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02 Sep
2016

Sprint Cup Highlights Competitive Haydock Card

No Tom I’m afraid this week folks so you’ve got me, Russell Palmer from the Betting Directory as I bid to ably deputise as Tom tops up his tan on holiday.

It’s a pretty competitive day looking across the cards, with the highlight the 32Red Sprint Cup at Haydock (4.30pm). Limato is the short priced favourite and with good reason following his win in the July Cup earlier in the Summer and the second place last time out behind Mecca’s Angel in the Nunthorpe.

There was no disgrace in finishing second that day and his form is better than any in Saturday’s field. However, with forecast rain on its way to Haydock the four year old’s participation could be up in the air, so I’ve picked out a couple of each -way chances as insurance.

The form of the July Cup is key here as I like the second and third home that day to go well again on Saturday.

The filly Quiet Reflection has been hugely impressive this season, winning the Group 2 Sandy Lane here in May by three and three quarter lengths. A win in the Group 1 Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot followed and she was third at Newmarket last time. She gets a fillies allowance here, goes on any ground if there is to be a change in the going and arrives fresh. The Henry Candy trained filly can be backed each-way at 11/2 with Coral.

The horse who finished between Limato and Quiet Reflection in second at Newmarket was Suedois who represents real value here at 14/1.

If we’re backing Quiet Reflection then Suedois should also be considered. The David O’Meara trained five year old has four pounds in hand on Quiet Reflection from that July Cup run due to the weight for age allowance and I can’t for the life of me see why he’d be a double figure price amongst this field.

Earlier in the card I like the look of Hathal trained by William Haggas in the Superior Mile (3.00pm). I backed Yorker trained by Haggas in the Strensall Stakes a few weeks ago at York, a horse that had come back following a long lay off and the trainer has a knack with horses such as these with Hathal running for the first time in a year.

The four year old was improving last year winning a Listed race at Newbury before the lay-off. The Haggas yard is in absolutely scorching form with his last 38 runners yielding 20 who have finished either first or second. At 7/1 with Paddy Power and Betfair it looks a cracking each-way bet.

Tom will be back next week, good luck with Saturday’s bets!

Saturday’s Best Bets:

3.00pm Haydock – Superior Mile – Hathal (each-way) 7/1 (Paddy Power and Betfair)

4.30pm Haydock – 32Red Sprint Cup – Quiet Reflection (each-way) 11/2 (Coral) and Suedois (each-way)  14/1 (Various)

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15 Jun
2016

On The Hunt For Royal Ascot Riches

Perhaps my favourite race of the entire meeting at Royal Ascot is today’s ridiculously difficult Royal Hunt Cup (5.00pm), a big field mile barging match which is as attritional a handicap as you can get, made all the more difficult by the continuing rain turning the ground Soft.

Far from easy, but with bookies going 10/1 the field and the conditions meaning plenty can be discounted, it’ll be all the more satisfying if it can be unravelled.

The suggestion is to back a couple at big prices, then hope from some luck in-running…

My shortlist features the names Spirit Raiser, Donncha, Mr Owen and Secret Brief, with the latter pair the ones who’ll be carrying the cash.

Charlie Appleby is as confident as you can be about Secret Brief, noting that the Betway Lincoln winner will love the going and is thriving after a 74-day break following his Doncaster heroics.

Drawn in stall three, he’s up only four pounds for his April win, has proven big field handicap experience, plus a top pilot in William Buick.

At 14/1 he could very well be the one, especially with Paddy Power paying SIX PLACES each way!!

My other big hope is Qatar Racing’s sole representative Mr Owen – how on earth this fella is 28/1 is a mystery?

Fully proven even on really testing ground, he actually is rarity in that he’s a genuine Group 1 performer, now trying his hand in a handicap, albeit perhaps the toughest one all summer.

Third to Make Believe in last year’s French Guineas, he even went to Canada to run in the Woodbine Mile back in September.

If he takes to this sort of race he’ll surely outrun his price, and we know it’s been a plan as trainer Francois Rohaut has had him stabled in Deauville to cut down on the travel.

Oisin Murphy has options left, right and centre from stall 14.

Good luck!

