With the news that Irish trainer Willie Mullins has decided not to run last Saturday’s impressive Queen Alexandra Stakes winner Pique Sous, the heavily-backed ante-post favourite for tomorrow’s John Smith’s Northumberland Plate, our 11-1 tip for the £140k two-mile handicap, Angel Gabrial, is now the clear market leader at a best price 6-1 to go one better than when looking an unlucky second in the Chester Cup last month.
The mount of the talented 3lb claimer George Chaloner looks to have a great chance off a mark of 96 but in such a fiecely-competitive contest it could be wise to have an each-way saver on a horse who looks massively overpriced at the 50-1 on offer with Betvictor, the animal in question being the lightly-raced 5-year-old Waterclock.
The Notnowcato gelding improved for the step up in trip last season when trained by Roger Charlton and found only Scatter Dice too good in the 33-runner Betfred Cesarewitch on his final start, going down by three lengths to Mark Johnston’s 66-1 winner. Joining trainer Jedd O’Keeffe this year the mount of Russ Kennemore started the season by running in the Chester Cup but failed to get competitive at that unique venue, and again finished down the course when 16th in last week’s Ascot Stakes at the royal meeting.
The jockey on that occasion, Graham Lee, found himself short of room in the short Ascot straight, allowing his mount to coast home, and with those two runs under his belt Waterclock can outrun his huge price if returning to anything like the form he showed at Newmarket last October.