Jury to deliver positive verdict for Cable Bay

Cable Bay (yellow cap) has never been better

Cable Bay

Cable Bay

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Betting Tip: Cable Bay @ 9/2 with williamhill

There’s competitive racing action wherever you look this afternoon with Haydock, Newmarket and York all staging races in front of the Channel 4 cameras.

The day’s most valuable prize is the 888sport sponsored Sandy Lane Stakes at Haydock (due off 3.45pm), with the ten runners including the Henry Candy-trained LIMATO, who is bidding to take his unbeaten record to six. A smart juvenile, with his romp in Redcar’s Two-Year-Old Trophy the highlight, he got off the mark for this season when winning at Ascot on April, despite not being fully wound up. The second and third have advertised the form since and, providing there isn’t too much rain overnight, he’s going to be tough to beat, especially as his main rival Mattmu is best with some cut. Bookmakers agree, unfortunately, and we’re being asked to to take just 11/10, but that’s no reason to oppose him and he can become the eighth winning favourite in the last ten runnings.

There are bigger odds available on CABLE BAY, my fancy for the 7f Timeform Jury Stakes run earlier on the card (2.35pm). Like several of these, he ran in the Group 1 Lockinge Stakes behind Night Of Thunder and he did best when finishing fifth in that race. Breton Rock finished a couple of places behind and it’s understandable that bookies have him as favourite as he was having his first run for 211 days and was narrowly pipped by Penitent in last year’s renewal of this race. I just wonder whether there will be enough juice in the ground for him, though, as he’s a different horse with some cut.

They were calling it “good” on Friday and, while showers are forecast, I’ll be surprised if the word “soft” is added to the going description. Cable Bay is less ground dependant and is rated a 1lb superior on the official ratings. What I really like about him, though, is the fact his trainer Charlie Hills is in far better form now, having endured a quiet start to the season, and he apparently – according to his Weekender column – has “never had him so good.” Granted, he hasn’t won since his two-year-old days, but he’s ran some fine race especially in defeat and this looks the perfect opportunity for him, with the trip and good ground ideal.

Betting Tip: Cable Bay @ 9/2 with williamhill

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