Newmarket

bet365 Superlative Stakes (Group 2) (1) 7f – 10.05pm

Timeform Rating of previous winners: 117 127 123 125 124 (Avg 123)

Top Rated & Flags

Betting Forecast

$3.75 Quorto, $6 Cape of Good Hope, $6.5 Neverland Rock, $7.5 Daafr, $8.5 Certain Lad, $9 Blown By Wind, $10 Forseti

Analyst’s Verdict

Dubawi colt Quorto looked a potentially smart prospect in the making when winning with plenty to spare at this venue last month, and can take the step up in grade in his stride. Cape of Good Hope is from a family that gets better with age so is likely to progress further, while Blown By Wind is a tough and consistent sort who shouldn’t be dismissed for all he perhaps lacks the potential of some.

bet365 Bunbury Cup Handicap (2) 7f – 10.40pm

Top Rated & Flags

Betting Forecast

$5.5 Gilgamesh, $7 Mukalal, $10 Firmament, $12 Makzeem, $12 Mubtasim, $12 Spanish City, $15 Mjjack, $29 Burnt Sugar, $29 Masham Star, $29 Shady McCoy, $29 Speculative Bid, $34 Ice Lord, $34 Muntadab, $41 Cardsharp, $41 Von Blucher, $51 Borderforce, $51 Love Dreams, $51 Tupi,$67 Mountain Rescue, $101 Reckless Endeavour

Analyst’s Verdict

The relatively unexposed Mukalal makes most appeal. He left the impression a return to 7f would suit when shaping better than the result in the Royal Hunt Cup last time and both his physique and pedigree suggest he should have even more to offer. Firmament also caught the eye in the same race, and lurks on a dangerous mark. Gilgamesh completes the shortlist.

Darley July Cup Stakes (Group 1) (1) 6f – 11.15pm

Timeform Rating of previous winners: 137 133 130 135 126 (Avg 132)

Top Rated & Flags

Betting Forecast

$5 Blue Point, $6.5 U S Navy Flag, $7.5 Eqtidaar, $11 Dreamfield, $11 Redkirk Warrior, $12 Sands of Mali, $13 Limato, $17 Brando, $26 Sioux Nation, $34 Invincible Army, $41 Fleet Review, $41 Sir Dancealot, $81 Spirit of Valor, $151 Intelligence Cross

Analyst’s Verdict

An open-looking renewal with a nice mix of 3-y-os and older horses, but the latter group has the best form as it stands, notably Blue Point, who proved better than ever when winning the King’s Stand at Royal Ascot last month. Dreamfield is a fascinating runner, while Eqtidaar and U S Navy Flag look the pick of the 3-y-os.

Rossdales British EBF Maiden Fillies’ Stakes (3) 7f – 11.50pm

Timeform Rating of previous winners: 105 114 109 106 (Avg 108)

Top Rated & Flags

Betting Forecast

$5 Spanish Aria, $6.5 Assembly of Truth, $8.5 Zagitova, $11 New Jazz, $11 Romola, $12 Gallic, $13 Rux Power, $17 Antonia de Vega, $17 Miss Serenity, $21 Laxmi, $23 Gracefully Done, $41 Thebah

Analyst’s Verdict

Probably a hot maiden and Spanish Aria is taken to get off the mark following her eye-catching Newbury debut. The betting will yield plenty of clues, with Zagitova very interesting first time up for Aidan O’Brien. Assembly of Truth is another to consider after an encouraging start at Yarmouth when sent off a short price.

bet365 Mile Handicap (2) 1m – 12.20am

Top Rated & Flags

Betting Forecast

$5 Ibraz, $6 Argentello, $6 Curiosity, $6.5 Moqarrab, $8 First Contact, $12 Clubbable, $12 Qaroun, $29 Mayyasah, $29 Petrus

Analyst’s Verdict

Ibraz beat a pair of subsequent winners on his handicap debut at Sandown 4 weeks ago and surely has more to offer after just 4 career outings. Curiosity is high on the shortlist after his excellent second in the Britannia at Royal Ascot, while Moqarrab looks another smart prospect.

Spa At Bedford Lodge Hotel British EBF Fillies’ Handicap (2) 7f – 12.55am

Top Rated & Flags

Betting Forecast

$4 Perfection, $5 Cavatina, $6.5 Amandine, $6.5 Poetic Charm, $8 Elysium Dream, $12 Whitefountainfairy, $13 Elizabeth Bennet

Analyst’s Verdict

Perfection posted a big effort (more so than the ratings suggest) when fifth of 23 in the Sandringham at Royal Ascot last month, going off hard and racing alone, and makes plenty of appeal off the same mark in this lesser affair. Amandine won her maiden in good style at Leicester last week and is next best ahead of Cavatina, who’s back down in class.

