Mustajeeb can cut it against world’s best sprinters

Mustajeeb can cut it against world's best sprinters


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Betting Tip: Mustajeeb @ 11/2 with coral

Revised conditions this year, as three-year-olds are no longer eligible and have been redirected to the brand new Commonwealth Cup. That was the sensible thing to do as that age group have struggled against their elders in more recent times at this meeting.

Southern hemisphere three-year-olds are, however, ineligible for the new race and that explains the presence of Brazen Beau and Wandjina, who are bidding to follow in the footsteps of Australian sprint sensations Choisir (2003) and Black Caviar (2012).Both have solid claims, although they lack the experience of their predecessors and Wandjina’s latest success came over a mile.

I therefore prefer the chances of last year’s Jersey Stakes winner MUSTAJEEB, who was seen to excellent effect when dropped back to this trip on his reappearance at the Curragh, when accounting for eight race-fit rivals, including four Group 1 winners. The fact he stays further (the Jersey is over 7f) is in his favour as this race will be run at end-to-end gallop and, as we saw from Muhaarar in Friday’s Commonwealth Cup, a good helping of speed and stamina can be a dangerous combination.

Due Diligence finished a good second in this race last year and while he was well beaten on his reappearance, he wouldn’t be the first Ballydoyle runner at this meeting to step up considerably on what they’ve shown this term. He’s respected along with Undrafted, who represents Wesley Ward, and Music Master, who had an excuse when running below-par last time.

Betting Tip: Mustajeeb @ 11/2 with coral

All odds were correct at time of posting.

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