A virtual 2pts for anyone naming the group which had the 1965 hit with today’s headline, which seems appropriate to reflect the jingoistic hysteria gripping our island nation.
Without dampening enthusiasm for the footy, we must quietly point out that, in reaching the final, England have beaten Scotland, Croatia, a very poor German team, Ukraine and the mighty Denmark – all they have to do now is beat a good team.
Televised racing this afternoon comes from Day 2 of the Newmarket July meeting and two races from York.
Action at Newmarket commences with the bet365 Handicap at 1.50 which has an open look about it. The records show that Braveheart has an excellent strike rate in this particular race, which is lucky, because we like the look of one of his runners King Frankel.
4th at Royal Ascot on soft ground on his latest run was preceded by a desperately unlucky defeat at Epsom and the quicker ground today will enhance his chances, possibly at the expense of others.
At an attractive 6-1, we recommend an each way bash.
The Duchess of Cambridge Stakes at 2.25 sees a return match between four of the nine strong field, who met on heavy ground at Royal Ascot. Today it’s ‘Good to Firm’ so it’s really anyone’s guess how this will turn out and we decide to just watch this one.
The bet365 Trophy Handicap at 3.00 has a competitive field of 15 and, again, Royal Ascot form looks the key.
No less than 7 of today’s runners contested the Copper Horse Stakes, with Amtiyaz leading home Global Storm and Arthurian Fable, with the other four much further behind.
Today’s weights and ground favour Arthurian Fable, the mount of Ryan Moore and we suggest an each way bet at 11-2.
Previous runs tie in Lostwithiel closely with our main selection, so we also recommend an each way on this one at 12-1.
A fine field has been assembled for the Group 1 Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes at 3.35, but one horse stands out as being open to more improvement than the others and that young lady is Primo Bacio.
Ed Walker‘s charge was mighty impressive in taking a York Listed race last time out on only her second start as a 3-y-o and could take the step up in class in her lovely stride. Take the 13-2 on offer, each way.
Oop at York, first up is the William Hill Handicap at 2.05 and, in this, it’s difficult to get away from the credentials of the favourite Cormier.
Brian Ellison‘s 5-y-o boasts a hurdles rating of 133 and, returned to the level at the end of May, made mincemeat of its rivals off a mark of 69. A rise to 75 is unlikely to prevent a follow up and we recommend a win bet at 15-8.
The William Hill Summer Stakes at 2.40 completes the coverage and our selection for this race is Karl Burke‘s runner Dandalla.
Having won a Group 3 and a Group 2 as a 2-y-o, Dandalla has been slow to find her hooves as a 3-y-o, but showed the flame still burns brightly by finishing 4th in the Group 1 Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot 3 weeks ago. Today represents a drop in class and she should be backed at 7-1.
Back tomorrow, when we promise not to mention football.
King Frankel 1.50 Newmarket 1pt e/w @ 6-1
Arthurian Fable 3.00 Newmarket 1.5pts e/w @ 11-2 (5 places Betfair/Skybet)
Lostwithiel 3.00 Newmarket 1pt e/w @ 12-1 (5 places Betfair/Skybet)
Primo Bacio 3.35 Newmarket 1pt e/w @ 13-2 (5 places Skybet/Hills)
Cormier 2.05 York 2pts win @ 15-8
Dandalla 2.40 York 1.5pts e/w @ 7-1 (4 places Hills/Skybet)
* Hedgehoppers Anonymous (1965)