Gimcrack Stakes Betting Tips – Minzaal the One to be on in Juvenile Group 2

York Betting Tips · Friday, 21st Aug 2020 - 14:45 ·

Better to come from exciting Burrows prospect

The big juvenile race at York on Friday is the 6f Group 2 Gimcrack Stakes for colts (14:45). In a wide-open renewal, impressive last time out winner Minzaal makes plenty of appeal.

This Owen Burrows trained son of Mehmas was a huge eye-catcher on debut at Ascot when finishing a 1 3/4 lengths fourth of nine to Mohawk King.

After being slowly away, Minzaal ran very green at the rear of the field until making stealthy headway two from home.

He was then denied a clear run at the furlong marker, but when switched left to see daylight kept on under tender handling to be nearest at the finish

It was a highly promising introduction and he duly built on it last time out at Salisbury when landing a 10-runner novice contest by just under four lengths from Marlay Park.

Minzaal looked far more streetwise and after travelling strongly in midfield tanked his way into a challenging position on the bit two from home.

He then cruised effortlessly clear under a motionless Jim Crowley to win with any amount in hand. It was a stunning performance visually and one which marked Minzaal out as a hugely exciting prospect who needed keeping firmly onside.

Minzaal also clocked a decent time in the process and clearly has a huge engine and bags of untapped potential.

Burrows, who has his team in fine form and is operating at a 30 per cent strike rate in the last 14 days at the time of writing, has also made no secret of the high regard in which he is held.

So, with further improvement assured, Minzaal looks worth siding with at 5/2 with bet365 to take this en route to better things.

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Mohawk King rates the main danger

Given that he beat Minzaal on debut at Ascot, the aforementioned Mohawk King commands the utmost respect and is feared most.

This son of Siyouni hails from the yard of Richard Hannon who saddled Threat to land the spoils in the Gimcrack Stakes 12 months ago.

He was sent off almost double the price of Minzaal at the Berkshire venue but ultimately got the job done in good style despite only beating Churchill Bay by a head.

Pat Dobbs was keen to get Mohawk King settled in the early stages and dropped him out towards the rear. He then came with a strong run from the furlong marker to get up close home and win a shade cosily.

Mohwak King won the race in a pretty decent time too, so it was a nice performance which suggested that the Tattersalls Craven Breeze Up purchase was well worth a crack at this level.

The one concern is that he needed every yard of the 6f trip that day. whether Mohwak King will have the speed to follow-up against some sharp looking types here is questionable.

However, if it does turn into a slog then that could bring his stamina into play. A bold bid looks assured, nonetheless, and Mohawk King can be backed at 4/1 with William Hill.

Seven Brothers has an each-way shout in Gimcrack Stakes

Trainer Kevin Ryan has won the race four times, including three of the last eight runnings. His sole representative this time around is Seven Brothers who is unbeaten in two starts to date.

After overcoming trouble in-running to get up close home and score by three-quarters of a length at Ayr, this son of top class multiple Group 1 winning sprinter sole Power showed a really likeable attitude to follow-up in a class 5 over this course and distance.

Seven Brothers set out to make all and when joined inside the last dug deep for pressure to fend off the persistent challenge of Bankrolled and prevail by a head.

It was a really gutsy effort, especially as he was shouldering a penalty and giving 11lb to the runner-up. The fourth home Ey Up It’s Maggie also ran well to finish second next time up.

Gumdrop, who came fifth in receipt of 6lb, also gave the form a boost when winning on handicap debut at Chester. This obviously represents a big step up in class for Seven Brothers, but his course form is a plus.

If it comes down to a battle, then he is unlikely to be found wanting. So, at 20/1 with Betfair, Seven Brothers looks a huge price and had to feature as the each-way option for the Gimcrack Stakes this year.

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