The feature race on the third and final day of Newmarket’s Craven Meeting is undoubtedly the Earl Of Sefton Stakes and we look set to enjoy another thrilling renewal of this Group 3.
The latest Earl Of Sefton Stakes Odds point to an ultra-competitive renewal on Thursday and we’ve picked the bones out of the race to serve up our tip for the big race at 4.10pm…
Earl Of Sefton Stakes Tip
|Thursday – 4.10pm||Odds||Bets|
|Earl Of Sefton Stakes – BEST BET|
| Zabeel Prince (each way)
Elarqam is the 3/1 market leader with Coral and will bid to become only the third winning favourite in thirteen renewals of the Earl of Sefton. Unbeaten as a two-year-old, Mark Johnston’s colt finished a decent 4th in the 2,000 Guineas at flat racing’s headquarters last season, but failed to progress as expected.
An injury and a wind operation later, Elarqam is back and will be the one to beat, according to bookmakers.
Next best in the betting is First Contact (9/2), who was an impressive third in a Group 1 at Meydan last month. It is telling that Charlie Appleby’s 5-year-old is the preferred ride of jockey William Buick, who has overlooked fellow stable entries First Nation (6/1) and Vintager (9/1), who should improve for a run in Dubai.
Forest Ranger won the Earl Of Sefton twelve months ago and returns to defend his crown when bidding to follow in the footsteps of Terimon (1990 and 1991) and Mull Of Killough (2013 and 2014) by winning back-to-back editions of this race.
Richard Fahey’s gelding also won the Group 2 Chester Cup last season and ran well over course and distance to finish runner-up in the Darley Stakes. He finished behind First Contact at Meydan earlier this term but should come on for the run. Forest Ranger is a tempting 5/1.
Mustashry won three of five starts last season, including the Group 2 Joel Stakes over a mile at Newmarket, although it is interesting to note that Jim Crowley has swerved the ride aboard Sir Michael Stoute’s gelding in favour of Elarqam.
Zabeel Price was a narrow second behind Mustashry in the Joel Stakes and is taken to again go close, particularly now he is 2lbs better off than that rival. Progressive as a juvenile, Roger Varian’s 6-year-old has done little wrong during a lightly raced career to date and looks great each-way value at 7/1 with Coral.co.uk.
Odds correct as of 17th Apr, 14:34 Odds subject to change.