Today’s best bets in the Royal Hunt Cup:

5.00 Royal Ascot – 12 Secret Brief (each way) @ 14/1 (Paddy Power)
5.00 Royal Ascot – 4 Mr Owen (each way) @ 28/1 (bet365, BetVictor or Coral)

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28 Dec
2015

Arctic Excursion Just The Ticket At Leopardstown

It’s a wet and windy Leopardstown that’s set to welcome another big crowd for day three of the annual Christmas meeting, one which boasts the Grade 1 Christmas Hurdle and Lexus Chase as its chief components, both of which you’ll see live with us on RTE2.

The three mile Christmas Hurdle (1.55pm) in particular looks set to be a thriller, pitting strong stayers Martello Tower and Alpha Des Obeaux against the classy, but stamina unproven, Arctic Fire.

Albert Bartlett winner Martello Tower is returning to the track from a 290 day absence since his Cheltenham heroics, but even so is bound to try and make this as searching a test as possible.

The same is true of Alpha Des Obeaux, who was comfortably accounted for by Arctic Fire in Fairyhouse’s Hatton’s Grace Hurdle last month, though that came over half a mile shorter than today’s trip.

Seemingly there aren’t too many chinks in 169-rated Arctic Fire’s armour, a horse available at just 8/1 for the two mile Champion Hurdle in March, though the conundrum for his trainer is the embarrassment of riches which sees him furnished with two seemingly superior options for that contest already, in the shape of the monster Faugheen, as well as Nichols Canyon.

Trying to keep them apart is no easy feat, so it makes sense to try and chisel out a new discipline for Arctic Fire, stepping him up in trip in a fascinating experiment.

Will he stay, or will the petrol light be flickering on empty?

On ratings the last season’s Champion Hurdle runner up ought to be an odds on shot, he’s proven on Soft ground, hails from a stable in red hot form, and has the assistance of Ruby Walsh.

Perhaps more importantly, he’s seen out both of his races this season powerfully, staying on well to score over two and a half miles at both Navan and Fairyhouse, a precedent which bodes well for this afternoon.

There’s no guarantee, but I expect him to win today, and his current odds of 12/1 for the World Hurdle to be adjusted accordingly.

Elsewhere, winner number 167 of the season beckons for champion jockey elect Richard Johnson, as he partners Cotillion in Leicester’s Parsley Selling Hurdle (1.25pm).

Johnson, on target for trainer Ian Williams at Huntingdon on Saturday, gets the leg up on a horse who won on the all-weather 12 days ago, and was last seen hurdling at the 2012 Cheltenham Festival.

It’ll be a disappointment if he doesn’t have too many guns for some limited opposition.

Good luck!

Monday’s best bets:

1.25 Leicester – Parsley Selling Hurdle – 5 Cotillion (win) @ 5/4 (Betfred, Betvictor, Coral or Hills)

1.55 Leopardstown – Squared Financial Christmas Hurdle – 2 Arctic Fire (win) @ 11/10 (bet365, Betway or Paddy Power)

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31 Jul
2015

Maniac On The Loose In Galway

We’ve reached day six here in Galway, where the midweek revellers give way to the weekend arrivals, joining the party alongside some weary looking seven day stalwarts.

It really is a marathon run at sprint pace, with the city’s famous hospitality being dished out at full tilt.

Anyone heading to Ballybrit on Saturday can look forward to really attractive mixed card, which enjoyed while being washed down with some rehydrating refreshments will make for a great afternoon.

Three recommendations for a wager could really help the day go with a bang, and we’ll kick off with Tony Martin’s progressive dual purpose performer Pyromaniac in the Ladbrokes Handicap Hurdle at 3.15pm.

This lad missed out on a place in Thursday’s Galway Hurdle by the width of a fine coat of paint, failing to make the cut for the big one.

It will have frustrated Martin at the time, but in fact could turn out to have been a blessing in disguise, as compensation may well await.

Besides, Martin had a 1-3 courtesy of Quick Jack and Ted Veale, and might even have improved on that had Thomas Edison not come down at the last.

This gives him a golden opportunity of another winner at a meeting he has increasingly targeted, following on from Quick Jack on Thursday and Vive La France yesterday.

Pyromaniac benefits from the services of Galway Hurdle winning jockey Denis O’Regan, plus he was in winning form of late both on the Flat and over hurdles, scoring at both Limerick and the Curragh.

He looks well equipped to go close here, copes with any ground, and looks a solid option at 5/1 with either Coral or William Hill.

