23 Jul
2016

Wing George

July 23rd, 2016

Twice in the last five years John Gosden has taken today’s feature, the £1.15m King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes (4.30pm), with a fast-improving three-year-old, and he can repeat the trick today with Wings Of Desire.

The Newmarket metro popped up with 11/2 chance Nathaniel back in 2011, and repeated the trick with 7/2 hope Taghrooda, who was adding to her win in the Oaks, two years ago.

The sole representative of the Classic generation in today’s seven horse line up, Frankie Dettori’s mount, winner of the Dante and fourth in the Derby, gets a whopping 12 pounds from his older rivals.

These perhaps don’t quite raise the pulse quite like they would have done prior to the withdrawal of Postponed earlier in the week, with the betting topped by the Group 2 Hardwicke winner, Dartmouth.

You’d respect but not necessarily fear the likes of Erupt and Highland Reel, and Gosden will know this is a golden chance to enhance his brilliant record, especially as Eagle Top, a full brother to Wings Of Desire was also second in this twelve months ago.

Gosden also has Western Hymm to back up his challenge, but Wings Of Desire looks the main threat in receipt of a big chunk of weight, especially as he returns from a break back on a more conventional track.

It does make you wonder about Dermot Weld has missed a trick by not entering dual Derby hero Harzand, though knowing Weld and his love affair with Galway, he is probably saving him for a two mile novice hurdle later in the week if he hasn’t already broken last year’s winners total by the end of Thursday!

Joking aside, no favourite has prevailed in the King George since Conduit back in 2009, so bag a slice of the value and follow Wings Of Desire at 9/2 with Hills.

Elsewhere, there looks to be an opportunity to back a winner on the turf at Lingfield Park this evening, with Harry Dunlop’s Torquay fancied to cash in on her first try in a handicap (6.10pm).

Allotted a handicap mark of 68 after three mandatory runs in maidens at lesser trips, she can improve for the experience and step up in distance this evening to beat an exposed looking bunch.

Both BetVictor and Coral offer 9/2 about Sam Hitchcott’s mount in the mile and three quarter contest.

Good luck!

Today’s best bets:

4.30 Ascot – King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes – 7 Wings Of Desire (win) @ 9/2 (William Hill)

6.10 Lingfield – Glorious Goodwood Betting At 188Bet Handicap – 4 Torquay (win) @ 9/2 (BetVictor)

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Today's NAPS from leading Racing Journalists

Pontefract View Racecard
Bossy GuestMoorestyle (Daily Star Sunday)
2:10 Ascot View Racecard
Apex KingEbor (The Press, York)
Dubai HeroJeffrey Ross (Glasgow Evening Times)
2:15 Chester View Racecard
The Nazca LinesSteve Simpson (Blackpool Gazette)
2:45 Ascot View Racecard
Fair EvaLee Sobot (Yorkshire Evening Post)
KilmahWest Tip (Western Morning News)
2:50 Chester View Racecard
Golden GlimmerRob Wright (The Times)
2:55 Newcastle View Racecard
Rex ImperatorJason Heavey (Sunday Express)
3:00 York View Racecard
Get KnottedThe Duke (Yorkshire Post)
3:20 Ascot View Racecard
Pirouette- (The Guardian)
Taurean StarTemplegate (The Sun)
Von BlucherGary Nutting (Sunday Mirror)
Marlborough (Daily Telegraph)
3:55 Ascot View Racecard
Bossy GuestMoorestyle (Daily Star Sunday)
3:55 Ascot View Racecard
BrazosPaul Kealy (Weekender)
Heaven's GuestFortunatus (Sheffield Star)
Karl Hedley (Irish Post)
LincolnRory Delargy (The Irish Field)
Room KeyFarringdon (Morning Star)
WithernseaRobin Goodfellow (Daily Mail)
4:00 Chester View Racecard
PoweralliedChris Wright (Liverpool Echo)
4:05 Newcastle View Racecard
Pecking OrderWise Owl (Belfast Newsletter)
4:10 York View Racecard
IntisaabRockavon (Sunday Mail)
KimberellaMercury (Daily Post)
4:20 Newmarket View Racecard
Broken StonesPatrick Weaver (The Star)
4:30 Ascot View Racecard
DartmouthNewsboy (Daily Mirror)
The Scout (Daily Express)
EruptWhistler (Sunday Telegraph)
Highland ReelGarry Owen (Daily Record)
Melissa Jones (Gloucestershire Echo)
Wings of DesireChris Goulding (Scottish Express)
6:10 Lingfield View Racecard
Torquay- (Racing and Football Outlook)
6:40 Lingfield View Racecard
LeoncavalloGlendale (The Scotsman)
8:20 Salisbury View Racecard
King ColeKeith McHugh (Oldham Evening Chronicle)

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