Meanwhile, Back At The Ranch is a strong Albany fancy

Meanwhile, Back At The Ranch is a strong Albany fancy

Wesley Ward

Back At The Ranch

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Betting Tip: @ 6/1 with paddypower

The Hannon team seem very keen on the chances of Illuminate who has relatively unfancied (8/1) when beating odds-on stablemate Great Page at Salisbury last time – a race won by the stable’s Tiggy Wiggy 12 months ago. The runner-up franked the form when winning a Listed race on her next start and Illuminate can be expected to come on a ton for that run, with today’s extra unlikely to inconvenience her.

She’s a worthy favourite at around the 3/1 mark, but I’m a sucker for a Wesley Ward-trained juvenile at the Royal meeting and after the demolition job by his Acapulco in Wednesday’s Queen Mary, I want to be on stablemate BACK AT THE RANCH at bet365’s 6/1. A runner-up on her debut at Keeneland, she showed he had learnt from that when coming from well off the pace to win at Belmont by two and a quarter lengths. That was over 5f on dirt but the way she was taken off her feet early before coming with a late rattle suggest she will relish this extra furlong.

Ward, who is refreshingly open about his horses, has said she works better on grass and he fancies her over stablemate Laxfield Road, who may be more of a speedball type. He was spot on with Acapulco and his confidence in the selection is enough to clinch the bet.

There are plenty of other to consider of course and one who could go well at a double-figure price is Mick Channon’s Jersey Breeze. She was as green as grass when third on her debut at Salisbury, but looked far more the polished article when sluicing home at Leicester last time and she too will appreciate the step up to 6f. Her stable’s record in this race is impressive with three winners (5/1, 16/1 & 50/1), a second, a third and two fourths from 12 runners since 2003.

Betting Tip: @ 6/1 with paddypower

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