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Bet your Bucks on Challenge Cup favourite

02 Oct | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
Bet your Bucks on Challenge Cup favourite

Buckstay weighted to get the better of old rival Mr Win

There is group 1 action on our screens on Saturday in the form of the Sun Chariot Stakes but the pick of the betting heats may well be Ascot’s Challenge Cup.

There are several big 7f handicaps at Ascot over the course of the season but this is often one of the best to bet on as it has a reduced field of 18.

It’s a bit of a surprise to see Make It Up so well fancied at 8/1. Admittedly he is progressive but he flopped here at the Royal Meeting and has to compete off a handicap mark of 111.

Much more solid contenders look to be Buckstay at 6/1 and Mr Win at 9/1. Both are extremely consistent performers.

The former has run in 7 races with 14 or more runners this season and finished in the top 5 in all but one of those. His form figures at this distance read 4321. Mr Win is the model of consistency with his form figures at this distance this season reading 221131.

Perhaps the most interesting thing about this pair is that they have clashed over this trip twice already this season.

In the Silver Bunbury Cup Mr Win won the race by a head from Buckstay in receipt of 2lbs. Two wins for Mr Win since (Buckstay has also won since) means that there is a 7lbs turnaround and that should be enough to see Buckstay come out on top at 6/1, with Mr Win looking a decent bet to follow him home for forecast players.

Favourites worth opposing in open Sun Chariot

The Sun Chariot could be a two horse race between Esoterique and Integral according to the prices but there is a decent chance of an upset here.

It takes a bit of a leap of faith to back Integral at 7/2 considering she has been below par in both runs this season. She comes here off a 108 day break and that might be enough for her to find her old sparkle but at the price she’s too short.

Esoterique brings the best form into the race and seems to have improved again this season but her best form is on softer ground and she was well beaten in this last year so those backing at 5/4 are taking a huge risk.

That could leave things clear for Bawina.

Most of her form is on softer ground too but it was pretty fast when she was unlucky in running behind Amazing Maria in the Falmouth Stakes.

She followed that up with a good third in the Prix Rothschild and here she doesn’t meet the two horses that beat her that day here.

At 6/1 she looks a really good each way bet with neither of the two market leaders guaranteed to give their running.  

Winner of Cumberland Lodge must be Forgotten

Earlier in the day we have Group 3 action in the Cumberland Lodge Stakes and this looks an opportunity to take on Romsdal.

He has at least 4 lbs in hand over the rest of the field on official figures but was beaten out of sight last time out at Newbury and he’s generally been expensive to follow.

The only times he’s won during his 11 race career he’s gone off at odds of 1/3 and 8/13 proving that anything other than a penalty kick is usually too stiff a task.

The 3rd highest rated horse, Windshear, and joint 4th highest rated Queen Of Ice, have also been below par for much of the season which makes Forgotten Voice and Hillstar the pair to concentrate on.

Many will fancy Hillstar to get the better of Forgotten Voice but he’s a bit tripless, finding 10f too sharp a test and often looking a non stayer at 12f. Forgotten Voice has 6lbs to find with Hillstar on official ratings but the key to this horse looks to be going right handed.

His last 6 flat victories have come when racing clockwise and he’s won twice at Ascot. Forgotten Voice can give Nicky Henderson a big win ahead of the jumps season.

Don’t forget that Betway will refund losing bets on selected races up to £25 if your horse finishes 2nd, beaten less than a length by the winner. Terms and conditions apply.

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