York 3.35 (Juddmonte International) tips – Lion ready to roar

York 3.35 (Juddmonte International) tips - Lion ready to roar

Roaring Lion

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Betting Tip: @ Roaring Lion @ 3/1 with williamhill

Sir Michael Stoute’s Poet’s Word looks the one to beat having taken his form to a new level when getting the better of stablemate Crystal Ocean in the King George last time. But this is no cakewalk with the winners of the Guineas, Irish Derby, St James’s Palace and Eclipse in opposition, along with two Group 1 winners from the Dubai Carnival. He may well still win but on the premise he had a hard race at Ascot – not unreasonable given the amount of ground he made up from an uncompromising position – he looks worth taking on.

I’m looking no further than John Gosden’s ROARING LION as he has winning course form in the book and may just have too much speed for his older rival, who has to concede him 7lb. An easy winner of the Dante run over track in trip in May before a fine third in the Derby, he showed this was his best trip when avenging his two previous defeats to Saxon Warrior in the Eclipse. While he had just a neck to spare over that re-opposing rival, he can be rated value for a little better as he defied the track bias, which was favouring those that raced handily. He was also hanging a bit close home possibly on account of the fast ground and while they’re calling it ‘good to firm’ this afternoon, I can’t believe it’s as quick as at Ascot.

Benbatl failed to fire at Royal Ascot (ground?) but he’s had an exemplary season otherwise, winning a German Group 1 (1m2f, good) on his most recent outing, and looks one for each-way backers at bet365’s 10/1.

Betting Tip: @ Roaring Lion @ 3/1 with williamhill

All odds were correct at time of posting.

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