Saturday 20 July horse racing tips – Gosden’s 5/2 chance set to Sparkle in Newmarket feature
Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets for all of Saturday’s scheduled UK and Irish horse racing meetings.
A bumper Saturday of UK and Irish horse racing meetings sees eight fixtures going to post around the country, and the afternoon action on the flat comes from the cards at Ripon, Newbury and Newmarket’s July Course.
The Group Three Hackwood Stakes joins the feature Weatherbys Super Sprint Stakes on a quality card at the Berkshire venue; while the Listed Aphrodite Stakes is the feature race of the day on the July Course.
There is also classy action going to post in Ireland on Saturday afternoon at the Curragh where it is Irish Oaks Day at the premier Irish track where the racecard also features the Group Two Minstrel Stakes.
Saturday’s afternoon jumps racing action comes from Cartmel, and also Market Rasen where the Listed duo of the Summer Plate Handicap Chase and Summer Handicap Hurdle both feature.
Meanwhile, the evening action on Saturday comes courtesy of the cards at Doncaster and Haydock.
Market Rasen (jumps) – 1.35 – 5.05pm (7 races)
Ripon (flat) – 1.45 – 5.15pm (7 races)
Newbury (flat) – 1.50 – 5.20pm (7 races)
Cartmel (jumps) – 1.55 – 5.25pm (7 races)
Newmarket (flat) – 2.05 – 5.35pm (7 races)
Curragh (flat) – 2.15 – 6.20pm (8 races)
Doncaster (flat) – 5.40 – 8.45pm (7 races)
Haydock (flat) – 6.00 – 8.30pm (6 races)
SATURDAY 20 JULY NAP SELECTION
(2.10) LONGHOUSE SALE (10/3, Paddy Power) has looked a high-class recruit in racking up a sequence of bloodless wins, and Dan Skelton’s charge could be difficult to beat again as he bids to extend his tally.
The September Storm gelding won four bumper contests last term on the back of an earlier point-to-point victory; and he has won all three starts over timber in facile fashion, latterly beating Manor Park comfortably at Ffos Las last month by almost two lengths hard held.
This is harder stepping into a Listed contest and having to concede weight to a good field of rivals, many of whom could be progressive; but such has been the manner of his wins to date that he likely has plenty more improvement still to come, and he could prove a tough nut to crack here with the potential for better yet to come.
(3.55) FOLLOW THE BEAR (10/3, William Hill) has been in excellent form since returning from five months off, bettering his reappearance third at Ayr in April to post back-to-back successes at Aintree and Ffos Las latterly.
Nicky Henderson’s King’s Theatre gelding struck latest by one length over Solo Saxophone, keeping on well for the win, and the form looks fair with several solid runs since coming from those behind.
A 4lbs rise for that last win does demand more from him as he goes up in grade, but given his progress this term he can find another jolt of improvement to land the hat-trick.
1.35 – Gunnery
2.10 – Longhouse Sale
2.45 – Native Fighter
3.20 – Casablanca Mix
3.55 – Follow The Bear
4.30 – Francky Du Berlais
5.05 – Little Stevie
(2.20) ENJOY THE MOMENT (9/2, Paddy Power) shaped well on her debut at Chester last weekend, finishing runner-up behind Dr Simpson, and the Captain Gerrard filly can build on that experience to go one place better here.
She proved no match for the easy winner, trailing home some seven lengths behind; but she had fluffed the start so her finishing position and effort so her finishing position is more creditable.
She wasn’t given a hard time in that debut outing, so with the potential to improve further on the back on that introduction then she can open her account here.
(3.30) CHARLES KINGSLEY (5/1, William Hill) wasn’t seen to best effect at Haydock two weeks ago, but Mark Johnstotn’s charge had been in decent form prior to that run and he is chanced to get back on the scoresheet here.
The New Approach colt struck back-to-back wins at Hamilton and Brighton, the latter coming under a penalty, after which he wasn’t beaten far into fifth at Ayr in his hat-trick attempt behind Island Brave having met with trouble in running.
He is given another chance on the back of that disappointing run last time out, and he can bounce back to better form having looked progressive previously.
