Beverley Bullet Sprint Stakes Tips & Betting Preview

A furious pace seems assured over the minimum trip here for this Listed prize though a quick look back at the statistics shows us an age range from three to eleven so that doesn’t leave anything out of the equation! As trainer Bryan Smart is the only one to have had more than one winner in the last ten years, doubling up with Helllvelyn in 2007 and Tangerine Trees in 2011, he looks a good place to start and he has Alpha Delphini (16/1) in here even if the five-year-old looks to have plenty to find at the weights on official ratings.  What he does have in his favour is his current form with two narrow handicap wins over this trip at York and Ascot, and although they were “only” handicaps, he deserves a shot at the big time now and may run a lot better than his price implies.

Looking at the early betting and William Haggas is responsible for early favourite Muthmir (11/4) who is yet to win this season but is the class act here at his best. With two Group Two wins last season on his CV he is clearly a very talented sort, and he was hardly disgraced when last seen in sixth place behind Take Cover in the Group Two King George Stakes at Goodwood. That form looks a lot better than anything his rivals can offer up this afternoon and he is officially rated as the best horse in this contest, though not necessarily at the weights. If his capable handler can get him anywhere near his best (he was rated four pounds higher at his peak), then he can win this with ease this afternoon granted the run of the race, of course.

Now Richard Fahey allows Mr Lupton (15/2) to take his place as expected then we need to mention that he is best in at the weights, thanks to his three-year-old’s allowance of two pounds. Although he has won over the minimum trip, that was a Haydock maiden as a juvenile and he invariably runs over a sixth furlong these days, and could find them a bit too quick for him here. That said, he did weaken late on at Newbury last time out in the Group Three Hackwood Stakes at Newbury and deserves his place in our race preview just in case this trip brings improvement.

Last season Maarek (7/1) took this by a neck from Line Of Reason and he looks to follow up in 2016 at the age of nine, though he has been out of sorts since and hasn’t won in ten races. He has competed at Listed level and above and we all know those races are notoriously competitive, and although he can’t be getting any better at his age, he as a 100% winning record here with one out of one and is at the very least, an interesting option.

To end with for now at least, and the crowd will go ballistic if Kingsgate Native (8/1) can win this at the age of eleven. Although he hasn’t won this race he is a course and distance winner and won last time out at Nottingham when on the verge of a well-earned retirement.  Even though we are all aware his glory days are way behind him (he won the Group One Golden Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot back in 2008), he may yet have one more big win in him which would bring a tear to many a punters eye.

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