A fine day’s racing, dubbed “Super Saturday”, includes the July Cup meeting at Newmarket, the Magnet Cup meeting at York and a fine card at Ascot, as well as the Irish Oaks over at the Curragh. Something for everyone.
A couple of weeks ago we were sweet on Orion’s Bow at Newcastle and he was very unlucky in our eyes in coming third. He makes his way to Ascot for a valuable 5f handicap (1410 BST) and compensation awaits. He should enjoy this stiff 5f and a strong gallop, and although he is favourite, it’s for a reason, and we expect him to win.
Up at York we get a chance to reload on another previous selection in the form of Weekend Offender (1355). He was a midweek offender when getting left in the stalls last time, although in fairness that was his jockey leaving the hood on by mistake and essentially the horse was blind. New jockey Kevin Stott will be making sure he doesn’t repeat that error, and this horse remains potentially highly progressive and well worth a bet.
Later in the York card, the historic Magnet Cup (1505) sees the usual large field going to post over the 10f. This could be the time to catch the often-gambled Sixties Groove under French legend Gerald Mosse. Jeremy Noseda’s talented 4yo has looked good in two Goldilocks efforts, one at the too short 8f, and one at the too long 12f. This trip looks just right and he can finally justify the regular market support.
Finally, in our sweep of big handicaps, the historic Bunbury Cup (1525) sees a big field tackle the straight 7f of Newmarket’s July course. We have competing theories here with a high quality John Gosden trained runner, Tashweeq; a Jamie Spencer ridden straight-course handicapper, Buckstay; and a classy 3yo dropping into a handicap from Group level, Sir Dancealot. We’re not sure that the hold-up tactics of Buckstay and Sir Dancealot lend themselves well to this track, so Tashweeq (once 4th in the Group 1 Dewhurst) gets the nod.
The big race of the day, the July Cup, should go to Caravaggio, although his Ascot victim Harry Angel may find this track more suitable for his aggressive tactics and rates a huge danger. We’ll watch rather than invest.
Weekend Offender, (1355 York), 1pt win, 6/1 generally available
Orion’s Bow (1410 Ascot), 1pt win, 7/1 generally available
Sixties Groove (1505 York), 1pt win, 7/1 generally available
Tashweeq (1525 Newmarket), 1pt win, 6/1 generally available
All of the above, 4 x 0.5pt win trebles, 0.5pt each way accumulator
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