Horse racing betting tips for the best bets on Saturday from both Ascot and York.
The highlight of the racing action this weekend comes at Ascot on Saturday with the 2014 renewal of the King George VI Stakes. Racing also takes place at York and the two venues offer contests which form part of the day’s best bets.
The first port of call is York and the Group 2 SkyBet Stakes where LONG JOHN (5/1 Betfred) is a fascinating runner on only his second start on British soil. After some three months break, he finished a respectable third in the Group 2 Summer Mile Stakes at Ascot over 1m. He seemed to be doing his best work nearing the line and with a step-up in trip unlikely to hold any fears he looks a strong runner.
His likeliest danger could come from another Godolphin runner, and market favourite, Windhoek. After winning impressively in Meydan he went on to finish second in the Winter Derby and then to place in Listed and Group 3 contests. On his latest start he finally showed his true potential as he comfortably accounted for a Listed field on good to firm ground over 10f at Sandown. Clearly he likes truly fast ground, and could well thrive in the conditions however, at the prices, Long John is preferred.
A hugely competitive renewal of the King George VI Stakes at Ascot where a good crop of three-year-olds look to take on their elders in receipt of plenty of weight.
John Gosden is mob-handed with three entrants. The current ante-post St Leger favourite, Romsdal, is partnered by Richard Hughes with stable jockey William Buick deciding to ride Eagle Top. After an impressive victory at Royal Ascot on only his third start, this colt is clearly open to plenty of improvement but will likely need to do so in order to claim this prize. Of greater interest is the impressive Oaks winner Taghrooda. This filly was taken out of the Irish Oaks (when a strong odds-on favourite) and thrown in here at the deep end. Connections have been bold with her inclusion but she receives a huge amount of weight and could be a potential superstar.
Of the older brigade, Magician, heads the field on a mark of 124. A winner of the Breeder’s Cup Turf at Santa Anita in November this horse found only The Fugue too good over 10f at Royal Ascot. A return to 12f is definitely in his favour and he shouldn't be underestimated. The market is headed by another four-year-old, Telescope, who enters the fray after romping home with a victory in the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot over the course and distance. This lightly raced son of Galileo has never finished out of the first two places in all of the eight races he has contested and could still be open to improvement.
As stated previously this contest looks a highly competitive one and there are question marks about the majority of runners. With that in mind, the each-way value in the race looks to be TRADING LEATHER (12/1 SkyBet). Jim Bolger’s runner finished a creditable second to Mukhadram in the Coral Eclipse when he was unable to quicken as well as the winner. Back over 1m4f, this horse is likely to be up with the pace and could well have sufficient stamina reserves to hold off his rivals in the final few furlongs.
2.55 – LONG JOHN (WIN)(NAP) (5/1 Betfred)
3.50 – TRADING LEATHER (E/W) (12/1 SkyBet)
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