Horsbetting.com experts give their Chipchase Stakes betting tips from Newcastle. Never Back Down is worth a bet to provide trainer Hugo Palmer with back-to-back successes in the 6f Group 3 contest on Saturday, 30 June. The tough and consistent Kimberella is feared most, while Dream Of Dreams looks to hold solid claims for in-form handler Sir Michael Stoute. Read our 2018 Chipchase Stakes betting tips preview to find out why.
Never Back Down – the Chipchase Stakes choice
Never Back Down scored in good style last time out and looks decent value to follow-up in the 6f Group 3 Chipchase Stakes at Newcastle on Saturday, 30 June (12:55).
The Hugo Palmer trained three-year-old showed blistering early speed to make virtually all and beat All Out in the nine-runner Listed 6f Carnarvon Stakes at Newbury.
Never Back Down was ridden clear two from home and found plenty when challenged to score by three-quarters of a length.
It was a taking gutsy performance and one which suggested there was more to come.
The form of the race has also been given a boost with the fourth home Eqtidaar, who was beaten 2 1/2 lengths, having since gone on to land the Group 1 Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot.
It makes Never Back Down a key player in this and the switch to the all-weather will hold no fears as he is 1-1 on the artificial surface, having scored at Wolverhampton back in December.
The stable, who landed this 12 months ago with Koropick, also has a decent strike rate with its runners at the track. Never Back Down remains open to further improvement after just seven starts – three of which he has won.
So taking everything into account, he has plenty going for him and looks well worth a wager at the odds on offer among our Chipchase Stakes tips.
Kimberella sure to give it his best shot
There are plenty of dangers in a wide-open renewal and Kimberella is feared most. The eight-year-old, who hails from the in-form Yorkshire yard of Richard Fahey, is a tough and consistent sort who has won 11 of his 80 career starts.
Kimberalla is also the highest rated in the line up off 109 and, despite his advancing years, has looked as good as ever this season.
He ran really-well when beaten just a short-head by Kachy in the Listed 6f Cleeve Stakes at Lingfield back in February and also posted a really solid effort when third to City Light in the All-Weather Sprint Championships Stakes at Lingfield.
City Light has since gone on to land a Group 3 in France before being beaten just a short-head in the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.
That gives the form a really strong look in relation to this contest, and Kimberella comes into it on the back of a fine effort at Hamilton when when beat just a nose by Sir Dancelot.
Kimberella is also versatile as regards tactics and goes extremely well for jockey Paul Hanagan, who has a 33 per cent strike rate on him. His profile is rock solid and he looks sure to give this his best shot.
Class-dropping Dream Of Dreams another to consider
Trainer Sir Michael Stoute has his team in fine form at present and Dream Of Dreams looks a big each-way player for the Newmarket handler now eased in grade.
The four-year-old colt has always been held in high regard and after moving from Kevin Ryan to join Stoute last summer won two of his four starts.
In the last of those, he ran on strongly from off the pace to beat Perfect Pasture by a length in a Listed contest at Doncaster and had some useful types in behind.
Dream Of Dreams was then on the sidelines for 159 days, but there was lots to like about his return to action at Newmarket in April when seventh of eight to Brando in the Group 3 Abernant Stakes.
After dwelling at the start, he was pushed along to hold every chance approaching the final furlong before weakening to be beaten 4 3/4 lengths. Dream Of Dreams was not knocked about once it was clear he would not be winning and looked ring rusty.
He looks sure to come on a bundle for the run and this is easier. If taking to the artificial surface, then Dream Of dreams is going to be hard to keep out of the frame.Your Next Bet