We’ll switch to the Flat at 4.25pm, with Curragh trainer Brendan Duke’s Leath Na Hoibre the pick to land the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Nursery.

He hacked up at the Curragh on July 19th, with a subsequent six pound rise to a mark of 86 unlikely to be enough to stop him if he turns up in the same mood.

He can also improve further for a step up in trip to seven furlongs.

Lastly, row in with Another Cyclone to land the concluding bumper in the hands of Patrick Mullins at 6.05pm.

Scratched from a race on Monday he can make the wait worthwhile, building on a solid debut at Fairyhouse in April.

Good luck!

Saturday’s best bets at Galway:

3.15 – Ladbrokes Handicap Hurdle – 4 Pyromaniac (win) @ 5/1 (Coral or William Hill)

4.25 – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Nursery – 4 Leath No Hoibre (win) @ 3/1 (bet365 or Coral)

6.05 – Ladbrokes “Your Sport Your Way”” INH Flat Race – 9 Another Cyclone (win) @ 9/4 (bet365 or Paddy Power)

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30 Jul
2015

Shark Attack Feared In Galway

One of Irish racing’s best-loved and most instantly recognisable characters could be about to take centre stage at packed to the rafters Galway today, as County Carlow-based John Hanlon, far better known simply as ‘The Shark’, arrives in the wild west armed with a strong and intriguing challenge for today’s €300,000 Guinness Galway Hurdle (4.45pm, live on RTE1), courtesy of stable star Hidden Cyclone.

The 10-year-old Stowaway gelding has done his charismatic trainer proud, winning 12 races in all including five of his six outings over hurdles.

What’s more, he’s been readied for his big day with a fluent win on the Flat at Leopardstown, a smoother than smooth performance during which he never remotely left his comfort zone.

You can be 100% certain he will have to this afternoon though, as the proven quality and younger legs of the likes of Quick Jack, Diakali and Thomas Edison put it up to him.

However, the ratings case for Hidden Cyclone couldn’t be any more plain….the horse who has consistently boxed against the heavyweights over fences is rated 158 in that code, plus has as recently as February won a Grade 2 Chase.

Over hurdles however he is much more favourably assessed, seeking to exploit a mark over the smaller obstacles of just 137.

Factor in the three pound claim of Brian Hayes and you can see exactly why he’s an attractive proposition, under a feather weight, at the 8/1 available each way with Boylesports of BetVictor.

He ran well on his only previous experience of Galway (in 2013) and is one to keep on side today.

‘The Shark’ could also enjoy a dream start to the afternoon, with the richly-promising Clondaw Farmer fancied to successfully plough a successful furrow in the Guinness Dublin Porter Beginners Chase, run at 1.50pm.

Placed in a point-to-point, he won his bumper here at Galway a year ago, and then eased through his maiden hurdle at Down Royal without breaking sweat.

He’s up against the frustrating As De Ferbet for Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh this afternoon, and can make his winning mentality count.

Good luck!

Thursday’s best bets at Galway:

1.50 – Guinness Dublin Porter Beginners Chase – 2 Clondaw Farmer (win) @ 4/1 (bet365, Betfred, Betvictor, Coral, Ladbrokes or William Hill)

4.45 – Guinness Galway Hurdle – 14 Hidden Cyclone (each way) @ 8/1 (Boylesports of BetVictor)

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29 Jul
2015

A Hole ‘Inois’ In The Galway Plate?

If Monday and Tuesday have been something akin to a juicy appetiser here in Galway, Wednesday promises to be the most succulent of main courses, with a maximum field of 22 for thetote.com Galway Plate (5.30pm), an extended 2m 6f handicap chase groaning under the weight of €220,000 in prize money, which stretches down to sixth place.

It isn’t the most richly remunerated race at the Festival, that honour goes to the Galway Hurdle with its whopping €300,000, but it’s still enough to have tempted five runners from the Closutton stable of champion trainer Willie Mullins, a pair of visitors from England, plus a host of challengers from powerful Irish stables.

The quality is rising too, with 2013’s AP McCoy-ridden winner Carlingford Lough going on to strike in a pair of Grade 1’s, while last year’s hero Road To Riches hasn’t turned out too shabbily either, subsequently proving what a snip he was in Galway off a mark of 149, winning Grade 1’s in Down Royal and Leopardstown, and then finishing third in both the Cheltenham and Punchestown Gold Cups.

