Phoenix Stakes betting tips: Advertise can land top class Curragh sprint

The 2018 Phoenix Stakes betting tips at Horsebetting.com say Advertise is the value bet to turn over Sergei Prokofiev in the feature juvenile Group 1 6f sprint at The Curragh on Sunday, 12 August. Gossamer Wings is an each-way alternative to consider to the top two in the market if one fails to fire. For more on this big race in Ireland, read our 2018 Phoenix Stakes betting tips preview.

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Advertise can rise to Phoenix challenge

The Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot looks the key piece of form for punters betting on the Group 1 Phoenix Stakes at The Curragh this Sunday (15:35), and at the odds on offer Advertise is taken to confirm it in this valuable juvenile 6f sprint.

Trained by Martyn Meade, the two-year-old is a Showcasing colt out of a Pivotal mare and is already a Group 2 winner – having come out and landed the July Stakes in convincing fashion at Newmarket after previously chasing Calyx home at the royal meeting when going down by a length.

After being held-up by Frankie Dettori, who makes the trip over from Ireland to ride him again here, Advertise made smooth headway on the July course two out and was pushed along to challenge at the furlong pole. He was then ridden to lead, soon in command and ran out a comfortable two-length winner over Konchek.

This confirmed Advertise as one of the top juvenile prospects in Britain. Prior to his July Festival success, he also finished a neck in front of Sergei Prokofiev in the Coventry but they were on different sides of the Ascot track.

While bookmakers installed the third home as favourite for this, you cannot take it away from Advertise that he has come out and won a race since. As Sergei Prokofiev has it to prove and at the odds on offer, we suggest you side with Advertise.

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Sergei Prokofiev a dangerous favourite

Ballydoyle maestro O’Brien has trained an incredible 16 winners of the Phoenix in the last 20 years and saddles four of the six engaged in this renewal. The clear pick of his quartet is the aforementioned Sergei Prokofiev, who has just a small margin to find on Advertise to turnaround the Coventry form.

This son of Scat Daddy is a Listed winner over the flying five furlongs at Naas on his penultimate start. Although winning easily by four lengths – a pretty sizeable margin in sprint terms – Sergei Prokofiev was sent off odds-on and looks like he may be so again here.

He hasn’t always justified favouritism such hot favouritism, however, as he went down by a short-head on debut at Dundalk. With 2lb officially to find on Advertise, he seems a little short in the market for what Sergei Prokofiev has actually achieved.

For that reason, we feel he is worth taking on. Advertise is the value bet of these two undoubted class acts, though it would be no surprise to see Sergei Prokofiev return to winning ways now he’s back on home soil.

Gossamer Wings has outside shout if top two flop

It would be a major surprise not to see the first two places in this six-runner contest filled by the market principals but – should one or both failed to fire – Gossamer Wings looks overpriced and one to consider each-way or for tricast purposes.

Also hailing from the Ballydoyle yard of O’Brien, this filly has won one of her five starts yet that doesn’t quite tell the full story. Gossamer Wings went down a short-head when just held by Signora Cabello on her penultimate start in the Group 2 Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot.

She had re-opposing stablemate So Perfect around half-a-length behind her in fourth with no excuses as that one simply lacking the pace of the first three home. The winner has since come out and landed a Group 2 in France to give the form a solid look.

Although Gossamer Wings was then a 13 1/2 lengths fourth to Pretty Pollyanna in the similar grade Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes at the July Festival last time out, this race was marred by a collision between horses and jockey Ryan Moore did well to switch her out of danger.

That put paid to any real challenge this daughter of Scat Daddy could lay down. We’ll learn more about the form when two that finished in-behind Gossamer Wings – La Pelosa and Main Edition – meet again in the Group 3 Sweet Solera Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday.

The sixth home Chicas Amigas has come out and won since, however, so that is already a sign these are useful fillies. Granted better luck in-running and now the beneficiary of a 3lb sex allowance from the colts, Gossamer Wings could easily outrun her odds here.

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