Ascot 2.40 (Fillies & Mares) tips – Pilaster makes each-way appeal

Ascot 2.40 (Fillies & Mares) tips - Pilaster makes each-way appeal

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Betting Tip: @ Pilaster each-way @ 12/1 with bet365

Just a week after her younger brother Too Darn Hot did the business in the Dewhurst, Lah Ti Dar bids to bag her first Group 1 victory after two Listed wins and a second in the St Leger last time out. The daughter of Dubawi was beaten by a stronger stayer, Kew Gardens, in the Doncaster Classic and she should be suited by dropping back in trip, although she is untested on ground slower than good to soft. That’s not to say she can’t win in the conditions and she has always been considered a soft-ground filly by her trainer John Gosden, but it’s enough to make you think twice about backing her at just 11/8 and there’s also a possibility the Doncaster run has taken the edge off her.

Besides, there are quite a few who could could give her a race on their best form and they include French raider Kite Surf, who has made steady progress all season and clocked a good time when pipping Magic Wand in the Prix Vermeille last month, and last year’s third Coronet. Hydrangea, the winner 12 months ago, also has to be considered as, while she has been below form this term, she will finally get back on the soft ground she needs.

But I’m going to take a chance on one at an even bigger price in the shape of Roger Varian’s PILASTER, who looked a smart filly in the making when completing her hat-trick in a Group 2 at Goodwood in August. Despite not looking entirely happy on the drying ground, causing her to hang left, she showed a likeable attitude to edge it in a head-bobber over Maid Up and was value for more than her short head margin of victory. I thought she was a good thing for the Park Hill (1m6f) at Doncaster, lumping on at shortish odds, only to see her go down in third by a half a length. Ouch. She would surely have won that race had their been a stronger pace on and she had been ridden more positively, so I’m sticking with her and especially as her proven ability to stay further is going to be a huge asset in the conditions.

Betting Tip: @ Pilaster each-way @ 12/1 with bet365

All odds were correct at time of posting.

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