This is the funniest market I’ve seen for a sprint in a long time. I’ll start with Gordon Lord Byron, he had a poor enough introduction this year, but his form at the end of last year could easily be enough to win this race even on good ground. He just failed to win the Sprint Cup, and backed that up with a good 2nd in the Foret and a big run in the Hong Kong Sprint. That’s not the form of a horse in decline 25/1 with Ladbrokes is bordering on an insult. Caspar Netscher is another who looks to be underrated here and in my view has been building to a big run on one of these races. He caught the eye last time out at a big price and I’d be very happy with 33/1
1 Point win 25/1 Ladbrokes Gordon Lord Byron
1 Point win 33/1 Generally Caspar Netscher
Ninjago leaps of the page here at a decent price. He was second in the Stewards Cup of 1 lb higher last year, backed that up a few times since, and caught the eye last time out in the Victoria when not getting a decent run. Hell love the fast ground and is drawn in the middle so should have the choice. 20/1 with 6 places on Paddy Power looks a great price and I’m going to chance a decent EW bet
I’m going for another proven big sprint handicapper in Blaine . He was 3rd in the Ayr Gold Cup last year of 2lbs higher than this mark and caught the eye on his second last run as possibly being on the way back. He was also a good 5th here over further in the challenge cup when he led but couldn’t stay. This trip looks to be his best and he is a bigger price than I expected. If his high draw works out he should be right in the firing line.
2 Points EW 20/1 Ninjago Paddy Power 6 Places
1 Point EW 33/1 Blaine Paddy Power 6 places
Educate has been ramping up to a good performance lately and he looked to bump into a real performer last time out when finishing second to The Corsican. He probably doesn’t win enough for all his good runs but his price this time is more than I expected and considering he was 4th in a similar or better race to this at york last year of 7lbs higher 18/1 looks a bit of a bargain.
1 Point win 18/1 Ladbrokes
I think the market may have it wrong with the price of Hillstar here. On all known form he should be close to the 2nd best in this race, and although it is his seasonal reappearance 12/1 without the Fav here looks decent value to beat the rest of the field. In my view he should be about 6-7/1 w/o here.
1 Point win 12/1 Ladbrokes/Coral without Telescope.