Bets Of The Day: Balding's Victoria to be crowned at Windsor

Andrew Balding saddles Cape Victoria at Windsor
Andrew Balding saddles Cape Victoria at Windsor

After several near misses in the past three days, Alan Dudman has earmarked two horses to back on Bank Holiday Monday, using the full array of Betfair products...


"It's not a massively deep race, and this could be an opportunity to provide a launchpad for a good season."

Back Cape Victoria in the 16:35 at Windsor (SP on Sportsbook)

13:35 Beverley - Youcouldntmakeitup

Punting opportunities look slim on the Westwood for the Bank Holiday fixture, but there's another Tim Easterby horse that has caught my eye.

I opted for Soul Brother from the same yard on Friday at Musselburgh, and having traded 1.41 in-running, am still smarting he didn't win. Nonetheless I want to weigh in with Youcouldntmakeitup. An apt name considering three win selections on this column have traded odds-on and yet failed to succeed (1.68/13, 1.42/5, 1.910/11).

His draw is concerning out wide in 10, which could make life tricky over 5f here, but he has made the running before when winning his Maiden over CD on debut last season. I'm convinced he can be successful from a mark of 70 and will be fitter after his reappearance at Ripon. It's early days for the 3yo, but he seems happiest on a stiff track as his three poorest runs have come on sharper circuits.


16:35 Windsor - Cape Victoria

Bank Holiday cards sometimes flummox me with regards to finding a good bet, and granted I'm not sure we'll get a brilliant price on Cape Victoria in the 0-85 Handicap, but she is a filly with a fair bit of potential, and stood out in that sense on the Monday fixture by the river.

Unraced at 2yo, she only had one start last year when showing ability at Chepstow. She scored on her reappearance this term over 1m4f at Wolverhampton, convincingly too; winning by four lengths.

She's been given a mark of 77 for this, and she has a couple of dangers on the book including Royal Flag. But the daughter of Mount Nelson is typical of her sire, in the sense she is big and scopey. Her dam is the likeable Victoria Montoya (who also ran for the trainer Andrew Balding), and crucially she really improved at 4yo for a trip and liked quick ground.

It's not a massively deep race, and this could be an opportunity to provide a launchpad for a good season.


Monday's Recommended Bets

Back Youcouldntmakeitup in the 13:35 at Beverley win and place @ 13.012/1
Back Cape Victoria in the 16:35 at Windsor (SP on Sportsbook)


Weekly P + L (one point each bet excluding advised back-to-lay trades)

- 5.40

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