Chepstow 4.00 tips – Banjo to call the tune

Chepstow 4.00 tips - Banjo to call the tune


Cape Banjo

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Betting Tip: Cape Banjo @ 10/1 with bet365

I’ve made a few quid out of backing Ralph Beckett-trained runners in the early weeks of the season and he has double prospects this afternoon, starting off with GIRLING in the 1m2f maiden (due off 2.50pm).

The three-year-old daughter of Rock Of Gibraltar showed considerable promise on her only start at two, finishing second over 7f at Salisbury in October, and is expected to come into her own middle distances this term at a high level. Indeed, she has Group 1 entries and to justify them she has to win this modest maiden against weak opposition well.

That is reflected in her price of course – 8/11 best with Hills – but we can always double her up with stablemate CAPE BANJO, who carries top weight in the extended 1m handicap run later on the card (4.00pm). A gelded half-brother to five winners, he finished second on both his juvenile starts, making a bold bid from the front on each occasion, and we can write off his reappearance sixth at Kempton as he gave himself no chance after setting off at a suicidal pace.

That run at least qualified him for a handicap mark and it’s a potentially lenient one of 80, with his burden reduced further by his rider’s 7lb claim. Of course, he’ll need to settle better to take advantage and backers are taking that risk, though the application of a first-time hood provides some encouragement for that and we’ve also got the compensation of a double-figure price.

Betting Tip: Cape Banjo @ 10/1 with bet365

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