Britannia Stakes tips – it’s all About the Haggas plot horse

Britannia Stakes tips – it's all About the Haggas plot horse

William Haggas

Out And About

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Betting Tip: Out And About @ 10/1 with coral

The Britannia Stakes is a handicap open to three-year-old colts and geldings and is run over a distance of a 1m on the straight course.

Who’s favourite?
An impossible-looking handicap and that some bookmakers go 10/1 the field tells you hard it is going to be to win it. A couple of the 30 runners are trading at single-figures with some firms and Defrocked is bet365’s clear favourite at the time of writing and Jamie Osborne’s gelding has certainly looked progressive this term in winning two of his three starts, including a competitive Doncaster handicap last time, despite hanging badly to the right approaching the final furlong. That quirkiness and the fact he’s now 10lb higher make me want to look elsewhere for the winner.

It might be worth stopping at William Haggas’ Out And About, who is disputing favouritism, as he looks a ‘plot’ horse and has a similar profile to the same stable’s Fast Or Free, who landed a gamble in this four years ago. Like that horse, he probably has plenty in hand over the handicapper who has been generous in raising him just 8lb for his tidy success in a Haydock handicap over 7f on his reappearance, his first run back since being gelded. A strapping individual with loads of scope, he is bred to get a mile doing handsprings (closely related to four winners at up to 1m2f) and Ryan Moore, who presumably could have ridden Aidan O’Brien’s Monarch, renews the partnership.

Who else is fancied?
There are plenty of others to consider of course and Sit Michael Stoute’s Mustashry has been well touted in the run-up in the belief he is on a competitive mark after winning a Thirsk maiden by six lengths on his reappearance and is open to bags of improvement after just three starts. He’s never encountered ground this soft, though.

Folkswood looked a stout stayer when winning over 1m at Newmarket but his rider William Buick described him as “immature” afterwards and, in that case, this very different test might come too soon in his development.

The progressive pair of Garcia and Chief Whip fought out the finish of a hot handicap at Haydock last time with the former just prevailing (Above N Beyond and Kingston Kurrajong were back in third and sixth respectively). The Richard Fahey-trained winner is fancied to lead that quartet home again as he is well at home on soft ground.

Any decent outsiders?
John Gosden hasn’t won this race for a while, but he landed it four times between 1996 and 2001 and he relies on Predilection, who was a close third in a Listed race on Lingfield’s Polytrack last time and looks the type to be suited by a big-field handicap. He’s a 20/1 shot with BetVictor, who go the same price on Richard Hannon’s Oh This Is Us, who is chasing a four-timer and may not have stopped improving yet.

Best bookie offer?
Most firms are offering five places to each-way backers, but Paddy Power have gone one step further as they are paying out on the sixth horse home!

Who’s going to win?
On the basis that half the field are priced at 40/1 or bigger and are hard to fancy, this might not be as impossible as it looks and a couple who look miles better than their marks are Mustashry and OUT AND ABOUT, with the latter just getting the nod.


Out And About each-way @ 10/1 Coral (¼ odds, – Paddy Power go 9/1 and six places

Betting Tip: Out And About @ 10/1 with coral

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