Our latest ITV racing tips feature a whopping 10 selections from the final day of Newmarket’s July Festival, plus York and Ascot.
The Group One July Cup is the feature event but there are other interesting contests for punters to get stuck into and we’ve got expert picks from PA’s Ashley Iveson.
1.45 Ascot – TIS MARVELLOUS
Clive Cox’s sprinter enhanced an already-impressive record at this course when an excellent second of 26 in the Wokingham at the Royal meeting and stands out in another ultra-competitive contest.
2.05 York – FINAL VENTURE
Has run well in defeat several times at the Knavesmire and deserves a change of fortune after finding just one too good on all three outings so far this season.
2.20 Newmarket – HONEST ALBERT
John Gosden’s colt is unbeaten after scoring readily at Kempton and Nottingham, coming with a smooth run to strike around the furlong pole on each occasion, and he looks one to keep on side.
2.40 York – GOLD MOUNT
Travelled well throughout when obliging on his first start for new trainer Ian Williams last month and must be respected over the same course and distance.
2.55 Newmarket – KING’S COMMAND
Trainer Charlie Appleby has saddled two of the last three winners of the 7f Group Two Superlative Stakes in Boynton (2016) and Quorto (2018) and he appears to have unearthed another exciting prospect.
Interestingly, the Dubawi colt made his debut in the same novice event won by Quorto last season and, while not quite as impressive as his currently-sidelined stablemate, there was plenty to like about his attitude as he rallied to prevail by a neck.
The subsequent success of the fourth, Royal Commando, gives the form some credence and, while this does represent a significant jump in class, Appleby clearly feels King’s Command is up to the job.
3.15 York – MASHAM STAR
Typically tough Mark Johnston gelding who has won seven times and finished second on 12 occasions from 69 races, but still looks up for more work.
3.30 Newmarket – CROSSING THE LINE
Andrew Balding’s filly was a winner on her only previous visit to the July Course and a record of four victories from just seven starts on turf is more than respectable.
There was not a lot wrong with her runner-up finish behind last year’s 1000 Guineas heroine Billesdon Brook in a Listed event at Chelmsford on her latest appearance.
She now reverts to handicap company off a mark of 100, only a couple of pounds higher than her last triumph in this sphere, and catches the eye in the £120,000 Bunbury Cup.
3.50 York – SETTING SAIL
With just six runs under his belt, the son of Dansili is seriously unexposed and it was hard not to be impressed with his recent win at Newmarket.
A 5lb hike does not look insurmountable and he is fancied to give Godolphin victory in the prestigious John Smith’s Diamond Jubilee Cup Handicap.
4.00 Ascot – ACCIDENTAL AGENT
Eve Johnson Houghton’s stable star caused a huge upset when winning the Queen Anne at last year’s Royal meeting and made a highly encouraging start to his 2019 campaign when third in the Lockinge.
However, he refused to race when defending his Queen Anne crown last month, having never previously shown any signs of recalcitrance.
Such an act clearly leaves him with questions to answer, but it may have been just a blip and, if so, he can get back on track this weekend.
4.40 Newmarket – DREAM OF DREAMS (nap)
This in-form five-year-old can provide Sir Michael Stoute with his fourth victory in the July Cup and boost our ITV racing tips.
It is 38 years since the master of Freemason Lodge first landed the prestigious prize with Marwell. He went on to claim two more wins in the 1980s with Green Desert and Ajdal.
Quite a while has passed since Stoute had a genuinely top-class sprinter on his hands, but Dream Of Dreams looks ready to bridge the gap judged on this season’s efforts.
The son of Dream Ahead ran well in several quality races in 2018 without managing to get his head in front and, like so many horses before him, he appears a typical Stoute improver.
He won with a bit up his sleeve on his first start of the new campaign at Chelmsford and after he followed up in Listed company at Windsor, Stoute pitched his charge in at the deep end in the Diamond Jubilee at Royal Ascot.
That faith was justified as he pushed the remarkable Blue Point all the way (pictured above), going down by just a head, and he probably would have come out on top in another few strides.
If Dream Of Dreams can replicate that run on the July Course three weeks later, it may well be enough to see him come home in front.
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