Saturday 27 July horse racing tips – Bell’s 7/2 chance can strike at Ascot
Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets for all of Saturday’s UK and Irish horse racing meetings.
Eight UK and Irish horse racing meetings go to post on Saturday, with Ascot’s afternoon racecard spearheaded by the Group One King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
Elsewhere, the Group Two York Stakes and the competitive Sky Bet Dash dominate York’s Saturday afternoon racecard; while there is also further action on the flat from Chester, and also Newmarket’s July Course as well as from Newcastle’s all-weather surface.
There is also a flat racing fixture in Ireland at Gowran Park.
In the evening, there are meetings on the flat from the cards at Salisbury and Lingfield on the turf course.
Gowran Park (flat) – 12.55 – 4.45pm (8 races)
Newcastle (flat, aw) – 1.40 – 5.05pm (7 races)
Ascot (flat) – 1.50 – 5.20pm (7 races)
Chester (flat) – 2.00 – 5.35pm (7 races)
York (flat) – 2.05 – 5.25pm (7 races)
Newmarket (flat) – 2.15 – 5.40pm (7 races)
Salisbury (flat) – 5.15 – 8.15pm (7 races)
Lingfield (flat) – 5.30 – 8.30pm (7 races)
SATURDAY 27 JULY NAP SELECTION
(1.25) TRAVELWISE (7/4, Bet365) is quickly turned out again after winning readily during the week at Naas, and Paul Flynn’s charge can strike while the iron is still hot.
The Duke Of Marmalade gelding returned from a long layoff to find only one too good at Limerick earlier in the month where he was denied only by a half-length.
He subsequently ran out a four lengths’ winner over Popsicle on his latest start and a 6lbs penalty may not prove enough of a burden to prevent a repeat win given that he remains with the potential to do better still.
(3.35) ANGEL’S AMY (6/4, William Hill) has hit the crossbar on both starts to date – both at this venue – and Joseph Murphy’s charge can get off the mark at the third attempt.
The Dragon Pulse filly has been beaten a neck and a half-length respectively in her two outings, the latter of which saw her beaten by Flowering Peach who has since contested at Listed and Group Three level as well as win at Killarney earlier in the month.
Likely to have further improvement to come, she can step up on those runner-up efforts to open her account now.
12.55 – Taggalo
1.25 – Travelwise
1.55 – Little Camacho
2.30 – Festina Plente
3.05 – A Few Bob Short
3.35 – Angel’s Amy
4.10 – Maricruz
4.45 – Invasion Day
(2.45) BREANSKI (9/2, Paddy Power) is a dual-winner at this venue, and Jedd O’Keeffe’s charge arrives here on the back of a win at Ascot last week where he was given the race in the stewards’ room after being hampered late.
The Delegator gelding had gone close over the same course the time before, and now back at this venue he could be worth chancing to gain a second win – this one on merit – with a similar performance from a mark just 4lbs higher.
This is a tougher test, but he remains well-treated on his old form and he can go well again.
(3.55) GAS MONKEY (7/2, William Hill) is in good form, arriving here on the back of a hat-trick of wins and while this demands more from the Cityscape gelding he could prove equal to the task.
Julia Fielden’s charge latterly ran out a six lengths’ winner over Mobham at Doncaster, scoring easily, and he remains relatively unexposed still on the all-weather while this drop in trip is also of no concern.
The application of a hood has certainly helped to deliver a jolt of improvement – 3-3 in the headgear – and while an 11lbs rise in the weights and better company demands he delivers more improvement, he could prove equal to the task.
1.40 – Dandy’s Beano
2.10 – Sunshine Fantasy
2.45 – Breanski
3.20 – Steel Helmet
3.55 – Gas Monkey
4.30 – Derevo
5.05 – Sumner Beach
(2.25) FLASHCARD (6/1, Bet365) is 6lbs better off with recent Newmarket conquerer Motakhayyel, and that could be enough to see the Fast Company gelding turn the tables.
