Big Race Winners:
The month started with Hawkbill winning the Coral Eclipse at Sandown for Godolphin and Charlie Appleby, beating The Gurkha and Time Test in impressive fashion. Godolphin have been in good knick of late and this Group One victory will be looked at as a highlight of their summer for sure. The following weekend saw an amazing renewal of the July Cup, with arguably one of the best fields over the flat all summer. Limato burst back to life with a classy and dominant performance. As soon as he broke clear there was only one winner and Magical Memory, Quiet Reflection and Profitable amongst other top sprinters. Six or seven furlongs seems the ideal trip, but connections are still determined to get their star the mile trip.
Mokarris was an easy winner of a 2YO Listed race at Newbury and looked a class apart in a strong field with tonnes of proven juvenile form. The time was impressive and he still had buckets left crossing the line. Simon Crisford’s 2YO has to be respected heading into the big 2YO races and has gone somewhat under the radar. The Tin Man bounced back to form the day after at Newbury and James Fanshawe must have been mightily relieved and now looks to be heading to Ascot for the Champions Day Sprint that’s shaping out to be one of the hottest of the flat season.
Fair Eva is another juvenile to watch come the end of the summer and certainly the best of a superb bunch of Frankel juniors so far. At the King George meeting it was Roger Charlton’s filly that stole the limelight from the main race after the late withdrawal of hot favourite Postponed. She bolted up in a Group 3 race for fillies and was up their with Carravaggio’s performance in terms of its command and impression.
The month ended with Glorious Goodwood, as the punters left the bookies reeling with favourite after favourite winning to their dismay. Big Orange and Mehmas stole the limelight on the Thursday. Michael Bell’s stable star won the Goodwood Cup for a successive year and Mehmas beat off the talk of the town in Godolphin’s Blue Point. Mehmas has become one of the stars of 2016 and up there with HA’s favourite of the summer so far. On the Friday of the festival Thikriyaat is finally coming good for Sir Michael Stoute and his win will look better than it does on paper in subsequent runs.
July began slowly and it was not always profit, profit, profit. In the end things began to pick up and as our confidence grew we ended the month extremely well. Punting is a long-term game and this is often forgotten, pick your bets and stick to them. If you had started this month with £10 and had bet on all our selections as advised you would be left with a cool profit of £449.50, not bad…
Some of our Winners – not including many successful EW bets
Brando, Sandown 9/4
Mehmas, Newmarket 11/4
Golden Stunner, Newbury 3/1
Scottish, Newbury 6/4
Soldier In Action, Ripon 13/2
Kamra, Nottingham 9/4
Brave Archibald, Leicester 11/1
Red Box, Ascot 16/1
Diploma, York 5/2
Just Glamorous, York 7/2
Spangled, Newmarket 11/4
Take Cover, Goodwood 12/1
Hillbilly Boy, Chester 20/1