A major gamble gathered pace this morning when the David Nicholl’s trained Tajneed was backed in from 7/1 to 4/1 for tomorrow’s Great St Wilfrid handicap at Ripon.
Successful in the event in 2008, the Alhaarth gelding is likely to encounter similar conditions after recent rain, and with a high draw ( 20 of 20 ) a possible advantage, it is easy to see why the mount of Adrian Nicholls has proved so popular.
The Nicholl’s team are in tremendous form with their sprinters after a hugely successful Glorious Goodwood, with the highlight being Evens and Odds victory in the Steward’s Cup.
Tajneed was available at 8/1 when betting on the race opened earlier in the week for the 6f contest, but 4/1 is currently the best available.
A maximum field of twenty is expected to go to post, and a number of horses that ran well in Goodwood’s Steward’s Cup look likely to be involved in the finish once again.
Rileyskeepingfaith, fourth behind Evens and Odds, is a general 8/1 chance, while fifth home Noverre To Go can be backed at 11/1 with totesport, Stan James and Bet365, who are offering new customers up to £200 in free bets.
It is usual for the Nicholls stable to have several runners in valuable sprint handicaps like the William Hill Great St Wilfrid, so the fact that he relies solely on Tajneed points to a massive run from the 7 year-old.