Norfolk Stakes tips – classy Global can earn the Applause

Norfolk Stakes tips – classy Global can earn the Applause

Global Applause

Global Applause

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Betting Tip: Global Applause @ 2/1 with bet365

The Group 2 Norfolk Stakes over 5f attracts some seriously fast juveniles and opens up proceedings on day three of the royal meeting.

Who’s favourite?
The Ed Dunlop-trained Global Applause has impressed in winning both his starts over 5f and he had an excuse when beaten over 6f at Newbury in between as, according to his trainer, his subsequent blood tests came back wrong. A son of freshman sire Mayson, winner of the 2012 July Cup, he is the first winner produced by the Royal applause mare Crown, a three-time winner from 5f-6f. He’s all about speed then and he sets the standard on form having beaten Mehmas in the National Stakes at Sandown last time, with that horse running a cracker to beat all bar Caravaggio in Tuesday’s Coventry Stakes. He’s yet to race on soft but Dunlop is not concerned at the prospect (see trainer quote below) and he seems certain to go off favourite (2/1 general) with Frankie Dettori taking over from Ryan Moore (claimed for Peave Envoy).

Who else is fancied?
Godolphin’s Silver Line was a comfortable winner at Nottingham on his debut and while it’s hard to tell how much he achieved in success, he couldn’t have done it any easier and he has a Group 1 entry later in the season.

Wesley Ward’s juvenile runners at this meeting are always to be respected and he won this contest with No Nay Never in 2013, so his stablemate Red Lodge is entitled to respect. A beaten favourite (30/100) at Keeneland on his debut, he’s since made amends when beating rival rivals on grass at Belmont Park and, like all the stable runners here, he will have been trained to the minute. The worry with him is soft ground and Ward has expressed his concerns over that.

Richard Hannon won this in 2014 with Baitha Alga and he saddles another likely type in Legendary Lunch, who is 2-3 and has proved himself versatile over the ground. He only won on the nod at Epsom last time after quickening into a clear lead two furlongs out and being headed close home, but his rider reported that he took it up too soon. He will need to settle a bit better.

Aidan O’Brien has won this twice, including with Waterloo Bridge 12 months ago, and his representative Peace Envoy, a son of Coventry Stakes winner Power, is another worth considering with Ryan Moore booked.

Any decent outsiders?
The front five all hold solid credentials so it will be a surprise if the winner isn’t amongst them, but you should never discount Mark Johnston’s juveniles at this meeting and The Last Lion, who won the Brocklesby on soft ground, has each-way claims (25/1 with Sky Bet currently).

Trainer quote: “I’m not at all worried about the rain as he won’t mind any ground, although I’m not sure very fast would suit him. Winning two-year-old races at Royal Ascot is very difficult, but he has bags of class and should be a big player.” – Ed Dunlop on Global Applause.

Best bookie offer?
Each-way backers are advised to head to bet365 as they are offering one quarter the odds instead of the standard fifth.

Who’s going to win?
GLOABL APPLAUSE has clocked fast times in winning two of his three starts and his defeat of Mehmas last time sets a high form standard. He’s hardly an original choice but I think he’ll win.

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Global Applause 2pts @ 2/1 bet365

Betting Tip: Global Applause @ 2/1 with bet365

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