Seven Saturday Selections from Curragh, Market Rasen & Newbury on Irish Oaks Day

In the following 17 July betting tips from Curragh, Market Rasen and Newbury, we have lots of bases covered. Starting with a Classic contest in the Emerald Isle, there is also a Group sprint alongside the Irish Oaks. At Market Rasen, meanwhile, the Summer Plate and Handicap Hurdle bring jumps to the table. Finally, Newbury’s card contain a Flat staying handicap, Listed prize and the Group 3 Hackwood Stakes. Read all about which horses to back in these races below…

Curragh 17 July betting tips – Snowfall opposed on price alone

There’s no value in backing long odds-on Irish Oaks favourite Snowfall for the feature 1m 4f Group 1 at The Curragh (15:25). Instead, I’m looking an each-way or without play in the form of Royal Ascot third NICEST. Trained by Donnacha O’Brien, this daughter of American Pharoah looks best of the rest to me.

I put Nicest up at massive odds of 50/1 each-way for the Group 2 Ribblesdale Stakes last time out. The reward for any punters following me was third place at an SP of 28/1. You can get anything like that price about Nicest this time, yet this is definitely her trip. Stamina comes from the dam who is out of Montjeu, and this three-year-old filly could well come on for her Royal Ascot outing.

Nicest was only beaten 2 1/2 lengths into third, prevailing over the re-opposing Divinely by a neck to make the frame. For that to happen again, it’s odds of 8/1 with Bet365 and the same bookmakers go 15/8 about Nicest in the without Snowfall betting. Either market appeals, even though Aidan O’Brien runs three other fillies besides the favourite.

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Improving Logo Hunter hard to oppose in Sapphire Stakes

Another market leader that looks impossible to oppose is LOGO HUNTER in the 5f Group 2 Sapphire Stakes earlier on the Curragh card (14:50). Trained by Michael Browne, this three-year-old only really has to prove he can handle a sounder surface after progressing plenty this season. I was against Logo Hunter only for my fancy Frenetic to finish last.

While my pick flopped, the three-year-old Brazen Beau gelding led approaching the final furlong and kept on strongly for a 1 1/2 lengths victory. That was under a penalty in a Listed event at Cork, having already won in the grade at Naas prior to that. Logo Hunter now steps up into Group company for the first time, but has the improving profile to make it.

He meets old rival Measure Of Magic off 2lb better terms than from their last encounter at Navan in April. There was just three-quarters of a length between the pair that day, so Johnny Murtagh’s filly may have it to do to confirm the form. That being said, Measure Of Magic has since scored against at Listed level at Cork and then ran a fine third at Royal Ascot in the Commonwealth Cup.

As that outing came at the highest level, and this is much easier, odds of 5/1 with Coral cannot be ignored by punters about Measure Of Magic. She had a hard race at Ascot, however, and Logo Hunter comes here fresher. The same bookies go 5/4 about him completing a hat-trick. On official figures, Logo Hunter has 3lb in hand on Measure Of Magic and more on the rest of the field, so should be winning this.

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Market Rasen betting tips – Lord Bryan the each-way Summer Plate bet

Peter Bowen has trained the winner of the Grade 3 Summer Plate Handicap Chase over an extended 2m 5f at Market Rasen six times. Off a low weight, that makes stable representative LORD BRYAN of obvious interest in this year’s renewal (14:40). This 10-year-old Brian Boru gelding won the official trial for the race over course and distance by five lengths last time out.

The handicapper’s interpretation of that was literal as Lord Bryan is up 5lb for that success. However, he has won off 121 and 124 over fences in the past. That makes his current mark of 122 workable. There was also lots to like about the way that Lord Bryan acquitted himself here when last in action. He faced a challenge but found more, forging clear on the run-in to win going away.

That five-length defeat of course specialist Ballyhome should not be underestimated. The eye is drawn to the progressive novice Captain Tom Cat too, but the market hasn’t missed him and he does have 11st 9lb on his back. Lord Bryan only carries 10lb, but doesn’t race out of the handicap.

With the Bowen yard also saddling Francky Du Berlais and my old favourite Mercian Prince from the Amy Murphy stable also in the line-up, there are other to consider. Lord Bryan has better claims than best odds of 14/1 with BetVictor, who pay five places, suggest. He is the one to side with each-way here with the trainer form the only negative.

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Consider Camprond and Hooper for Summer Handicap Hurdle

I’ve followed CAMPROND and Hooper with great interest over the last 12 months, and either could be a worthy winner of the 2m Summer Handicap Hurdle (14:05). Camprond is trained by Philip Hobbs for JP McManus and won over course and distance at long odds-on last time out. This demands a lot more than that novice event, yet the five-year-old Lope De Vega gelding is still improving.

