Weekend ante-post tips – Saturday’s best bets at Newmarket and Ascot

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We look ahead to this weekend’s feature races at Newmarket and Ascot on Saturday and give our weekend ante-post tips for the best of the action.

There’s plenty of racing action to look forward to over the weekend with the continuation of the Newmarket July Festival which is spearheaded by the Group One July Cup; while at Ascot there is the Group Two Summer Mile Stakes on the card at the Berkshire venue.

We’ve taken a look ahead to the best of Saturday’s horse racing action at both top fixtures and give our weekend ante-post tips for Saturday.


3:00 Newmarket – bet365 Superlative Stakes (Group 2) Cl1 (2yo) 7f

Aidan O’Brien’s Chesham Stakes winner Battleground looks sure to mount a bold bid to follow up; but it was hard not to have been impressed by SEVENTH KINGDOM’s debut win at Doncaster last month and John Gosden’s charge looks worth chancing to improve on that performance.

The Frankel colt looked a very smart prospect in readily brushing aside three rivals, scoring by four lengths having missed the break but being eased down and he was a class apart from his opponents. That form is hard to judge but it certainly falls below that achieved of the Irish raider although there’s certainly more to come from the selection who should improve for the experience.

It could prove significant that Gosden thrusts him into a Group Two on just his second start and on the back of that debut performance and he could repay his trainer’s faith at this higher level where he boasts an entry in next season’s Epsom Derby.

3:15 Ascot – Betfred Summer Mile Stakes (Group 2) Cl1 (4yo+) 1m

MOHAATHER looked rusty after eight months off the track when finishing five lengths’ seventh behind Circus Maximus in the Queen Anne Stakes, but he was finishing to good effect having been denied a clear passage and Marcus Tregoning’s charge can build on that reappearance to get back on the scoresheet.

The Showcasing colt looked a Classic prospect last term when winning the Greenham Stakes at Newbury; but he suffered a setback and wasn’t seen again until returning to finish fifth in unsuitable ground in the QEII Stakes.

He travelled strongly in that latest Ascot run but met trouble in running; he’ll be sharper this time though and he had a couple of these behind him so ought to confirm the form given he should progress for that recent return.

Mohaather and Jim Crowley win The Watership Down Stud Greenham Stakes Race run during day two of the Dubai Duty Free Spring Trials Weekend at Newbury Racecourse.

3:35 Newmarket – Darley July Cup Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) Cl1 (3yo+) 6f

GOLDEN HORDE was mightily impressive in the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot and Clive Cox’s charge can strike again given that he should improve for that run.

That start was the Lethal Force colt’s first in almost nine months and he ran out a ready winner over Kimari, scoring by just over one length but doing the job a shade easily. He had also won last season’s Richmond Stakes- beating Threat – prior to contesting at the highest level which included over the Rowley Mile course and distance behind Earthlight in the Middle Park Stakes.

He appears to handle any ground and he’ll be sharper for that Ascot return; while as a three-year old he gets plenty of weight from the likes of Hello Youmzain, Judicial and Sceptical. Sure to improve again he looks the one to side with in this top sprint and no surprise if he were to follow up his Ascot heroics with another valuable prize.

4:10 Newmarket – bet365 Bunbury Cup (Heritage Handicap) Cl2 (3yo+) 7f

The draw could be all-important in this competitive handicap contest, but ARIGATO looks worthy of support boasting a good record over the July Course and arrives in search of a hat-trick following a brace of wins on the Rowley Mile.

William Jarvis’ charge has a win and two placed efforts to her name on the July Course as well as being three from five on the Rowley Mile so this venue clearly brings out the best in the Poet’s Voice gelding who has shown improvement in his three starts this term and latterly saw off Blown By Wind readily where he was always holding the runner-up having travelled well into the race under Josephine Gordon.

He won by an easy one length but he was value for more and a subsequent 5lbs rise could still leave the five-year old well-treated given he remains with the potential to do better still. In his current form he looks worth chancing to keep his good spell going

Our weekend ante-post racing tips is expecting a big run from Arigato and Josephine Gordon.