Fillies & Mares Stakes tips – Seventh a heavenly bet at 2/1

Fillies & Mares Stakes tips – Seventh a heavenly bet at 2/1

Fillies & Mares Stakes

Seventh Heaven

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Betting Tip: Seventh Heaven @ 2/1 with williamhill

A field of 13 will go to post for the Qipco British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes over 1m4f, due off 2.35pm.

Who’s favourite?

As expected, Aidan O’Brien has rerouted Minding and Found elsewhere but he still has an able deputy in Seventh Heaven, who is the current 2/1 market leader. She flopped in the Epsom Oaks but has won all four of her other starts this season, most recently when comfortably beating Found in the Yorkshire Oaks, with her reopposing stablemates Even Song and Pretty Perfect well behind. With the runner-up going on to land the Arc, that form looks exceptional and the only real negative is her absence since.

Who’s next best?
Dermot Weld has placed Zhukova superbly to win all three of her starts this season and anything he runs at this meeting deserves utmost respect, as evidenced by his record of four winners from just seven runners since its inception in 2012. However, her form doesn’t quite measure up to that of the favourite and a half-length defeat of the disappointing US Army Ranger (a stablemate of Seventh Heaven) may have been overrated. While she handles the forecast good ground, the suspicion is that connections would have preferred to see some rain as her most impressive wins came with plenty of cut.

And the rest?
John Gosden’s Journey heads the home team and she should make a bold bid to go one better than last year’s second as she looked better than ever when and easy winner at Newmarket two weeks ago. That will have put her spot on and she is peaking at just the right time.

Speedy Boarding couldn’t land a blow in last year’s renewal, but she has blossomed into a true Group 1 performer this season, adding a second success in this grade at Chantilly last time out. However, all her wins have come over 1m2f and therefore may be found wanting at the business end.

Architecture looks best of the remainder but she has nearly three lengths to find with Seventh Heaven on their running in the Irish Oaks in July.

What’s the verdict?
The temptation is to put up Journey each-way at 7/1 as it’s hard to see her finishing out of the frame, but if SEVENTH HEAVEN runs up to anywhere near her best – and you can trust in O’Brien for that – there can only be one winner.

Back Seventh Heaven @ 2/1 Hills

Betting Tip: Seventh Heaven @ 2/1 with williamhill

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