Palmer runner a value pick now dropping in class

Palmer runner a value pick now dropping in class

Hugo Palmer

Aktabantay

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Betting Tip: Aktabantay @ 11/1 with betvictor

This Group 3 prize has attracted a decent field of ten and the clear form pick is the Charlie Appleby-trained Latharnach, who ran a career-best last time at Royal Ascot when chasing home Gleneagles in the Group 1 St James’s Palace Stakes. Based on that evidence, he’s a worthy favourite at 13/8 dropping in class here.

However, there is a value alternative in the shape of Hugo Palmer’s AKTABANTAY, who has just over two lengths to find on the favourite on their Royal Ascot running. That’s entirely possible, though, as the son of Oasis Dream was having his first run of the season there, whereas Latharnach was race fit, and his stable is in far better form now. Indeed, the recently married Palmer can’t stop training winners, with ten on the board so far this month, including Galileo Gold here on Tuesday, and his honeymoon could well continue with Aktabantay, who won at this level as a juvenile and has clearly trained on.

The other runner of note in the field is Sir Michael Stoute’s Convey, who won his only start at two (a Kempton maiden) and is making his belated seasonal debut here. He is clearly highly regarded judging by his entries in the Group 1 Juddmonte International and Irish Champion Stakes later in the season and he has to be feared, even more so if the market speaks in his favour.

Betting Tip: Aktabantay @ 11/1 with betvictor

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