Tuesday’s Best Exotic Bets
Ascot 17:00 - M C Muldoon, Rayapour, Cape Gentleman, Postileo, Untold Story - Combination Tote Trifecta - 60 Lines
The Trifecta has paid four-figures in the last three renewals of the Ascot Stakes and, with 20 runners going to post, we’re likely to see another big dividend today. Remember, you can get involved for as little as a penny per line, so don’t be afraid to pull together a big perm.
Having saddled four of the last ten winners of this race, Willie Mullins is certainly a man to keep on side in this 2m3f contest. Both of his runners currently head the betting and the likely favourite is M C Muldoon. Previously with Pete Chapple-Hyam, he went novice hurdling over the winter with a second-place effort in a Grade 2 the highlight. He’s got a similar profile to 2017 winner Thomas Hobson and could be thrown in here off 96.
Stablemate Rayapour is another who’s been well and truly found in the betting. He’s only ran once for Mullins, having been purchased from the Flat in France. Much of his form there came on soft ground, but being by Mastercraftsman, he may well improve for a quicker surface here. He wears cheekpieces for the first time.
We’re going with another from the National Hunt scene in Cape Gentleman. A little disappointing at Punchestown, we really like the way he outbattled Calico at Kempton on his start prior and he can run a big race under top-weight. Winner of the 2020 Irish Cesarewitch, he’s got good form in competitive handicaps in this domain.
From the home brigade, Postileo could run a big race. He didn’t enjoy the heavy ground at Haydock last time, but ran a belter in the Chester Plate prior to that, overcoming trouble in running to finish second. He could have a bit of wiggle room off a mark of 94.
Finally, Untold Story makes a bit of interest for Saeed bin Suroor. With only four starts to date, he could step up on what we’ve seen so far over this marathon trip. He hit the line hard over 1m4 at Newmarket last time and there’s plenty of stamina in his pedigree.
Ascot 15:40 - Battaash & Winter Power - Reverse Tote Exacta - 2 Lines
Battaash will be looking to recreate his 2020 success in this race when brushing aside his rivals on his reappearance. The superstar speedster is drawn around plenty of pace here and there’s no reason to suggest he’ll be out of the front two. The only marginal concern is that at seven, he’s not getting any younger.
Winter Power looks the one likeliest to spoil the party. She was very impressive when winning the Westow Stakes at York and bringing up a hat-trick. That form was franked by the runner-up who subsequently won the Scurry Stakes. She won in a good time that day and under a penalty and given that it was her seasonal debut, she’s entitled to improve a bit for it too.