Ascot 1.25 (Long Distance Cup) tips – Sir can rise to occasion

Ascot 1.25 (Long Distance Cup) tips - Sir can rise to occasion

Sir Erec

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Betting Tip: @ Sir Erec @ 9/1 with bet365

Stradivarius is a worthy favourite having carried all before him this season, winning all four outings and including a couple of Group 1s. But his most recent success in the Group Lonsdale Cup was the least impressive visually, having been made to battle by a relative outsider, and he was beaten in this race last on soft ground, which again seems likely to prevail. That makes him opposable at around the even money mark and the obvious alternative is Aidan O’Brien’s Flag Of Honour, who completed a hat-trick in the Irish St Leger last time and the fact he was supplemented for this suggests he’s the stable number one hope.

But he too might not be so effective on soft ground – his form figures on such a surface read 039 – and that can’t be said of stablemate SIR EREC, who sluiced through the mud when winning at Limerick just seven days ago on what was just his fourth start. That was only a Listed contest but he comfortably beat a rival rated 15lb superior off level weights, and is clearly a stayer going places. By Derby winner out of an unraced sister to St Leger runner-up Mahler, he looks certain to stay this extra half mile and it wouldn’t surprise if he were to finish in front of his better fancied stablemate.

It’s just a shame the field has cut up to seven runners as an each-way bet now makes far less appeal and I would have liked bigger than the current 9/1 (from 12/1), but it’s still hard to resist a small interest.

Betting Tip: @ Sir Erec @ 9/1 with bet365

All odds were correct at time of posting.

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