weekend-previewThis Saturday we have a host of interesting Flat season action coming thick and fast through the afternoon at Haydock Park, Beverley and Newmarket, as their campaign gets underway on the July course. We’ve picked out a Dark Horse in all NINE contests set to be shown live on ITV Racing…

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13:45 The Betway Middle Distance Handicap Stakes

Dark Horse: Bet ALHAAZM 10/3 @ Unibet

This 3yo Cape Cross colt is yet to win in four starts to date, so his form figures aren’t the most appealing compared to some of these. But Sir Michael Stoute has brought the horse along gradually and he seems to be steadily progressive. Haydock should suit and another step forward, along with a step up in trip, should see him go close to shedding his maiden tag.

14:25 The Betway Pinnacle Stakes (Group 3)

Dark Horse: Bet PILASTER 6/1 @ Unibet

This Roger Varian trained daughter of Nathaniel steps back to 1m4f for the first time since finding herself out of her depth in a Group 1 race won by Magical. On her only other start at twelve furlongs, Pilaster absolutely bolted up in a race at Kempton and perhaps this less demanding test of stamina can see her turn around recent fortunes.

15:00 The Betway Achilles Stakes (Listed Race)


Dark Horse: Bet INTENSE ROMANCE 4/1 @ Unibet

Michael Dods is a dab hand at training sprinters and 104 rated 5yo run three races on the spin at the back end of her 2018, hinting at some classy ability. She ran below form on her return to action at Naas last time out, which leaves her a bit to find here. Can the return to a home track see her turn the corner?

15:35 The Betway John Of Gaunt Stakes (Group 3)

Dark Horse: Bet TIP TWO WIN 11/1 @ Unibet

Tip Two Win belied huge odds to chase home Saxon Warrior in the 2018 2000 Guineas, but he hasn’t reached or improved upon that potential since in three runs for trainer Roger Fell. Perhaps a step back in trip on this return from a few months off could spark a revival from the talented 4yo. He’s in at the deep end here in a warm contest, but it will be interesting to see how he gets on.

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13:25 The Dadie Oughtred Handicap Stakes

Dark Horse: Bet QAYSAR 5/1 @ Unibet

With recent form figures reading 00-80, Richard Hannon’s charge makes no appeal on the face of things, but he didn’t disgrace himself and wasn’t beaten far in the Victoria Cup at Ascot the last day and sights are lowered here.

14:00 The Dadie Oughtred Handicap Stakes

Dark Horse: Bet YARROW GATE 15/2 @ Unibet

This Michael Dods trained filly improved on her debut 4th to clock a good speed figure when second on soft ground at Carlisle last time out. She now tackles good to firm ground, which makes for an interesting test and although others bring winning form to the table, Yarrow Gate could be a progressive type.

15:15 The Trucking By Brian Yeardley Two Year Old Trophy Conditions Stakes

Dark Horse: Bet SUMMER SANDS 4/1 @ Unibet

Several come into this quality looking juvenile race with winning form, but this Richard Fahey trained runner can build on a promising 3rd on debut and cannot be ruled out here. He gets weight from his main rivals and has to be respected.

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14:10 The Bentley Cambridge Handicap Stakes

Dark Horse: Bet AFTER JOHN 7/1 @ Unibet

Mick Channon trains After John, one of the lightly-raced runners in this field and the Dutch Art gelding has improved through each of his three starts to date. A step back up to 7f shouldn’t be a problem and although he faces plenty of more experienced rivals here, he could be above average; but this is the acid test of that hope.

14:45 The Bernard Sunley Memorial Handicap Stakes

Dark Horse: Bet MELTING DEW 17/2 @ Unibet

Melting Dew is hard to catch right, but Sir Michael Stoute’s runner is entitled to improve a lot for his seasonal debut at Newmarket, but he ran flat in moderately run affair won by Baghdad. Melting Dew is a talented horse on his day and conditions and pace should be more to suit here.

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