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#OddsKnows Racing Preview: 2nd Jul

Updated: Jul 2, 2022

As usual we have our weekend preview with the action this week coming from Sandown, Haydock, Leicester and Beverley.

So for this week our man #OddsKnows takes a look at the best of all the action for the televised races that make up the days ITV7 here for you on The Cheeky Punts.

Plus, don't forget to check out the #OddsKnows Nap which you can find here as well as all the latest for today on our racing pages today

1.50pm Sandown

We kick off with a 5f dash for this G3 affair and the old boy Equilateral drops down in grade after a pretty solid looking 5th in the G1 at Ascot a few weeks ago where he was far from disgraced. He could go well again here but is up against some stronger looking youngsters here. The 3YO Nymphadora has a couple of seconds of late including last time out at Ascot, top jock Will Buick takes the mount and the Andrew Balding charge can give another good account here and another with an each way shot could be Existent, he drops back to G3 company here after being outclassed a little at Ascot but should be more competitive here

Method is relatively unexposed and could have more to show here but has a bit to prove and another with a bit to prove is Tippy Toes, her best form has come on the AW and whilst she's 0-6 on the turf, with SDS onboard she has each way possibilities especially with the extra places on offer here.

At the top of the market though this could be a battle between the impressive Raasel who's won 8 from 11 and the Dubawi 5YO can put in another solid performance here and is likely to get a good run again here under James Doyle but I am going to side with Mitbaahy. He is a C&D winner having won the Scurry Stakes 3 weeks ago and the stats are favourable here with a number of horses having completed the double in recent years. The Irish 3YO can take another step forward here and land this one for the in-form Roger Varian to kick off the day

2.05pm Haydock

The first race from Haydock on the box is the 2.05pm where 15 go to post for this 1m6f C2 and we have a number who have a live chance here. Skybet go 5 places here too so there could be some each way value to be had. Spyecaster was disappointing at York back in May and is unproven over the trip so has a number of question marks whereas Hello Jumeirah looks like she could be more suited as another who steps up in trip here as well. Gadget Man could have more to come and Laura Pearson will claim a handy 3lb so cant be ruled out completely and Percy Jones could be well weighted have finished 2nd to Double Cherry 3 weeks ago, and we'll have more on him in a moment.

Valsad was 4th of 5 LTO when a pretty warm favourite so needs to get back on track but the talented youngster Harry Davies is onboard claiming 5lb so he could well figure. Duty Bound is one of the few here who is proven at the trip having won over this distance LTO at Sandown but has gone up 5lb for that win but we know he should stay and another who looks like he should be suited to this trip is Nathanael Greene however his runs have all been on quicker ground so far.

If you're looking for the bigger prices here Achnamara was 3rd behind Giavellotto at Doncaster and both could well figure here for the places. And at around 50/1 Dark Mystery could figure having finished 3rd behind Duty Bound but this looks a tougher ask.

The 2 market principles here though look the pick again for me and Double Cherry is up 8lb for a recent win at Goodwood but that looks well within reach and he can continue the upward curve but Sea King won a shade cosily LTO at Doncaster and looked like the extra distance today could really suit. He does have a 9lb rise to contend with but I do think that he may still actually be a touch ahead of the handicapper.

2.25pm Sandown

The Skybet money back race is the 2.25pm and its another open looking one. The Osbornes have Ouzo who was a good 2nd over C&D and the 6YO had looked sharp since joining the yard although something was may be a miss LTO at Ascot as he was clearly eased down. If back to his best he has an each way shout as does Flyin High who has been consistent of late without winning. Trais Fluors is a bit of an enigma of late but did win over C&D last June and Escobar has been in the mix in this for 3 of the last 4 years.

Lion Tower looks a progressive sort and won LTO at York after a 2nd in a big field handicap (also at York) so should be in the mix again along with Sinjaari who put in a decent performance showing at Ascot and has been well supported. But the nod here goes to Checkandchallenge who was a big price when being outclassed in the 2000 Guineas. This is a different class entirely and he does was 2 from 2 on the AW before that defeat so he can get back to winning ways here

2.40pm Haydock

Its the Lancashire Oaks in the 2.40pm with 7 runners lining up for this one. Nell Quickly looks held on the form and Believe in Love has won over further so may find this one a bit too hot. The two 3YOs, Kawida and Stay Alert, are both open to improvement and Kawida could well be the pick of those two but at the top of the betting Sea La Rosa is a C&D winner having won the G3 here back at the end of May and trainer William Haggas remains in pretty hot form of late.

Free Wind didn't do a lot wrong last season but hasn't been seen since last September so there may be a question mark on fitness although she should go well fresh and will almost certainly feature in some big races this summer.

Eshaada has been well supported in the market and is a G1 winner although she was a shade disappointing first time out this season at Newbury. She may well have needed that run and with trainer Roger Varians yeard in red hot form, and the old maestro Jim Crowley doing the steering, she should go well here and justify that early market support

3.00pm Sandown

The Coral Distaff looks to be all about the unbeaten filly Heredia and it is hard to see her getting beat here. She has been improving with each run and landed a nice handicap at Royal Ascot beating a big field to justify favouritism but is a very short price for this one.

The value then may come from the challengers with Queen Aminatu representing the in-form pair of Haggas and Marquand whilst Grande Dame came up short LTO in a higher grade at Ascot so should be more competitive dropping down in grade. So I'm going to take a shot on Fast Attack and the 3/1 without the fav looks worth a cheeky punt, she was a creditable 5th in the German 1000 Guineas so could well be the one to throw down the challenge to the hot fav

3.15pm Haydock

The Old Newton Cup see 17 going to post but we have a very warm order favourite here in Gaassee for that man Haggas again. He has done nothing wrong so far with a good win LTO at York and could well be a class above these but that is reflected in the current price of aroud 15/8.

The value here could therefore be in the each way market and with extra places on offer from a number of bookies and Liverpool Knight could well be the one to challenge the fav along with the Andrew Balding trained filly Secret Shadow, both look to have solid each way claims but at a bigger price Something Enticing could be well in now back handicapping. Inchicore shouldn't be ruled out and It's Good to Laugh may need some luck in this big field but can make a late charge for a place whilst any rain may swing things in favour of Brentford Hope

My each way play though is going to be Get Shirty who won at Royal Ascot and I expect a similar race plan today, running prominent from the low draw and then challenging late. At around 10/1 he looks a good each way shot against the fav and should be in the mix

3.35pm Sandown

We finish the day on the box with the Coral Eclipse and although we've only 6 runners, it looks like it should be a very hot renewal. Lord North is the old boy in the race and is held by a couple of these and another more seasoned campaigner is Mishriff who was 2nd here last year and did win the Judmonte beating Alenquer. The latter though has gone from strength to strength and has been very progressive and comes in to this with the Haggas yard in fine form so he certainly cant be discounted

The big 3 here look like being Native Trail who has already been the champion 2YO and won the Irish 2,000 Guineas over at the Curragh having finished 2nd in the UK version (when going off a pretty hot fav). He's clearly a top miler but the only question mark may be if he will get the 1m2f here. A proven winner at the trip though is the French raider Vadeni who has looked pretty impressive winning the last 2. He's yet to race on UK soil but I don't think that should be too much of a negative so it would be no surprise to see him take this one but I am siding with the 'home side' and Sir Michael Stoutes Bay Bridge. He's a C&D winner and looked every inch an Eclipse horse despite getting beat LTO at Ascot but I think he can go 1 better here and get back to winning ways

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