Andrew Balding’s charge was a dual-winner last term, and he has continued to show progressive form this term, building on each run and he was beaten just over two lengths behind his reopposing rival despite racing keenly and not being ideally placed to challenge in the contest.
Despite the clear-cut margin, he ran better than the bare result might otherwise suggest and he could be worth chancing to gain some revenge on these more favourable terms.
He remains with the potential to do better still, and while he has had two more runs than his last-time conquerer, he can take advantage of the weight concession here.
(4.15) MAXI BOY (7/2, Bet365) can get back on the winning trail here, having been running better than the bare form in his two defeats since making a successful debut at Yarmouth back in May.
Michael Bell’s Oasis Dream colt struck by a neck on that occasion over Path Of Thunder, after which he was far from disgraced when finishing in midfield in the Coventry Stakes although only beaten around four lengths.
Latterly third behind Mystery Power in the Group Two Superlative Stakes, he ought to find this a bit easier and a repeat of that last run could be good enough here to see him get back to winning ways.
1.50 – Summer Romance
2.25 – Flashcard
3.00 – Spanish City
3.35 – Enable
4.15 – Maxi Boy
4.50 – Big Storm Coming
5.20 – Lariat
(3.10) The ground could be coming right for ANGEL ALEXANDER (7/2, William Hill) who registered back-to-back wins in easier ground at Windsor and here back in June, and Tom Dascombe’s charge can get back on the scoresheet.
The Dark Angel gelding was thwarted in his hat-trick back at this venue later in the month when finishing fifth to the reopposing Gabrial The Saint, although he was forced to race widest from his outside draw.
Beaten around four lengths on that occasion, he bounced back to find only the smart Corinthia Knight too strong at Pontefract latest, beaten just over one length, and softer ground here will be more in his favour which could help him to get back to winning ways here from the same mark where he has the plum inside berth.
2.00 – Ventura Flame
2.35 – Arletta Star
3.10 – Angel Alexander
3.50 – Litigious
4.25 – Friendly Advice
5.00 – Angel Gabrial
5.35 – Lola’s Theme
(2.05) Get Knotted turns out again in the race which he has won for the past three years, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him go well in this race which is named after Michael Dods’ sprinter.
However, STARLIGHT ROMANCE (12/1, Bet365, each-way) is given another chance to get back on the scoreboard returned to the Knavesmire, and Richard Fahey’s charge usually runs well at this venue as evidenced when just edged out by a nose here in May.
The Excelebration mare finished a half-length runner-up in this race twelve months ago from a mark 3lbs higher than he races from here, and while he has disappointed in both outings following his latest York near-miss, a return to this track could see an improved effort.
With an excellent 5lbs claimer on board to assist the mare at the weights, she can bounce back to form and no surprise if she goes close.
(3.15) A cracking renewal of this Group Two prize, with BANGKOK (13/2, William Hill) taken to get back to winning ways.
Andrew Balding’s star is 2-2 over this trip, winning his first two starts of the season over the distance before finding the undulations of Epsom against him in the Derby.
He ran well over the longer trip last time out at Royal Ascot behind Japan, who has won again since, and a repeat of that effort could well see him go close.
The return to ten furlongs is very much in his favour, and he caught the eye travelling strongly at Ascot before meeting trouble in running. He probably wouldn’t have beaten the winner even with a clear run, but it wouldn’t come as a huge shock to see him posting a big effort in this race under Sylvestre De Sousa and with the quicker ground very much in his favour having possibly just found the ground a little dead at Ascot.
2.05 – Starlight Romance
2.40 – Golden Apollo
3.15 – Bangkok
3.45 – Abstemious
4.20 – Grandee
4.55 – Nette Rousse
5.25 – Ramesses
(2.50) HERCULEAN (9/4, William Hill) is forgiven his reappearance run at Sandown last month as it came on ground possibly too soft for him, and Roger Charlton’s charge is taken to do better here.