1.45 – Calippo
2.20 – Enjoy The Moment
2.55 – Amadeus Grey
3.30 – Charles Kingsley
4.05 – Star Shield
4.40 – Rowland Ward
5.15 – Jungle Secret
(2.25) The vote goes to impressive Royal Ascot winner THE GRAND VISIR (7/1, William Hill) who was a three-time winner for William Haggas, and he also struck on his sole start for Jeremy Butler prior to joining Ian Williams’ stable.
Two lesser runs over hurdles were followed by a promising return to the flat on the back of almost five months off at Newmarket, and he stepped up on that return when running out a ready winner of the Ascot Stakes over Buildmeupbuttercup.
A drop back to two miles will be no issue, and the reapplication of cheekpieces for this latest outing could spark another jolt of improvement. A 5lbs rise in the weights does demand a shade more, but he could still have better to come, and James Doyle steered the Frankel gelding to a Haydock victory on their only previous collaboration so the pair could be worth chancing to come out on top here.
(3.00) THE TIN MAN (9/4, Paddy Power) ought to prove very hard to beat if coming back to something like his best, and James Fanshawe’s charge is taken to get back on the scoresheet.
Last seasons’ Sprint Cup winner shaped encouragingly behind subsequent Diamond Jubilee Stakes runner-up Dream Of Dreams at Windsor on his reappearance, eventually finishing third; and although a shade disappointing in that Royal Ascot Group One, he might have found the drying ground against him when finishing four lengths’ sixth behind Blue Point.
This is easier however dropping back into a Group Three, and the ground could be ideal especially if there’s rain to come. He ought to take plenty of beating if near his best, and no surprise to see the Equiano gelding back in the winners’ enclosure here having also won this race in 2016.
1.50 – Fox Chairman
2.25 – The Grand Visir
3.00 – The Tin Man
3.40 – Ventura Rebel
4.10 – Written Broadcast
4.45 – Listen To The Wind
5.20 – George William
(3.05) MELODY OF SCOTLAND (5/1, William Hill) has been on a roll of late since being fitted with a visor, and Ben Haslam’s charge arrives here looking for a hat-trick of wins having already struck twice at Hexham in June.
The Youmzain gelding latterly ran out a two lengths’ winner over Morraman, scoring cosily, and while the handicapper has reacted with a 7lbs rise he gave the impression latest that there might still be more to come from him so long as the headgear continues to have a positive effect.
Despite his hike in the handicap, it may not be enough to prevent him from another bold show and he can land the three-timer here if the longer trip doesn’t prove an issue.
(4.50) APACHE PILOT (9/1, William Hill) was a winner at Hexham back in May, and Maurice Barnes’ charge bounced back from unseating his rider next time at the Northumberland track where the saddle slipped to post a very creditable third from 3lbs out of the weights back there latest behind Chanceiton.
The Indian Danehill gelding possibly just felt the softer ground on that occasion, finishing tired, and he has been freshened up by a short break; he could go well here back on his correct mark and with a 10lbs claimer booked for the ride so no surprise to see him firmly in the mix here.
1.55 – Stony Stream
2.30 – Beeno
3.05 – Melody Of Scotland
3.45 – Sleep In First
4.15 – Zolfo
4.50 – Apache Pilot
5.25 – Birch Vale
(2.40) SPARKLE ROLL (5/2, Coral) could prove a tough nut to crack dropping back in grade, and John Gosden’s charge can resume winning ways here.
The Kingman filly won back-to-back successes at Haydock and Sandown either side of a seven-month absence, after which she was a bit disappointing at York behind Nausha in the Musidora.
However, she bounced back with a much better effort at Ascot when stepped up to twelve furlongs for the Ribblesdale Stakes, beaten around three lengths into third behind Star Catcher, fading late. That race has since thrown up a subsequent Group Three winner, and a repeat of that last outing ought to be good enough to see her get back on the scoresheet so she is taken to come out on top in this Listed contest.
(3.50) GLOBAL GIFT (4/1, Paddy Power) has found improved form since switching to handicapping, going 3-3 in this sphere which includes a ready defeat of Ginger Fox at Doncaster in June latest.
Ed Dunlop’s Invincible Spirit gelding won a shade cosily by just over one length, and the runner-up has acquitted himself well in defeat since.
The handicapper tries to stop him with a 6lbs rise in the weights, but there is a suspicion that he remains ahead of the assessor judging on the relative comfort of that last success, and with the potential for better yet then he could prove tough to stop from landing the four-timer.