Is there another future star lurking among the 2015 contenders?

There’ll be tips flying around the betting ring for the likes of Jacksonslady (third in this in 2013), Shanpallas, Irish National second Rule The World, Gordon Elliott’s hat-trick seeker Make A Track, Colour Squadron on his first start for Enda Bolger, plus 25/1 shot Alderwood given that he went off 8/1 joint favourite a year ago.

However, surely the one with real potential to improve and win a race of this calibre off a mark of 147 is Alechi Inois?

Ruby Walsh will have faced the choice of the five Mullins runners, and rather than ride top weight Boston Bob (a four time Grade 1 winner) he goes for the rising force of Alechi Inois, very much a tip in itself.

This horse is five from seven over fences, fit from a win over hurdles at Cork on July 10th, and running under a tidy 11st 1lb due to stable companion Boston Bob helpfully keeping the weights down.

He’s proven on both Good and Soft ground, and whereas the likes of Make A Track, Colour Squadron and Rule The World haver to prove they can handle Galway’s famously stiff track, having never run here before, Alechi Inois is a perfect two from two at the venue.

He could still be very well handicapped, and that lengthy list of positives outweigh his lack of handicap experience.

Good luck!

Wednesday’s best bet at Galway:

5.30 – thetote.com Galway Plate (Hcap Chase) – 5 Alechi Inois (each way) @ 6/1 (bet365, Boylesports & Coral)

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28 Jul
2015

Va Va Voom On Tuesday In Galway

After a not entirely displeasing set of results at Galway on Monday we head into day two and Tuesday on the front foot, targeting a tricky card with plenty of runners, the highlight of which is the €120,000 Topaz Mile Handicap at 6.50pm.

You’ll see the big one with us live on RTE2, and seeking a second win for his stable at the meeting the market leader is Dermot Weld’s Stay De Night.

The draw could’ve been kinder to him, so though Ger Lyon’s provides a powerful five of the 14 runners, the sporting play has to be dual former winner of this race Vastonea.

Now a seven-year-old, Kevin Prendergast’s grey Verglas gelding simply loves it here in Galway (must be the craic, Guiness and oysters), winning this race off a mark of 89 in both 2012 and 2014.

In-between times he wasn’t on his holidays either, finishing third in the same contest off 96 in 2013.

Well drawn and totally versatile in regards to the ground, he has the excellent apprentice Gary Halpin on board once more (won this on him last year), and from a mark of 90 his chance is plain to see.

Given that some horses shrink when they see the famous still uphill finish he has lots going for him, and at the time of writing he’s 12/1 each way with either BetVictor or Coral.

That’s not a price that’s likely to be available forever.

Good luck!

Tuesday’s best bet at Galway:

6.50 – Topaz Mile Premier Handicap – 10 Vastonea (each way) @ 12/1 (BetVictor or Coral)

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28 Dec
2014

Tank Has Topaz Rivals Firmly In His Sights…

A massive crowd were treated to a Lexus Chase to savour on Sunday afternoon at Leopardstown, with a thriller going the way of Galway Plate hero and now dual Grade 1 winner Road To Riches (at an SP of 4/1).

Noel Meade’s rising star got the better of On His Own and Sam Winner in a pulsating contest, with all three threatening to grab the race by the scruff of the neck as they turned for home.

Another former well backed Galway Plate winner Carlingford Lough also looked like he might be involved, but it was Noel Meade’s seven-year-old son of Gamut who was able to assert on the run-in, rewarding those punters who’d taken overnight prices as big as 9/1 with Paddy Power, and giving owners Gigginstown House Stud and jockey Bryan Cooper a 68/1 treble on the day, adding to earlier victories for Identity Thief and Lieutenant Colonel.

Road To Riches earned quotes ranging from 10/1 to 14/1 for the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup, blowing a raspberry at those pundits who’d suggested he might struggle to go on the testing Leopardstown ground.

If he’s a possible Cheltenham winner in the making then what about two horses who’ve been and done it?

The fourth and final instalment of the great Christmas Festival rolls around on Monday, with old rivals Hurricane Fly and Jezki taking centre stage in the Grade 1 Ryanair Hurdle at 1.25pm.

Live on RTE2, the big race sees the renewal of a rivalry which currently stands at 3-2 to the older horse, with 10-year-old Hurricane Fly having beaten the reigning Champion Hurdle winner in this race 12 months ago, again here in January, and then in last month’s Morgiana at Punchestown.

