Duke Of Cambridge Stakes tips – Usherette can show her rivals the way home

Duke Of Cambridge Stakes tips – Usherette can show her rivals the way home

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Betting Tip: Usherette @ 2/1 with skybet

The Duke Of Cambridge Stakes is a relatively new race (since 2004) for fillies and mares and is run over the straight mile.

Who’s favourite?
The Andre Fabre-trained Usherette will go off a short order – a best-priced 9/4 at the time of writing – following her impressive Dahlia Stakes defeat of Arabian Queen at Newmarket on Guineas weekend, when taking her career record to 5-6. Her only defeat came when taking a big step up in class behind Amazing Maria in Group 1 company at Deauville last August, having been a bit reluctant to enter the stalls. She’s shown no signs of temperament in winning all three of her starts this season and she is nicely clear of her rivals on the official ratings, with the possibility of further improvement to come. However, since this race’s inception no filly or mare has carried a penalty to victory.

Who else is fancied?
John Gosden’s Jazzy Top is next best on the ratings, being 2lb inferior, and she escapes a penalty for her Group 3 success. But she finished well beaten behind Usherette on her Newmarket reappearance when sent off 5/2 favourite and, while that run was probably needed, she does have to bounce back here. Her stable has won two of the last nine runnings, so it would be unwise to rule that out.

Godolphin are mob-handed as in addition to the favourite they also have Always Smile, Lucida and Devonshire carrying their blue colours. The former is stepping out of handicap company but she is proven here, having been pipped by a nose by Osaila in the Sandringham 12 months ago, and she would have needed the run when beating Convey (favourite for the Hunt Cup) a neck at York on her reappearance. Stablemate Lucida was beaten less than a length in last season’s Group 1 Coronation Stakes and that is arguably the best form on offer. Both have to prove they can cope with today’s softer conditions, however.

Any decent outsiders?
American raider Miss Temple City is back for more after finishing a respectable fourth in last season’s Coronation Stakes, though his Group 1 penalty doesn’t help matters. Goodwood Listed winner Blond Me finished ahead of her at this level in the States last year and merits respect, while Spangled won like a Group filly in the making when scoring over 7f at Leicester last time.

Best bookie offer?
Paddy Power are refunding losing stakes as a free bet (up to £25) if your horse finishes second to the SP favourite, in this case Usherette.

Who’s going to win?
Andre Fabre has compared USHERETTE favourably to some of the best fillies he has trained and she may well be good enough to shrug off a penalty in this Group 2 before going on to even better things. Anyone looking to take her on should head to Paddy Power given their generous concession, and Always Smile looks the best alternative.

SELECTION

Usherette 2pts @ 9/4 BetVictor

Betting Tip: Usherette @ 2/1 with skybet

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