With Royal Ascot only three days away, the horse racing world is very much focused on what is sure to be a thrilling five days of racing.
But first, Saturday brings the second and final day of the fantastic June meeting at York, as well as action from seven other meetings across the UK and Ireland.
York’s Macmillan Charity Sprint Trophy is expected to be a majorly tricky heat for punters, with 20 runners expected to compete over the six furlongs. Body And Soul is likely to be a market leader, following a solid fifth on reappearance, whilst Heaven’s Guest and Moviesta both have claims in search of hat-tricks.
Hasopop and Odooj both provide good betting value, currently at attractive prices, 11/1 with Paddy Power and 16/1 with BetVictor respectively. The former will be ridden by jockey Adam Kirby in his bid for success, whilst William Haggas will be hoping for a repeat of Sholaan’s victory last year. Odooj is dropped back in trip as well as being applied with blinkers for the first time, which may have the same positive effect as it did on last year’s winner.
The listed Novae Bloodstock Insurance Scurry Stakes at Sandown is another one expected to provide punters with a great deal to think about.
Smoothtalkinrascal is the biggest market mover and is an interesting choice with regards to the improvement he has made since joining O’Meara’s yard. He ran well when losing out to Duke Of Firenze by a neck in the Dash at Epsom, so the step up in class is deserved.
In-form jockey, Ryan Moore is aboard Morawij who is penalised but in with a very good chance if running as he did last time in the Temple Stakes. Sound Of Guns is another sure to run well in this difficult betting contest.
The Ian And Kate Hall Macmillan Ganton Stakes could prove to be the tightest horse racing clash of the day, with six of the eight horses all in with a very good realistic chance. Stipulate (4/1 with Bet365) has been knocking on the door in all three outings this term, whilst the longer trip should suit Lady Cecil’s entry.
Questioning (5/1 with BetVictor) and Ladys First both represent decent value and have been tipped in various locations. They both warrant respect and have serious claims; however Baltic Knight will probably need to improve.
The Class 2 Novae Insurance Handicap at Sandown will field 17 runners in what lines up to be a fairly decent contest. The betting indicates the competition of the race, with Ashaadd and Danchai the favourites at 4/1 and 5/1 respectively with Paddy Power.
Ryan Moore will ride the favourite, whilst Dettori will be hoping to get another win under his belt since returning with the impressive Danchai looking to go one better than his previous second behind Boonga Roogeta at Newmarket.
Vainglory and George Guru both symbolise decent value at around 12/1 and are capable of causing an upset in the betting.
Kalk Bay looks a good bet in the 4.20 at York, as does Richard Hannon’s Edge and William Haggas’ Polar Venture, who are both saddled by champion jockey Richard Hughes in the 4.50 and 5.20.
Theodore Gericault represents a good bet in the 1.50 at Sandown, whilst Pythagorean should run well under James Doyle in the Thwaites Wainwright Handicap.
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