John Smith’s Cup: Kynren Worth Chancing On The Knavesmire

John Smith’s Cup: Kynren Worth Chancing On The Knavesmire

The big handicaps keep coming and this week we’re looking at the ultra-competitive John Smith’s Cup at York. The market has changed a little since the defection of Afaak, one who may well have been the tip and who will surely come again, but we’re left with a high class field and a mix of youth and experience as well as mile horses stepping up to challenge some established middle-distance types. We’re left with a big field to go through,…

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Old Newton Cup: Atty Holds The Persse Strings At Haydock

Old Newton Cup: Atty Holds The Persse Strings At Haydock

Another Saturday, another very tough handicap but increasingly over the years these trainers are defying big weights, long absences and injury setbacks to score with horses you would have avoided like the plague ten years ago. Another such runner goes in the Old Newton Cup in the shape of Godolphin’s Atty Persse, here’s how he figures in our shortlist: Atty Persse A similar gamble to Roger Charlton’s Withhold is taking place and with that one safely in the bag following…

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Northumberland Plate: Newcastle’s Natural Scenery To Suit Godolphin

Northumberland Plate: Newcastle’s Natural Scenery To Suit Godolphin

Several of last year’s principals travel to renew rivalries in this historic £150,000 handicap and it could be one who only just missed out who grabs the spoils this time. Handicapping is a big issue in this race, more so than the draw or previous two-mile form, and that may yet be enough to rule out several high profile runners such as Amazing Red and Lagostovegas. Here are six against the field who could all be a little ahead of…

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Wokingham Stakes: Ascot To Be Our Field Of Dreams In The Wokingham

Wokingham Stakes: Ascot To Be Our Field Of Dreams In The Wokingham

A hugely competitive sprint handicap as always but one that can still hand us a good betting proposition, this time in the shape of a hugely exciting John Gosden colt: Blue De Vega There has always been a thought that there will be plenty of improvement come from this horse, eked out by masterful sprint trainer Robert Cowell and although we haven’t seen too much evidence of it so far the step up in trip to six furlongs in a…

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Sandringham Stakes & Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes: Broadway The Star Of Our Friday Matinee

Sandringham Stakes & Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes: Broadway The Star Of Our Friday Matinee

In a shakeup of the running order at Ascot for this year’s Royal meeting, we’ve ended up with not only the ultra-competitive Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes Handicap on Friday but also now the Sandringham and it’s the fillies’ mile race we start with, naming five against the field and a potentially well priced up winner: Sandringham Stakes (1m Fillies’ Handicap, 5.00 Ascot) Broadway Aidan O’Brien is known for his globetrotting Group 1 runners more than handicappers, however in Broadway he…

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Britannia Stakes & King George V Stakes: Top Handicap Picks Potentially Corrosive For The Bookies

Britannia Stakes & King George V Stakes: Top Handicap Picks Potentially Corrosive For The Bookies

The Britannia Stakes and the King George V Stakes are often described as being on the impossible side of difficult, but in true style we’ve had a go at narrowing them down for you! Here’s how we think the big two handicaps can be broken up with two great value tips to have a punt on: Britannia Stakes (1m handicap, 3yo only) Completion Willam Haggas knows exactly how to win these big handicaps and he has another decent chance here…

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Royal Hunt Cup: Haggas To Be Handicap King Again

Royal Hunt Cup: Haggas To Be Handicap King Again

A Royal Hunt Cup winner needs speed, a good draw and plenty of luck in running so this is by no means a simple task.  What passes as a good draw is often not known until the first day’s racing is over, but based on a bit of history the higher numbers may just be a little better off. Here are six against the field in this year’s hotly contested Hunt Cup: Afaak Charlie Hills’ Oasis Dream colt finally showed…

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Ascot Stakes: White To Give The Boys In Blue Another Big Race Win

Ascot Stakes: White To Give The Boys In Blue Another Big Race Win

20 runners, a marathon two-and-a-half mile trip and a pile of horses with top jumps form to be translated on the flat.  This race is not the easiest to get to grips with! That said, we can narrow the field to the below horses who all have a great chance of getting into the money, though it may be Godolphin rather than a top national hunt stable who are celebrating. Coeur De Lion Second this season in a big handicap…

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Epsom Dash: Storm To Overcome Rivals In Saturdays 5 Furlong Handicap

Epsom Dash: Storm To Overcome Rivals In Saturdays 5 Furlong Handicap

Traditionally the quickest five furlongs in the country, the Epsom Dash on Derby day means an all-out sprint going downhill all the way but this year the typically packed field has soft ground to contend with, a highly unusual event on the downs at this time of year. The race is its usual competitive affair with a maximum field of 20 going to post and as such it’s hard to turn a longlist into a shortlist; however here are seven…

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London Gold Cup: Varian And Atzeni To Pair Up For Big Saturday Win Again

London Gold Cup: Varian And Atzeni To Pair Up For Big Saturday Win Again

It’s about quality and not quantity on Saturday as eleven well-bred, improving three-year-olds do battle for the £43,000 prize at Newbury. Dukhan One of very few participants who has already gone over similar conditions, finishing as he did in third behind He’s Amazing at Newmarket on 1000 Guineas day. He was sent off favourite then and it could be argued connections expected a little more, however having close form ties with Old Persian and today’s rival Communique it would seem…

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