Saeed Suhail Saeed Handicap (3) 1½m – 1.30am

Top Rated & Flags

Betting Forecast

$4 Sporting Times, $5 Mapped, $5.5 Drill, $5.5 Final, $8.5 Morning Skye, $10 Burgonet

Analyst’s Verdict

A smallish field but a tricky finale. Mapped improved when second over C&D last time and is taken to go one better, but a good case can also be made for Kempton-second Sporting Times, while the others all have claims on the pick of their recent form.


York

John Smith’s City Walls Stakes (Listed) (1) 5f – 10.55am

Timeform Rating of previous winners: 127 134 128 135 128 (Avg 130)

Top Rated & Flags

Betting Forecast

$4.5 Stone of Destiny, $4.5 Take Cover, $5.5 Alpha Delphini, $6 Muthmir, $11 Mr Lupton, $12 A Momentofmadness, $12 El Astronaute, $29 Abel Handy

Analyst’s Verdict

Take Cover has been a remarkable servant for connections, kickstarting another fine season with a win in this race 12 months ago and he should be spot on for this defence. Muthmir and Alpha Delphini are closely matched on Haydock form, but perhaps the biggest threat will come from 3-y-o Stone of Destiny.

John Smith’s Silver Cup Stakes (Group 3) (1) 1m5f188y – 11.35pm

Top Rated & Flags

Betting Forecast

$2.1 Dal Harraild, $5.5 Dylan Mouth, $6 Time To Study, $7.5 Scotland, $15 My Reward

Analyst’s Verdict

Dal Harraild looks a level above his opponents on his best form and should prove hard to beat back form a break. Dylan Mouth is next best ahead of Time To Study.

John Smith’s Racing Handicap (2) 7f192y – 12.10am

Top Rated & Flags

Betting Forecast

$3 Wadilsafa, $7.5 Third Time Lucky, $8 Get Knotted, $8.5 Bless Him, $9 Baraweez, $10 Parys Mountain, $13 Commander Cole, $23 Rousayan

Analyst’s Verdict

Wadilsafa was probably found wanting for know-how pitched into a Group 3 on third career start at Royal Ascot last month, but his potential at this level is there for all to see, and in receipt of weightfor-age, the case for him is a compelling one. Bless Him and Third Time Lucky are feared most.

John Smith’s Cup Handicap (2) 1¼m56y – 12.40am

Top Rated & Flags

Betting Forecast

$5.5 Dash of Spice, $9 Thundering Blue, $11 Afaak, $17 Appeared, $17 Kynren, $19 Across Dubai, $19 Brorocco, $19 What’s The Story, $21 Another Touch, $21 Buzz, $23 Master The World, $23 Mordin, $29 Euchen Glen, $29 Sir Chauvelin, $29 Tandem, $34 Born To Be Alive, $34 Dawaaleeb, $41 Titus, $51 Dance King, $51 Fayez

Analyst’s Verdict

In a typically competitive renewal, the vote goes to Across Dubai, who ran a cracker at Chelmsford last time and has left the impression he will be suited to the demands of a race of this nature. Buzz will be a big danger if able to reproduce his AW form on this surface, whilst Dash of Spice and Afaak are also major players.

John Smith’s Stayers’ Handicap (3) 2m56y – 1.15am

Top Rated & Flags

Betting Forecast

$4 Northwest Frontier, $7 Here And Now, $7.5 Humble Hero, $8 Master Archer, $8.5 Ingleby Hollow, $8.5 Stone The Crows, $9 Croquembouche, $34 Venue, $67 Vent de Force

Analyst’s Verdict

Northwest Frontier remains with potential for Richard Fahey and can resume his progress with a third win in 4 starts back up at 2m. Stone The Crows likely has more to offer on the back of a gutsy victory at Carlisle. Here And Now seems likely to get back on track and is another to consider.

John Smith’s Novice Median Auction Stakes (3) 6f – 1.50am

Timeform Rating of previous winners: 105 107 97 91 99 (Avg 100)

Top Rated & Flags

Betting Forecast

$5.5 He’zanarab, $6 Autumn Splendour, $6 Dark Vision, $9 Absolute Dream, $10 Lincoln Park, $10 Top Cat, $15 Pearl of Qatar, $17 Five Amarones, $21 Self Assessment, $26 Stronsay

Analyst’s Verdict

He’zanarab put up a fairly useful performance to win going away on debut at Windsor, and with his effort backed up by the clock, he can follow up now upped to 6f. Dark Vision, Absolute Dream and Autumn Splendour all merit consideration, too.

John Smith’s Nursery Handicap (2) 6f – 2.20am

Top Rated & Flags

Betting Forecast

$3 Blyton, $3.25 Posh Perfect, $4.5 The Great Heir, $5.5 Aurag

Analyst’s Verdict

Blyton can probably be forgiven a lesser run last time and could be favourably treated based on his previous second to a subsequent Royal Ascot winner. Posh Perfect gets the nod for the forecast spot.


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