Horse Racing Tips | 14th July 2018

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


1:05pm – Newmarket (Superlative Stakes)

The Superlative stakes is the first 7 furlong group 2 of the season for juveniles and normally throws up a decent winner. The line up here doesn’t look spectacular and I’m not sure how much winning it may take, so I’m siding with the one with solid form in the book.

Certain Lad has won twice, including over 7 furlongs where he put up a very big performance in my opinion. He conceded weight, sweated up and pulled hard, yet still managed to beat some promising rivals. The third that day has won impressively since and I think that form has a solid look about it.

He since went to Ireland where he was third in a group 2 in Ireland over 6 furlongs where he done his best work at the end of the race. Though that wasn’t the strongest race he will improve for the return to 7 furlongs and I’ve backed him each way for the opener.

1:40pm – Newmarket (Bunbury Cup)

The Bunberry Cup is the big handicap of the meeting and with 20 runners there are plenty of big priced runners to get your teeth into. However this does look like a race where the market has it right and despite the large field I’m backing one at single figure odds.

Makzeem has run twice this season, not beaten a rival home and hasn’t looked like winning anything however there are numerous positives about him and I feel he will go close here.

His stable is going great guns just now and his jockey Ryan Moore is the hottest jockey around, so he represents red hot connections. He has great form at the track winning 2 of his 4 starts, and both of the wins were with Ryan Moore in the saddle. To me this is his target, he’s been well backed in recent days, and despite his poor form this season I make him a great each way selection.

2:15pm – Newmarket (July Cup)

The July Cup, the highlight of the week, one of the best 6 furlong races anywhere in the world and this looks a hugely competitive renewal. Only a couple of these can be confidently written off and I’m backing one who I feel is massively over priced.

Invincible Army was hugely progressive and very consistent up until Royal Ascot where he ran well down the field in the Commonwealth Cup. He was very well backed that day and his run was almost too bad to be true. He gave trouble at the start that day which is uncharacteristic and he looked to me like he was either carrying a knock or perhaps found the meeting too much.

He has form that ties in with the best of the three-year-olds and I still believe there is more to come from him. He will love the fact this will be run at a good pace and at the prices he is worth an each way investment here as I do not believe his Ascot running was an accurate reflection on his ability.

Graeme Johnston’s Best Bets

1:05pm Newmarket – Certain Lad

1:40pm Newmarket – Mazkeem (8/1)

2:15pm Newmarket – Invincible Army (20/1)