Today’s Channel 4 races (preview)

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TV preview for racing on Saturday 18th July 2015

Steven Mullington marks your card.

1.40 Newmarket – Handicap (1m).

Course and distance winner, Azraff is one to take note of in this race. Placed on all four runs this season, Marco Botti’s three-year-old colt is due a change of fortune.

The front running mare, Boonga Roogeta is the most likely horse to set the pace to the race and she cannot be dismissed from calculations if given too much of an uncontested lead. Play this horse in any forecast designs you may have.

2.00 Newbury – Fillies’ Handicap (1m).

The Godolphin owned, Forest Maiden has already won two of her five starts this term and was placed in the other three, and so sets the benchmark here.

Demoted “winner” last time out, Little Lady Katie looks set to make all the running and Silvestre De Sousa is certainly a positive booking.

2.15 Newmarket – The Aphrodite Stakes for fillies and mares (1m 4f).

The Godolphin owned pair of runners, Dream Child and Desert Snow should take all the beating. In which order they will finish is the million dollar question?

With a run of seven races stretching back to last November, Dream Child has never failed to reach the top two positions. It is worth noting however that all the fillies’ wins have come on the artificial surface at Wolverhampton and that her two latest turf races have both resulted in the smallest of defeats.

The grey filly, Desert Snow has a very similar profile but she hasn’t been seen out on the track for 241 days. She is likely however to be fully primed for her seasonal bow by her trainer.

2.35 Newbury – Steventon Stakes (1m 2f).

Sir Michael Stoute’s, Consort should have the measure of his rivals in this race given that many of them already look overcooked, opposed to this colt having just his third run and being in top form.

Consort could never match Gleneagles in the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot but that formline is head and shoulders above any of his competitors here.

Tullius was never a factor in the Eclipse last time out but this is more his type of race and he is one to look at for forecast purposes, especially given his back form in top class company.

2.55 Market Rasen – Summer Hurdle (2m 1f).

We get a rare Saturday TV look at the summer jumps action here with the two feature races at Market Rasen being given an airing.

The Summer Hurdle is always a competitive event and it may pay to side with a trainer/jockey combination who are doing well at the moment.

One of those combinations is Dr Richard Newland and Will Kennedy who pair up with Gran Maestro. The gelding has performed well in a few flats runs over the summer and will be spot on for this race.

Plenty of summer jumps honours have been going to the trainer, John Ferguson of late, especially when Aidan Coleman has been jocked up. Watch out for that winning combination if they pair up here (Buckwheat).

3.10 Newbury – Hackwood Stakes (6f).

Ed Walker is in a rich vein of form at the moment and his runner, Aeolus may just prove the answer to this small, but competitive, race.

Aeolus won the Chipchase race at Newcastle three weeks ago beating Mattmu and Danzeno in a blanket finish. Officially rated 111, this gelding looks to hold all the aces.

Strath Burn may well chase him home.

3.30 Market Rasen – Summer Plate (2m 5f).

This is one of the most popular chases of the summer season and it is usually run at quite a blistering pace too.

Winners in recent years have included Snoopy Loopy, Quilinton, Bobowen and It’s A Gimme.

Peter Bowen, who has won this race four times in the last twelve years, uncharacteristically does not have a single runner entered this year so finding the winner is somewhat trickier.

Brave Spartacus looks like a horse that has been mapped out for this race. He’s been kept fresh by the Reveley team and his front running racing style looks perfect for this race, providing he can put in a blemish free round.

The Keighley stable appear to have got Champion Court somewhere near his former best. The gelding was pretty woeful for most of 2014 but two recent chase wins have showed he’s back in love with the game.

3.45 Newbury – Super Sprint (5f).

A trappy sprint, full of two year olds, to end the afternoon’s proceedings is never ideal, however the horse on the radar is Clive Cox’s, Soapy Aiken.

Soapy Aiken was a pretty close fourth in the Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot behind Washington DC and a reproduction of that run or anything close to it should bode well here.

The Mark Johnson stable often springs to life on the eve of Glorious Goodwood so his runner, Hawatif is worth a precautionary look in the market.

*Please note this article was written on Thursday evening and this is an automated post.

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