Hello racing fans and welcome back! I have SIX selections for you to get stuck into for Saturday’s racing. Just to mention firstly – there is now my weekly recap show, where I will review all of my selections from the previous week. S, to tune in, head over to my YouTube channel to check that out!
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J: Hayley Turner / T: Tom Dascombe
FOOLS RUSH IN has a great chance of getting back to winning ways in this contest. I do think that in time Eloquent Arthur will be the best of these but on this occasion I think FOOLS RUSH IN has the answer to this puzzle of a small event. I think Hayley Turner will get on really well for him as she tends to with Tom Dascombe 3y-o’s and could take some beating here. Finished off the 2y-o campaign with a win and started the 3y-o campaign with a win as well. Clearly still in fine form as he finished 4 lengths back to Stone Soldier last time under a big weight. Has a big weight again in this event but probably deserves it and I think he will be hard to stop.
Both wins came over 7 furlongs and the drop back to 6 furlongs with this weight is the combination that I think gets his head back in front this time. Tom Dascombe also saddles the current favourite for the race but I believe the bookies have them the wrong way round and if FOOLS RUSH IN can repeat his debut run of this season then he will take all the stopping.
J: Marco Ghiani / T: David O’Meara
RHOSCOLYN is a beautiful 3y-o from the O’Meara stable and has been rapidly progressive this campaign. Comes here seeking a 4 timer and Marco Ghiani takes the ride in what could turn out to be a tactical affair. Likely favourite Safe Voyage is clearly the highest rated horse in the event however he is 8 now and hasn’t won for a little while so I have a slight inkling that time could be catching up with him now. This being said I do still think he’s a really good horse and think he will finish second. I just feel with RHOSCOLYN being as unexposed and progressive as he is could just have a slight tactical edge in this one.
I expect him to be ridden held up to begin with and think he will just pick them all off one by one. 7/2 looks great value on what he’s done and I prefer him over the favourite here especially on the basis that there is likely to be more to come from him. He beat Shelir last time which reads well and prior to that beat OO DE LALLY who opposes again but on similar terms to the last time they met. No reason why that form should be reversed and I am expecting another big run from RHOSCOLYN here.
J: Pat Dobbs / T: Charlie Appleby
MYSTICAL DAWN is one who really interests me this weekend and not only due to his chances but also due to his jockey booking. Pat Dobbs takes the ride and he is one of my favourite jockeys. Personally I think it would be great for Dobbsy to get a Godolphin win on his CV he really deserves that. That isn’t the main reason I am tipping MYSTICAL DAWN up though. He has been progressing nicely and he’s finished runner up on both of his last two starts but was only done on the nod last time to a good sort on his first attempt at 1m4f.
He improved for the step up and I think he will improve again for his second attempt at this distance with the experience playing a vital role. DHUSHAN is likely to prove a popular favourite but i think he may be a tad vulnerable to the improvement that my selection MYSTICAL DAWN may hold at this stage of his career. I think MYSTICAL DAWN is going to have extra in the tank this time and conditions look like they will really suit him on this occasion. He’s only up 4lb which puts him on a very competitive mark here and I am expecting a big run from him.
J: William Buick / T: Charlie Appleby
NATIVE TRAIL is the second horse owned by Godolphin that I am backing this weekend and a 2y-o with a really exciting bunch of credentials behind him. He won on his only appearance on a racetrack so far and was extremely impressive whilst doing so. He won going away whilst being hard held by Buick and this visually potent performance was backed up by the clock and he’s looking like he could be anything now. Won on good ground last time and the firm ground that’s forecast is likely to bring out more in him yet.
He may want further in time but 7 furlongs will suit for now. DHABAB is likely to go off favourite and was only 2 ½ lengths behind Rohaan at Royal Ascot but I feel that was almost the best Dhabab that day and it may have taken a little out of him with this race coming so soon. He will go close if repeating that form but there’s more to come from this Godolphin colt and I think he needs serious consideration on his second start. Similar profile to Pinatubo and that debut piece of form is hard to get away from.
J: Oisin Murphy / T: Andrew Balding
NEBULOSA comes here with a cracking chance and is way overpriced at 8/1. RIKNNAH who I tipped up a few weeks ago bids for a four timer and can go well but faces a real stiff set of opposition this time and I think NEBULOSA will come out on top. He ticks all the boxes for me and was impressive when winning two on the bounce over 7 furlongs before finding the step up to a mile in testing conditions too much. He is definitely suited more by better ground and I actually think that the Firm ground forecast will actually bring out a little more in him and if that is the case he has to be the one to get on at the prices.
I cant see him being out of the first two in these conditions and has the bonus of Oisin on board which is just another positive to add to his credentials in this. If you just draw a line through his last run on the soft then he would be halved in price, he had excuses that day and I am expecting a huge run this time. I’m really sweet on his chances and even though there are some other progressive types in this I believe NEBULOSA holds all the aces and has less questions to answer than some of these in these conditions. I think this race sets up really nicely for him and he is no doubt a massive value for the 8/1 on offer!
J: Oisin Murphy / T: Archie Watson
DRAGON SYMBOL gets my vote in the tricky puzzle of the July Cup but he is one who I think deserves to be the favourite in this. He has ran 6 times, won 4 of those and finished second on the other 2. His latest finish however was very unlucky as he finished first past the post at Royal Ascot but the stewards reversed the result and he officially finished second to Campanelle on the forecast result.
Prior to this he was beaten a nose by ROHAAN at Haydock who I think is his main danger here. DRAGON SYMBOL does however get my vote against his high class rivals such as STARMAN, OXTED, CREATIVE FORCE, ROHAAN, ART POWER and so on, in what is going to be a fascinating contest. A race full of class but a fair few of these need things to tactically fall there way and that is too much of a worry for me especially with the likes of OXTED and STARMAN, but again DRAGON SYMBOL is tactically versatile and going to love these conditions so the one to side with in my opinion.
Oisin Murphy clearly agrees as he would’ve had an option to ride a few of these, but clearly holds his faith in the Archie Watson colt. I do also think that his Royal Ascot form with Campanelle is the best on offer and a repeat performance here would make him the one to beat. ROHAAN and OXTED are his main dangers but may have already had their day in the winners enclosure following impressive victories at Royal Ascot. DRAGON SYMBOL and Oisin Murphy to take the July cup!