Thursday, 05th Jul 2018
Collect Call odds make her the Horsebetting.com experts’ main punt among Dragon Stakes betting tips for the Listed 5f sprint contest at Sandown on Friday, 6 July. Jungle Inthebungle disappointed last time out, but had won two of his three previous starts and is feared most if bouncing back. Chapelli is also of interest as her trainer Mark Johnson has won two of the last three runnings of the race. Read our 2018 Dragon Stakes betting tips preview for full details.Collect Call odds the Dragon Stakes valueCollect Call looks the value bet to provide trainer Karl Burke with back-to-back successes in the Listed 5f Dragon Stakes at Sandown on Friday, 6 July (13:50).
The North Yorkshire-based handler sent out Havana Grey to land the spoils 12 months ago and, in Collect Call, has a filly that has shaped with bags of promise in her two starts to date.
In the first of those at Ascot, this daughter of Kodiac shaped far better than the bare result suggests when a four-length seventh of 11 to Shades Of Blue. She showed stacks of early speed until weakening approaching the final furlong.
Collect Call was tenderly handled once it was clear she would not be winning and Shades Of Blue is an above average sort, who has since finished a cracking head third in the Group 2 Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot. The runner-up Queen Of Bermuda has also won twice since to give the form a solid look.
The selection duly built on that effort when a length second of 12 to Stage Play at Ripon when not ideally placed when the pace quickened. The front two pulled four lengths clear of the field and it was an effort which suggested there was much more to come from Collect Call.
She is clearly going the right way and posses plenty of potential. As a filly, she also receives a handy 5lb sex allowance from the colts who are very closely matched on form. That is a big plus as is her draw in stall two as low numbers have a big advantage over the flying 5f at the Esher Venue.
The booking of jockey Jamie Spencer to do the steering also catches the eye; so, taking everything into account, Collect Call odds have plenty going for them and she looks worth a bet in a wide-open looking renewal.Jungle Inthebungle has a big shoutJungle Inthebungle failed to fire last time out in the Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot but had been progressive prior to that, and looks a big player if bouncing back now returned to calmer waters.
The Mick Channon trained colt has won two of his four starts and was impressive in the last of those when landing a competitive conditions’ contest at Ripon by half-a-length from Tin Hat. Jungle Inthebungle showed plenty of early pace to chase the leaders and when switched off the rails to get a run two from home stayed on strongly to win a shade cosily.
He had the re-opposing Life Of Riley a further 2 1/2 lengths behind in fourth and, although that one is now 2lb better of at the weights, there is no reason to suggest Jungle Inthebungle should not confirm the form – despite the fact that Life Of Riley finished in front of him in the Windsor Castle.
Jungle Inthebungle ran too bad to be true that day and was also not ideally drawn. This smaller field will play to his strengths and the manner of his success at Ripon suggests he is sure to make his presence felt in this.Chapelli out to enhance Johnston’s race recordTrainer Mark Johnston has won two of the last three renewals of the race, so that makes his Chapelli another to consider as a potential punt. She was another who disappointed in the Windsor Castle, but was sent off the shortest price of those that re-oppose in this, so better was clearly expected.
Prior to that the filly had won both her starts, showing plenty of speed to make all and hold on grimly by a short-head at Catterick, before again showing a willing attitude to beat Ventura Ocean by a head in a 10-runner affair at York.
Chapelli’s blend of early pace and guts are the ideal attributes for this test, yet she does have the widest draw of all in stall seven to overcome. That is not going to be easy, but she does has Silvestre De Sousa in the saddle – and if anyone can get her to overcome it he is the man.Your Next Bet