Ascot 5.00 tips – Pearl Spectre’s rivals don’t stand a ghost of a chance

Ascot 5.00 tips - Pearl Spectre's rivals don't stand a ghost of a chance

Rob Hornby

Pearl Spectre

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Betting Tip: Pearl Spectre @ 9/1 with betvictor

The second bet is running in the closing apprentice handicap over 1m – the easiest race on the card! The betting tells you it’s far from that – bookmakers are going 8/1 the field – but Andrew Balding’s PEARL SPECTRE looks to have as good a chance as any.

A dual winner at two, he left the yard to be prepared for the Kentucky Derby only to pick up an injury, which then kept him off the track for over a year until reappearing for Balding at Kempton last December. He cut little ice on that occasion but has gradually been finding his form since, culminating in victory in a Southwell handicap (1m) at the end of March.

While the bare form of that win is nothing to get excited about, his trainer (writing in a recent Stable Tour) was hopeful it will have brought him on again, describing him as a “talented horse with a lot of ability” who is “well handicapped”. In which case there is every reason to think he can be very competitive this afternoon under talented 3lb claimer Rob Hornby.

Betting Tip: Pearl Spectre @ 9/1 with betvictor

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