Horse Racing Tips | 13th July 2018

Graeme Johnston previews Friday’s’s racing offering his best bets!


1:50 Newmarket

The Silver Bunberry Cup is run over 7 furlongs and in a race where 18 lined up last season we have a field of just 7 this afternoon. Despite the small field it’s a competitive looking race and I’m siding with a former winner of it.

Swift Approval is a busy horse and this durable six year old has a decent win record for a handicapper. He won this race in 2016 and has plenty of course form, so he was already high on my shortlist, however it’s not my main reason for backing him.

He seems the most obvious front runner in the field, and if allowed to dominate there is no better front running jockey than Silvestre De Sousa. If my calculations are right this looks a great set up for some front running thievery and I’ve backed Swift Approval here.

2:25 Newmarket

The Dutchess of Cambridge Stakes looks like a fantastic race with some very promising juvenile fillies lining up. Plenty of Royal Ascot form here and I’m backing one stepping up in trip to get her head in front.

Aidan O’Brien tends to take his time with fillies and it’s not unusual for his top class ones to need 4 or 5 races to fully learn what’s expected of them. Gossamer Wings looks like she falls in to that category, and after breaking her maiden at the third attempt she stepped up markedly to finish second in the Queen Mary.

The fourth that day subsequently won a group 3 and in my opinion it’s the strongest form in the race. The extra furlong here also promises to bring out more improvement, she is available at a price that could be backed each way, and with Ryan Moore in red hot form she looks the one for me.

3:35 Newmarket

The Falmouth stakes is the race of the day and like most racing enthusiasts I’m very excited about the return of Alpha Centauri. It’s rare for a group one race to look like a one horse race but this looks like the case for me here.

Alpha Centauri not only destroyed her rivals at Royal Ascot, she broke the track record and became arguably the top miler around. Her trainer says she is as good as she’s trained and when she has quick ground she is a different horse. She gets that ground here and to me she looks a rock solid bet.

I’m going to bet a forecast here with the group one winning juvenile Clemmie to follow her home. She’s 2 from 2 at the track and there is much more to come from her. She was slow to come to herself and her trainer is adamant she’s still the same horse so she may give the favourite most to do. I think she can turn round form Threading who has run poorly on her 2 visits here.

Graeme Johnston’s Best Bets

13:5opm Newmarket – Swift Approval

14:25pm Newmarket – Gossamer Wings

3:35pm Newmarket – Alpha Centauri