French raider Al Naamah cracking each-way value

Legatissimo is a worthy Oaks favourite


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Betting Tip: Al Naamah @ 14/1 with coral

The Classic itself and having put up French raider AL NAAMAH at a big price ante post I’m not going to desert her now. You can read my full write-up elsewhere on this site but, in summary, she’s a sister to 2012 Oaks winner Was, cost her owner’s a whopping £5 million at the sales and can be excused a short-neck defeat in a Group 3 on her reappearance on account she was heavily in season. She’s yet to race beyond 1m21/2f, but everything about her pedigree suggests she will relish the step up to 1m4f and her trainer, the genius that is Andre Fabre, is adamant it’ll be the making of her. He went to the trouble of flying over today’s pilot Gregory Benoist to partner the filly at the recent ‘Breakfast With The Stars’ and she appeared to handle the undulating track very well. I also like her draw in stall three, neither too wide or right against the rail, and she still represents some each-way value at the 18/1 on offer at Paddy Power.

In my ante post piece, I did recommend a punt also on 1,000 Guineas winner Legatissimo once she had been confirmed a runner and I still hold to that. David Wachman’s filly looks certain to stay far better than most Guineas winners and she may even turn out to be better over middle distances. The problem now is that she’s just 3/1 but, even so, I wouldn’t put anyone off backing her.

Betting Tip: Al Naamah @ 14/1 with coral

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