2.05 – Fromnowon
2.40 – Sparkle Roll
3.15 – Suzi’s Connoisseur
3.50 – Global Gift
4.25 – King Ademar
5.00 – Cardano
5.35 – Glenn Coco
(2.50) WAITINGFORTHEDAY (4/1, Paddy Power) was trying to give the reopposing Black Magic Woman 11lbs when going down only by one length behind that rival; but on these revised terms which sees Joseph O’Brien’s charge now receive 3lbs, the Elzaam filly is taken to come out on top this time around.
That last run was a welcome return to form with her having struggled previously in starts earlier in the campaign, and the return to one mile for this outing should suit.
She ought to go well here against her last-time conquerer at the weights, and no surprise if she turns the tables here with a repeat of that run where the longer trip here will play to her strengths.
(4.35) ROMANISED (7/4, Coral) hasn’t won since posting an Irish 2000 Guineas shock last May, beating US Navy Flag to the colts’ Classic; Ken Condon’s charge has subsequently largely struggled to match that level of form, but his two recent starts have hinted that his turn in the winners’ enclosure may not be too far away.
The Holy Roman Emperor colt may have needed his reappearance fifth at Naas in April, after which he finished fourth in the Lockinge at Newbury behind Mustashry; and he wasn’t beaten far behind Lord Glitters subsequently in the Queen Anne Stakes where he was beaten less than two lengths.
That was a creditable effort given he met with trouble in running on more than one occasion, and if he were to recapture something like the form that saw him win the Irish 2000 Guineas last term then he ought to go close back at the scene of his biggest success.
2.15 – Jungle Cove
2.50 – Waitingfortheday
3.25 – Ice Cold In Alex
4.00 – Pistoletto
4.35 – Romanised
5.10 – Pink Dogwood
5.45 – Galeola
6.20 – Royal Highness
(6.15) FRATERNITY (6/4, Paddy Power) shaped well on her debut at Haydock, finishing just over one length runner-up behind West End Girl; Richard Fahey’s charge can step up on that experience to go one better and open her account here.
The Zoffany filly did well given that she missed the break, and she held every chance until her run flattened out towards the line. However, along with the winner she had pulled clear of the rest and she can improve.
She looks the one to beat on the evidence of that first run, and it would be no surprise if she were to progress to get off the mark now.
(7.15) One Hart sets a very useful standard having won last time up, but Mark Johnston’s charge has to concede 6lbs to this field which includes the potentially useful QAADDIM (7/2, Bet365), and the Hot Streak colt can build on his own promising debut fourth at Kempton last month.
He was beaten just over one length on that occasion, keeping on well, and a stiffer test might suit on that evidence. He is kept to six furlongs for this outing however, and he is open to improvement so it would be no surprise to see him in the mix.
He could take advantage of the weight concession he receives from standard-setting One Hart, and he can step up on his debut to go close.
5.40 – Debawtry
6.15 – Fraternity
6.45 – Oti Ma Boati
7.15 – Qaaddim
7.45 – Byron’s Choice
8.15 – Free Rolling
8.45 – Frequency Code
(6.30) FRED (2/1, Bet365) stepped up markedly on his Ayr debut effort where he needed the experience to subsequently run out a comfortable winner on his next start at Leicester. Mark Johnston’s charge can find further improvement to win again here.
The well-bred Frankel colt only won by a nose on that occasion, but he still appeared green under pressure and there ought to be more to offer. Despite the victory by the narrowest of margins, there was a suspicion that he could have pulled out more and he is taken to follow up despite a 6lbs penalty for that success.
He looks a potentially smart prospect, and while an outside draw may not be ideal he looks sure to progress again and sets a fairly stiff standard for the others to try and emulate.
(7.30) BUCKLAND BOY (5/1, Paddy Power) has returned from a break in good heart, winning two of his three starts following six months off, scoring both at Thirsk and latterly beating Dragon’s Voice by just over one length.
Charlie Fellowes’ charge appeared to do the job readily on that occasion, and a 4lbs rise for that outing may not be enough of a burden to prevent a repeat with this longer trip unlikely to present an issue.
This doesn’t look a particularly strong contest, and if he can continue his current spell of good form then there appears no reason why he shouldn’t be involved again in the finish.
6.00 – Mayfair Spirit
6.30 – Fred
7.00 – Miss Sheridan
7.30 – Buckland Boy
8.00 – Show Palace
8.30 – Aperitif