Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes tips – Rare Rhythm ready to rock and roll on return

Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes tips – Rare Rhythm ready to rock and roll on return

Rare Rhythm

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Betting Tip: Rare Rhythm @ 15/2 with coral

The Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes is a Heritage Handicap for three-year-olds and up and is run over 1m4f. Several recent winners have gone to success at a higher level, including last year’s winner Arab Dawn.

Who’s favourite?
Godolphin’s Elite Army is already a Royal Ascot winner, having landed the King George V Handicap over this trip at the 2014 meeting, and he was back in the Ascot winners’ enclosure when landing a Listed contest on his reappearance in May, having been off the track for nearly a year due to injury. Given plenty of time to get over that, Saeed bin Suroor’s five-year-old is entitled to go off favourite now back in handicap company, despite carrying top weight.

Who else is fancied?
Godolphin have a strong hand as Charlie Appleby fields the lightly-raced Rare Rhythm, who is at the other end of the weights and just 5lb higher than when hacking up in a Newmarket handicap over this trip last September, despite still looking a bit green in the closing stages. That run proved he is effective with cut in the ground and he should have more to offer after just four starts, though we have to take his fitness on trust after a 267-day layoff.

You will be nicely in pocket if you have stuck with Sir Michael Stoute here as he has had six winners since 1998 and, helpfully, he has only one runner this time, Kings Fete. He was having his first race since the 2014 St Leger (ninth behind Kingston Hill) when shaping well into fifth over an inadequate 1m2f in a Goodwood Listed race on his reappearance. Chance.

Any decent outsiders?
It’s 10/1 bar the three already mentioned and that brings in The Queen’s Fabricate, who made a pleasing return following a gelding operation when finishing second in a Hamilton handicap (1m4f, good to firm). He looked stronger as that race developed and, being out of an Oaks runner-up, he should stay all right.

Kinema has a far more exposed profile but the switch to Ralph Beckett has clearly done him some good as he showed a major return to form when travelling smoothly and winning with an impressive late challenge over 1m6f at Goodwood last time. Connections see him as an Ebor horse and he will be finishing better than most in the testing conditions.

Aintree hurdles winner Ivan Grozny merits a mention for Willie Mullins, while First Sitting is of interest after winning readily over an extended 1m3f at Windsor just 11 days ago and is well-in under a 4lb penalty here.

Best bookie offer?
Betfred are refunding losing stakes if your horse finishes second to a Ryan Moore-ridden winner at the royal meeting, and he’s on the fancied Kings Fete here.

Who’s going to win?
A wide open handicap but RARE RYTHYM is at the right end of the weights and there are no worries over the soft ground. His trainer, who struck with Hawkbill in Wednesday’s Tercentenary Stakes, gave him a favourable mention in a Stable Tour earlier in the season, saying he had the potential to be a progressive mile and a half horse this season, and he’s likely laid him out for this to take advantage of a good mark.

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Rare Rhythm 1pt @ 8/1 Betway

Betting Tip: Rare Rhythm @ 15/2 with coral

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