This weekend may have that feeling that we are in between big races, with no stand-out contests on the card, but there’s no denying there is plenty of interesting racing in store.
There are nine races set to be broadcast live from Haydock, York and Newmarket, which means nine chance to get involved with our 4/1 Free Bet offer.
We chewed the fat over a trio of those contests in this week’s Channel 4 Racing podcast…
While one of those races features our picks for the best bets of the day, two others make an appearance from elsewhere.
Here’s who we fancy…
We’re starting things off in (hopefully) straight forward fashion, but backing this likely jolly to land the odds.
Roger Varian’s filly took her improvement further last time out when only finding 2013 Oaks runner-up Secret Gesture too good at York.
She had numerous Group 1 winners in behind that day, and looks to be going places and should be a class apart here.
The form of her penultimate run looks fair, with a couple of beaten horses going on to fare better in Listed contests next time out.
She already has a course and distance win to her name, so the track and trip will be no problem, while
Despite finishing seventh at Royal Ascot last year in the Ribblesdale, she wasn’t beaten a long way by Bracelet, and any reproduction will see her very hard to be at Haydock.
Dominic Elsworth’s horse was beaten just over a length back in fourth in this race last year, and can run well from 2lbs lower in the handicap, with the assistance of 5lb claimer Tim Clark.
The gelding probably didn’t stay 2m last time out at Lingfield, but a drop back down to 1m4f could unlock more potential.
It seems to be the ideal distance for the horse having finished third in the November Handicap, fourth in an Old Newton Cup and fifth, beaten just 4l by Arab Spring at Royal Ascot over the trip.
He is without a win in two years, but now back down to a mark that he was second off at Doncaster last October, and conditions to suit, it would be no surprise to see him end that run here for an in-form trainer.
The unbeaten Limato will be a very tough nut to crack, but it could pay to take an each-way interest in Hugo Palmer’s filly.
As a juvenile, the daughter of Bahamian Bounty proved she could cut it with the best of them, not going down far behind Guineas runner up Lucida, while winning a Group 3 of her own at Salisbury as well.
The form of that victory looks solid enough with subsequent Cornwallis Stakes winner Royal Razalma and the classy Marsh Hawk in behind.
Consistency looks a big part of her profile, having never finished outside of the first three.
She was only beaten a short heat in the Nell Gwyn Stakes at Newmarket this season, and found only the progressive Majestic Queen too good at Lingfield last time out.
As long as it doesn’t rain too much on Merseyside, this one could easily make the placings.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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