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Where to Watch the Horse Racing this Weekend

July 20, 2018

- Grant Whittington

Horse racing fans can expect a bumper weekend of action across the country, with the ongoing heatwave doing little to dampen spirits at the long-awaited Newbury and Redcar events.

Here, we look at some of the standout meetings and key contenders to watch this weekend.

Newbury – Friday 20th July

We start at Newbury with seven stellar flat races, including Class I and Class II events. The pick of these in the Class I Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Rose Bowl Stakes, featuring six talented runners and a generous first prize of £14,461.

The small but competitive field should appeal to punters, with Mark Johnston’s precocious two-year old horse Natalie’s Joy the early favourite. She achieved an impressive win by six lengths at Goodwood in May and although she flopped with a seventh-place finish at the Chesham Stakes in Royal Ascot in June, she shows promise and offers excellent value here.

Richard Hannon’s two-year old colt Typhoon Ten offers stern competition after a winning debut in Kempton in June. He shows excellent potential and despite having failed to build on his initial success at Chester, he’s likely to compete for the win this weekend.

Market Rasen – Saturday 21st July

While there’s another day of racing at Newbury on Saturday, we’re moving onto a bumpier seven-race jump meeting at Market Rasen. The standout race here is the Class I 15:15 188Bet Summer Plate Handicap Chase, featuring twenty-two runners and a staggering total prize just shy of £50,000.

The initial frontrunner here is Neil King’s nine-year old gelding Princeton Royale. He showed consistently superb form this year and placed in the top-two throughout each of his six steeplechase outings since January. This run included two consecutive wins at Stratford in April and Fakenham in June, while a solid showing at Cartmel two weeks ago means he enters in tremendous condition.

Peter Niven’s seven-year old horse Brian Boranha is likely to provide stiff competition after winning his last two steeplechasing outings. He won from a field of eight in Southwell back in May and represents a solid each-way bet after starting his last race at a price of 10/1.

Stratford – Sunday 22nd July

While Sunday is generally a quieter day for the sport of kings, there’s still plenty of action at the seven-race jump meeting in Stratford to keep you entertained. The pick of these is the Class II Finnick Group Handicap Chase, which will see eleven talented runners compete for the coveted £16,245 prize cheque.

The ones to watch include Jonio O’Neill’s impressive ten-year old gelding Festive Affair. After placing in the top three throughout his last three outings and achieving a superb win at Ludlow back in May, it’s evident this horse’s pedigree is not diminishing with age.

Evan William’s six-year old Dark Invader represents a solid outside bet and may offer value as an each-way wager. He won his last two outings at Ffos Las in June and Worcester earlier this month and despite a sketchy record prior to this winning run, we expect he will come under starters’ orders in exceptional form this weekend. He definitely represents a gamble, but one that could pay off given his recent efforts.

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