Day two of the July Meeting plus there’s a good William Hill-sponsored card on Friday and Nick Luck has previewed the best of it for us. 


KING OF CLUBS is fancied to win the first ITV3 race at Newmarket on Friday (1.50pm) at 7/1. A smart and progressive three-year-old, he raised his game again in defeat at Sandown last time. In so doing he looked like a horse that would really appreciate a step up in distance and perhaps being able to aim at a more even, contested pace. He is guaranteed the first and will likely be granted the second here, and his stable is going pretty well.

FLOTUS is taken to redeem her reputation in the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes (2.25pm) at 13/2. She sank in the swamp behind today’s rivals Sandrine and Hello You in the Albany at Royal Ascot, but made a huge impression first time out at Goodwood, and travelled through the first part of the Ascot race with all the same zest. At the prices, she is well worth another chance with Frankie Dettori in the saddle.

LOSTWITHIEL is yet another Ascot failure that I’m sticking by in the staying handicap (3.00pm). He travelled very sweetly through the Ascot Stakes before appearing to hit the wall stamina-wise. This slightly more conventional test will be more up his street, and I’m pretty convinced that he remains a very well handicapped horse at 14/1.

SNOW LANTERN is the cautious pick in the Falmouth (3.35pm) at 4/1. This is a wonderful race with any amount of possibilities. I have enormous respect for Primo Bacio and the turn of foot she showed at York, Indie Angel will be overpriced again after her Ascot heroics, while Lady Bowthorpe and Alcohol Free hardly need me to sell their credentials. The selection, however, took a massive step forward behind Alcohol Free at Ascot, and I’m certain that this track and this ground will enable her to bridge the gap somewhat.


ONASSIS can win the William Hill Summer Stakes (2.40pm) at York. Although better known as a seven-furlong filly or a miler, she recorded her best official figure over this trip at Ascot last year on Champions Day, and this is a significantly easier race against her own gender. She may have most to fear from stable companion Vadream, but she’s a high class filly and is overpriced at 13/2.