Newbury 2.25 tips – Defoe can enhance Leger claims

Newbury 2.25 tips - Defoe can enhance Leger claims

Defoe

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Betting Tip: @ Defoe @ 2/1 with bet365

Frontiersman is the clear form choice on his second behind Highland Reel in the Group 1 Coronation Cup, despite not being suited by the undulations of Epsom, and he probably ran just as well when filling the same spot in a Newmarket Group 2 won by stablemate Hawkbill last time. However, he hung markedly left when it mattered on the latter occasion when wearing first-time cheek-pieces (back on today) and that raises a question mark over his attitude.

And that’s not the only reason to oppose him here as he has to give 9lb to improving three-year-old DEFOE, who is unbeaten in three starts this year and has been crying out for a step up to staying trips. After kicking off this campaign with a couple of handicap victories, Roger Varian’s colt showed he was Pattern class with a Listed success at Hamilton, the form of which was boosted when the second Frankuus won a Group 3 next time out.

His trainer has given him an entry in the St Leger and in a year in which top-class staying three-year-old colts are thin on the ground this season, he could well make his presence felt on Town Moor. He’s 14/1 for the Doncaster Classic with bet365 and that has to be worth a few quid, but have a bigger bet on him to win this race at the same firm’s 2/1.

Betting Tip: @ Defoe @ 2/1 with bet365

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