Inbetween times Jezki got his own back, galloping to success at the Cheltenham Festival back in March, and then repeating the dose at Punchestown at the start of May.

The width of a fine coat of paint appears to divide them, though bear in mind 20-time Grade 1 winner Hurricane Fly is a perfect eight from eight at Leopardstown, and has won this race three times.

Enjoy him while you can, as surely even he can’t keep conjuring the big race wins forever.

It might come down to whoever gets out of bed on the right side, but with so little to split them in the betting then it’s perhaps better to attack the remainder of the card for an opportunity for a wager….

The final live tv race of the four day extravaganza in the three mile Grade 1 Topaz Novice Chase at 3.05pm, which on the strength of the 7 declared runners promises to be a humdinger.

The bookies make Gigginstown horse Don Poli – trained by Willie Mullins and a winner over hurdles at Cheltenham in March – their market leader, while in the same colours another Festival winner Very Wood could be a live danger if he can brush aside a disappointing recent effort at Punchestown.

Waterford trainer Henry de Bromhead had a Saturday to remember with a ‘cross the card’ double at Leopardstown and Kempton Park, and he is responsible for hat-trick seeker Shanahan’s Turn.

Gordon Elliott has his team in red-hot form after a treble including a Grade 1 win for Clarcam on Friday, and he goes on the hunt for more top level success with Mala Beach.

All four could be the solution, but Mala Beach is interesting as two runs back he was well and truly stuffed by the Sandra Hughes-trained The Tullow Tank at Fairyhouse.

Lining up in the familiar yellow silks and black sash of owner Barry Connell the robustly built six-year-old Oscar gelding The Tullow Tank was a big noise over hurdles, winning twice at Grade 1 level, including at this fixture a year ago.

He went on to chase home a certain Vautour back here in February in the Deloitte Novice Hurdle, and if we knew then what we know now about Vautour then it’s some compliment that The Tullow Tank was sent off at odds on (9/10) to beat him!!

Of course Vautour went on to win both the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham and the Grade 1 Champion Novice at Punchestown, so not exactly a disgrace that The Tullow Tank should find him three lengths too good, especially when conceding a pound!

Since then The Tullow Tank has his successful chasing introduction at Fairyhouse, but then fluffed his lines in the Drinmore last month, when only fifth but found to be suffering from a minor lung infection in the aftermath of the race.

Is he being prematurely written off on the strength of one off day?

The 6/1 available with any of Ladbrokes, Paddy Power, Skybet or Unibet would appear to suggest so, but this is a horse who was right up there with the best of his rivals over hurdles, is said to be back in rude health, boasts outstanding course form at Leopardstown, thrives on Soft ground, has already won well over fences (stuffing Mala Beach who is no bigger than 4/1 for this), and comes from a stable who struck at Grade 1 level with Lieutenant Colonel on Sunday.

For all of those reasons The Tullow Tank looks a cracking bet at 6/1 to land this.

Elsewhere, the freezing weather is threatening to play havoc with the fixture list in England, with inspections planned all over the place and Newbury deploying frost covers to try and ensure they stage the Challow Hurdle card.

The Berkshire track is marshalled by one of the best Clerks in the business in the shape of Richard Osgood, from whom I once stole a very nice golf umbrella (sorry if you’re reading this Richard, but it was raining).

If anyone can keep the show on the road it’s him, and if successful then a risky but possibly rewarding play could be Emma Lavelle’s Highland Lodge in the 0-130 Handicap Chase at 1.35pm.

Without a win for two years and partnered by an inexperienced rider in Richie O’Dea the pitfalls are plain to see, but if he’s going to return to winning ways then this could be the day.

Having slipped from 143 to a mark of just 130 he creeps in here at the top of the weights in a lesser race, but his jockey’s 10 pound claim makes this much more acceptable, and with Lavelle’s string in form (2 winners in the last 9 days) this might be the right time for a return to form.

After all, don’t forget this horse was fourth over course and distance in the Hennessy off nearly a stone higher just 13 months ago, and if he could re-produce a glimmer of that form then winning this would be a formality.

Both bet365 and BetVictor will lay us 4/1 about that suggestion becoming a reality.