The Frankel gelding had shown progressive form previously in a lightly-raced career, winning two of his first three starts either side of a break, and he posted a solid return from another break when finishing third at Doncaster last October.
Only fifth on his latest reappearance, a combination of perhaps needing the run and the soft ground scuppered his chances; but likely to be sharper now and with quicker ground more in his favour then he could do better.
The form of that reappearance effort has been boosted with three subsequent winners since coming out of the race and he can build on his return to go close.
(4.35) INFRASTRUCTURE (2/1, Ladbrokes) showed some decent form last term, making the frame on several occasions which includes a win at Salisbury. Martyn Meade’s charge has continued his progressive form into this season,winning at the second attempt when scoring at Chester earlier in the month.
The Raven’s Pass gelding struck by just over one length on that occasion, keeping on well for the win despite not looking ideally suited by the sharp Chester turns. He returns to a more galloping track here which ought to play more to his strengths, and a meagre 2lbs rise in the weights doesn’t look unduly harsh.
With the potential still for improvement to come, he is taken to follow up that success and strike again here.
2.15 – Ursa Minor
2.50 – Herculean
3.25 – Fabulist
4.00 – Pass The Vino
4.35 – Infrastructure
5.10 – Laith Alareen
5.40 – Pinnata
(6.45) AQUADABRA (11/4, Bet365) arrives here looking for a hat-trick of wins, and the Born To Sea filly could well deliver.
Chris Mason’s charge has already struck wins at Wolverhampton and Chester earlier in the month, the latter under a 5lbs penalty where he struck by a short-head behind Spot Lite. However, the manner of the performance belies the narrow margin of victory, and he travelled well into the race before meeting with trouble in running before finishing off the race well to get up near the line.
The winner and runner-up had pulled almost four lengths’ clear of the rest and there is a suspicion that there is more to come still on the evidence of that latest performance.
She has been hit with another 4lbs rise in the weights, but given her current good spell of form she is chanced to continue her winning run here, and she can land the hat-trick.
(7.15) POSTED (5/2, Bet365) has shown a fair level of ability in maiden and novice company, making the frame in three of seven starts, and Richard Hannon’s charge could be worth chancing now her sights are switched to handicapping.
The Kingman filly was last seen getting to within a half-length of Ghalyoon at this venue earlier in the month, keeping on well after being switched and an initial mark of 79 ahead of her handicap debut doesn’t look overly harsh.
This doesn’t look a strong race, and she is taken to come good and open her account here.
5.15 – Bounty Pursuit
5.45 – Ethic
6.15 – Monsieur Noir
6.45 – Aquadabra
7.15 – Posted
7.45 – Global Hunter
8.15 – Oydis
(7.00) It isn’t for lack of trying that VOLTAIC (5/4, Paddy Power) has yet to get his head in front, but the Power colt has rattled the crossbar on each of his last four outings and he can finally make the breakthrough here.
Paul Cole’s charge most recently finished just over one length runner-up behind Attorney General here earlier in the month, travelling well into the race before finding less than looked likely and a first-time tongue-tie is now deployed to help with his finishing effort.
This doesn’t look a particularly strong race he finds himself in now, and he could snap his sequence of silver medal finishes here.
(8.00) HARLEQUIN ROSE (13/2, Bet365) posted a career-best effort when getting back to winning ways for the first time since September 2016 with a win at Brighton earlier in the month, and the Dutch Art mare can follow up here.
She has been in decent form since returning from a break, and her latest win saw her defeat Sharp Operator by a neck despite being 1lb out of the weights. The conditions of the race suited her though, and she finished well off the strong pace.
There should be a similar scenario this term with regards to pace, and a 3lbs rise for that success is workable so every chance she can post another win here if able to deliver a similar effort.
5.30 – Myklachi
6.00 – Narina
6.30 – Maystar
7.00 – Voltaic
7.30 – Red Romance
8.00 – Harlequin Rose
8.30 – Annexation