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2000 Guineas ante-post tip: Berkshire overpriced at 16/1 for Newmarket classic

Lewis Jones has decided to look long-term today and tip up a 16/1 ante post shot for the 2000 Guineas. He seems quietly confident too….

Although I haven’t officially tipped up a horse today, don’t be put off by having a glance through the cards yourself as the standard is above average for a Friday, both for flat and jump racing enthusiasts.

I spent hours mulling over some races from both Ayr and Newbury last night but nothing jumped out at me strong enough in order to recommend it as a money making selection.

Sometimes, if you just can’t find the angle, it’s best to admit defeat and move on to another day. Staying disciplined when it comes to putting together a succesfull punting strategy is the key component.

Just because I’m swerving the action today, doesn’t mean I haven’t got a tip for all you lovely people. With the first classics of the season just around the corner, I feel it’s high time to have at the ante-post markets.

The 1000 Guineas looks a fascinating race with plenty of horses bringing strong profiles and form lines to the table. However, all the main protagonists like Rizeena (6/1), Ihtimal (10/1) and Bracelet (12/1) all look the right price in the market in regards to their make-up.

There is value to be had in the 2000 Guineas though with the Paul Cole-trained Berkshire, who is entered for the Greenham Stakes at Newbury on Saturday and should enhance his Guineas credentials if my thinking about the true ability of this horse is correct.

Hopefully, the 16/1 for his 2000 Guineas will be all gone come Saturday evening and he would have romped away with the Greenham.

He’s very capable of doing so too.

In my opinion, there wasn’t a more visually impressive winning performance by a two-year-old horse last season than Berkshire’s win in the Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot.

The way Cole’s charge travelled and galloped through a high-class field (Ihtimal, Bunker and Somewhat all franked the form) was supremely eye-catching and reminded me a lot of the way Canford Cliffs sluiced through his rivals at the two furlong pole.

The vibes surrounding Berkshire dimmed last year as he wasn’t at his best when grinding out a win in the Royal Lodge but everything went wrong that day but he still won: a great sign of a top-class animal.

If he’s trained on, which Cole thinks he has, then he could be the class act in the field. At 16/1 each way, I’m willing to pay to find out if my gut feeling about this horse is correct. One point each way stakes.



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