Maria a value wager for an Amazing double

Maria a value wager for an Amazing double

Amazing Maria

Amazing Maria

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Betting Tip: @ 8/1 with coral

A cracking renewal for this Group 1 and it offers up a tasty each-way bet, with three places up for grabs. Bookies have made Jim Bolger’s Lucida their general 11/4 favourite and that’s understandable as she brings the best three-year-old form to the table, having finished placed in the 1000 Guineas and Coronation Stakes. Best on this sort of ground and getting the age allowance, she’s going to be tough to beat.

But the value surely lies with last month’s Duke Of Cambridge winner AMAZING MARIA at double-figure odds. A high-class juvenile when trained by Ed Dunlop, she was switched to David O’Meara after showing nothing in three starts as a three-year-old and was coming good on her third run for the stable at Royal Ascot. Whilst allowed to go off at 25/1, there was no fluke about her two-length success over Rizeena, a Group 1 performer, and I was very taken with the way she travelled into the race. This is tougher of course but O’Meara seems to have found the key to her and she could well go in again, with an each-way punt being the sensible option. A reverse forecast bet with Lucida wouldn’t go amiss either.

The French-trained pair of Fintry and Avenir Certain, first and second respectively in a Group 3 at Chantilly last month, need respecting, with the latter fancied to reverse the form, providing she settles a bit better. Last year’s winner Integral is harder to fancy, however, after her odds-on flop behind the selection at Royal Ascot and may not want the ground as quick as this.

Betting Tip: @ 8/1 with coral

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