Horse racing betting tips for the best of the racing action this Saturday from Newmarket and Ascot.


An unbelievable amount of top quality racing is set to take place on Saturday with high class meetings from Ascot, York and Newmarket to name but a few.  Here are the best bets from what promises to be a fantastic day’s racing.



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2.30 Ascot


My first bet comes at Ascot in the Summer Mile Stakes, a Group 2 contest for horses aged four and older.  A good quality field of 12 have been assembled with the likes of Long John and Mull Of Killough having shown good form in the past at Group level.  


The horses to focus on in the field though are the trio of Graphic, Producer and Tullius.  The first named ran well on his penultimate start at Epsom finishing just over two lengths back to French Navy in a Group 3 contest over 9f.  The drop back to 1m on his latest start obviously suited him and he claimed victory in a Group 3 contest in France.  He looks to still be progressing but will need to improve again to trouble the other principles.


Tullius has performed admirably this season as a six year-old, finishing second in the William Hill Lincoln before going on to win a Group 2 contest at Sandown and then to finish creditably in two Group 1 races against the best of the 1m division.  His best form is undoubtedly on soft ground as he handles testing conditions better than most, however his recent efforts have come on good ground so drying conditions, whilst not ideal, shouldn't pose too much of a hindrance.  He carries a penalty which will be handicap but, if able to reproduce his best form, should be in with a good shout.


His likeliest barrier to success is the Richard Hannon trained PRODUCER (5/1 Betfred).  After a number of successes at Listed and Group level last year (highlight was a Group 2 victory in Turkey) he made his seasonal reappearance at Royal Ascot in the Queen Anne Stakes and finished well in fifth.  He was only a length behind Tullius that day and finds himself some 3lbs better off.  He handles good dry ground and, if coming on for his first start, should give the Andrew Balding runner plenty to think about.  Likely to be a relatively generous price, he could be the value play in what looks a trappy contest.



3.50 Newmarket


The Group 1 July Cup takes centre-stage on Saturday and it looks to be a rematch between Slade Power and Due Diligence after the recent renewal of the Diamond Jubilee at Royal Ascot.


The Aiden O’Brien representative looks a progressive three year-old who ran well on his first start on these shores at Royal Ascot.  He found himself having to bridge the gap between Slade Power and the field, and was slightly interfered with during the final furlong.  Conditions don't seem to be too severe and, with victories on both yielding to soft and good to yielding, he shouldn’t be too disadvantaged with the ground.


His conqueror at Royal Ascot was the aforementioned SLADE POWER (11/4 Betfred), a multiple Group winner who finished third in this contest last season.  He has long been held in the highest regard by his trainer and connections, and looks to have a solid claims here.  He looks to be a worthy favourite and the manner in which he quickly went clear of the field at Ascot was mighty impressive and, after only two starts this season, there could be more to come.  In terms of trends, the Diamond Jubilee/July Cup double has been achieved twice in the last four years by the likes of Lethal Force and Starspangledbanner and there is a very good chance Slade Power can add his name to that illustrious list.


Saturday Racing Best Bets – 


2.30 – PRODUCER (WIN)(NAP) (5/1 Betfred)


3.50 – SLADE POWER (WIN) (11/4 Betfred)



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