Mahsoob a Group horse masquerading as a handicapper

Mahsoob a Group horse masquerading as a handicapper

Mahsoob

Mahsoob

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Betting Tip: @ 2/1 with williamhill

Is there any point in taking on MAHSOOB, apart from his short price? Probably not. John Gosden’s colt looked like a potential Group horse when landing handicaps at Newbury and York, looking value for more than his narrow winning margins and overcoming wide draws in big fields on each occasion. The handicapper has raised him to 106 which clearly makes life more difficult, but it might not be enough to stop him and even the current 2/1 on offer might look huge after the race.

While he faces 15 rivals here, they are essentially handicappers / Listed class at best, whereas the favourite is surely destined for far better things. His connections must think so as they had him entered for the Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes on this same card, and he can kiss goodbye to handicaps in the best possible way by landing a hat-trick for the season at Royal Ascot.

Andrew Balding’s Collaboration is chasing a four-timer here but is now 27lb higher than when his winning spree started, and a bigger danger may be First Flight, who finished third behind the selection at York last time and is entitled to finish with a 5lb pull in the weights.

Betting Tip: @ 2/1 with williamhill

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