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John Smith’s Diamond Jubilee Handicap: Style to Hunt Them Down in John Smith’s

John Smith’s Diamond Jubilee Handicap: Style to Hunt Them Down in John Smith’s

3.50 York A full field of 22 runners and a purse worth an impressive £200,000 naturally makes this one of the most competitive handicaps of the year so far. Form from various trips and numerous tracks is represented as some of the best trainers in the country go in search of a huge Saturday win, but on closer inspection of the field it seems there is a sensible bet to be had in this year’s race and we will simply…

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Old Newton Cup (Handicap): Let Off the Bombyx in the Old Newton Cup

Old Newton Cup (Handicap): Let Off the Bombyx in the Old Newton Cup

3.15 Haydock This is a very famous old race and one that has attracted a good field.  The mile-and-a-half handicap is worth over £62,000 to the winner and as such some of the biggest stables are represented; William Haggas, Charlie Appleby and John Gosden among others bringing horses from Newmarket. Al Muffrih William Haggas’ four-year-old comes into this race as favourite after winning the Zetland Gold Cup at Redcar, but while the extra distance may help it has to be…

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Northumberland Plate (Heritage Handicap): Bartholomeu the Man

Northumberland Plate (Heritage Handicap): Bartholomeu the Man

3.35 Newcastle The historic Northumberland Plate takes place on Saturday in front of a capacity crowd at Gosforth Park, and the £150,000 event has once again attracted a full field of 20 runners, albeit last year’s winner Withhold has been taken out. Runners with a variety of profiles are entered here and, on the numbers, this has proven to be just about the most competitive handicap we’ve reviewed on the flat so far this season.  That said, we do have…

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Wokingham Stakes: O’Meara Filly Just Perfection

Wokingham Stakes: O’Meara Filly Just Perfection

5.00 Ascot The Wokingham Stakes is one of the toughest handicaps of the entire year to get right, but with enough information at our disposal we think we’ve been able to successfully shrink this enormous field down to six key runners: Bacchus Brian Meehan trained this horse to come out first time for the season in this race last year and score from the hugely well-supported Dreamfield, and from not the best draw either. He could potentially be a couple…

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Duke of Edinburgh Stakes: Cox to Steer Kasperenko to DoE Victory

Duke of Edinburgh Stakes: Cox to Steer Kasperenko to DoE Victory

5.35 Ascot Another day, another full handicap field at Royal Ascot and this time it’s the turn of the older mile-and-a-half horses. This is a quality line-up and while there are plenty in with chances, the key piece of recent British form comes from York and their hot recent Race to the Ebor Jorvik Handicap over this trip, but there could just be a real improver in the field ready to hit his peak at the right time. Ben Vrackie…

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Sandringham Stakes: Balding Filly Available to Back in Sandringham

Sandringham Stakes: Balding Filly Available to Back in Sandringham

5.00 Ascot This £90,000 contest for three-year-old fillies has attracted 28 runners, the pace is in the middle-to-low stalls while other races have favoured high numbers and we cannot predict the ground 100% accurately. All in all then this is a real challenge, but just as we did when finding Afaak to win the Hunt Cup we can be brutal in throwing out candidates who have chinks in their armour, with the below six fillies looking to be the ones…

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King George V Stakes: Tick the Questionare

King George V Stakes: Tick the Questionare

5.35 Ascot Another day at Royal Ascot, another hugely competitive handicap. The King George V Stakes is run over a mile-and-a-half and has been farmed by Mark Johnston in the past, the Glaswegian having trained the winner of the race on no less than six occasions including last year with Baghdad.  He has another contender in our top six, made up of the below: Babbo’s Boy Michael Bell’s colt is a Mastercraftsman out of a Sadler’s Wells mare and has…

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Britannia Stakes: Turgenev to Rule in the Britannia

Britannia Stakes: Turgenev to Rule in the Britannia

5.00 Ascot Once more the pace appears to be on the near side in the usually favoured high numbers, so with this part of the track appearing to hand an advantage to runners we’ve taken that into account when chipping away at this field and coming up with the following six for our Britannia shortlist: Beatboxer John Gosden’s Scat Daddy colt has done all his racing on genuinely quick ground, so connections will be hoping the early rain at Royal…

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Royal Hunt Cup: Afaak To Go One Better in Hunt Cup

Royal Hunt Cup: Afaak To Go One Better in Hunt Cup

5.00 Ascot On paper this is a nightmare of a race to attempt to whittle down to six or so runners, but we have to be brutal when culling some of these no matter their profile. Those drawn high have done best in this race in recent times and on this occasion the majority of the speed is middle-to-high for sure, so those with a high cruising speed who like to be held-up and are drawn on the far side…

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Ascot Stakes: Mengli Khan’t Be Missed

Ascot Stakes: Mengli Khan’t Be Missed

5.00 Ascot Day one of Royal Ascot 2019 is an absolute belter on paper and while the real quality will be seen earlier in the day with Group 1 races the Queen Anne Stakes, King’s Stand and St James’s Palace Stakes all taking place, the main betting event is this hugely competitive 20-runner affair over the marathon trip of 2½ miles. National Hunt trainers have dominated the event in recent times and once again they hold the whip hand this…

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