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Today’s free horse racing tips: The Betting Spy’s top picks for this weekend’s racing at Ascot and York

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ENABLE is the headline act in the King George at Ascot and let’s hope the superstar mare can notch a record third win in the great race.

But it’s not so great, is it? This is supposedly the midsummer highlight, the British ‘Arc’, the all-aged middle distance championship. Yet there are NO British runners good enough to give her a race! It’s hard to get excited about…

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Not so the International Stakes, a tip-top 7f handicap at 2.25, something for punters to relish.

Blue Mist, who was possibly unlucky in the Silver Wokingham at the Royal meeting seems set to go off favourite and he is talented and fairly treated. But he often finds trouble and it may be best to look through the Mist.

The 7f Buckingham Palace Stakes may be a better guide. MUTAMAASIK ran an absolute belter to finish third, despite racing down the centre of the track when the place to be was along the stand rail.

He still finished ahead of Cliffs Of Capri, Shelir and Ebury, although the latter was drawn on the far side and is a danger. Mutamaasik has since flopped in the Bunbury Cup but that is his only poor run in a seven-race career and it can pay to give him another chance.

Spanish City, Keyser Soze and Arbalet are regulars in these events and could make the frame whilst Eshaasy, the only three-year-old, should have more to offer although a lack of experience is always a concern. A market move for him would be interesting.

SCARAMANGA has a great chance in the Brown Jack Handicap at 5.20 – and you don’t have to take my word for it.

Trainer Paul Nicholls clearly agrees as he has managed to persuade Frankie Dettori to hang about to ride the five-year-old! Having the best Ascot jockey there is can only be a bonus.

Scaramanga stayed on strongly in a strange race at Newmarket, where a runaway leader was ignored by the rest, last time but too late. He shaped there as if the step up to two miles would suit and he looked to be on a workable mark.

The obvious danger is four-timer chasing Solo Saxophone. He has been a revelation since joining Ben Haslam and won easily at York last time, beating Young Merlin by around four lengths. The runner-up is 10lb better off but that may not be enough.

York’s feature is the Sky Bet York Stakes (2.40) where ELARQAM has a terrific chance of repeating his victory of 12 months ago.

The five-year-old followed that success with an even better effort over this course and distance when a close third behind Japan and Crystal Ocean in the Juddmonte International.

That day he had talented-but-hard-to-win-with King Of Comedy, Lord Glitters, better over shorter, and Regal Reality all behind. This season Elarqam made Lord North pull out all the stops at Haydock on his return – with Telecaster back in third. That form reads well now.

At Royal Ascot 1m4f on testing ground was, predictably, too stiff a test. This trip on the Knavesmire is just the job for Elarqam.

Aspetar and Fox Chairman shaped well last time at Sandown in Listed grade but this is hotter so Telecaster, a Group 3 winner in France since Haydock, looks best for forecast punters.

HARTSWOOD makes most appeal in the 3.15 at York. He was only beaten half a length when third on his reappearance in a quality 7f handicap here, with daylight back to the rest.

He has been nudged up another 4lb for that but he has only had five races so there should be plenty more in the locker. And, as the only three-year-old, he gets the generous 8lb weight allowance. The slightly longer trip is also likely to suit.

Ex-French Orbaan is fairly handicapped having been raised 4lb for his latest win here. But carrying 10st may just anchor him.

Greenside seems better than ever at nine but soft ground suits him best and he may not have his ideal conditions. Irv has a good track record and shaped well on his return but this is tougher and he is on a career-high mark.

I spy an eyecatcher…

Royal Scimitar was quite impressive when winning the 6f novice event for juveniles at Newbury on Sunday but ALKUMAIT really took the eye with an impressive debut run, staying on into fourth.

He was well back early on but finished in fine style under a tender ride from Martin Dwyer. The second and third had run before so there is every reason to mark this effort up even more.

Marcus Tregoning does not have his two-year-olds fully wound up on debut so Alkumait should come on a ton. He looks s sure-fire future winner and could be distinctly useful.

Wherever he runs check Mait!

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Can you guess the Football League’s new longest serving manager? Jurgen Klopp, Pep Guardiola feature

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Harrogate Town’s victory over Notts County in the National League play-off final secured their place in the Football League for the first time in the club’s history, a landmark day for the Yorkshire club.

The Sulphurites’ win at Wembley also saw their boss, Simon Weaver, gatecrash a group of managers who have enjoyed positive tenures at their clubs over the past few seasons. 

Weaver, 42, is now the longest-serving manager in the Football League, elevating himself to the top of a list of excellent names at impressive clubs. 

