York 3.35 (Juddmonte International) tips – Cliffs to scale the heights

York 3.35 (Juddmonte International) tips - Cliffs to scale the heights

Cliffs Of Moher

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Betting Tip: @ Cliffs Of Moher @ 13/2 with ladbrokes

A cracking renewal of this Group 1 with the Eclipse 1-2 of Ulysses and Barney Roy joined by 2000 Guineas winner Churchill and his stablemate, Derby runner-up Cliffs Of Moher, while the presence of John Gosden’s smart filly Shutter Speed adds further spice to the mix. The field is made up by Decorated Knight and My Dream Boat.

Bookmakers mostly agree in making Barney Roy favourite and I wouldn’t argue with that as I fancy he can reverse Eclipse form with Ulysses, who was being reeled in late at Sandown and only had a nose to spare at the line. It appears that Richard Hannon’s three-year-old is still learning to race properly and I can only see him improving as time goes on. He’s going to make a cracking four-year-old and another success at the highest level this season is more likely than not.

I’d certainly want to be with him over Churchill, who has something to prove after running flat in the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot in June. Granted that wasn’t his true running and he was a length in front of Barney Roy at Newmarket in May, but his backers at just 3/1 are taking a chance on him bouncing back here and I’m not convinced he’s the stable number one hope, although Ryan Moore might disagree.

It’s Seamie Heffernan who takes the ride on CLIFFS OF MOHER and the ‘super sub’ could well a bag another Group 1 prize. His mount has a little to find on the ratings with the front three but I doubt we’ve seen the best of him yet and what we’ve seen so far gives him a sporting chance. After winning at Chester in May, he only found stablemate Wings Of Eagles less than a length too good in the Epsom Derby before a luckless run in the Eclipse last time. Sent off 7/4 favourite for that Sandown race, he suffered a nightmare passage from his inside draw and while I’m not saying he would have won with a clear run, he would have given the front pair plenty to think about.

He’s had a nice break since then to recover and it’s clear that O’Brien retains plenty of faith in him judging by a raft of Group 1 entries, including the Arc, while his name appears amongst the international entries for the Cox Plate. He could be in for a busy time in the coming months and this Group 1 could well prove a springboard to further success. Given he stays further than this, I can see Heffernan giving him a positive ride from near the front and experience tells us he can be relied upon to get the fractions right. At 13/2 with Ladbrokes, he’s the best value in the race.

Betting Tip: @ Cliffs Of Moher @ 13/2 with ladbrokes

All odds were correct at time of posting.

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