Middle Park Stakes Betting Tips
In order to take a horse’s chances of winning the 2000 Guineas seriously they must have shown something special as a juvenile. Therefore, connections of some of those slated for big things next season will be looking for their horses to prove themselves at Newmarket on Saturday at the Middle Park Stakes.
This Group 1 race for two-year-old colts is run over six furlongs. That makes it a little short of the distance of the 2000 Guineas, but at this stage in their development, it is a great test for the early season Classic.
The early betting for the 2000 Guineas suggests that those in the field for the Middle Park Stakes have some improving to do to have a chance of bagging the big one. But things can change quickly when it comes to two-year-olds so this is a race that’s worth paying very close attention to.
Top Three Look to Have It Wrapped Up
In the early stages of the Middle Park Stakes betting there are three horses battling it out for favouritism. Each of Sands of Mali, Unfortunately and Sioux Nation have won at Group level and it is not hard to make a case about any of them.
Unless you want to dutch them all, you’ve got to pick one to side with though.
The first one to rule out is Unfortunately who has never won over six furlongs, followed closely by Sands of Mali who has never been tested at Group 1 level before. That leaves us with the winner of the Phoenix Stakes, Sioux Nation.
Aidan O’Brien has a surprisingly average record in this race for a trainer of his calibre but he should be able to add another winner to his tally with Sioux Nation who is available at a best price of 9/2 with 10Bet.
Two Each-Way Fancies Worthy of Consideration
As well as backing Sioux Nation to win the Middle Park Stakes, we also recommend each-way bets on Beckford at 6/1 with Betfred and U S Navy Flag at 8/1 with Boylesports.
Beckford was just half a length behind Sioux Nation in the Phoenix Stakes and should improve for the expected extra cut in the ground at Newmarket. As for U S Navy Flag, he showed no ill effects of a busy season when winning the Group 3 Round Tower Stakes and is another real contender for Aidan O’Brien.
Past Five Winners
2016 – The Last Lion, ridden by Joe Fanning, trained by Mark Johnston
2015 – Shalaa, ridden by Frankie Dettori, trained by John Gosden
2014 – Charming Thought, ridden by William Buick, trained by Charlie Appleby
2013 – Astaire, ridden by Neil Callan, trained by Kevin Ryan
2012 – Reckless Abandon, ridden by Gerald Mosse, trained by Clive Cox