You’ll struggle to find a busier week of racing in July as the one we’ve enjoyed over the last few days and the best part about it is we’ve yet to see the best of the action. The British summertime is in full flow and we’ve been treated to a thrilling few days of sport. Here are our top July 13 horse racing betting tips.
Saturday’s schedule steps it up a notch with followers of the UK and Irish scene enjoying action from Newmarket, York, Ascot, Chester, Newton Abbot, Salisbury, Hamilton, Limerick and Navan. The rota goes from early afternoon through to the evening, before US and Canadian racing takes over. You’ll always be just a click away from an interest.
Highlight Goes at HQ
The best of the day comes to us from Newmarket, a course known to race goers as HQ. The list gets started at 1.50pm with a maiden fillies’ stakes and we’re gripped through to the conclusion of the final race which is set to be sent off at 5.15pm. The six-race card is headlined by the Darley July Cup Stakes at 4.40pm and you can watch live on ITV, Racing TV or through one of the popular sports betting mobile apps which offers live commentary and an HD quality stream.
Our team of horse racing tipsters and sports betting enthusiasts have kept followers on the right side of profit so far this year and pick out the popular July Stakes as the best way to continue beating the bookies. It’s a race with plenty of value on offer as traders fumble around trying to predict a favourite. That indecision caught our eye and we believe we’ve found a bet well worth having that, if it goes according to plan, will give a serious boost to your account balance.
The July Cup is a Group 1 contest that will be run over 6f on the good ground of Newmarket. With over £280,000 promised to the winner, it’s little surprise to see some of the sport’s biggest and best names in attendance. During the antepost betting we had a 16-runner field but that has been whittled down during the various declaration stages. Some good runners will miss out on a chance to shoot for the prize, but the confirmed pack is laden with talent and we’re guaranteed a thrilling renewal of the race that is loved by punters all over the world.
US Navy Flag won the prize 12 months ago when scoring for Aidan O’Brien and Ryan Moore, a partnership that is always popular with both shrewd and casual backers. The race was first run back in 1876 and enjoys an illustrious history. The most successful horse to ever compete remains Sundridge who has a record three titles, won in 1902, 1903 and 1904. The record books have Lester Piggott as the most successful jockey with no less than 10 titles, achieved between Vigo in 1957 and Mr Brooks in 1992.
Looking through the trainer stats and two are locked on five titles, Charles Morton with Sundridge and Vincent O’Brien who was responsible for Thatch in 1973, Saritamer 1974, Solinus 1978, Thatching 1979 and Royal Academy in 1990. Jack Joel has owned more winners than any other, his list made up of five previous champions.
Dream of Dreams Leads the Way
There’s not a lot there for followers of the trends to go on, so we take a closer look at more recent runnings in an attempt to pick out a pattern or a clue worth following. Clive Cox has trained two of the last six champions – Lethal Force in 2013 and Harry Angel in 2017. Adam Kirby has also proven to be profitable in recent times, sitting on two of the last half dozen, although they were both Cox runners. At present there’s nothing coming from that camp.
That leaves us to flick through the betting and see what bookmakers make of what promises to be one of the most competitive renewals of the July Cup. The antepost market was dominated by Dream of Dreams who sat at the head of the list with a 4/1 price tag attached by Ladbrokes. That’s tight in such an open race but it’s the best odds available at the time of writing with many firms going as short as 3/1 on the same bet. If you are going to be putting your trust in Dream of Dreams, we would advise taking advantage of the generosity shown by Ladbrokes. Calling the winner of this one will be difficult enough without taking less of a price about your prediction.
Dream of Dreams is trained by Sir Michael Stoute who has won this race three times in the past, Marwell 1981, Green Desert 1986 and Ajdal 1987. Is the famous trainer about to update his profile and end the July drought? The money men think so and it’s no surprise to see them side with this five-year-old horse as he brings stats of five wins and 10 placed efforts from 22 runs.
Jolly in Stunning Form
So far this season he has been in stunning form, winning two of three and placing second in the spare. That will be more than enough to catch the eye of experienced backers and those who saw him score over 6f at Windsor on his penultimate start will be keen to keep on the right side of this runner.
He was sent off at 11/4 in the Hamilton Stakes and finished a length ahead of runner up Glorious Journey, with SP favourite The Tin Man back in third. Others worth a mention in the antepost market were Advertise at 11/4, Cape Byron 9/2 and Brando 9/1.