Just over an hour later the Philip Hobbs-trained powerhouse Royal Regatta can make it two from two fences, with a repeat of his recent course and distance victory (2.45pm).

Good luck!

Monday’s best bets:

1.35 Newbury – Betfred Mandarin Handicap Chase – 1 Highland Lodge (win) @ 4/1 (bet365 and BetVictor)

2.45 Newbury – Betfred Novices’ Ltd Handicap Chase – 2 Royal Regatta (win) @ 5/4 (BetVictor, Coral, Paddy Power or William Hill)

3.05 Leopardstown – Topaz Novice Chase – 5 The Tullow Tank (win) @ 6/1 (Ladbrokes, Paddy Power or Skybet)

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21 Aug
2014

Power Surge Expected At York on Day Three of Ebor Meeting

It’s day three of the York Ebor meeting and Tom Lee has abandoned his regular tipping duties in favour of a weekend in Las Vegas to celebrate the impending wedding of column stalwart, Lord Culcheth, who gets hitched in a few weeks time.  It’s probably best that those of us on this side of the Atlantic remain unaware of what shenanigans the Stag Party gets up to in ‘Sin City’ but we can no doubt look forward to tales of the boys chugging on Bacardi Breezers whilst enjoying the Outhere Brothers DJ set at MGM’s Wet Republic and how they get on tackling the infamous ‘all you can eat buffet’ at the Bellagio branch of Greggs upon Tom’s return next week.

In the meantime, it’s up to Richard from the Betting Directory staff to deputise in Tom’s absence and with no shortage of top class action from York on Friday afternoon, there are three bets from the Knavesmire for readers to get their teeth stuck in to starting with the Group Two Lonsdale Cup at 2:30.

The pick to win the two mile contest is the Saeed bin Suroor trained Cavalryman who is enjoying a new lease of life this season at the ripe old age of eight having won three of his four starts in 2014. A win in Dubai back in March was followed up with victory in the Princess of Wales’s Stakes at Newmarket in July before landing the Goodwood Cup last time out. Those back-to-back wins make the Godolphin runner the clear form pick of the eight entered in this race and the fact that he’s got winning form at the Yorkshire track and with stamina not in doubt having won twice over 16 furlongs or further, he’s taken to add to his six career wins at group level.

The only other Group One winner in the field is last year’s Ascot Gold Cup winner Estimate, but the mare hasn’t won in her three starts since that victory, the latest of which saw the Sir Michael Stoute runner some 19-and-half lengths behind Cavalryman at Goodwood three weeks ago. There’s little to suggest that those placings will be reversed on Friday afternoon and the main danger to the selection looks to be Irish Raider Pale Mimosa.

The Dermot Weld trained five-year-old won at the Ebor Meeting two years ago over 1m4f and whilst she receives 3lb from Cavalryman, the fact that she has yet to win beyond 1m6f  casts huge question marks over her chances here. A comfortable win in the Challenge Stakes at Leopardstown last month has been enough for bookmakers to make the daughter of Singspiel second favourite for this race but with stamina doubts and the fact that she’s never won a race better than listed company, it should pay to side with proven quality at this level and at 5/2 with Paddy Power, Cavalryman makes plenty of appeal.

The feature race of day three is the Group One Nunthorpe Stakes, which sees the pick of the best sprinters from across Europe lock horns over five furlongs and it’s difficult to look beyond the ever-reliable Sole Power from the Ed Lynam yard in Ireland. Three times Group One winner, including this race as a three-year-old in 2010, Sole Power is arguably one of the best sprinters of the past few years and he’s showing no signs of slowing down at the age of seven as wins in the Palace House Stakes at Newmarket and King’s Stands Stakes at Royal Ascot on his two most recent starts have proved.

Nine wins from a total of 24 starts over five furlongs translates to an impressive 37.5% strike rate for the son of Kyllachy and as such, anything around the 3/1 about a win represents a value bet. There’s plenty of top notch opposition in the field and anything can happen over such a short distance but providing Richard Hughes can settle his mount off what is sure to be a strong pace, Sole Power should prove difficult to beat and a win bet is the recommendation at odds of 10/3 with Coral.

It may be worth keeping an eye on the performance of French Raider, Rangali, in the race. The three-year-old has won his last two starts in France and whilst this race represents a huge step up in class, he could be worth an each-way bet at 16/1 with Ladbrokes and is certainly looks one for the future.

