Free Horse Racing Tips for York - 18th July

The 2020 John Smith’s Silver Cup (13:55 BST Saturday 18 July) is a Group 3 Race run over 1 mile 5 furlongs and 188 yards at York Racecourse. Just five runners are set to go to post but there looks to be an interesting betting proposition in Moonlight Spirit.

The Opposition includes Ranch Hand who, despite being well-gambled twice already this season, has failed to trouble the judge in two handicaps off a mark of 99. That means he’s the lowest rated of the quintet of runners and he shouldn’t be winning. However, he’s still one to note as his connections may have one eye on the lucrative Ebor Handicap run here next month.

Eagles By Day has mixed it in Group races on his last four starts but, while he was good enough to get within 4-lengths of the top-class Japan, he was also a beaten favourite when not seeming to stay 1 mile 5 furlongs. His trainer is in good form, but stamina is not assured for this even longer race.

Universal Order has now won five of his eight races on turf, with his last win coming in a Listed Race. But the form of that race is questionable as he only beat the same horse he had beaten when winning a handicap off a mark of 88 last year. He’s now on a mark of 109, but only time will tell if he’s worthy of such a rating.

Communique is the top-rated horse on a mark of 115 and he ran well to be beaten into second by the 12-furlong course record holder at Newmarket last time. But Newmarket is his favourite course and his form has been nowhere near that level in two previous runs at York. His trainer Mark Johnston is in great form but we’re happy to take on his runner here as he’s also not proven over this longer trip.

Moonlight Spirit is our John Smith’s Silver Stakes Tip as he’s the horse with the most potential. He’s rated 6lb below Communique, but he’s had less than a third of the runs that horse has and he’s still improving. His best two runs have come over a similar trip at Longchamp and he’s taken to give his in-form trainer Charlie Appleby a second winner in this race in the last four years.

Tip: Moonlight Spirit @ 3.25 William Hill, Betfred