Horsebetting.com experts provide 2018 Acomb Stakes betting tips for the 7f Group 3 juvenile contest on the opening day of York’s Ebor Festival; Wednesday, 22 August. Broome is the sole representative for top Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien and taken to land the spoils. Watan impressed when making a winning debut at Goodwood and is feared most. Persian Moon is a progressive and tough sort, so appeals each-way, For full details on these horses, read our in-depth 2018 Acomb Stakes betting tips preview.Broome makes plenty of appeal in Acomb StakesBroome created a good impression when scoring last time out, so looks worth a bet to take the step up into Group 3 company in his stride and land the spoils for Ireland in the 7f Acomb Stakes on the opening day of York’s Ebor Festival (14:25). This Aidan O’Brien trained juvenile colt shaped with stacks of promise on debut when slowly away before keeping on under tender handling to finish fifth to stable companion Anthony Van Dyck.
The son of Derby winner Australia ran green and looked clueless unti the penny dropped late on. Like many from the yard, Broome duly showed the benefit of that experience when backed off the boards and sent off the 4/5 favourite for a 1m contest at Galway last month.
Despite being slowly away as the gates opened, he showed bags of early speed to make up the lost ground and quickly take up the running. When pressed Broome then found plenty to beat Lightning Amber by a length, with the pair pulling 11 lengths clear of the third home.
This clearly demands more, but Broome is going the right way. It also looks significant that he is the sole Ballydoyle inmate in the line up, as Team Coolmore are not adverse to running two or more in these type of contests.
Broome has clearly been showing plenty on the gallops at home and he has reportedly thrived since Galway. This stiff seven furlongs should also suit and bring his stamina into play; so, with Ryan Moore in the saddle and the prospect of more improvement to come, Broome looks decent value to get the better of favourite Watan and land what looks a weak renewal.Watan opposable at the odds on offerWatan tops the betting on the back of a very taking debut success at Glorious Goodwood. The Richard Hannon trained colt took up the running approaching the final furlong and ran on strongly to readily beat stable companion Dirty Rascal by two lengths.
There was nothing not to like about the performance, but the form doesn’t have a strong look to it. Dirty Rascal, who had finished in the frame on his previous two outings, has since been turned over at odds-on when runner-up at Salisbury.
The rest of the field also finished in a bit of a heap behind the front two – suggesting that it was not a strong 11-runner class 2 maiden. Of course, Watan could do no more than win and he did so in style, but that race was over 6f and he now has an extra furlong to tackle.
On breeding it should not be a problem given that he is the son of the very useful Group 1 winning miler Toronado. However, Broome is likely to mark this a stern test as both his runs have come over further, so there will be no hiding places for Watan; so for all that he has undoubted potential, Watan looks plenty short enough at the odds on offer and we are therefore keen to take him.Persian Moon sure to make a bold bid for hat-trickOf those at bigger odds, the Mark Johnston trained Persian Moon makes most appeal given his progressive profile. After shaping nicely in his first two starts, the son of Makfi opened his account in terrific style at Yarmouth when making all and staying on strongly to score by five lengths.
Persian Moon has since gone on to follow-up over course and distance when giving weight all round and showing a tremendously willing attitude in the process. He led from flag fall, but then hung left and got headed just over a furlong from home.
At that point he looked a spent force, yet to his credit he rallied bravely to get back up at beat Hot Team by half-a-length – with the pair pulling six lengths clear of the rest. Given that Hot Team, to whom he was conceding 6lb, has come out and won since it gives the form a solid look.
It was an effort which suggested Persian Moon was well worth a crack at this level. He is a typically tough Johnston juvenile who is thriving on his racing and – if it comes down to a battle – Persian Moon will not shirk the issue. His proven form at the track is another plus, so he thus had to feature as the each-way selection in our 2018 Acomb Stakes betting tips.Your Next Bet