Muhaarar the best Commonwealth route to profit

Muhaarar the best Commonwealth route to profit

Muhaarar

Muhaarar

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Betting Tip: @ 12/1 with betvictor

A brand new race for three-year-old sprinters, who have traditionally struggled against their elders at this meeting, and a huge success judging by the turnout of 18, headed by last season’s star juvenile filly Tiggy Wiggy. She has been running over longer trips this season and with great credit, finishing third in the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket last time, but this race is no afterthought as it’s been her target for a while. Blessed with incredible natural speed, she seems certain to make them all go now dropping back to 6f.

She’s not favourite, though, with that honour going to Limato, another star juvenile from last season when going unbeaten in four starts. After taking his record to 5-5 on his reappearance, he was put in his place by the progressive Adaay at Haydock last time and, while the rain-softened ground was against him, his trainer was more inclined to blame that defeat on the fact more progressive types had caught up with his diminutive colt. We’ll find out for certain here.

The presence of Wesley Ward’s Hootenanny, the winner of last season’s Windsor Castle Stakes on the opening day of the meeting and the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita in November, provides even more class to the line-up and he is greatly respected having had the ideal prep when winning over Keeneland’s 51/2f.

However, and this may seem like the first signs of madness (been coming for a while to be honest), I’m going to take all three on with Charlie Hills’ MUHAARAR, who looks a value each-way shot at around the 14/1 mark. A Group 2 winner in his juvenile season, he showed he retained all his ability when winning the Greenham Stakes (7f) on his reappearance, before finishing midfield in the French 2000 Guineas from a terrible draw. He’s dropping back two furlongs here, but is a horse with plenty of pace who travels strongly in his races and his trainer seems very keen on his chances in his Weekender column, saying: “He’s a very good horse who is still improving and I wouldn’t be ruling him out at all.”

I haven’t even mentioned last season’s Queen Mary winner Anthem Alexander, who could well figure, and it’s safe to say this race is one I’m looking forward to!

Betting Tip: @ 12/1 with betvictor

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