Ignore The Hooded Claw at your peril

Ignore The Hooded Claw at your peril

Stewards' Cup Consolation

The Hooded Claw

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Betting Tip: The Hooded Claw @ 18/1 with coral

A nice easy start to proceedings (ahem). The last two winners, Barnet Fair (2014) and Seeking Magic, are amongst the 28-runner field and need considering having slipped back to winning marks, while Rex Imperateur, the winner of the 2013 Stewards’ Cup (off a mark of 104) came back to winning form last time and races off just 85 here. I’m not sure he’s as good as he was, though.

Direct Times can’t boast any course form, but the ground has come right for Peter Chapple-Hyam’s charge and this race has been on the agenda since he bolted up at Newmarket last time. He’s a worthy favourite, but I just prefer the chances of THE HOODED CLAW, who almost landed a gamble on his first start for Simon Crisford at Doncaster in June and is each-way value at 16/1 with Paddy Power, who offer five places. Connections must have thought he was better than his current mark and, while he’s been raised 5lb since, he might still be ahead of the handicapper. His trainer, who used to work for Godolphin, is proving a shrewd operator in his rookie season and his booking of Andrea Atzeni catches the eye.

The draw could play a part and it’s worth noting that seven of the last ten winners of the Stewards’ Cup, run over the same trip, were drawn between 10 and 19 – one was drawn in stall four with the other two in 22 and 26. Box 23 for the selection is hardly a disaster then, though the best advice is to not let the draw put you off and I’d be more concerned over where the pace is. That’s anyone’s guess.

Betting Tip: The Hooded Claw @ 18/1 with coral

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