Horse racing tips for Saturday 18 July – Best bets for Saturday’s racing fixtures
With four meeting going to post we give our horse racing tips for Saturday 18 July from the meetings at York, Newbury, Haydock and Bath.
Another excellent day of horse racing action takes place on Saturday where four meetings head to post. ITV Racing will have the best of the day’s action from York and Newbury where the John Smiths’ Cup and Hackwood Stakes spearhead the respective cards in the afternoon; while in the evening there are further fixtures on the flat from Haydock and Bath.
We have taken a look over all four of the day’s scheduled racecards and give our best bets and horse racing tips for Saturday 18 July from each of the meetings heading to post.
HORSE RACING TIPS FOR SATURDAY 18 JULY – YORK, NEWBURY, HAYDOCK & BATH
1:55 York – John Smith’s Silver Cup Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 (4yo+) 1m6f
COMMUNIQUE won a pair of Group Two contests last term and also placed in a German Group One but went off the boil afterwards. Mark Johnston’s charge is taken to get back to winning ways though having ran well at Newmarket latest in the Princess Of Wales’s Tattersalls Stakes.
The Casamento entire bumped into a very progressive rival there, proving no match for the winner but battling well; but this is an easier assignment and a repeat of that run upped in trip could see him back on the scoresheet.
He has looked a strong stayer so the extra quarter of a mile ought not to prove too much of an inconvenience and in calmer waters than he contested last time he can go well for his in-form yard.
3:25 Newbury – bet365 Aphrodite Fillies’ Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (3yo+) 1m4f
LA LUNE stepped up on a promising debut at Sandown last April to win at the second attempt, scoring at Salisbury with a defeat of The Very Moon; Henry Candy’s charge then took another forward step when making a solid runner-up reappearance at Pontefract in a Listed contest and the Champs Elysses filly can go one better.
That was her first run for more than a year and she was denied only by a half-length by Antonia De Vega. She also had the reopposing Makawee almost a length in arrears and that one has since finished runner-up in the Lancashire Oaks.
Open to further progress on the back of that run which will have brought her on she can confirm the form with the third horse from that last run and she can get back on the scoresheet here.
5:05 Bath – attheraces.co.uk Handicap Cl5 (3yo+ 0-67) 5f
With a high draw NIBRAS AGAIN can get back on the winning trail having appeared to be working his way back into form in recent starts.
Paul Midgley’s charge struck his last win at York last term, scoring from a mark 9lbs higher than his current rating and since returning from the lockdown period he has hinted in his two runs that his turn might be near having finished fourth on his reappearance at Thirsk and then going one better at Musselburgh behind Primo’s Comet.
He’s been dropped another 2lbs in the weights and he’s clearly very well treated on the pick of his past form; while he won over course and distance on his only previous visit to this venue.
This could be run at a decent pace also which will also aid his cause and he can make his presence felt.
6:55 Haydock – Join Racing TV Now Handicap Cl5 (4yo+ 0-68) 7f
DUTCH STORY showed some progressive form last term, winning twice at Yarmouth including on his final start of the campaign and Amanda Perrett’s charge posted a very solid return to action back at Yarmouth last month when beaten only a half-length behind Ginger Max.
He was just run down late there, possibly not fully wound up; but the form has been boosted since with the winner and third both scoring subsequent wins.
The Dutch Art gelding is only 3lbs higher for this latest outing and he should strip fitter for that recent outing so he could be capable of going one better if building on that return to action, while the booking of Richard Kingscote catches the eye.