Gosforth Park Cup Betting Tips: Copper Knight value in big sprint handicap at Newcastle

Horsebetting.com experts say Copper Knight odds make him a cracking bet among their Gosforth Park Cup betting tips at Newcastle on Friday, 29 June. The big 5f sprint handicap is a wide open affair and the well-treated Eastern Impact is feared most. Holmeswood is another worth considering each-way for in-form trainer Michael Dods. For full details why, read our 2018 Gosforth Park Cup betting tips preview.

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Copper Knight the Gosforth Park Cup value

Copper Knight looks cracking value to land the big sprint handicap at Newcastle on Friday, 29 June, the 5f Gosforth Park Cup (19:30).

The Tim Easterby trained four-year-old has shaped with promise in two runs this season and looks to have been primed for this.

After showing plenty of pace before weakening late on to finish a six lengths 12th of 16 to El Astronaute at York on return to action following 259 days on the sidelines, the gelding ran a blinder last time out when sixth of of 16 to Caspian Prince in the Scottish Sprint Cup at Musselburgh.

Copper Knight raced strongly at the head of affairs in a race run at a blistering gallop before being unable to find any extra inside the last to be beaten 3 3/4 lengths.

It was an effort which suggested his time was near and he’s now able to race in this of 2lb lower. A revised rating of 93 means that he is also now 2lb lower in the weights when landing his second success last season in a competitive 18-runner affair at York.

Copper Knight went on to finish a solid three-length third to a horse who is now the world’s highest rated sprinter in Battaash in a Listed contest at Sandown off an official rating of 101. He also ran well off that mark when fourth of 13 to Jack Dexter in a handicap at Ascot.

He is clearly well handicapped on the pick of his form, while another plus is that Copper Knight has a 33 per cent striker rate at class 2 level, which is the grade of the Gosforth Park Cup.

So, with the stable also in good form, he looks to have plenty going for him and well worth a wager at the odds on offer. Copper Knight appeals most among our Gosforth Park Cup betting tips.

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Eastern weighted to make an Impact

Eastern Impact has become dangerously well-treated and looks sure to make a bold bid to score an overdue success.

The seven-year-old is on a long losing run, having not scored since landing a Group 3 at Ascot back in October 2015 off an official rating of 112.

That is off-putting, but he has posted some really solid efforts in defeat – including when runner-up in a Group 3 at The Curragh .

Eastern Impact also ran well last time out when a half-length runner-up at Newmarket. He looking the likely winner until being unable to find any extra close home and arguably getting out-battled.

The assessor has raised him 3lb for that to a mark of 97, but the Richard Fahey trained gelding remains very well-handicapped on the aforementioned form.

If jockey Paul Hanagan can persuade him to put his best foot forward, as Eastern Impact clearly isn’t the most straightforward, then he looks the biggest danger to Copper Knight.

Holmeswood odds appeal each-way

Off those at bigger odds, Holmeswood makes plenty of each-way appeal. The four-year-old hails from the in-form yard of Michael Dods, who does particularly well with his sprinters, and won his maiden over course and distance in 2016.

Holmeswood went on to land a hat-trick of successes last summer, dead-heating at York on the last occasion off a mark of 92.

He is now able to race off just 1lb higher having ran really well on his penultimate outing when a 1 1/4 lengths fourth of 10 to the thriving Silent Echo at Windsor.

The winner, from whom he was receiving just 2lb, has since gone on to run a stormer in the Wokingham Stakes at Royal Ascot when fifth of 28 to Bacchus off a rating of 101.

That is one of the most competitive sprint handicaps of the season, so it gives the form a solid look in relation to the Gosforth Park Cup and makes Holmeswood a lively outsider capable of outrunning his odds.

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