Camprond was a gallant runner-up in a conditional and amateur jockeys’ handicap hurdle during the Aintree Grand National Festival, then a fine third in the Grade 3 Swinton Handicap Hurdle at Haydock in May. The runner-up, Cormier, has since scored twice on the Flat which advertises the form. Camprond is an 11/2 chance with William Hill, who pay five places, and should hit the frame again.

HOOPER represents Nicky Henderson, meanwhile, and has lots of 1s next to his name. This five-year-old Rip Van Winkle gelding has won all five of his starts in 2021 so far. After landing a Kempton bumper, he was perhaps fortune to make a successful return to hurdles at Hereford. There was no fluke about the way Hooper landed a conditional and amateur jockeys’ handicap hurdle at Cheltenham’s April Meeting, however.

He then followed-up at Stratford, holding previous Grade 1 winning novice hurdler Reserve Tank by a length. Hooper returned to the same venue and completed a hat-trick of hurdles wins under 7lb claimer Ben Ffrench-Davis. Henderson keeps the partnership intact and takes weight off his horse’s back. Hooper is therefore 5/1 with Betfred, who pay four places on this race, to go in again despite a career high mark of 139.

Newbury betting tips – Scaramanga the Bahrain Turf Series selection

In the 2m Bahrain Turf Series Handicap at Newbury, our 17 July betting tips say side with SCARAMANGA each way. This Paul Nicholls inmate returns to the Flat off a lowly mark of 86. As the six-year-old Mastercraftsman gelding has a rating of 151 over hurdles, he looks chucked into this outing on the level.

Owned by Malcolm Denmark, Scaramanga love good ground and and won over this trip on the hurdles course here on his penultimate start. I’ve been waiting to see what connections would do with this horse, knowing his preference for sound surfaces. This is an opportunity they may well exploit. Although Scaramanga is a maiden in turf races on the Flat, he is clearly better than his rating in this sphere.

The form of his course hurdles win, a game head win over Hang In There was recently advertised by the runner-up. Hang In There bolted up by nine lengths at Stratford. Scaramanga’s win at Sandown isn’t working out too badly either, as Byron Flyer since ran third to subsequent Northumberland Plate hero Nicholas T at York.

Hayley Turner now takes the ride. Scaramanga looks terrific value at 10/1 with BetVictor, who pay four places, for this one. His profile suggests there is more to come, especially on drying ground that should be ideal for him come race time. Scaramanga is a strong fancy off a nice racing weight of 8st 4lb.

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Derab could cash in Steventon Stakes

Now getting weight from all bar one rival and down in grade, DERAB can resume winning ways in the Listed 1m 2f Steventon Stakes. Trained by John and Thady Gosden, this Sea The Stars colt has eye-catching form. He bumped into subsequent Group 3 scorer La Barossa on racecourse debut at Ascot.

That was his only start as a juvenile. Derab only found subsequent Falmouth Stakes heroine Snow Lantern a length too good on reappearance here. He then got his head in front at Newmarket before contesting the Prix du Jockey Club. That was a big step up in class for the Juddmonte owned three-year-old. He probably didn’t handle the soft ground at Chantilly in French Classic company.

Derab was only beaten six lengths, however. He shape better than the bare result of eighth suggests. The winner, St Mark’s Basilica, has since landed the Eclipse at Sandown too. Now dropping down to Listed level, Derab should go better. Odds of 9/2 with Unibet say he can bounce back in this easier assignment.

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Happy Romance looks value in Hackwood Stakes

The last of our 17 July betting tips comes in the 6f Group 3 Hackwood Stakes (15:00). HAPPY ROMANCE shaped well over the minimum distance last time out, so now stepped up in trip could go well again. Trained by Richard Hannon, this three-year-old Dandy Man filly won the Super Sprint Stakes here as a two-year-old.

That victory on this card 12 months ago was the first of two successes for her in valuable sales races. Happy Romance then followed-up at York. She also got some black type with victory in the Group 3 Dick Poole Fillies’ Stakes at Salisbury. Although the runner-up, Alcohol Free, reversed the form next time out, that one acts at Newmarket.

Happy Romance hasn’t put her best foot forward there, but should give a better account of herself here. She shaped as though needing the run in the Group 3 Fred Darling over 7f here on reappearance. She may have found that a stretch first time out too. Her Listed win at Chelmsford proves she retains ability.

As Happy Romance didn’t handle the heavy ground at Royal Ascot, she needs a sounder surface. She gets that here, and was nearest at the finish in the Coral Charge Sprint Stakes last time out. Only beaten by half-a-length then, Happy Romance can deliver if reproducing that. She looks an each-way play at 9/1 with Betfred, who pay third place, and can hit the frame once again.

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