Stravagante can put his trainer in seventh heaven

Stravagante can put his trainer in seventh heaven

Sir Michael Stoute

Stravagante

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Betting Tip: @ 2/1 with betvictor

A disappointing turnout of just seven for this Group 2 and that surely leaves the way for STRAVAGANTE to follow up his success in the big 1m2f at Epsom on Derby day, when showing his appreciation for fast ground and giving the impression he’d get another couple of furlongs doing handsprings. Prior to that he’d finished a highly respectable third to subsequent Derby runner-up Jack Hobbs, so his form is impeccable.

His trainer Sir Michael Stoute, who is closing in on the late Sir Henry Cecil’s record tally of 75 Royal Ascot winners, sitting on 72 currently, has farmed this race in the past. He has won it six times no less and the last three – Balakheri, Papal Bull and Hillstar – had like the selection been running in handicaps earlier in the season. A son of Rip Van Winkle out of a Rock Of Gibraltar mare, he’s certainly bred to be very decent and he’s a confident pick to take the best step up the ladder, with Frankie booked to do the steering.

Aidan O’Brien supplies the main danger in Ol Man River, an immensely promising juvenile last season but hardly sighted in two runs this term. He’s surely capable of better, but this has not been a happy hunting ground for his stable, who have supplied four of the last five beaten favourites, and a bigger danger looks to be David Simcock’s Balios, who finished a solid second on Listed company on his reappearance at Newmarket.

Betting Tip: @ 2/1 with betvictor

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