Tercentenary Stakes tips – Hannon’s Steel Of Madrid to show his mettle

Tercentenary Stakes tips – Hannon's Steel Of Madrid to show his mettle

Steel Of Madrid

Steel of Madrid

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Betting Tip: Steel of Madrid @ 13/2 with williamhill

The Group 3 Tercentenary Stakes, run over 1m2f, is a key stepping stone for three-year-olds heading for better things, but it’s a decent race in its own right.

Who’s favourite?
An open renewal and Sir Michael Stoute’s Abdon is disputing favouritism with a couple of others, including Charlie Appleby’s Hawkbill. The pair clashed over this trip at Newmarket in April and Hawkbill ran out a length and a quarter winner, extending his unbeaten run to four in the process, having won three on the bounce on the all-weather. However, it was the Stoute runner emerged with plenty of credit as he was having his first race since landing a Newbury maiden over a mile last August and he would have benefited from more of a test. It should be close between them here.

Who else is fancied?
Blue De Vega has twice finished behind Awtaad this season, including when a well beaten third in the Irish 2000 Guineas last time, and the way he was staying on at the Curragh provides hope that he can stay this extra distance. He won twice on yielding ground as a juvenile so should handle today’s conditions, although connections have suggested on a couple of occasions that he needs better ground to show his best. A penalty for winning a Group 3 last season is another negative and it’s worth noting that not one of the last ten winners had triumphed in Group company.

The Hannon stable has never won this but they look to have a suitable candidate in Steel Of Madrid, who showed his appreciation for this trip when landing a Listed contest at Newmarket last time. The race developed into a sprint-off between the first three after a slow early pace and he perhaps would have won a bit cosier with a stronger gallop.

Any decent outsiders?
Godolphin look to have a solid second string in Prize Money. A son of Derby winner Authorised, he was only just run out of it by Algometer at Goodwood last time and was giving the useful Taqder 8lb when beaten by that horse on his reappearance. He should relish the ground as he did when bounding clear on his Newmarket debut last October.

It’s not very often that an Aidan O’Brien-trained runner goes under the bookmakers’ radar, but his Long Island Sound could be a tad overpriced at 9/1 (bet365) given he is 3-3 and looks a Group horse in the making. He does have his stamina to prove, though.

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?
Progressive horses are often the way to go in this with six of the last ten winners winning a handicap during their career and Richard Hannon’s STEEL OF MADRID fits the bill – he’s a value price too.

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Steel Of Madrid 1pt each-way @ 13/2 bet365 (¼ odds, 1.2.3)

Betting Tip: Steel of Madrid @ 13/2 with williamhill

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