Harrogate Town's promotion to League Two sees their manager join a list of illustrious names

Harrogate Town's promotion to League Two sees their manager join a list of illustrious names

Harrogate Town’s promotion to League Two sees their manager join a list of illustrious names

The win makes manager Simon Weaver the longest-serving manager in the Football League

The win makes manager Simon Weaver the longest-serving manager in the Football League

The win makes manager Simon Weaver the longest-serving manager in the Football League

THE FOOTBALL LEAGUE’S LONGEST-SERVING MANAGERS
Name Club Appointed  Days in charge 
1. Simon Weaver Harrogate Town May 21, 2009  4,098 
2. Gareth Ainsworth  Wycombe Wanderers  September 24, 2012  2,876
3. Sean Dyche  Burnley  October 30, 2012  2,840
4. John Coleman  Accrington Stanley  September 18, 2014  2,152
5. Jurgen Klopp  Liverpool  October 8, 2015  1,767
6. Chris Wilder  Sheffield United  May 12, 2016  1,550
7. Mark Cooper  Forest Green Rovers  May 17, 2016  1,545
8. Pep Guardiola  Manchester City  July 1, 2016  1,500
9. Paul Warne  Rotherham United  November 29, 2016  1,349
10. David Artell  Crewe Alexandra  January 8, 2017  1,309

The Harrogate boss was appointed manager eleven years ago, on May 20, 2009, meaning he has served at the club for 4,098 days as boss. In that time, Chelsea have had 10 different managers, while Watford have had a staggering 14 managers on the touchline. 

Sportsmail takes a look at the managers the 42-year-old has leapfrogged after securing promotion to the Football League with Harrogate Town.  

Gareth Ainsworth may be well known for his quirky dress sense, often wearing an extravagant leather jacket or a pristine shirt, but the Wycombe Wanderers boss has worked wonders at his club for the best part of eight years.

Weaver's 11 years in charge sees him overtake Wycombe Wanderers boss Gareth Ainsworth

Weaver's 11 years in charge sees him overtake Wycombe Wanderers boss Gareth Ainsworth

Weaver’s 11 years in charge sees him overtake Wycombe Wanderers boss Gareth Ainsworth

He has taken the club from League Two to the Championship during his 2,876 days in charge

He has taken the club from League Two to the Championship during his 2,876 days in charge

He has taken the club from League Two to the Championship during his 2,876 days in charge

The 47-year-old took the helm at The Chairboys on September 24, 2012, a time when Sir Alex Ferguson was still manager of Manchester United and Taylor Swift was top of the UK charts with ‘We Are Never Getting Back Together’.

Unlike the intended recipient of that classic hit from Swift, Ainsworth has enjoyed a fantastic relationship with Wycombe Wanderers. This season he capped a remarkable journey from League Two to the Championship, beating Oxford United 2-1 last month to secure their place in the second tier.

Ainsworth is closely followed by Sean Dyche, who has done an outstanding job at Burnley, qualifying for the Europa League two seasons ago. There have been reports of tension between Dyche and chairman Mike Garlick. If the club and Dyche part ways, they’ll be searching for a manager for the first time since October 30, 2012. 

Burnley boss Sean Dyche (right) sits in third while Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is fifth

Burnley boss Sean Dyche (right) sits in third while Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is fifth

Burnley boss Sean Dyche (right) sits in third while Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is fifth

Klopp has delivered Premier League and Champions League titles in his 1,767days at Anfield

Klopp has delivered Premier League and Champions League titles in his 1,767days at Anfield

Klopp has delivered Premier League and Champions League titles in his 1,767days at Anfield

It feels as though Jurgen Klopp only took over at Liverpool very recently, so it will come as a surprise to see the charismatic German on this list in fifth place, behind John Coleman of Accrington Stanley. 

Klopp took over from Brendan Rodgers in October 8, 2015, and has gone on to enjoy huge success with the Reds, ‘turning doubters to believers’ and securing the club’s first Premier League title in 30 years in the process.

Since Klopp’s arrival at Anfield 1,767 days ago, Manchester United have had three different managers in Louis Van Gaal, Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, spent roughly £610m and fallen well behind their arch rivals. With a new contract signed until 2024, Klopp could well see himself move to the top of the list if he continues in this vein.

Sheffield United's Chris Wilder (left) is sixth, having won two promotions with the Blades

Sheffield United's Chris Wilder (left) is sixth, having won two promotions with the Blades

Sheffield United’s Chris Wilder (left) is sixth, having won two promotions with the Blades

The 52-year-old has worked wonders at his boyhood club, finishing ninth in the top flight

The 52-year-old has worked wonders at his boyhood club, finishing ninth in the top flight

The 52-year-old has worked wonders at his boyhood club, finishing ninth in the top flight

Just behind Klopp in sixth is Chris Wilder, who was appointed just five days before seventh-placed Mark Cooper of Forest Green Rovers on May 12, 2016.

