All eyes today will be on the game between England Reserves and Belgium Reserves as they do battle for the wooden spo….., sorry, the Bronze Medal, but elsewhere there is some serious racing, especially at Newmarket.
The Darley July Cup Stakes at 2.15, worth a mere £283,550 to the winner has a field of 13 tip-top sprinters doing battle, but it’s hard to get away from the credentials of the favourite, Blue Point. So we won’t.
Fresh from mincing the mighty Battash over the minimum trip at Royal Ascot, this Charlie Appleby trained colt is an improved chappy at the age of four and is just as potent at 6f as at the five. A win bet at 11-4 please.
If there is a big improver in the field, it could be the lightly raced Dreamfield,
Regular readers will remember we were all over this one like the proverbial rash when it ran in the Wokingham at Royal Ascot, only for it to be nutted by a 33-1 poke. Still has a bit to find on official ratings, but with four places on offer, we suggest an each way bet at 8-1.
The other big race on the card is at 1.40, when the bet365 Bunbury Cup Handicap takes place with a field of 19. Favourite at 9-2 is the George Scott trained Gilgamesh, which ran really well to finish 7th behind the aforementioned Dreamfield, not getting much of a run in the closing stages. Compensation may well await, so an each way bet is advised.
We also recommend an each way bet on the Roger Varian trained Spanish City at 9-1, with track, trip and ground all ideal for this talented 5-y-o.
ITV3 are covering the bet365 Mile Handicap at 3.20 and this looks at the mercy of the favourite Ibraz, which can be backed at 100-30. Both the horses it beat last time have come out and won well since, so a 7lb rise may not prevent the hat-trick.
That’s it – I’m off to see whether Mr Loftus-Cheek will get a game today.
Blue Point 2.15 Newmarket win @ 11-4
Dreamfield 2.15 Newmarket e/w @ 8-1 (4 places)
Gilgamesh 1.40 Newmarket e/w @ 9-2 (5 places)
Spanish City 1.40 Newmarket e/w @ 9-1 (5 places)
Ibraz 3.20 Newmarket win @ 100-30