Graeme Johnston previews Thursday’s racing.
The July meeting kicks off with the Bahrain trophy over a mile and 6 furlongs and there is a field of promising young stayers. Plenty of horses are on the up here, but I’m backing one who has gone close at this level before and has the form to win this.
Giuseppe Garibaldi isn’t one of the big names from Ballydoyle yet, however he looks a late developer to me and I think the best is yet to come from him. He took five races to break his maiden however since then he’s won twice and been placed in two group 2 races so he’s progressed rapidly.
He’s the highest rated horse in the field, has the best form in the race and his stable is starting to hit top gear. I’m slightly surprised he’s not favourite here however the bigger than expected price is a bonus and he should get the meeting off to a flyer.
The July stakes normally throws up a very good winner and this looks a pretty decent renewal on paper. Plenty of Royal Ascot form available coming in to this but I’m going for one who missed the Royal meeting and may just be special.
Advertise sets a very good standard on the back of his second in the Coventry and is a worthy favourite, however he may have to play second fiddle to another John Gosden colt here. Legends of War has only ran once but he created a huge impression and is a juvenile I’m excited about this horse.
He won impressively at Yarmouth and though the form is nothing special, it’s worth noting that the second was seen worthy of a Royal Ascot appearance so he must be showing something at home. He is part of the last batch of the late Scat Daddy and he looks set to another group race win to his legacy.
The Princess of Wales Wales stakes is another group 2 races on what is a high class opening day and this looks a tough race for punters. Though there are only 8 runners they all hold chances of some description but there is one in here I like.
Looking through the field the one I think looks a good each way option here is the Andrew Balding trained Duretto. He’s a horse I’ve always liked and in the past year he’s developed into a solid group horse who is more than worth his place in this field.
He tends to need a couple of runs to be seen at his best, and with this being his third run of the season he should be in peak form now. Softer ground would be ideal however he handles quicker ground and on his only visit here he was a solid 4th in the Old Rowley Cup so the course should be an issue either. In a race where there are questions over most I feel Duretto is a solid each way selection.
Graeme Johnston’s Best Bets
13:50pm Sandown – Giuseppe Garibaldi
14:25pm Newmarket – Legends of War
3:55pm Newmarket – Duretto E/W