Horse Racing Tips: Ruby Walsh and Paddy Power’s best bets for the Newmarket July Cup and Saturday’s other big races

It’s going to be another action-packed day of racing across the UK and Ireland.


There’s some quality racing taking place in the UK and Ireland this weekend with the July Cup set to take centre stage at Newmarket at 15.35 on Saturday.

And, as ever, Ruby Walsh has joined Paddy Power on the From The Horse’s Mouth podcast to deliver his verdict on the biggest races of the weekend including July Cup contenders and a NAP from each. Here’s the pick of Saturday’s selections from the lads and you can listen to the tipping section, as well as the rest of the podcast, below.

Newmarket 13:35 – July Cup

Paddy: Golden Horde (NAP)

Clive Cox who we spoke to on the Podcast earlier seems to really have a twinkle in his eye about Golden Horde. I just believe, about sprinters, that they always get better for a run. I think Golden Horde, that run, winning so impressively first time at Royal Ascot, I wouldn’t be worried about any sort of bounce factor at all, I think that will just bring him on.

Ruby: Khaadem

Golden Horde is the one that Paddy and Frank have gone for but I would be siding with Khaadem. I just think if there’s value outside the top three, I think it could be him.


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Newmarket 15:00 – Superlative Stakes

Paddy: Master Of The Seas

I quite like Master Of The Seas. It’s a bit of a leap of faith, as it will be with most of these as they’re all two year olds. It’s just the way he won at Newmarket. When horses win in a handicap, I love if they’ve drifted in the betting beforehand as it suggests he maybe wasn’t 100% right or wasn’t that fancied so he might not have been fully fit or something like that.

He drifted that day, not hugely, but still wasn’t strongly backed in the market which suggests there might be a lot of improvement to come and Charlie Appleby’s going fairly well. He’s a decent price, Master Of The Seas.

Ruby: Hudson River

I like Hudson River. I thought he did well in the Curragh last week. Jumped out and made it all, quickened up to go and win. A lot of Aidan O’Brien’s two-year-olds haven’t progressed from their first run.

Some of them have even regressed. But that trend has to turn somewhere along the way and I’m going to give Hudson River a chance.

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Ascot 15:15 – Summer Mile

Paddy: Marie’s Diamond

I’m going to go for Marie’s Diamond who fished a good bit ahead of Mohaather. I know Mohaather didn’t get a run and all that stuff but Marie’s Diamond was 40/1 in the Queen Anne that day and, just a thought with the Mark Johnston horses, they’re bang in form. I think Marie’s Diamond looks a bit of value.

Ruby: Mohaather

Mohaather got my Ascot off to a bad start. I listened to Frank Hickey and rolled in on him. It was the start of the end of my and Frank’s relationship! But I don’t think that race really went to suit him. He travelled quite strongly in the rear, he never got out and finished quite strongly on the bridle.

I’m not going to blame Frank Hickey for that and I am most definitely going to give Mohaather a second chance.


Leopardstown 17:15

Ruby: Zabeel Prince (NAP)

I think Colin Keane riding for Roger Varian in Zabeel Prince is my best bet of the weekend. He’s a former Group 1 winner, he won over this trip in France last year when he won the Prix d’Ispahan.

Hasn’t run since a disappointing run in the Sussex Stakes last July but he’s a Group 1 performer. I know he’s taking on improvers in Patrick Sarsfield and Ancient Spirit. But I doubt either of them are Group 1 horses and Zabeel Prince certainly is.

Paddy and Ruby’s tips for Saturday’s Racing

Newmarket 15:35 Golden Horde (NAP)
Newmarket 15:00 Master Of The Seas
Ascot 15:15 Marie’s Diamond

Newmarket 15:35  Khaadem
Newmarket 15:00 Hudson River
Ascot 15:15 Mohaather
Leopardstown 17:15 Zabeel Prince (NAP)


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