A jam-packed Saturday lies ahead with plenty of top class group action, including the July Cup over 6 furlongs. This week, I am going to stick to the fast stuff, after all, this is GateSpeed! (I’ll get my jacket). The Darley July Cup is always a race that has future implications on determining Europe’s best sprinter. Not only that, but the winner usually has a career at stud beckoning. This year is no different as Advertise attempts to add to his growing legacy. Martyn Meade’s three-year-old could be called the winner a long way out in the Commonwealth Cup. It appears the three-year-olds could dominate this particular renewal of the July Cup, the reason being that there is no stand out older horse in the 2019 line-up. Brando is extremely admirable and consistent but he is clearly vulnerable at Group 1 level. Dream of Dreams is still progressing and can make his presence felt but would you want to take 7/2 about him being better than three-year-olds with Group 1 form and course and distance form in the book? Personally, I would say no. Ten Sovereigns was a little laboured behind Advertise in the Commonwealth Cup and he will need to improve a good deal to reverse that form. Advertise looks like the one to be with here but if one felt like going for a reverse forecast, Pretty Pollyanna may be dangerous now that she returns to sprinting. Although finishing an excellent second in the Irish 1000 Guineas, Pretty Pollyanna did not really convince over a mile. However, that run showed us that she has indeed trained on and she is greatly respected dropping two furlongs here. Advertise to win or Pretty Pollyanna at an each-way price are nice ways to play the biggest race of the day. For the purpose of this little fun Saturday preview piece, I will advise a tiny reverse forecast that won’t break your betting bank!
Sticking with the trail blazers, twenty runners go to post at Ascot for the Betfred Heritage Handicap over five furlongs at 1:45. I will keep this relatively short and sweet. Koditime returned to form when finishing a perfectly respectable fifth at York last time out. Clive Cox has deliberately kept Koditime off the track for 49 days in order to freshen him up for this race. Koditime enjoys a little break between his racing. Furthermore, he prefers racing in the centre between horses and stall 11 will enable David Probert to place Koditime where be sees fit. This is almost definitely Koditime’s seasons target and at 18/1 (Ladbrokes 5 places), he looks like a cracking bet.
Finally, I will hover over the big Handicap from Newmarket, the Bunbury Cup, due off at half past three. I won’t be flashy here as I believe Solar Gold may have been let off a bit lightly by the Handicapper. Her attempt to give Forever in Dreams 9lbs at Haydock, only to fail by three-quarters of a length looks awfully useful on paper judging by Forever In Dreams excellent effort to finish second in the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot. Following that, Solar Gold ran Billesdon Brook (rated 107) and Crossing The Line (rated 100) close at Carlisle. While that effort may not quite have been as good as the run prior (although RPRs state it was an improved effort), you would not have begrudged the Handicapper from nudging Solar Gold up a few pounds. As a result of her last couple of efforts, Solar Gold is clearly an improving filly and she looks incredibly dangerous here from Stall 11 off a mark of 97.
4:40 – Newmarket – Minor Reverse Forecast (0.25pts): Advertise and Pretty Pollyanna
1:45 – Ascot – Koditime – 1pt ew @ 18/1 (Ladbrokes) (1/5 odds 5 places)
3:30 – Newmarket – Solar Gold – 2pt win @ 6/1 (Bet365)