Talking Horses: best bets for the opening day of the Newmarket July meeting

Greg Wood: A 7lb rise for Goodwood Crusader (3.00) is unlikely to stop him in the best betting race on the first day of Newmarket’s July meeting

There are no Group One events on the first afternoon of Newmarket’s July Festival meeting, but there is still something for pretty much everyone in the four televised events (on ITV3) including the Coventry Stakes winner Rajasinghe’s attempt to see off a fresh set of juvenile opponents in the July Stakes and a St Leger trial at the top of the card, but the race that offers the deepest, and potentially most rewarding, puzzle is the three-year-old handicap at 3.00, which is always one of the st...