Newmarket 2.30 tips – Waady has the keys to Palace House success

Newmarket 2.30 tips - Waady has the keys to Palace House success


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Betting Tip: Waady @ 8/1 with bet365

The sprint division looks wide open following the retirement of Muhaarar and that perhaps explains the huge field of 22 for this Group 3 contest, which is a traditional stepping stone to the Group 1 King’s Stand. Goldream beat nine rivals in this 12 months ago before going on to land the double and before him Equiano 2010) and Sole Power (twice, in 2014 and 2013) achieved the same feat. If anything that tells us that we are looking for a talented sprinter with the potential to go on to Group 1 glory later in the season – as have the last six winners – and a couple of runners fit that bill.

The Charlie Hills-trained Cotai Glory finished last season on a high with a commanding 5f Listed win at Doncaster and, having reportedly done well over the winter, he could well turn make up into a Group 1 performer this term. However, according to Hills (writing in his Weekender column) today’s race “will do him good”, suggesting he may need the run, and the forecast ‘good to soft’ ground is a a further worry as he’s definitely better on a fast surface.

For those reasons, he’s swerved on this occasion – though do keep him on your side for the remainder of the season – in favour of another four-year-old with the potential to take high rank in this division, particularly over the minimum trip. That horse being the John Gosden-trained WAADY who has a perfect five wins from five runs over 5f, including a Group 3 at Sandown in July when he overcame a slipping saddle and trouble in running to deny Wind Fire by half a length with a gap back to the third. It didn’t work out for him on his final start in Haydock’s Sprint Cup (6f) as he took too keen a hold, but a winter gelding operation should help in that respect and he is now back over his favoured trip.

He has been handed stall 22 – the highest of all – but I’m not going to let that put me off. The draw bias here is hard to predict as they are always moving rails to try and avoid split fields for one, but I can remember a high berth being an advantage in plenty of sprint races here in recent seasons and it’s worth noting that Goldream overcame the highest draw (stall 10) in last year’s renewal. Any remaining doubts are compensated by the fact we can back him at 8/1 with bet365, who are alone in offering one quarter the odds to each-way backers.

Betting Tip: Waady @ 8/1 with bet365

All odds were correct at time of posting.

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