Horse Racing

The John Guest Racing Handicap Stakes Betting Tips and Predictions

One of the highlights of the first day of the two-day King George meeting at Ascot will be the John Guest Racing Handicap Stakes, a high-quality, Class 2 affair.

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This race will be run over one mile and four furlongs, for which nine runners are due to go post. If the early betting is anything to go by, there’s a strong favourite for this race, but can he be opposed?

Our Betting Tips and Predictions for The John Guest Racing Handicap Stakes

Ahead of this handicap race, here are our best betting tips and predictions:

Our Best Prediction: Oneforthegutter (each-way) @ 13/2

As touched on in the best overall tips article for this King George meeting at Ascot, there’s lots to like about Oneforthegutter, who could do with being a point of two shorter in the betting by my reckoning.

This horse won at Ascot last time out, over course and distance, doing the job well on ground that was far from good. The softening surface certainly aided his cause on that occasion, so the forecast soft ground should be little issue. He also improved for the step up to this trip and it’s fair to say that he remains unexposed at one mile and four furlongs.

It’s also worth noting that this race looks simpler than the contest he won last time out. At the very least, there appears to be less strength in depth, while there are quite a few who come here in poor form and now have something to prove, whereas Ian Williams’ runner does not. When summarizing the best bets for the meeting overall, I also alluded to the fact that the booking of William Buick is a big plus. To my eyes, the four-year-old has more in his favour than most here, while he’s entitled to at the very least, remain in-form in a first-time visor. He may even improve for the addition of that equipment.

Our Each Way Prediction: City Streak (each-way) @ 11/1

If you’re searching for something at bigger odds, then you could certainly do worse than placing an each-way bet on City Streak at odds of 11/1. Yet to finish out of the places on similar ground, this runner certainly knows how to go well on a soft surface, which is a big plus ahead of this race, and is also not something that can be said of all of these.

Andrew Balding’s runner got up late in the day, after staying on powerfully, to win over one mile and two furlongs at Chester (on soft ground) back in May, while he took both a hike in the weights and step up in grade in his stride to finish a good second at Redcar a fortnight later. He wasn’t seen to best effect at Windsor last time out, but can be forgiven that effort on good-to-firm. Back on soft ground, he’s not without a shout.

After all, he was a winner over this trip at Haydock on soft ground last season, while it’s not overly difficult to envisage him having won that Redcar Class 2 had the ground been more to his liking.

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