Saturday ITV Racing Preview

Saturday ITV Racing Preview

Saturday brings the Third and final day of ITV’s broadcast of racing at Newmarket’s July Festival. There will also be racing shown from York with there final day of Racing and Ascot Racecourse with a seven race card there over on ITV 3.

Emerald green, white spots, yellow sleeves, emerald green and white striped cap (Mr F Brady & Mr J S Morrison)

12:45 Ascot – Tanasoq 12/1 E/W

The First race of the day is the Bet With Ascot Heritage Handicap over 5 furlongs. This class two is for out and out sprinters who are looking to make it to the top level over this distance.

Tanasoq trained by Paul Midgley has won his last four races all over good and good to firm at 5 furlongs. This horse is a consistent runner that has only progressed with every run going up in class every time.

His last two runs have been the most impressive last time out winning comfortably at Chester but before that winning the Epsom Dash in a field of 20 horses in a class 2. If repeating his recent form he should be in the frame.

Dark blue (Mrs John Magnier,Mr M tabor & Mr D Smith)

1:05 Newmarket – Cape Of Good Hope – Win

The first race at Newmarket on Saturday is the bet365 Superlative Stakes. This Group 2 in the past has been won by some bright two year olds and it really picks apart the new up and coming Group 1 contenders to those who won’t make it.

This Aidan O’Brien trained two year old has had three runs in his career and has got better and better with each one showing real potential that he could have a huge future at around a mile.

Cape of Good Hope last time out won convincingly at Tipperary and can build on this performance stepping in to Group company for the first time. O’Brien has a strong force of 2 year olds this season with not even himself knowing which one is the best.

Dark blue and pink diabolo, chevrons on sleeves, pink cap, dark blue diamond (Geoff & Sandra Turnbull)

1:20 Ascot – Lord Glitters 9/2

The second and final race on ITV at Ascot on Saturday is the Fred Cowley MBE Memorial Summer Mile Stakes. This Group 2 race features some Group 1 horses and other horses that haven’t quite made it into that level yet but keep on performing well in Group 2s.

The David O’Meara trained five year old has really come into his own this year and has had two really good runs in two really strong races. The Latest at Royal Ascot when finishing a good second in the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes.

This horse has just got better and better throughout its career but no one thought he would hit the heights that he has, if keeping on the same path he will be interesting in this field.

Brown, white spots, brown sleeves and cap (The Tuesday Syndicate And Michael Watt)

1:40 Newmarket – Aces 14/1 E/W

Newmarket’s second race of the day is the bet365 Bunbury Cup Handicap over 7 furlongs. This class 2 will field a big group of runners and will allow for higher priced horses to get involved in the places.

One of these horses is the Ian Williams trained Aces. This horse is bidding for his hat-trick on Saturday after finding his preferred distance last time out over 7 furlongs here having Course and distance form.

This six year old has found his form at the right time and could be in the frame in this big field with extra placings potentially on offer.

Maroon, mauve epaulets (Mr Ross Harmon Racing)

1:55 York – El Astronaute 9/1 E/W

The first race to feature from York on ITV on Saturday is the John Smith’s City Walls Stakes over 5 furlongs. This Listed sprint contest will be sharp and full of a packed field all looking for that break through to the line.

The John Quinn trained El Astronaute is a tough experienced horse that over the last two months has been frequently raced but has been consistent when doing so placing in five of his last six.

last time out after racing in some many races he was burnt out and didn’t perform to his best. Now having had nearly a month off he will be fresh again and can resume the form he had started. Course and distance form could play a factor aswell.


Royal blue (Godolphin)

Newmarket 2:15 – Dreamfield 14/1 E/W

The Final Group 1 of the July meeting and the feature race of the festival is the Darley July Cup Stakes over 6 furlongs. This race in the past has been contested by some brilliant sprinters that have gone down in the hall of fame.

This years renewal does not disappoint either with the best three year old and above sprinters on the planet coming together for a magnificent spectacle.

The horse that has a point to prove stepping in class massively is Dreamfield, this John Gosden trained four year old has a huge amount of potential that could come to fore front on Saturday.

Last time out at Royal Ascot he finished a brilliant second out of 28 horses only losing on the line. he showed that day the raw pace he posses and in a smaller field he could be in the mix again.

Although last time out this colt lost his unbeaten record his run gives a credible basis of what we can expect from him.

This race is against a tougher field of runners to that day but there is no reason today he can’t step up and prove to everyone that the hype around this horse is warranted, if getting a good break from the stalls this horse will be in the mix.

Bronze, bronze sleeves, bronze cap (St Albans Bloodstock Ltd)

York 2:35 – Dal Harralid 7/2 Win

Saturday’s only Group race of the day and the final one from the two days comes in the way of the John Smith’s Silver Cup Stakes over 1 mile 6 furlongs. This race is a stamina test and is usually ran by horses who are bred to go longer trips.

This is the case for Dal Harralid trained by William Haggas. This horse has only had two runs this year, the first was very impressive winning at Chelmsford over 16 furlongs and this set him up to go to Meydan and run in the Group 2 Dubai World Cup.

He hugely disappointed and was out classed finishing near the bottom of the pack but this gave us a good idea that his level to suit is Group 3.

Back in England and on slightly slower ground in a lower class of race, this horse can bounce back and put on a bold showing.

Royal blue, white epaulets, striped cap (Mr Hamdan Al Maktoum)

York 3:10 – Wadilsafa 6/1 Win

The next race on the ITV card is also at York and its the John Smith’s Racing handicap over just under a mile. This Class 2 Handicap is featuring a lot of horses that didn’t quite get the run of the mill at Royal Ascot but could fend better today.

One of those horses is Wadilsafa trained by Owen Burrows. This lightly raced 3 year old has only raced twice this season and in his first run ran brilliantly over 8 furlongs at Newmarket to win.

Last time out he ran over slightly further at Royal Ascot in the Hampton Court Stakes Group 3 and was really disappointing. Stepping back down in trip and grade he can get back to winning ways.

Dark blue, large yellow spots (Sheikh Juma Dalmook Al Maktoum)

Newmarket 3:20 – Argentello 6/1 Win

The final race at Newmarket on ITV is the bet365 Mile Handicap over 1 mile. This Class 2 Handicap will be a strongly run race with plenty of horses in the frame that could win it.

The horse that should be up there come the winning post is the John Gosden trained Argentello. This horse has only ever raced five times in his career and they have all come this season.

With figures of 23311 he is a consistent performer with a lot of talent and is bidding for his hat trick. The three year old doesn’t mind a large field and will be a shock if not in the mix on Saturday.

Royal blue, white epaulets, striped cap (Mr Hamdan Al Maktoum)

York 3:40 Afaak 10/1 E/W

The feature race of the Saturday at York is the 59th John Smith’s Cup Handicap over 1 mile 2 1/2 furlongs. This race has been contested by some strong classed horses in the past and there is no exception this year.

The horse that is flourishing of late is the Charles Hills trained Afaak. From his three starts he has really impressed especially his last two runs.

At York he won the Betfred TV Hambleton Handicap and then on his last outing he was just beaten at Royal Ascot in the Royal Hunt Cup and finished second of 30 runners, but it looked like he needed slightly further as he ran on well.

Saturday brings this opportunity as he is stepping up in trip an extra 2 furlongs and he could relish it, especially at York a track that suits him.