Newmarket 2.00 tips – Strong Steps is on a path to improvement

Newmarket 2.00 tips - Strong Steps is on a path to improvement

Hugo Palmer

Strong Steps

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Betting Tip: Strong Steps @ 16/1 with williamhill

A tricky start for punters and Sir Michael Stoute complicates matters further by running a couple of potential improvers in Mutamakkin, the current favourite, a negative perhaps as none have obliged in the last 10 years, and Intimation. The former has had a run – a solid third in a handicap at the Craven meeting – but his stablemate has the fancy entries and is no doubt better than his current mark of of 90. He’s just preferred of the pair but given the competitive nature of the race, I’d rather back one each-way at bigger odds.

The horse I’ve landed on is Hugo Palmer’s STRONG STEPS. Gelded since we last saw him, he has been acting as a lead horse at home for stablemate Galileo Gold, who is not without a chance in the 2000 Guineas run later on the card. According to Palmer (recent Stable Tour), working with a horse of that quality has brought about improvement from the selection – a case of “a rising tide lifts all ships” – and it’s therefore not unreasonable to expect him to better his current handicap mark of 88, which is 2lb below last season’s peak rating of 90 – he finished fourth of 16 in a valuable handicap at Kempton off that perch last September. At 16/1 with Hills, I’m happy to pay to find out and especially with the stable going so well – five winners in the last fortnight and seven others in the first three.

Betting Tip: Strong Steps @ 16/1 with williamhill

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