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Saturday Horse Racing Tips

Punters are spoilt for choice this afternoon with ITV covering three meetings, although watch out again for the early start.

Darley July Cup Stakes     

The day’s feature race is the highlight of Newmarket’s July Festival – the July Cup. The race sees a clash between two recent Royal Ascot winners – Blue Point & Eqtidaar – and the pair head the market. However, we like the runner up to Eqtidaar, SANDS OF MALI, who was arguably drawn on the wrong side in the Commonwealth Cup. Richard Fahey’s three year old will probably stay further in time, so a fast run race here should see him picking up rivals late on.

We also can’t resist a punt on SIR DANCEALOT, who won well for us here last time out. That was over 7f, and in a lower grade, but regular followers will know how much we respect David Elsworth as a trainer and despite the obvious concerns over the trip we think this horse is still worth an each way interest as he is firmly on the upgrade.

U S Navy Flag is an obvious danger down in trip, but the other one to back at a nice price is BRANDO. He was third here last year and has been laid out for this. He comes here fresher than most.

Sands Of Mali (ew)2.15 Newmarket8/1Bet365
Sir Dancelot (ew)2.15 Newmarket22/1Betfair
Brando (ew)2.15 Newmarket18/1Bet365

All odds quoted are subject to change

bet365 Bunbury Cup Handicap     

The July Cup is preceded by the Bunbury Cup and, despite the big field, it is hard to look beyond the favourite, GILGAMESH, who was fourth for us in the Wokingham last time out. That was over 6f, but this is his ideal trip so a massive run is expected.

At bigger prices MUBTASIM and BURNT SUGAR also make plenty of appeal.

This is Mubtasim’s first run in a handicap and Donnacha O’Brien is an interesting jockey booking for William Haggas. He had the class to finish a close third in last season’s Jersey Stakes, so the big field shouldn’t be a problem.

Burnt Sugar is becoming a standing dish in these competitive handicaps and he can surely win one soon for the in form Roger Fell. This is his trip and he was unlucky in running in the Hunt Cup last time out.

Gilgamesh (win)1.40 Newmarket6/1Betfred
Mubtasim (ew)1.40 Newmarket12/1Bet365
Burnt Sugar (ew)1.40 Newmarket16/1Bet365

All odds quoted are subject to change

59th John Smith’s Cup Handicap      

The most interesting race at York is the 59th running of the John Smith’s Cup, where an old allay of ours, Dashing Spice, is a warm favourite. He has a further hike in the weights and a drop in trip to cope with so APPEARED, who was behind him in fourth last time out, makes more appeal. The drop in trip should actually help Roger Varian’s colt as he was out stayed in the closing stages at Royal Ascot.

The big danger could be WHAT’S THE STORY. He was a staying on fourth in the Hunt Cup last time out to suggest this longer trip may be within his compass.

Appeared (ew)3.40 York10/1Betfair
What’s The Story (ew)3.40 York14/1Betfair

All odds quoted are subject to change

Summer Mile Stakes     

Ascot’s feature contest is the Group 2 Summer Mile, and here we think LORD GLITTERS can confirm recent Royal Ascot form with Beat The Bank and Century Dream.

Lord Glitters (ew)1.20 Ascot9/2Betfred

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Bet With Ascot Heritage Handicap      

There a cavalry charge of sprinters over 5f in the race before and for those wanting to have a bet in it and looking to get the day off to the best possible start, have a few quid each way on the bottom horse, FOXY FOREVER. Michael Wigham does well with his sprinters and this horse bust into life at about this time last season.

Ladbrokes are offering 5 places for each-way bets on this race.

Foxy Forever (ew)12.45 Ascot50/1Ladbrokes

All odds quoted are subject to change