Evening eyecatchers – The horses to note at Epsom, Newbury and Leopardstown

Leopardstown races.

Leopardstown races.

Ross Clarke picks out five horses to back in this evening’s meetings at Epsom, Newbury and Leopardstown on Thursday 11th July.

If you still haven’t got your fix of flat racing fun once day one of the July Festival has come to an end, then you’re in luck, as there are three big evening meetings to keep you occupied today.

RacingTips’ expert, Ross Clarke has taken a look through the cards at Newbury, Epsom and Leopardstown and highlighted five horses to keep a very close eye on.

Thursday Evening Tips

Newbury

KOSCIUSZKO could provide plenty of headaches tonight and not just to those attempting to pronounce the colt’s name. John Gosden’s runner could also have bookmakers reaching for some paracetamol if he returns to the track ready to race after 300 days on the sidelines. His win as a juvenile last season marked him down as a horse with promise over middle distances this season and he could be worth backing.

Epsom

Yorkshire-based trainer John Quinn has saddled more than five Flat runners at 29 courses in the last five years and it’s interesting to note that aside from Lingfield’s all-weather track, his best strike-rate (20%) is at Epsom. Quinn saddles veteran BIG STORM COMING, who has been woefully out of form this season, in the 7f handicap. However, he’s incredibly well handicapped on last year’s form and has won at this course before.

Mick Channon has saddled three winners in the last couple of days and he can continue his fine form with HELVETIAN. Channon has booked Oisin Murphy for the ride and the pair teamed up for a winner at Lingfield yesterday. Helvetian is 4lb below his last winning mark and has not been running too badly of late.

Leopardstown

Although ANTILLES was disappointing at Royal Ascot in the King George V Handicap, this Aidan O’brien-trained three-year-old had previously made the frame in the Group 3 Gallinule Stakes and has more than enough ability to compete at this level.

Aidan O’Brien saddles four of the eight runners in the Group 3 Stanerra Stakes but, with Ryan Moore riding at Newmarket, it’s interesting that O’Brien’s son Donnacha does not ride any of his father’s quartet here. Donnacha instead takes the ride on CIMAERA, trained by his brother Joseph. She was bought for 500,000 euros last year and is of interest if running back to form.