Fox may be able to hunt down his rivals

Fox may be able to hunt down his rivals

Oriental Fox

Oriental Fox

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Betting Tip: @ 8/1 with bet365

Willie Mullins’ Wicklow Brave has won twice on the flat since winning the County Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival and is no bigger than 11/8 to win the royal meeting’s traditional ‘getting out stakes’. Partnered by Ryan Moore, who steered the same stable’s Clondaw Warrior to success in the Ascot Stakes, he will do for many punters, especially as Mullins has won two of the last three runnings with similar types.

However, with the suspicion that the ground will be faster than ideal, I’m going to take a chance on Mark Johnston’s ORIENTAL FOX. He has been off the track for a year, but has gone well fresh in the past, can boast some useful form, including when running very well in the Gold Cup here, and has likely been trained specifically for the race. At 9/1, he looks a solid each-way alternative to the favourite.

John Gosden’s Marzocco, third in the Queen’s Vase last year and seen recently leading his stablemate and Derby runner-up Jack Hobbs at Epsom’s Breakfast With The Stars, is another to consider, along with Andrew Balding’s Rawaki, who promises to stay this far.

Betting Tip: @ 8/1 with bet365

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