Ascot 2.00 (Champions Sprint) tips – Brando for starring role

Ascot 2.00 (Champions Sprint) tips - Brando for starring role

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Betting Tip: @ Brando @ 8/1 with bet365

The market is dominated by the last two winners with The Tin Man bidding to regain his crown and Librisa Breeze attempting to follow up his success of 12 months ago, when delivered late to collar Tasleet (now tried in blinkers). Both need a strong pace to show their best, which again seems likely, and the forecast soft ground holds no terrors for either. But Librisa Breeze has shown next to nothing this season, albeit he hasn’t had his ground, whereas The Tin Man looked as good as ever when landing the Group 1 Sprint Cup last month (several of today’s rivals in behind) and looks the one most likely of the pair to run his race.

But this is far from a two-horse race and BRANDO, who has just half a length to find with The Tin Man on their Haydock running, shouldn’t be far away and is a shade of value at the current 8/1. Apart from a well beaten effort in France two starts back, when seemingly drawn out of things, he has been running up to his best all season and has now finished second in two of his last three races in Group 1 company (also a length third behind The Tin Man in the 2016 renewal of this race). With his stable in excellent nick and no worries over the ground), he gets the vote, although a dual forecast with his old rival makes sense for insurance purposes.

As for the rest, it’s hard to enthuse over the chances of Harry Angel given his awful record at this track and that he seems to have taken an aversion to the starting stalls of late. Ayr Gold Cup winner Son Of Rest won’t mind conditions one bit but this is much tougher, while Limato is arguably best over 7f.

One relative outsider who might outrun his odds is Sands Of Mali as he is a horse who likes plenty of cut and his latest fifth in the Sprint Cup (heavy) was a step in the right direction after losing his way a bit. At 22/1 with Betfred, who are paying out on four places, he’s one for each-way backers.

Betting Tip: @ Brando @ 8/1 with bet365

All odds were correct at time of posting.

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