It would take a spectacular downturn in form, and several armed men, to dislodge Wilder from his boyhood club. The Blades have been taken from League One to ninth in the Premier League during Wilder’s 1,550 days in charge of the club, and they don’t look like taking a backwards step. 

Cooper has been at the helm at Rovers while the club has undertaken a unique and innovative transformation. Since his appointment on May 17, 2016, Rovers have been named the world’s first vegan club

Forest Green Rovers boss Mark Cooper has overseen a huge transformation at the club

Forest Green Rovers boss Mark Cooper has overseen a huge transformation at the club

Forest Green Rovers boss Mark Cooper has overseen a huge transformation at the club

Rovers became the world's first vegan club and named the 'greenest club' during his tenure

Rovers became the world's first vegan club and named the 'greenest club' during his tenure

Rovers became the world’s first vegan club and named the ‘greenest club’ during his tenure

Rovers are a football club who do things differently, and having entered the Football League after promotion in 2017, FIFA have described them as the greenest club in the world with innovative environmental and sustainability policies. 

Occupying eighth position is Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola, who, like Klopp, feels like he’s been in England for a shorter period of time than the 1,500 days since his arrival on July 1, 2016. 

After initial doubts among fans and pundits, Guardiola has taken the Premier League by storm. The City boss has won two league titles, three EFL Cups and an FA Cup to boot. The former Barcelona manager’s tenure at the Etihad will be defined by his performance in Europe, with a Champions League title wanted by City’s top brass.

Paul Warne of Rotherham United and David Artell of Crewe Alexandra complete the top 10 longest-serving managers in English football, with the former taking his club back to the Championship having arrived on November 29, 2016, while Artell has led Crewe to promotion to League One this season. 

P.S. Former Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe would have been third on the list prior to leaving the club at the start of August as he was in charge of the south-coast side for 2,848 days. 

Man City boss Pep Guardiola is the eight longest-serving manager in the Football League

Man City boss Pep Guardiola is the eight longest-serving manager in the Football League

Man City boss Pep Guardiola is the eight longest-serving manager in the Football League

David Artell of Crewe makes up the top 10, sitting just behind Rotherham boss Paul Warne

David Artell of Crewe makes up the top 10, sitting just behind Rotherham boss Paul Warne

David Artell of Crewe makes up the top 10, sitting just behind Rotherham boss Paul Warne

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6pm Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Blues make £20m John Stones bid, Willian’s emotional goodbye message, Kai Havertz LATEST

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WILLIAN has confirmed he is leaving Chelsea, with Arsenal waiting in the wings for the Brazilian.

The attacker played no part in the Blues’ Champions League defeat by Bayen Munich which knocked them out of the competition.

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Man Utd set to let Tahith Chong join Werder Bremen on loan this transfer window, says Bundesliga chief

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MANCHESTER UNITED’s Tahith Chong could be heading to the Bundesliga with the club willing to let the winger join Werder Bremen on loan. 

Chong, 20, is reported to have had talks with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Friday, following his appearance in United’s Europa League game against LASK. 

Werder Bremen are reported to be keen on a signing Tahith Chong on loan ahead of next season

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Werder Bremen are reported to be keen on a signing Tahith Chong on loan ahead of next seasonCredit: AP:Associated Press

The Netherlands-born winger made a 25-minute appearance as a substitute during United’s 2-1 win against the Austrian club on Thursday. 


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And the Dutch Under-21 international, who’s made just nine appearances in the Europa and Premier Leagues, is keen to get more minutes under his belt. 

According to the Daily Mail, Bremen are eager to sign Chong on a two-year loan deal. 

However a loan fee and salary are reportedly yet to be finalised.

Werder sports director Frank Baumann said: “That we are in exchange is the case. We are in good talks. 

“Several parties are involved. Some things still have to be clarified and we have to agree. As of now, this is not the case.”

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Tahith Chong signed a new contract with United in March to keep him at the club until June 2022Credit: Getty Images – Getty

United are thought to be pressing ahead with plans to sign Dortmund star Jadon Sancho and Aston Villa skipper Jack Grealish. 

Should deals for both players go ahead, it is likely Chong could face an uphill struggle to get more game time at Old Trafford. 

The young Dutch winger is well thought of by Solskjaer, who backed the 20-year-old’s contract extension this year. 

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The new contract, signed in March, means Chong will remain with the club until June 2022. 

Other United players who are targets for Premiership and European sides include Diogo Dalot, Jesse Lingard, and Chris Smalling. 

Dalot is reported to have attracted interest from Everton while Newcastle United are rumoured to be keen on Lingard.

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