The main betting focus for the day is likely to be on the Victoria Cup at Ascot, the 7f cavalry charge features no less than 29 runners and will take plenty of solving, especially as the draw advantage can seemingly from one meeting to the next. It usually pays to go for a horse proven in big field races at Ascot and one horse who certainly fits the bill is Lightning Cloud. He’s drawn very high and hopefully that will be an advantage as the stands side seemed to be favoured at the last meeting at Ascot and it’s not hard to make a case for Lightning Cloud who has already won and finished second in competitive races at Ascot. The key to Lightning Cloud is fast ground, many of his runs at this venue have been on softer than ideal ground but conditions on Saturday should be perfect for the horse that has form figures of 141 on good to firm ground. Check out the betting offers for this race as some bookies may offer 5 places on each way bets.
Over at Haydock there is a mixed jumps and flat card and there could be an interesting bet in the 4.05, a 7f listed race. Gregorian may have the best form but he also has a linking for soft ground so on the faster ground at Haydock Pastoral Player may be able to put behind him his disappointing run last time out. That came in a Group 2 contest after playing up at the start and the drop in class should see an improved performance, especially as Pastoral Player won a group 3 race over this course and distance last season. With doubts about Gregorian’s effectiveness on the ground it could be 3 year old Emell who follows Pastoral Player home, Emell has finished second in four of his last five starts.
At Lingfield it is Derby and Oaks Trial day but those aren’t always the best betting heats unless you’ve got some free bets so one of the more interesting betting heats on that card is the 3.25. This 10f handicap might only feature six runners but all have chances. Tepmokea might be a little overlooked in this race as he hasn’t won for two years but last time out only a subsequent group 2 winner stopped Tepmokea from visiting the winners enclosure so that looks good form.Share on Facebook