ITV cameras will show a mammoth eleven races on a fantastic afternoon of Flat horse racing action from the meetings at Newmarket, York and Ascot.
We will provide tips for all of the races, which includes the Group 1 Darley July Cup from headquarters, and on the Knavesmire one of the most prestigious handicaps of the season, the John Smith’s Cup.
“Tip of the Day” - Samburu (3.50pm Newmarket) - 6/1 with Ladbrokes
Due to go up 8lb following his excellent run in Royal Ascot’s Jersey Stakes, John & Thady Gosden’s previously unbeaten colt has the look of a handicap snip in this seven furlong contest with just 8st 5lb to carry.
1.45pm York. 1m
Sixth of 29 in last month’s Royal Hunt Cup, beaten only four lengths, the Nigel Tinkler-trained ISLA KAI only needs to reproduce that kind of form to open his account for the season in this one mile handicap off a 2lb lower mark.
The mount of Rowan Scott was narrowly beaten over today’s course and distance last season and following several creditable efforts of late, looks clearly the one to beat.
2.05pm Newmarket. 7f
Hard to know the value of the unbeaten Kidwah’s two victories to date. But at a short price, William Haggas’s filly is worth taking on with the Henry Spiller-trained VICTORIA GROVE (ew).
The mount of Chris Hayes made all of the running for a comfortable success on Lingfield’s all-weather surface last month and doesn’t look harshly treated on an opening handicap mark of 78.
2.20pm York. 1m 6f
A shocking turnout of only three runners for this £80,000 Group 3 contest at a time when prize money levels are at an all-time low.
Charlie & Mark Johnston’s THUNDEROUS looks certain to take them along at his own pace. In what looks certain to prove a battle of tactics, the mount of Franny Norton is fancied to make all of the running.
2.40pm Newmarket. 1m
Impossible to rule out any of the eight runners for this tightly-knit one mile three-year-old handicap.
The Simon & Ed Crisford-trained POSITIVE IMPACT (ew) will find this much tougher than when landing odds of 1/66 at Brighton recently but is closely matched with Godolphin’s first-string Bay Of Honour and at a double-figure price could prove the each-way value in a wide-open race.
3.00pm Ascot. 5f
A maximum field of 20 for this 5f sprint handicap which includes four runners from the Classic generation. The hat-trick seeking Lovely Mana is interesting with Saffie Osborne taking 3lb off. But it is the Clive Cox-trained GET AHEAD (ew) who makes most appeal.
Sixth in last year’s Queen Mary Stakes, the filly has performed well in Listed company this season and Liam Keniry’s mount is more than capable of winning a competitive sprint handicap like this off an opening mark of 93.
3.15pm Newmarket. 7f
Charlie & Mark Johnston could have a top class colt on their hands in the shape of LION OF WAR who could hardly have been more impressive in winning both of his starts to date.
The son of Roaring Lion faces his stiffest test to date against Godolphin’s highly-regarded Victory Dance and easy Newbury scorer Isaac Shelby. But Cieren Fallon’s mount is expected to prove up to the task for owner Qatar Racing Limited.
3.35pm Ascot. 1m
Only third behind Megallan and fellow rival Modern News when favourite for Epsom’s Diomed Stakes on Derby Day, Charles Hills’ MUTASAABEQ (Nb) looked ill-at-ease on the course and is better judged on his previous run in Sandown’s Group 2 bet365 Mile when splitting winner Lights On and Alcohol Free.
Jim Crowley’s mount would almost certainly have won that race if the gaps had opened sooner, eventually going down by a fast-finishing neck. From his draw in stall one, it would be no surprise to see plenty of use made of the son of Invincible Spirit who deserves a change of fortune.
3.50pm Newmarket. 7f
Beaten three lengths when sixth in the Group 3 Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot last month, the John & Thady Gosden-trained SAMBURU (Nap) is due to go up 8lb in the future based on that creditable effort. The performance was even more noteworthy as the previously unbeaten son of Kingman was very keen early on in the hands of Frankie Dettori.
With just 8st 5lb to carry, Kieran O’Neill takes over in the saddle here and for a horse with a touch of class, taking on a field of mainly exposed handicappers, Samburu has the look of a potential handicap snip.
4.05pm York. 1m 2 1/2f
With a maximum field of 22, this famous one mile two and a half furlong handicap looks as open as ever. At a big price, it would be no surprise to see top weight CERTAIN LAD (ew) run well in the hands of talented 5lb claimer George Bass.
Mick Channon’s six-year-old gelding won the Group 3 Strensall Stakes on the Knavesmire last August after finishing second in this race 12 months ago off a 4lb lower mark. Eighth in the Listed Wolferton Stakes at Royal Ascot on his most recent start when fluffing the start, Certain lad is the each-way selection, with some bookmakers going six, or even seven places.
4.25pm Newmarket. 6f
With the ground very much on the firm side of good, and little rain forecast, I am loathe to desert Commonwealth Cup winner Perfect Power who would have been the selection granted slightly easier conditions. One horse who won’t be inconvenienced by fast ground is Aussie challenger ARTORIUS who looked a bit unlucky when denied a clear run behind fellow rivals Naval Crown and Creative Force in the Platinum Jubilee at the royal meeting.
As Nature Strip showed at Royal Ascot, Australian sprinters have a distinct edge over their European counterparts and I expect jockey Jamie Spencer to produce Artorius fast and late to take this historic Group 1 contest.
4.40pm York. 5f
Yet to hit top form this season, the Tim Easterby-trained WINTER POWER is likely to encounter similar conditions to when winning last season’s Group 1 Nunthorpe Stakes over course and distance.
The four-year-old filly would be impossible to oppose if in the same kind of form and on a course where her record was three from three in 2021, the mount of David Allen is expected to outclass her rivals.
* Betting odds correct at the time of writing. All odds are subject to changes.