Cheltenham Betting Wednesday
Wednesday Betting Preview
The Prince Of Wales’s Stakes is the feature race on day two of Royal Ascot and all eyes here are on Camelot.
He was beaten by Encke that day and also met with defeat in the Tattersalls Gold Cup on his latest start when Roger Charlton’s improving colt Al Kazeem proved too strong at the Curragh. He is among the opponents in this Group One contest and Camelot will need to be back at his 2012 peak to take revenge.
It’s no two-horse race though with remarkable globetrotting mare Snow Fairy ready to make her reappearance and top French colt Maxios another big player.
The major betting race on the day is the Royal Hunt Cup and the cavalry charge is always a wide open heat. Emilio Largo, Fast Or Free and Dance And Dance are just three of the ante-post gambles so far while last year’s winner Prince Of Johanne is on course to defend his crown.
The opening Jersey Stakes features a number of horses who began the season with Classic aspirations taking a slight drop in trip while the fillies and mares take centre stage for the rest of the card.
The Duke Of Cambridge Stakes is a mile contest which is likely to feature Elusive Kate and the Queen Mary is the biggest two-year-old race of the season so far for fillies.
The closing Sandringham Stakes is a fiercely-competitive handicap run over a mile.
Champion Chase Betting Preview
All eyes are on Sprinter Sacre ahead of the Queen Mother Champion Chase and Nicky Henderson’s star shouldn’t disappoint.
Of course, the last two champions are entitled to respect but Finian’s Rainbow has looked a shadow of his former self in two starts this season (albeit on unsuitable ground), while Sizing Europe faces the sternest test of his career aged 11 and is likely to run admirably in defeat.
These two battled it out up the hill in a thrilling renewal last year, but the feeling is that even if both repeat that level of form, Sprinter Sacre will have little difficulty in passing them.
Tom George’s supplemented Mail De Bievre travelled with exuberance on his British debut and rates the unknown quantity in the race, but everything we do know says that Sprinter Sacre will win this and win it well.
At the risk of being flippant, the question isn’t if, but by how far Sprinter Sacre wins granted a clear round of jumping.
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