Bets Of The Day: Maqsad can deliver a Classic performance for Haggas

Trainer William Haggas
Alan is backing the William Haggas-trained filly Maqsad for the Oaks

Alan Dudman takes over for his seven days, and he starts his stint with two bets at Epsom...

"Pace is clearly her major asset, and that's a good thing to take a position nice and early. There is enough stamina on the dam side to make her of interest."

Back Maqsad @ 7.06/1 in the 16:30 at Epsom

Gosden's filly to hit the high notes in Coronation

15:10 Epsom - Back Lah Ti Dar @ 5.04/1

Whilst Lah Ti Dar's comeback victory at York's Dante meeting was a touch underwhelming, I am backing her to be a player in the Group 1 Coronation Cup at 15:10.

She had to work hard to shake off the attentions of the 97-rated Rawdaa on the Knavesmire last time, but showed her courage and a bit of class to get home. It was good to see her battle so hard, and with that being her first run of the campaign, I doubt if she was cherry-ripe for that race in terms of fitness.

The going was a bit too quick for her over that inadequate trip, and we'll see a better filly over today's 1m4f. Whilst you need to handle the bends and the ups and downs at Epsom, the straight is punishing, and you need to stay. I can envisage her coming with a strong run off the pace.

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Her 3yo campaign was an excellent one despite missing the Oaks, and as a Dubawi filly, I expect her to excel as a 4yo. This is also a PROMO race if you are using the SPORTSBOOK.

Fast-improving Maqsad can take Classic honours

16:30 Epsom - Back Maqsad @ 7.06/1

My second bet of the day runs in the Oaks, and whilst stamina concerns are perhaps an issue for some regarding Maqsad, I think she'll stay the trip for the second fillies' Classic.

She couldn't have been more impressive last time when winning a Listed race at Newmarket. She breezed through the contest and sauntered away to win by five lengths. Fillies can improve fast at this time of the year, and that has been reflected in her official rating. She was 92 at HQ and has been bumped up to 109 - and that makes her the best horse in the race. On official figures anyway. The Newmarket race was the same one that Lah Ti Dar was successful in last season.

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Pace is clearly her major asset, and that's a good thing to take a position nice and early. There is enough stamina on the dam side to make her of interest. Her mother stayed around 1m6f, and she's by Galileo. So there is hope.

Her trainer William Haggas has described her as a "good mover", so the good ground (at the time of writing) should be perfect. She is a fast improving filly on the upgrade.


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