Betfair Weekend Racing Tips: Rowe into an oldie at a big price on Friday at Ascot

Rowe Park wins at Goodwood in 2007 - can the old boy do the same at Ascot six years later?

Our big price hunter Tony Calvin has produced a stunning profit of over 64 points since starting his column in April and he's back for a three-day stint, starting with Friday's action at Ascot

"As a 10yo, Rowe Park may be the old man of the party here and taking on relatively unexposed youngsters - like 3yo Huntsman’s Close - but to me he looks by far the most solid betting proposition in the race. And I would have him among the favourites."

Back Rowe Park @ 12.011/1 or better in the 16:50 at Ascot

Ascot, 16:50
Day one of the King George Betfair Weekend - if only all weekends lasted three days, and started at 2pm on a Friday afternoon with a good card of racing at one of the world's premier tracks - and I think I have spotted a very decent bet in the 16:50.

Step forward, Rowe Park.

As a 10yo, he may be the old man of the party here and taking on relatively unexposed youngsters - like 3yo Huntsman's Close - but to me he looks by far the most solid betting proposition in the race. And I would have him among the favourites.

Back him at 12.011/1 or better.

He finished a good third under today's jockey Saleem Golam in this race last year and the same partnership followed up at Newbury on their next start.

He has run well in all five starts this year - never being beaten by more than three lengths on any occasion - but the handicapper has been lenient, even dropping him 1lb after a decent fifth at odds of 33-1 at Sandown last time.

Golam is back on board for the first time this year and this course and distance winner looks to have a lot going for him.

He is consistent and looks sure to run his race - 5f on fastish ground here is ideal for him - and the handicapper could have just given him a winning chance today. Every pound counts in these races, especially when you are getting on in years.

Ascot, 14:35 
I have a strong suspicion that Banaadeer could be the best treated horsed on show at Ascot, in the 14:35, but whether he is likely to be a betting proposition is open to some doubt.

The stated brief of this column is to go with big-priced value propositions - outside of Richard Birch in the Racing Post, I don't know of any monitored tipster who makes money for themselves or their followers at short prices, as the edge is rarely present at that end of the market - so no bet for me.

As a record of 14 winners from 81 bets for this column, returning 145.07 to level stakes  - a profit of over 64 points at Betfair SP, not at recommended, often unattainable, early prices - since we started on April 4, that approach is serving us well. So far at least...

But, in truth, I couldn't put anyone off backing Richard Hannon's horse in the nursery if he goes off at 5-2 or bigger. He recorded a decent time figure, in the context of this race, when winning on the turf over 5f at Lingfield. And he won far more easily than the winning margin suggests too. 

The step up in trip looks sure to suit - they tried him over 7f on his debut - and the form of the placed horses is working out ok, given that Banaadeer has been given a mark of just 78.

Elsewhere, on the card, there are clearly too many unknown for a serious recommendation in the opener, and I can't see any punting mileage in any either of the small field handicaps.

Ascot, 15:45 
It also looks a very trappy and competitive listed race at 15:45, but if pushed I would side with Ultrasonic.

However, she has found a few too many ways of getting beaten this season for my liking, and she could be overbet - "unlucky losers" normally are - after getting no run at Pontefract last time.

So we will stick with just the bet on Rowe Park. Let's hope the oldie proves a goodie.

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Back Rowe Park @ 12.011/1 or better in the 16:50 at Ascot

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