Alan Thomson’s Racing Tips: Prepare to strike gold


VENTURA GOLD (8.10) is worth keeping in mind on a brilliant Saturday of sporting excellence, with Richard Fahey booking Silvestre De Sousa at Nottingham.

Ventura Gold bounced off the firm ground to win at Musselburgh and wasn’t disgraced in better company behind Broken Force at Haydock a fortnight ago.

Thirty minutes earlier THE LAST EMPEROR (7.40) is on a recovery mission and Roger Varian has found him a suitable opening. The colt was well backed at Haydock but was hampered leaving the stalls. In truth, he ran a bit of a stinker in fourth but he is probably a good bit better than that performance.

WINGED SPUR (4.50) won’t be much of a price but should have little trouble completing his hat-trick at Beverley, while RAILPORT DOLLY (3.00) is recommended at Leicester. Mick Appleby’s three-year-old was strong at the finish when scoring at Redcar and should be able to defy an 8lb rise.

ROARING LION (2.10) can capitalise on the late withdrawal of Derby hero Masar by landing the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown. With Saxon Warrior a surprise but very welcome addition to the stellar cast, Roaring Lion should go
off at backable odds.

He was very impressive over this distance when trouncing his rivals in the Dante Stakes at York, while Saxon Warrior will appreciate going 1m 2f following two Derby defeats at Epsom and the Curragh. Aidan O’Brien wouldn’t have backed him up so quickly if he thought his impressive 2000 Guineas winner hadn’t recovered fully from last weekend’s exertions. It’s one to enjoy.

Haydock provides some excellent TV action and Sir Mark Prescott’s RUDE AWAKENING (12.35) scored in the fashion of a fast improving stayer at Doncaster. He must hold solid claims in the 1m 6f handicap and gets the nod over Ghostwatch and Making Miracles.

The bet365 Old Newton Cup is one of the most fearsome middle-distance handicaps to be run in the north during high summer and this year is no exception. ACROSS THE STARS (1.45) doesn’t make a habit of winning but Richard Hannon’s five-year-old has run well in a couple of competitive handicaps of late. He had the worse of the draw when running on into third behind Dash Of Spice at Epsom and may reverse placings with runner-up Golden Wolf.

Marco Botti has twice scooped this valuable prize in recent years, including 2017 winner Dylan Mouth at 25-1. His Crowned Eagle, sixth at Epsom, shouldn’t be ignored.

Top weight Blakeney Point finished fourth in the race last year from a terrible draw but is stuck out wide again in stall 16. His trainer Roger Charlton has stronger claims with likely favourite Atty Persse, although his 2017 Royal Ascot winner has been off the track for a long period. Of course, that didn’t stop Charlton’s Withhold bolting up in last Saturday’s Northumberland Plate after a similar lengthy absence!

Recommended Bets

  • Nottingham 8.10
    Ventura Gold (4-1, Paddy Power)
  • Nottingham 7.40
    The Last Emperor (3-1, bet365)
  • Beverley 4.50
    Winged Spur (4-5, McBookie)
  • Leicester 3.00
    Railport Dolly (5-2, Ladbrokes)
  • Sandown 2.10
    Roaring Lion (7-4, William Hill)
  • Haydock 12.35
    Rude Awakening ew (100-30, McBookie)
  • Haydock 1.45
    Across The Stars ew (12-1, bet365)
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    recoba 2 weeks ago

    Narella…1.30. 7/4

    GL…great day yesterday gents, thanks!

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    Johnb 2 weeks ago

    World Cup antepost latest

    Just got Belgium left in but I am happy with that the way they are playing, advised at 11/1 for World Cup glory they are now 5/2
    Also still got Belgium for top scorers at 10/1 and they are 5 goals ahead of England, France & Russia

    Had Iran as the worst scorers at 11/1 and they finished bottom on 2 goals but so did another 11 teams

    Uruguay as top South American Team were ok at 13/2 but they shared that with Brazil

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    plou00 2 weeks ago

    Treble for me saturday racing

    Bev 4.50 – Winged Spur 4-5
    Bev 4:20 – Bit of a quirke 15-8
    Sand 3.55 – Banjo Gold 11-4

    Gdluck everyone on your selections, lets hope we beat the bookies this weekend :)

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    Johnb 2 weeks ago

    Football – World Cup

    Sweden v England

    SWEDEN to win 4/1 paddy power

    SWEDEN over 1.5 goals 17/4 unibet

    Russia v Croatia

    RUSSIA to win 31/10 marathonbet

    RUSSIA over 1.5 goals 7/2 paddy power

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      drogers 2 weeks ago

      I can’t follow the Sweden bet today Mr JB. I have to go with my heart on ENGLAND.

      Look forward to the tennis and bets on that from yourself as well as the horses.

      Have a great weekend.

      Cheers Dean

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        recoba 2 weeks ago

        Take a chance on a wide open race on me old mate Hawkbill at 18/1 Ew.

        As for Sweden? No Cpt today and double chance be the only small bet I’ll be having on them in a small acca as I can only see England going through.

        Best o luck lads.

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      drogers 2 weeks ago

      Yep. The heart wins.


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    philip66 2 weeks ago

    SWANSWAY 5:40 Nottingham 7-2 the trainer and especially the lady jockey( grandad/ granddaughter combo) are in excellent form. Good draw, second in the race last year, hopefully go one better this time.

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    ew thief 2 weeks ago

    Morning all well done winners yesterday
    Austrian school 12.35h 13/2
    Master carpenter 12.55s 28/1
    Gavota 1.30s 10/1
    Mount tahan 1.45h 40/1
    Green fortune 2.40c 11/1
    Glory awaits 3.50c 12/1
    Toy theatre 5.25c 14/1
    Ew singles & ew super Heinz ☘️Gl all

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    double carpet 2 weeks ago

    Qui Bono 7/2 6.50 bellew NAP


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    duncanpoundcake 2 weeks ago

    Very sad news about John Dunlop ,one of the Very Best .

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    benleoella1951 2 weeks ago

    I’m on when it’s money involved want best odds also angerland to get beaten ,I’m Scots so what you think

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    azzthewigan 2 weeks ago

    muthmir 12.20 chiefofchiefs 12.55 God given 1.10 prince elzaam 2.00 intisaab 2.20 singles well done all winners yesterday

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    philip66 2 weeks ago

    We all got behind scotland in 78, the great archie gemill n co, the Scottish lads should get behind England now.!!!!

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