Ascot 2.25 tips – Spooky’ to scare off the opposition

Ascot 2.25 tips - Spooky' to scare off the opposition

Spookydooky

Spookydooky

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Betting Tip: Spookydooky @ 5/1 with bet365

A tight handicap despite there being just five runners and a win for the rank outsider, Bally Beaufort, wouldn’t come as a total surprise. Twice a winner at Aintree earlier in the season, he was outclassed in the Feltham won by Tea For Two on Boxing Day and seemed to resent being taken on for the lead at Warwick last time, dropping right away and being pulled up. If Ryan Hatch can get him jumping up front the partnership could be hard to catch, but nonetheless I’m going to take him on with SPOOKYDOOKY, a value 5/1 shot with bet365.

Jonjo O’Neill’s charge finished a long way behind Bally Beaufort on his chase debut at Aintree in November, but that was his first run back since March and he rather spoiled his chance by pulling too hard. He was much better in that respect when winning at Newbury on his next start and was then a strong-finishing second in the Tommy Whittle at Haydock before Christmas. The third Cloudy Bay franked the form when winning the Peter Marsh and there should be more to come from the selection, who has been left on the same mark and is running over what looks like his ideal trip. Furthermore, his stable has been back amongst the winners of late after a quiet spell.

Sausolito Sunrise and Waldorf Salad are disputing favouritism currently and should go well, with the latter just preferred given his progressive profile and low racing weight. The other member of the field, Vieux Lion Rouge, looks high enough in the weights and was well beaten when unseating at Cheltenham last time.

Betting Tip: Spookydooky @ 5/1 with bet365

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