Expert Eye: Betting pointers for evening racing at Epsom on July 15

It's a case of quantity over quality on Thursday with punters having the pick of seven meetings. Planet Sport tipsters are concentrating our focus on the evening card at Epsom.

It's a manageable six-race card beginning at 6.10, followed by races at 6.45, 7.20, 7.50, 8.20 and 8.50.

Course characteristic: Left-handed, U-shaped course of 1m4f with steep undulations. 3 1/2f run-in with pronounced camber, initially downhill, rising in final furlong. Races up to 8 1/2f essentially sharp, particularly on 5f track, which is the fastest in the world.

Planet Sport Bet has some great prices for today's racing at Epsom, click the links on the horses names to place a bet.

Rock solid favourite

Experience counts for plenty around this idiosyncratic track and Aswan (6.45), who already has a couple of promising runs under his belt, looks primed to get off the mark in the 7f maiden.

A 100,000 guineas purchase as a yearling, he shaped well on his debut at Yarmouth in May, staying on nicely into fourth after missing the break and not being given an unduly hard ride.

On that occasion he was only a couple of lengths behind subsequent Chesham Stakes runner-up Reach For The Moon at the line.

He then took another step forward when chasing home the highly regarded Private Signal, forcing the winner to work for his success, and despite still showing signs of inexperience.

His main market rivals have also seen racecourse action, but they are bred for further and will do well to keep tabs on Aswan, who is James Doyle's only booked ride.

Favourite to swerve

Mythical Madness (6.10) will be many punters' idea of the winner of the opening apprentice handicap, having won over track and trip seven days ago.

While that entitles him to favouritism under a 4lb penalty, the form of that win has to be treated with some caution as it was a very slow affair and he'd been beaten in a seller previously.

The fifth horse home in that Epsom contest, Ascraeus, was only beaten a couple of lengths and enjoys a healthy pull in the weights.

A winner at Salisbury previously, he could be the one to give the forecast favourite most to do.

Value longshot

Local trainer Jim Boyle has plenty of winners here - plenty of losers too, hence his meagre eight per cent strike rate - and he's got multiple entries across this evening's card.

He runs three in the 1m4f handicap (7.20) and while Downsman and Beat The Heat look to have more going for them in terms of recent form, it's the Boyle 'third string' Quita that could outrun his odds.

Formerly trained in Germany, where he won three times at up to 1m6f and ran over as far as 2m4f, he didn't fare too badly when fifth on his stable debut at Kempton in March (1m3f).

Reappearing over 1m6f at Sandown in June, he could only finish seventh of the ten runners, weakening gradually from two furlongs out. On both his British starts to date he's been very easy to back.

He's surely capable of better now dropped in class and off a 2lb lower mark. The stable form - winners at 16/1 and 14/1 in the last eight days - is another positive.

Hot stable

William Muir and Chris Grassick have made a solid start to the season with 15 winners on the board at a healthy strike rate of 19 per cent, and five of those winners have come in the last 14 days.

Clearly the yard is in flying form and that makes Gosnay Gold (8.50), their sole representative at the meeting, even more interesting.

The three-year-old has plenty more going for him too as he's run well in all four starts this season, and was deservedly getting off the mark over today's trip at Chepstow two outings ago.

Raised 6lb for that and upped to 1m on his most recent start at Newbury, he was backed into favouritism only to let down his backers in fifth.

But that was a better class race than today's and he probably did too much in front and didn't see it out.

That was enough to suggest his revised mark wasn't to blame for the defeat and he looks something to bet on now back over 7f and back in class 6 company.

Hot jockey

Aled Beech is good value for his 5lb claim and has struck up a good partnership with trainer John Gallagher, who has provided two of his three winners (from 13 rides) in the last fortnight.

They team up this evening with Thorn (7:50), a winner over course and distance 14 days ago, and the five-year-old looks up to defying a 4lb rise in his current frame of mind.

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