The five-furlong Beverley Bullet Stakes is the most prestigious race of the season at the track and is made slightly easier, from a punter’s point of view, by a pronounced bias towards horses drawn low (2.20pm Saturday, Beverley on CH4).
A tight, right-hand bend and the undulations of the course mean that horses drawn on the inside have a massive advantage. With this in mind, we’ve concentrated our efforts on a handful of runners drawn in single figures.
Group 1 winner Maarek (5/1), trained by Evanna McCutcheon (pictured), heads the betting, but is on a losing run of 10 and has done all his winning with cut in the ground, so probably needs rain to be seen to best effect. The Pivotal gelding drops back into Listed company for the first time since finishing third of eight, beaten two lengths, behind Great Mind in the Woodland Stakes on his seasonal reappearance at Naas in April, but there’s a sneaking suspicion he’s not quite the force of old.
Line Of Reason (6/1) finished a close third in this race last year and kept on well to win the Midsummer Sprint Stakes at Cork in July. He was outclassed in the Nunthorpe Stakes at York last Friday, but had previously run creditably in defeat in both the City Wall Stakes at York and the King George Stakes, so fully deserves his place in the field once again. By contrast to Maarek, Paul Midgley’s five-year-old has done all his winning on turf on top of the ground, so connections will be hoping for drying conditions between now and Saturday afternoon.
Alben Star (7/1) has been beaten on all six attempts at Listed or Pattern level, but only has a few pounds to find with the likes of Maarek and Line Of Reason, so shouldn’t be underestimated.
The Clodovil gelding was only beaten half a length by Tropics in the Hopeful Stakes at Newmarket at this time last year, so is clearly capable of smart form on turf. However, he hasn’t won over the minimum trip for over five years and returns from an absence of 148 days, so he makes only limited appeal at the odds on offer.
Of the others drawn in single figures, Confessional (50/1) has never won at Listed level and has a very poor wins-to-runs ratio, Tangerine Trees (25/1) seems a shadow of his former self at the age of 10, Holley Shiftwell (14/1) has repeatedly come up short at Listed level, Red Pike (12/1) has yet to win over the minimum trip and Cordial (25/1) appears outclassed.
That leaves just Dikta Del Mar (10/1), whose best recent form came when fifth of 11, beaten just 1¾ lengths, in the Sapphire Stakes at Curragh in July. A testing five furlongs on good going should bring out the best in her and she’s one to take seriously.
- On balance, DIKTA DEL MAR doesn’t have much to find with the principals and should run her race regardless of the weather in East Yorkshire, so our Beverley Bullet betting tips advice is to back Tom Hogan’s filly each-way at best betting odds of 10/1 with Betfred or SkyBet, who both offer each-way place terms of a quarter of the odds for the first three finishers.