Archive | July, 2013

King George Preview & Tips: Go Hell For Leather

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Bolger: Can land Ascot’s King George

The prestigious King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes has attracted the highest rated horse in the world (3.50pm, Ascot, Saturday). Corine Barande-Barbe’s Cirrus Des Aigles is rated nearly a stone better than his closest rival in this field of eight. He has understandably been the clear favourite (best priced at 7/4) since news of St Nicholas Abbey’s career-ending injury broke.

If you are dubious about ratings, Cirrus Des Aigles must merit some respect for getting closer to Frankel than any other horse last year. He finished within two lengths of him in the more …

Hungarian Grand Prix: Reckon on Raikonnen

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Raikkonen: Hungary for a win at 11/2

Three weeks after Sebastian Vettel’s home victory in Germany, the Formula One paddock regroups for the Hungarian Grand Prix (Race, Sunday, 1pm BST, live on Sky Sports F1) at the Hungaroring circuit on the outskirts of Budapest.

Vettel held off a late challenge from the two Lotus drivers to secure his fourth victory of the season in Germany and now leads his nearest challenger Fernando Alonso by more …

July Cup Preview & Tips: Take bookies by Force

Cox: trains champion sprinter prospect

The prestigious Group 1 July Cup has attracted an exciting, international field of sprinters with a classy dozen going to post (3.50pm, Newmarket, Saturday).

Richard Fahey’s Mayson may have come in at 20/1 on the heavy going last year but he was a soft ground specialist who was left for dead on sounder surfaces. In the last decade the longest priced winner of the July Cup on good or faster ground was more …

Eclipse Preview: The Fugue On Song

A select field of seven go to post at Sandown on Saturday (3.50pm) for the Eclipse Stakes. Most of them were in action just two weeks ago, including the 15/8 favourite, Roger Charlton’s Al Kazeem. Is it realistic to expect him and many of the other more …

German Grand Prix Preview: Mercedes To Dominate

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Rosberg: Can capitalise in his home Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel’s non-finish at the British Grand Prix last weekend allowed his main rivals to close in the drivers’ championship, but the Red Bull driver remains bookies’ favourite to reassert his authority with victory at his home German Grand Prix (Sunday, 13:00 BST, Sky Sports F1).

Gearbox problems saw Vettel retire from the lead at Silverstone, allowing Nico Rosberg to take more …