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Ahead of the first day of The Boodles July Festival at Newmarket Racecourse, located in Suffolk, England, we take a look at one of the most eye-catching handicap races.
The race in question is the Bet365 Handicap Stakes, which is a handicap contest open to three-year-old’s, run over a distance of six furlongs. A typically competitive affair, the race is worth over £50,000 to winning connections.
Bet365 Handicap Stakes Odds
17 runners are due to go to post for this race, so the betting is certainly competitive, as is often the case ahead of such races. Won by some big-priced horses in recent years, let’s take a look at the odds for the 2023 renewal:
Latest Bet365 Handicap Stakes Odds:
Washington Heights – 11/2 (6.50)
Frankness – 6/1 (7.00)
Quinalt – 13/2 ( 7.50)
Tough Enough – 9/1 (10.00)
Be Frank – 10/1 (11.00)
Mill Stream – 11/1 (12.00)
Eminency – 12/1 (13.00)
Desert Cop – 12/1 (13.00)
Tajalla – 12/1 (13.00)
Animate – 14/1 (15.00)
Alpha Capture – 16/1 (17.00)
All other runners – 20/1 (21.00) +
Best odds taken for each horse from a selection of bookmakers, including William Hill, bet365, betfair, Ladbrokes, SkyBet, Betfred, PaddyPower, BetVictor and Unibet.
Top Favourites to Win the Bet365 Handicap Stakes
As the betting above shows, it really is anybody’s guess which horse will jump out of the gates as the market leader. Three horses are narrowly grouped in the early betting, while there are plenty in behind that could surge to the top of the market with some support.
Often the bridesmaid, but never the bride, Washington Heights, who runs for the ever-popular team of Ryan Moore and Aidan O’Brien, is a horse with a taste for second place, finishing as the runner up in each of his last three races, including in a hugely competitive 21-runner race at York, where he was pipped to the post by just a head. That was a fine effort and repeat would likely see him go close here, though the gelding may need to find a bit more after the handicapper applied a 4lbs rise.
Andrew Balding’s filly took a while to get going this season, but she took advantage of the drop in class to win a Class 4 handicap at Goodwood is relatively cozy fashion last month, before taking another step in the right direction, finishing sixth (of 26) in the Palace of Holyrood House Stakes at Ascot. There’s lots to like about that form, especially since she ran as though this step back up to six furlongs would suit. Handicapper has let her off without applying any extra weight, which isn’t easy to ignore. Won’t be far away if giving it her best shot.
Twice a winner in recent weeks, this is the horse that finished in front of Washington Heights at both Newmarket and York last time out. The gelding has been on a sizable upward curve since winning a run-of-the-mill Class 6 handicap on the all-weather track at Chelmsford back in April, winning five times on the spin. He improved yet again to get the job done it that big-field event at York, showing that he may not be done yet. Naturally, this is his toughest assignment yet and an extra 5lbs on his back means that extra improvement is required, but don’t be surprised if this likable type finds it.
Bet365 Handicap Stakes Race Details
Run over six furlongs, this race is a fierce dash, and with plenty of runners in the field, all jostling for position, it will be important to get well-positioned early on.
It’s worth noting that favourites don’t have a particularly promising record in this race, with none of the last five market leaders coming home in front. Last year, the horse was won by 16/1 shot Lethal Levil, while there have also been 40/1 and 25/1 winners since 2019, so don’t be scared to go after one at a decent price in this contest. Trainer Andrew Balding is one to watch here, he’s saddled four winners of this race since 2006, winning with two since 2016.
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