Park Stakes tips for Sunday’s Group 3 race. Experience and inexperience take each other on with a good mix of horses for the 2017 renewal of this race. Read on for our free betting tips, predictions and analysis.
IN SUMMARY: Although beaten at short odds on half her starts, Sizzling produced a career best on her latest start when fourth in the May Hill at Doncaster. She has claims once again on that form but ready preference is for MARY TUDOR, who was second to subsequent Group 2 winner Magical on debut before finishing third in a Group 2 on her latest start at the Curragh. She’s clearly extremely progressive and with further progress likely, she should have no problem taking this prize with conditions to suit.
1 ATHENA – Two year old daughter of Camelot who has a superb pedigree and is related to many smart horses. She was easy to back on debut and finished a poor eighth as a result, but O’Brien’s horses always tend to improve for the run. This however is a big ask, though Seamie Heffernan rides which is interesting.
2 BALL GIRL – Progressive sort for Ger Lyons who broke her maiden at the second attempt at Roscommon, finishing eighth behind two useful colts on his latest start. That was over the six and a return to this distance will suit, so she’s a key player under Colin Keane.
3 BALLET SHOES – Two wins from five starts, with her career best coming when winning a Listed race at Tipperary in August easily. She was weld held in the Moyglare on her latest start and although this is less demanding, she faces some stern opposition and needs further improvement.
4 ELLTHEA – Left behind some modest form when comfortably winning a Nursery at Doncaster ten days ago, promoted eleven pounds in the ratings as a result. She is still unexposed and further improvement would see her an each way player, but this is her toughest test yet.
5 FILLE DU SEPTEMBRE – Won on debut at Dundalk back in March but failed to build on that when only sixth in a Group 3 at the Curragh in July. The Weld stable was out of form at the time though and it would be foolish to dismiss her so soon. This extra furlong isn’t guaranteed to suit and others look far less risky.
6 JULIET FOXTROT – Improved on her debut for Charlie Hills when winning impressively at Goodwood earlier this month. She is completely unexposed and softer ground is unlikely to be of concern, so she’s one of the more likely types and is considered.
7 MARY TUDOR – Showed huge amounts of promise when second to subsequent Group 2 winner Magical on debut and she herself was third in a Group 2 on her latest start at the Curragh. She’s a leading contender on that form and with further progress likely, she can blow these away for Will McCreery.
8 NEW TO TOWN – Still a maiden after three runs and the best of her form won’t be good enough to see her filling the frame here for Jim Bolger. She was well held in a maiden at Leopardstown on her latest start and although the stable are in good form, she’s readily dismissed with what we know.
9 SIZZLING – Beaten short price favourite on three of her six starts, finally getting her head in front at the fifth attempt when making heavy weather of a maiden at Tipperary. Her fourth in Group 2 company when last seen was an improvement though and she has the assistance of Ryan Moore, so she’s not to be underestimated.