Best bet for the horse racing Thursday 20th July

I have left the horse racing alone thus far this week and the quickest of glances across the results confirms it was the correct decision. There has been a smattering of odds-on shots winning, not a lot of good to anyone unless you had them in a multiple, with a fair share of bigger priced winners; I would suggest a good few days to be a Bookie. I am getting involved on Thursday and have two fancies at the evening meeting over on the Epsom Downs. 

Best bet for the horse racing at Epsom

Inner City makes his third start in the 7f Betfred 'Passionate About Sport' British EBF Maiden Stakes at Epsom due off at 6.30 this evening. A 1,100,000 Guineas yearling purchase for Godolphin he has shown signs of greenness on both starts to date, fourth at Yarmouth on debut and then third at Sandown, both runs over today's trip. By Dubawi he is out of Urban Fox who won the G.1 Juddmonte Pretty Polly Stakes in her racing days and it's a fair family that has produced a number or winners down the years. William Buick rides, as you would expect, but he has just the four rides at the meeting and I suspect this one is his main hope and not just because it’s for his boss. On a course where a high draw is seen as a positive stall 8 of 8 is perfect and of Buick can get him settled early he must have every chance. The colt is short enough at Evens but I have taken that and I am confident it will be third time lucky for him. 

The 8.05, 7f  Chantilly Handicap, is the sort of race that you can make a case for several in but one makes his handicap debut that I think is worth an investment. I have talked of Hawajes before, I wanted to back him at Lingfield earlier this year when a non-runner and then did back him on his belated debut at Wolverhampton when fourth. He cost 125,000 Guineas as a yearling and is a son of top-class two-year-old Mehmas out of Strange Magic, who was also a winner at two and I am convinced he will win races. He recently moved from the ownership of Al Shaqab Racing and the yard of Richard Hannon to Tony Carroll and an opening mark of 63 could look very lenient this evening on his handicap debut; has shown promise on two of his three starts, his run at Kempton in May was too bad to be true. Stall seven isn't a bad draw, Hollie Doyle rides, and at the early price of 12-1 he is a speculative punt in a relatively open affair. 

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