We have a treat in store for Racing fans as it’s Super Saturday and Nick Luck is long to deliver his verdicts on the best bets of the day across the country…
July Cup – Newmarket 4.35pm
The ground will be pretty quick by the time 4.35pm comes along at Newmarket and that will suit Harry Angel down to a tee. Ridicoulously impressive at Haydock on firm ground and this track will suit his style better than the DIamond Jubilee test at Ascot. He also will not have the attentions on Blue Point here and with plenty of downhill to get momentum up I think he will be able to hold off Caravaggio this time around.
Aidan O’Brien said that his superstar sprinter might have improvement to come and if that is the case then obviously Caravaggio is going to be very tough to beat. The uphill finish here will not make reeling in Harry Angel any easier though and I thought he needed every inch of the Diamond Jubilee to get it done. Harry Angel is a very fair price at around 6/1 today.
Connections of The Tin Man may well be right to ponder why they sit longer in the betting than the likes of Tasleet and Limato, the latter would be hard to beat though if reproducing last year’s run but I think this is tougher altogether especially giving weight away to the top class three year olds.
Superlative Stakes – Newmarket 4.00
I might try to smash this out of the park with Bullington Bandit for Jane Chapple-Hyam. Her horses are often underestimated in the market but she rarely tries them out of their level and this was quite a taking 80/1 winner on debut at Newbury. There is a lot to like about that form , the second that day has won a very hot race this week, the third has also won so it looks strong to me.
Clearly he has a fairly significant mountain to climb to take a Group 2 race on a second start but I’m inclined to think there is lots and lots to come, was nearly knocked over at Newbury and still did it well. So the “Bandit” is an e/w dart at a very nice price here.
Summer Mile – Ascot 3.50
William Haggas sends two to this, odds on fav Mutakayyef and relative outsider Hathal. I bet if you asked him what the class gulf was like between the two he would suggest it’s not a lot. The fact that they ran Hathal on Champions Day probably tells you all you need to know about what they think of the supposed second string here and so even with him coming off a break, he is a bit of value to land this.
He may want slightly easier ground so that’s a concern but he won a strong race first time up last year and the booking of Silvestre de Sousa certainly shows intent.
Irish Oaks – Curragh 5.55pm
It’s Oaks day at the Curragh of course and to be honest I don’t see how Enable can be beaten. It might be fair to argue that she is the best middle distance three year old this year, let along best of the fillies. In fact John Gosden might have some of the main contenders to that title with the likes of Shutter Speed and Coronet who actually lines up today as well.
Unless it is an awful muddling pace then she should find this straightforward, even it is is you’d have to think she possesses enough tactical speed to win anyway.
Newmarket 4.00 – Bullington Bandit e/w
Newmarket 4.35 – Harry Angel
Ascot 3.50 – Hathal
Odds are provided at time of writing, please check your betslip to confirm they have not changed before betting.