Wokingham Stakes tips – Traveller can carry your money a long way

Wokingham Stakes tips – Traveller can carry your money a long way


Outback Traveller

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Betting Tip: Outback Traveller @ 10/1 with bet365

The Wokingham is a Heritage Handicap over 6f on the fifth and final day of Royal Ascot, and is just the sort of wide-open race the bookies love.

Who’s favourite?
It takes a Pattern-class performer – and a relatively young one – to win a modern-day Wokingham and Kevin Ryan’s Brando, who is Group-entered, looks in that mould. A winner of two of his three starts last season, he has taken his form to another level in 2016, easily justifying favouritism at Newmarket in April before chasing home Duke Of Firenze in a hot 5f handicap at York, where he was finishing strongly. That bodes well for him over this extra furlong and he looks a worthy favourite at around the 8/1 mark.

Who else is fancied?
Robert Cowell has few peers when training sprinters and his Outback Traveller has been well backed for his return to sprinting after a couple of runs over 7f this season. The latest of those came in the Victoria Cup here and, having been well supported beforehand, he looked all over the winner when travelling strongly and taking it up two furlongs out, before falling in a hole and finishing well beaten. His last two wins were over 7f so it was surprising to see him fold so tamely, but he appears to have found an extra gear in terms of speed at the age of five and that distance may now be too much for him. He’s on a good mark.

Cowell has a useful second string in Toofi and he holds claims on his placed efforts in last year’s Stewards’ Cup and Ayr Gold Cup, both over this trip. He found 5f at York too sharp on his first run back this term and will be all the sharper for that run. Slower ground is a worry, though.

Spring Loaded has won four on the bounce, all on the all-weather admittedly, but he’s won on turf too and was a close second (of 16) over course and distance last September. He’s had this race as his target since January, according to his trainer Paul D’Arcy who has deliberately not run him since winning at Kempton in March to protect his mark. He’s gone well fresh in the past.

Last year’s winner Interception, now in foal to Oasis Dream, is bidding to emulate Selhurstpark Flyer, the last horse to win back-to-back renewals. She’ll be all the better for her latest Haydock run, but may find the ground a little too slow for her liking.

Buckstay, who has a good record here, Huntsmans Close, Mutawathea and Aidan O’Brien’s The Happy Prince, all merit consideration.

Any decent outsiders?
Just one winning favourite in the last ten runnings and winners at 33/1, 22/1 and 20/1 in that time suggests we shouldn’t be put off by a big price. That said, I’m struggling to make a case for a big outsider (25/1 or bigger), so I’ll put up Paul Midgeley’s Ninjago as one who is a tad overpriced (16/1 with bet365). Formerly with Richard Hannon, he ran a cracking fourth (of 15) at York on his first start for his new trainer and since being gelded / having his wind done. He should come on plenty for that and has won over course and distance.

Best bookie offer?

With 29 runners set to go to post, many punters will want to play each-way and, while most firms are offering five places, Paddy Power have trumped them by going six.

What about the draw?

The last three winners were drawn 21 or higher but winners have emerged from all over the shop in the last decade, and it’s probably more important to be where the pace is – my guess is stands’ side (high numbers).

Who’s going to win?
If Robert Cowell can eke out some more improvement from OUTBACK TRAVELLER, which is likely on just his third start for the trainer, he must go close from stall 28. SPRING LOADED (stall 14) is feared most and is worth a saver. A combination forecast with Ninjago included is getting greedy, I know.


Outback Traveller 2pts @ 11/1 Sky Bet
Spring Loaded 1pt @ 12/1 Sky Bet
Outback Traveller / Spring Loaded / Ninjago – 0.25pt combination forecast (six bets)

Betting Tip: Outback Traveller @ 10/1 with bet365

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