York 3.35 (Nunthorpe) tips – Cross to make her mark

York 3.35 (Nunthorpe) tips - Cross to make her mark

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Betting Tip: @ Mabs Cross each-way @ 18/1 with bet365

It’s hard to oppose the red-hot favourite Battaash after his brilliant display at Goodwood last time. Charlie Hills’ stable star tanked to the front by halfway before using his unbelievable speed to burn off his rivals by four lengths or more, and in that sort of form there is not another horse on the planet capable of beating him. But he’s a highly strung sort who can boil over in the preliminaries and that was probably his undoing in this race 12 months ago, when playing his hand too early and finishing a well beaten fourth. Should he go go down to post nice and relaxed, I wouldn’t want to be on anything else but given the concerns he’s no value at the current odds.

Blue Point, the conqueror of Battaash in the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot is the obvious alternative and he should appreciate dropping back to 5f after finishing only seventh in the July Cup (6f) subsequently. But he’s just 4/1 and there is better value to be had in backing the Ascot third MABS CROSS at over four times those odds with bet365.

Since winning the Palace House Stakes at Newmarket (a race won by last year’s Nunthorpe heroine Marsha), Michael Dod’s filly has finished within a respectable distance of the market leaders, finishing less than a length behind Battaash at Haydock and within two lengths of Blue Point at the royal meeting. A little more improvement is required but that’s possible as she’s relatively lightly-raced and her trainer is a dab hand with sprinters, famously saddling Mecca’s Angel to win back-to-back renewals of this prize in 2015 and 2016. With the likely fast pace sure to suit – watch her come late on the premises – it’s not hard to imagine her at least finding the frame in a race that has been dominated by her sex in recent times, with fillies and mares capturing six of the last seven renewals.

Betting Tip: @ Mabs Cross each-way @ 18/1 with bet365

All odds were correct at time of posting.

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