Haydock 3.45 tips – the drinks are on La Rioja!

Haydock 3.45 tips - the drinks are on La Rioja!

La Rioja

La Rioja

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Betting Tip: La Rioja @ 11/2 with bet365

Hugo Palmer’s Gifted Master is going for a six-timer and, having being considered a 7f horse at the start of the season with the Jersey Stakes over that trip a nominated target, he has done plenty to dispel that notion by winning twice over today’s trip this spring. He’s now under consideration for the 6f Commonwealth Cup, for which he’s a short as 5/1, and a convincing win here might see him see him displace Acapulco as favourite. However, you can pick holes in his form as Waterloo Bridge, his only serious rival at the Craven meeting, ran well below form, and the horse he beat at Ascot last time, Dream Dubai, was beaten out of sight at Newbury on his next start. That makes him opposable at just 13/8 for a race that is deeper than the betting suggests.

Mark Johnston’s Buratino is next in the betting and he’s a fascinating runner now dropping back to this trip after appearing not to stay in the 2000 Guineas on his reappearance. However, he was in trouble well before the two-furlong pole on that occasion and there’s a chance he hasn’t trained on after what was a brilliant juvenile campaign. He’d also want the ground to be faster than he’s going to get here.

Cut in the ground is just what LA RIOJA needs, on the other hand, and Henry Candy’s filly may well be up to winning this in receipt the sex allowance. She looked potentially top class when comfortably winning her last two starts last season over this trip, including a Group 3 at Salisbury, and has reportedly thrived over the winter and in her work of late. She looks an out-and-out sprinter, which might not apply to the favourite, and with conditions very much in her favour she makes plenty of appeal at bet365’s 6/1. I’d be even more confident if her stable was in better form – just the one winner on turf to date – but I’m not going to let that put me off her.

Betting Tip: La Rioja @ 11/2 with bet365

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