly fine effort on only her second start of the campaign.
Pick of the outsiders could be the other Cheveley Park runner, SPANGLED. She had a fine season last year and has only had one run since. She disappointed that day, but she may have needed the run and she has always promised to be suited by this mile trip.
|Persuasive (win)||2.40 Newmarket||7/2||Betfred|
|Spangled (ew)||2.40 Newmarket||50/1||Bet365|
totepool Two-Year-Old Trophy
There is also a big pot on offer at Redcar where they stage their big race of the summer, the Two Year Old Trophy. A massive field of 23 is set to go to post and luck in running and the draw will play big parts in the outcome.
Two lightly raced sorts of interest are NEVER BACK DOWN and FLYING SPARKLE. Both could be open to more improvement than their rivals, although the former was injured earlier in the season and so has a fairly long layoff to overcome.
Of those with more experience we like JOHN KIRKUP who looks well weighted on the pick of his form. Unlike the other two, he is drawn low to give us options right across the track and Bet365 are offering 5 places for each-way bets on this race.
|Never Back Down (ew)||3.20 Redcar||9/1||Bet365|
|Flying Sparkle (ew)||3.20 Redcar||12/1||Bet365|
|John Kirkup (ew)||3.20 Redcar||14/1||Bet365|