It’s a bank holiday card in the U.K. today, but quality is less obvious than quantity. That said, Redcar hosts another renewal of the historic Zetland Gold Cup, a top quality 10f handicap (1535 BST).
The weights are headed by King Bolete, who should relish the chance to be competitive having been used as a pacemaker for stable star Postponed at Group 1 level. The market seems to have over-reacted to the step down in class however as his mark is high enough on his pre-pacemaker form.
Euchen Glen won well last time at Ayr and is another fancied in the market. He is up in the weights for that, and this race is a much sterner proposition.
The one that catches our eye is the Ian Williams trained Banditry. He finished last season on a high, and kicked off this season with a gutsy win on the all-weather at Lingfield.
His second place next time out in a top handicap at Epsom was another good effort, staying on well from off the pace at a course where hold-up horses are often at a disadvantage.
His 6th last time at Newmarket is disappointing on first glance, which is probably why he is not vying for favouritism here. However, that was a very high quality race (the second, Top Tug sauntered home in a good race on the weekend), and importantly it was Banditry’s first try at the longer 12f trip, and he faded late on.
Back here to 10f, and with a strong pace likely, he can revert to his good Epsom form, and continue to illustrate the quality of that Newmarket race. He can be a step ahead of this field and looks a decent bet.
Recommendation: Banditry, (1535 Redcar), 7/1 Skybet
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