Ascot 3.25 tips – Moonraker a stellar price at 8/1

Ascot 3.25 tips - Moonraker a stellar price at 8/1

Moonraker

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Betting Tip: Moonraker @ 9/1 with betvictor

This afternoon’s card at Ascot looks bookmaker-friendly with several tight handicaps on offer and punters should tread carefully.

I was going to swerve the meeting for the delights of Wolverhampton, where I fancy a couple (read on), but when I saw that 8/1 was available on MOONRAKER for the 6f handicap (3.25pm) I simply couldn’t resist – Mick Channon’s charge is a more realistic 6/1 shot generally and just 11/2 in a place.

There’s a lot to like about the lightly-raced son of Starspangledbanner and not least the fact he’s unbeaten in two runs at the track: he won a 5f maiden here on his racecourse debut in 2014 and a 6f handicap when making his seasonal reappearance in August. He’s been beaten twice since, but he did best of the hold-up horses when fourth over an inadequate 5f at York two starts back and was then far from disgraced in a 6f Listed sprint when returned to that track last time.

He’s definitely worth another try in that sort of company again and was considered good enough to contest Group races last autumn. That’s what makes him so irresistible now dropping back into handicap company over his best trip and on a track he clearly loves. The drying ground won’t be an issue either as it was fast when he won here in August and it doesn’t harm his chances that connections have booked the services of champion jockey-elect Silvestre De Sousa.

Betting Tip: Moonraker @ 9/1 with betvictor

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