The final bet of the day comes in the last race, a handicap for three-year-olds over one mile, and it may pay to back the lightly raced and fast improving Maverick Wave. This will be just the third start for the John Gosden-trained Colt and following successive wins, he was unlucky to miss out on the hat-trick last time out at Newmarket when finishing second to another exciting prospect in the form of Dream Spirit. However, with more improvement likely, it is worth chancing that Maverick Wave is better than his official rating of 98 and odds of 7/1 with bet365, a win bet is the recommendation.

Good Luck

Friday’s best bets at York

2:30 – Weatherbys Hamilton Insurance Lonsdale Cup – Cavalryman @ 5/2 with Paddy Power

3:40 – Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes – Sole Power @ 10/3 with Coral

4:55 – Nationwide Accident Repair Service Stakes – Maverick Wave @ 7/1 with bet 365

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21 Aug
2014

Alexander A Lowther Likely On Day Two At York

The weighting game paid off handsomsely for jockey Joseph O’Brien and the connections of Australia on day one at York’s Ebor meeting, as the beanpole rider’s his much-publicised efforts to slim down to an uncomfortable 8st 12lbs to ride his pride and joy in the feature Juddmonte International came to fruition in a power packed display.

Scandinavian betting giants Unibet now make him a best price 8/15 for his likely next assignment in Leopardstown’s Irish Champion Stakes on September 13th, where opposition is likely to be limited just three weeks before the Arc.

Looking ahead to day two there are plenty more riches on display, with another ‘A-list’ superstar topping the bill in the Yorkhire Oaks (live on Ch4, 3.40pm) as John Gosden’s Epsom Oaks and King George heroine Taghrooda bids for a third consecutive Group 1 and a fifth win on the bounce in a so far unbeaten career.

The shockwaves will be something bordering on seismic were she to be bowled out today, and bookmakers will pay you no bigger than 1/4 that she emerges unscathed.

Perhaps staying-on Irish Oaks runner up Tapestry will be the one to chase her home, but earlier on the card opportunity knocks in the fillies’ Group 2 Lowther over six furlongs at 2.30pm.

It’s a contest which throws up Roger Varian’s unbeaten Cursory Glance, already a winner in Group company at Royal Ascot over today’s trip, but she could struggle to contain the private battle to be played out between old rivals Tiggy Wiggy and the Irish-trained filly Anthem Alexander.

Both have been doing their winning at the minimum five furlong trip up ’til now, but when they clashed in Royal Ascot’s Group 2 Queen Mary Stakes it was the latter who came out on top, with the heavily backed 9/4 market leader Anthem Alexander flying home to grab Tiggy Wiggy after a sluggish start.

That was massively impressive, and the way she travelled in the latter stages of the race suggests strongly that she can only improve for a step up in distance.

Those thoughts are endorsed by the fact Dunshaughlin, County Meath trainer Edward Lynam, the man now widely known for his handling of star sprinters Sole and Slade Power, has entered her for Group 1’s in both the six furlong Cheveley Park and the Fillies’ Mile.

Furthermore, though Anthem Alexander hasn’t run since Ascot Tiggy Wiggy has, franking the form of a month earlier by making all in Newbury’s Super Sprint to win by a thumping six lengths!!

That was in a 24-horse race, yet she won by a street, in doing so paying a massive compliment to Anthem Alexander, who can be backed today at 11/4 with any of Betvictor, Coral, Skybet or William Hill.

Elsewhere on the card the 22/1 available with BetVictor looks too big an each way price about Tom Tate’s proven big field handicap hustler Prince Of Johanne in the Clipper Logistics Stakes run at 3.05pm.

Back to the mark of 100 from which he won the Royal Hunt Cup at Ascot in 2012, the Coral Challenge at Sandown Park last year, plus has been second and third in the last two runnings of York’s ever competitive Hambleton Handicap at the Dante Meeting (also second in it in 2012 off 98), this horse loves races of this nature and clearly enjoys a trip to York.

Good luck!

Thursday’s best bets at York:

2.30 – Pinsent Masons Lowther Stakes – 1 Anthem Alexander (win) @ 11/4 (Betvictor, Coral, Skybet or William Hill)

3.05 – Clipper Logistics Stakes (Handicap) – 6 Prince Of Johanne (each way) @ 22/1 (BetVictor)

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