A Preview Of The Weekend’s Key Races (June 30 – July 2)
June 30, 2017
Another weekend, another set of fantastic races await. Right across the country there’s plenty of money to be won. But who will you be backing? Here’s our guide to the weekend’s racing…
Friday 30th June
Racing Hotspots: Cartmel, Doncaster, Newcastle
Key Race(s): 188bet.co.uk Handicap, Doncaster (15:30) and Ron Wadey Now 70 Years Old Handicap Hurdle, Cartmel (16:50)
188bet.co.uk Handicap, Doncaster
A field of seven take to the track for the fourth race at Doncaster later today. Moolazim looks a good bet to continue his hot streak which has seen him come up trumps on two of his three starts for Marco Botti, winning on debut at Chelmsford on the all weather back in April. He does however remain untested on soft ground which could play into the hands of Simon Crisford’s Century Dream. The hood is applied which should greatly increase his chances and restrict the chances of another wild and over-zealous performance – he looks well treated off a mark of 87. Mustarrid is another danger to the top contenders and will be intent on rebounding from his latest start when he finished only fifth in the Haydock Silver Bowl.
Century Dream 7/2
Ron Wadey Now 70 Years Old Handicap Hurdle, Cartmel
All eleven entries into this competitive handicap hurdle will be eyeing up the first prize of over £12,500. Altruism will feel right at home with all four of his wins under National Hunt rules having come here for local trainer, James Moffatt. Milrow is a strong traveller and will thrive off a quick pace to track, although it is Sailor Warn who goes in as favourite, albeit a weak one. He was beaten in a pair of sellers in the spring so is going to need to bring his very best form or he could be in for a struggle.
Sailors Warn 11/4
Saturday 1st July
Racing Hotspots: Chester, Newcastle, York
Key Race: Stobart Rail Northumberland Plate Handicap, Newcastle (15:30)
Ante-post favourite Flymetothestars heads a maximum field of 20 for the Stobart Rail Northumberland Plate at Newcastle on Saturday. Sir Mark Prescott’s lightly-raced gelding is a dual course winner and won over the extended two miles on his seasonal debut last month.
Seamour finished a brave second in last year’s encounter and despite going in this time four pounds heavier, he can be expected to produce another courageous run. Higher Power has certainly lived up to his name having not finished outside the top three on his last nine runs – a stunning record stretching back to June 2015. Unsurprisingly he is a popular choice in the market and victory here would another to the stable who won this in 1995 with Bold Gait.
Peter Niven’s 2016 Yorkshire Cup winner Clever Cookie is another heavyweight entrant, although being drawn in stall 20 may hinder his chances unless he is able to implement an effective game plan.
Higher Power 7/1
Clever Cookie 16/1
Sunday 2nd July
Racing Hotspots: Cartmel, Uttoxeter, Windsor
Key Race: Marston’s Pedigree Summer Cup, Uttoxeter (15:30)
Uttoexeter will be a fine way to end the weekend’s racing with the Summer Cup being the highlight of the day. The winning jockey will take home a cool £75,000, with it finishing off an action packed day.
Be sure to check the racecard for this one as it could throw up some of the best horse racing odds this week.