Ascot 3.55 tips – Dhahmaan has each-way claims on ground he loves

Ascot 3.55 tips - Dhahmaan has each-way claims on ground he loves

Dhahmaan

Dhahmaan

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Betting Tip: Dhahmaan @ 10/1 with betvictor

The Punchestown Festival continues this afternoon and the feature Gold Cup (5.30pm) looks at the mercy of Cue Card, following the defection of Don Cossack.

Colin Tizzard’s star chaser is no bigger than 8/13 (bet365) to follow up his impressive Aintree success with his main challengers now being Djakadam and Don Poli, who finished second and third respectively in last month’s Cheltenham Gold Cup. I’m of the opinion (like most people) that Cue Card would have won that race had he not fallen three out and, while he’s got to jump round here and was beaten 15 lengths in this race 12 months ago, I see no reason to oppose him.

But given his prohibitive odds I’m turning to the Flat fare at Ascot for a value bet (or two) and a couple stand out, starting with the Marco Botti-trained DHAHMAAN in the Pavilion Stakes over 6f (due off 3.55pm).

The betting for the Group 3 contest is dominated by Aidan O’Brien’s Washington DC, a Royal Ascot winner last term and successful over 7f at Dundalk on his reappearance, and Hugo Palmer’s Gifted Master, a comfortable winner of a class 2 over this trip at the Newmarket Craven meeting. Given the latter horse is penalised 3lb and is probably better over an extra furlong, the O’Brien runner is preferred of that pair. However, he’s priced accordingly at around 11/8, whereas the selection is each-way value at a double-figure price.

The son of Kodiac was unraced at two but he quickly made up for lost time by winning three of his four starts during his three-year-old campaign, including a Listed race at Doncaster on his final outing under today’s pilot Frankie Dettori, and was far from disgraced when beaten into second behind the smart Donjuan Triumphant at York in October. All three of his turf runs (form figures 121) came on ‘good to soft’, so he won’t mind today’s conditions one bit, and the in form Botti reports him to be a much stronger horse now having done well over the winter.

The Newmarket handler has the Commonwealth Cup in mind (providing the ground is suitable), so this outing over track and trip and against a few others who are Royal Ascot-bound looks a good test of his credentials. While he may have something to find on the ratings, his current mark is based on a small sample of just four runs and he has the scope to better it and make up into an exciting sprinter. Hopefully, he can show that today with conditions in his favour.

Betting Tip: Dhahmaan @ 10/1 with betvictor

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