Sam Boswell has picked out his top tips as the Newmarket July meeting gets under way.
My first tip will run in the 13.50, named after the great Sir Henry Cecil. This listed race is always competitive and has a number of interesting runners in the field. But, it’s at the head of the betting where our attention is focused, on Roger Varian’s lightly raced Lord Campari.
This horse won last time out at Newbury in nice style on good to soft ground. Given the rain in the forecast, he won’t be hampered by any ease in the ground. His debut run at 2 saw him take on some pretty good horses including Royal Ascot winner Palace Pier. Roger Varian’s horse looks the one to be with at the head of the betting and will be bound to be popular with punters today.
We then come to the 15.00 which is the July Stakes Group 2 race. Always a fascinating contest over the 6f trip with a talented group of unexposed 2 year olds to get stuck in to. I think Swiss Ace of Aiden O’Brien’s could be a nice horse but I’m slightly concerned with the form from the Tipperary run leaving a little to be desired in comparison to other horse in the field.
Qaader is one such example, who recently finished 2nd in the Coventry Stakes. But my selection will be Tactical for Andrew Balding, who won the Windsor Castle at Royal Ascot last time out. The step up to 6f should suit this horse and he looks a very, very exciting prospect. HE won’t want to see too much rain, but as long as the ground stays on the better side of good, I think the Queen’s horse has a very good chance of making it back-to-back wins.
Later than planned, it is great to see York back in action with a fantastic card. The feature is the Musidora at 14.40 – a Group 3 that I always enjoy. 8 go to post, so it’s ideal if you’re looking for an each way bet. But it is the favourite Ricetta that I like here. Frankie Dettori and John Gosden team up and we all know how well they can deliver in big races.
This 3-year-old by Camelot only made her debut at the start of June, winning at Newmarket on good to firm ground when running very green, I must say. But she still pulled clear towards the finish, being pushed out by Frankie. She then went on to win again at Newmarket, over 1 mile this time under a penalty and really kept on well. It looks like the step up in trip is going to be absolutely ideal, judging by her page and how she runs. She looks a cracking bet to win the Musidora.