Great Glen value against uneasy Queen’s Vase favourite

Great Glen value against uneasy Queen's Vase favourite

Queen's Vase

Great Glen

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Betting Tip: Great Glen @ 9/1 with betvictor

Aidan O’Brien has won this thrice since 2007, including with subsequent Gold Cup hero Leading Light in 2013, and he is double-handed this time round with Aloft and Bantry Bay representing him. The former is by far the most interesting of the pair as he was a classy juvenile, finishing second in the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster on his final start at two, and is ridden by the irrepressible Ryan Moore.

Whether that entitles him to be as short as 2/1 is another matter and I suspect his connections have a good deal to do with that. He may still win but given he hasn’t been seen out since October, has never raced beyond a mile, and his sporting first-time tongue-tie and cheek-pieces (both suggesting he’s been temperamental at home) I’m happy to take him on.

His stablemate Bantry Bay showed a good attitude when winning his maiden at the Curragh last time, but he’s plenty short enough too at around 4/1 and I’d rather back Ralph Beckett’s GREAT GLEN at more than double those odds (9/1 best with Ladbrokes). Like most of these he’s stepping up to two miles for the first time and that’s got to help him as he lacks gears over shorter, albeit still showing a decent level of form, including a second over 1m2f at Newmarket, and is bred to stay all day being a son of High Chapparal. His trainer earmarked this race for him in a Stable Tour earlier in the season and he won’t mind the fast ground.

A couple of others worth mentioning are Yarrow, who is bidding to give his trainer a fourth success in this race, and Charlie Appleby’s Antiquarium, both of whom have each-way shouts with the uneasy favourite helping to make the market.

Betting Tip: Great Glen @ 9/1 with betvictor

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