Free horse racing selections for Saturday July 28

Poet's Word - can spark more celebrations on Saturday
Poet's Word - can spark more celebrations on Saturday

Keith Hamer is backing Sir Michael Stoute to land another King George, with Poet's Word given the nod under James Doyle.

Poet's Word can provide Sir Michael Stoute with another landmark by following up his significant Royal Ascot success back at the Berkshire track in the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

After giving the Newmarket trainer a record 76th triumph at the Royal meeting when defeating hot favourite Cracksman in the Prince of Wales's Stakes over a mile and a quarter, Poet's Word can reign supreme in the midsummer showpiece.

This race is over a further two furlongs, but the five-year-old has won over the extra distance and he is now at the peak of his powers.

Stoute currently shares the record of five King George wins with Saeed bin Suroor and the late Dick Hern.

Poet's Word can ensure Stoute stands alone on six and it could be stable companion Crystal Ocean, who gives him the most to do.

Winner of the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot, Crystal Ocean is another typical late-maturing type of horse Stoute excels with, but Poet's Word can have his measure.

Crack On Crack On had his winning run halted in the Britannia Stakes when he was sent off favourite. However, Clive Cox's charge lost his chance with a tardy start compounded when he was hampered shortly afterwards.

The Porsche Handicap is now quite as competitive and can provide Crack On Crack On with compensation.

Via Serendipity has been running consistently well in big handicaps all season and can gain just reward in the Gigaset International Stakes.

He did win a decent prize at Sandown last month and was a close fifth in the Victoria Cup over this course and distance in May.

Smart Call finally got off the mark on these shores at Newcastle last month and can step up again in the Sky Bet York Stakes on the Knavesmire for the Stoute stable.

A prolific winner in South Africa, the six-year-old mare had performed creditably at a very high level several times both last season and this before getting her just desserts in the Group Three Hopping Stakes.

Now her confidence has been restored, more wins look likely.

Get Knotted can repeat last year's success in the Sky Bet Britain's Most Popular Online Bookmaker Handicap. The Michael Dods-trained six-year-old is only 1lb higher than 12 months ago and can strike again in this seven-furlong heat.

Roundhay Park take the Heath Court Hotel Employee Award Handicap at Newmarket to register his third victory of the season.

Nigel Tinkler's young sprinter put up a career-best display when third of 20 to Foxtrot Lady in a valuable handicap over the course and distance at the July meeting.

Sporting Life tips

ASCOT: 1.50 Angel's Hideaway, 2.25 Crack On Crack On, 3.00 Via Serendipity, 3.40 POET'S WORD (NAP), 4.15 Master Brewer, 4.50 Majestic Moon, 5.20 What A Welcome.

CHESTER: 2.00 Gabrial The Wire, 2.35 Bell Heather, 3.10 Ashpan Sam, 3.45 Crystal Moonlight, 4.20 Lord Vetinari, 4.55 Zatorius, 5.25 Gabrial's King.

GOWRAN: 1.25 Queen Medb, 1.55 Mo Henry, 2.30 My Snowdrop, 3.05 Madame Delavanti, 3.35 Acari, 4.05 Nanabad, 4.40 Magnetic North.

LINGFIELD: 5.30 Purple Jazz, 6.00 Trouble And Strife, 6.30 Dalshand, 7.00 Concierge, 7.30 Gainsay, 8.00 Gratified, 8.30 Flying Sakhee.

SALISBURY: 5.15 Warmhearted, 5.45 Beleaguerment, 6.15 Exceedingly Diva, 6.45 Look Surprised, 7.15 Prevent, 7.45 Midnight Meeting, 8.15 Construct.

NEWCASTLE: 1.10 Sirius Slew, 1.40 Mizen Master, 2.10 Belisa, 2.45 Give It Some Teddy, 3.20 Florencio, 3.55 Dandy's Beano, 4.30 Adventureman, 5.05 Little Jo.

NEWMARKET: 2.15 Machell Place, 2.50 Maori Bob, 3.25 Tirania, 4.00 Roundhay Park, 4.35 Pirate King, 5.10 Shamshon, 5.40 Bedouin's Story.

YORK: 2.05 Get Knotted, 2.40 Golden Apollo, 3.15 Smart Call, 3.50 Baronial Pride, 4.25 Slunovrat, 5.00 Feline Groovy, 5.35 Que Amoro.

DOUBLE: Poet's Word and Roundhay Park.

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