Betting for the Japan Racing Association Sceptre Stakes at 2.10 Doncaster is headed by Bragging, but the short-priced favourite may not make a winning step up to group company.
Admittedly the filly’s sharp rise in form shows no sign of abating and the manor of her victory over 16 rivals in York handicap 3 weeks ago was eye-catching indeed. Sir Michael Stoute’s 3-year-old looks a Group winner in waiting, but she will have to overcome some classy contenders which have been running at the highest level for most of the season.
Brian Meehan’s J Wonder for example, already has a pair of Group 3 wins under her belt having landed the Fred Darling at Newbury in the spring, before proving her preference for today’s 7 furlong trip when winning last time out at Glorious Goodwood. Another horse in the colours of Khalid Abdullah could easily be first past the post if Lady Cecil’s Joyeuse can maintain her form back in calmer waters after finding a Deauville Group 1 too hot last time.
As recommended by Freebets.com resident tipster Alan Kelly, Lucky Kristale makes for a value alternative to the market leader at current odds, which can be seen in the top right of this page. Mark Johnston’s Muteela always puts in a shift and could be about to resume winning ways after a couple of Group 3 runner-up finishes at Glorious Goodwood, while Token Of Love had a bit in hand when winning at Haydock last month.
Bragging remains greatly feared and a big run is expected, but at such short odds in a highly competitive race, the savvy punter will look for each-way value among a field of quality alternatives.
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