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Super Saturday: all the latest going, betting news and non-runners

Caravaggio, Aidan O'Brien's flying machine, takes on his elders in the July Cup
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Here it is, then. The day you have probably been looking forward to all week, while slightly dreading at the same time.

The Darley July Cup and Irish Oaks have gatecrashed a once quiet Saturday, creating what we have now got used to calling Super Saturday.

The support cards led this day in the calendar once upon a time and have not lost any of their lustre: at York we will see the ultra-competitive John Smith's Cup as well as two Listed races, while the Group 2 Summer Mile takes place at Ascot.

Over at the Curragh we have the full set of Group races with the Group 2 Sapphire Stakes and Group 3 Anglesey Stakes, plus the famous Scurry handicap.

Even Chester, the fourth card in Britain now, features Listed action and top handicaps. Enjoy.

Going report

Ascot - first race 1.40
Good, good to soft in places on the round course (GoingStick straight 7.4, round 6.9 on Saturday at 8.15am)

The running rail on the round course is positioned approx 3yds out from its innermost position from the 1m4f start increasing to 9yds out at the bend entering the Home straight. The rail then finishes in a cutaway in the Home straight. Consequent approx changes to race distances are: Old Mile: An increase of 11yds 1m 2f and 1m 4f: An increase of 15yds 1m 6f: An increase of 18yds

Ascot will play host to the Group 2 Summer Mile

Newmarket - 1.45
Good to firm (from good to firm, good in places) (GoingStick 8.3 (Stand Side 8.3, Centre 8.3, Far Side 8.3) on Saturday at 8.30am)

Chester - 1.50
Good (GoingStick 6.9 on Thursday at 7am)

The rail between the 6f and 1 1/2f point has been moved out by 9 yards. This means actual race distances will be: Race 1- 5f 45y(+30y), Race 2- 6f 54y(+37y), Race 3- 7f 38y(+37y), Race 4- 1m 6f 157y(+70y), Race 5- 6f 54y(+37y), Race 6- 1m 2f 109y(+39y), Race 7- 7f 164y(+37y).

York - 1.55
Good, good to firm in places (GoingStick 7.2 overall, Home Straight Far Side 7.3, Centre 7.3, Stands Side 7.2)

Rail moved out 10yds from 9f to entrance to Home Straight adding: 28yds to races run over 1m; and 32 yds to all races run over 1m2f and longer.

Curragh - 3.10
Good to firm

Salisbury - 5.50
Good, good to firm in places (GoingStick 8.1 on Friday at 4.15pm)

Hamilton - 6.05
Good, good to firm in places (GoingStick: 7.7 on Friday at 7am)

Market movers

2.10 Orion's Bow 5-1 (from 13-2) *Kyllang Rock a non-runner

3.25 Steady Pace 9-1 (from 12)

3.05 UAE Prince 8-1 (from 12)


1.40 Perfect Hustler
2.10 Kyllang Rock
5.00 Wefait
5.35 Manton Grange, 2 Fox Trotter

2.15 Poet's Princess
3.25 Raising Sand
5.05 Niblawi, Zaidiyn

1.50 June Dog, Three Little Birds

1.55 Gallipoli
2.30 Nakeeta, Saigon City

6.50 Bubbles Arcade, Highway One
7.20 Ripoll, Glory Of Paris
8.20 Rock N Roll Global
8.50 Nathania

7.05 Rosina
7.35 Indy

What's on today

Like yesterday, you will do well to look away from your TV screen long enough to put the kettle on. 

If you've already made your mind up on the July Cup, check out the opportunities afforded to young riders as a result of the congested fixture list today.

What to back

Our experts from around Britain and Ireland have their best bets of the day.

Pricewise has tackled the Bunbury Cup, finding one that looks sure to go close. Paul Kealy has his Saturday sizzlers and will be "bitterly disappointed" if his selection does not win the John Smith's Cup. (Members' Club)

What to read

Race previews, and lots of them. We have looked at the contenders for the July Cup, Irish Oaks, Superlative Stakes and the three major handicaps- Bunbury Cup, John Smith's Cup and a £100,000 Heritage Handicap over 5f at Ascot.

Also, if you were busy last night, catch up on what happened in the Grand Prix de Paris at Saint-Cloud.

What to watch

Dave Orton ends his week at Newmarket, offering Orton's opinions on the third day of the July meeting.

Meanwhile, David Jennings is covering his side of the Irish Sea, looking ahead to the Irish Oaks card.

If you are a bit longer on time, check out the weekend Postcast, which takes on the onerous task of covering all the weekend's racing.

The best of Racing Post Sport

It is the final of the women's singles at Wimbledon, which promises plenty with a resurgent, hard-hitting Venus Williams up against Garbine Muguruza, who has enjoyed lots of success approaching the net over the last fortnight. Adrian Humphries makes his case.

Domestic football also returns this weekend with the Betfred Cup in Scotland. Mark Walker advises caution, but picks out a couple of 9-1 outsiders worth a bet.

Final thought 

What side of the Super Saturday debate are you on? Is it a rare feast of top-class racing, or is it a bit like Black Friday, an occasion forced on the public that has now hung around long enough to become part of the culture?

Either way, we love it though, right?

Even Chester, the fourth card in Britain now, features Listed action and top handicaps. Enjoy
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