Richmond Stakes betting tips: Neverland Rock a bet to deliver under Dettori

Horsebetting.com tips for the 2018 Richmond Stakes say Neverland Rock odds make him the bet to land the Group 2 contest at Glorious Goodwood. Konchek is a progressive sort with solid form and is feared most in the 6f race for juvenile colts on Thursday, 2 August. Shine So Bright looks a solid each-way option. For full details on these horses’ chances, read our in-depth 2018 Richmond Stakes betting tips preview.

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Neverland Rock holds solid claims in Richmond Stakes

Trainer Richard Hannon has a good recent record in the Group 2 Richmond Stakes and Neverland Rock looks cracking value to further enhance it in this year’s renewal of the 6f juvenile colts’ contest at Glorious Goodwood on Thursday, 2 August (15:00).

The Newmarket handler has won two of the last four runnings courtesy of Ivawood (2014) and Mehmas (2016). In Neverland Rock, he has a thrice raced sort who has improved with each outing and boasts some solid form to his name.

After finishing a highly promising fifth of 16 to Confiding, who finished a solid third in the Group 2 Vintage Stakes here earlier in the week, on debut at Newbury – in a race that has thrown up a whole host of subsequent winners – the son of No Nay Never showed the benefit of that experience when quickening smarly to land an eight-runner contest over 7f at Newmarket by three-quarters of a length from Mordred.

Connections pitched him into Group 2 company on the back of that taking success and Neverland Rock ran a solid race when third of seven to the hugely exciting Quorto in the Superlative Stakes at headquarters. Although eventually beaten 4 3/4 lengths, he held every chance until getting outpaced a furlong from home.

Given the speed he showed for much of that contest, the drop back to the six furlong trip of this should hold no fears for Neverland Rock. This is also arguably an easier race as Quorto is a top notch prospect and currently a top priced 14/1 for next year’s 2000 Guineas.

So, with Frankie Dettori in the saddle, Neverland Rock looks to have plenty in his favour and at the odds on offer has to be our main punt among the 2018 Richmond Stakes betting tips.

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Konchek a key player

A case can be made for many in what is a wide-open renewal, but Konchek is feared most given his progressive profile and the fact that he comes into the contest on the back of a career-best effort.

After scoring in good style on debut at Newmarket, this Clive Cox trained colt ran very well when a staying on three-quarters of a length third to Vintage Brut in the Listed 5f National Stakes at Sandown after dwelling at the start.

The son of July Cup winner Lethal Force was sent off 9/2 second favourite for the Group 2 Norfolk Stakes over 5f at Royal Ascot on the back of that fine effort, and again did all his best work late on to finish a never nearer two-length fifth of 10 to Shang Shang Shang.

Konchek than ran a blinder at Newmarket three weeks ago when chasing home Advertise in the Group 2 July Stakes. He stuck to the task well to go down by two lengths and had the re-opposing Charming Kid and Sporting Chance in behind.

There is no reason why he should not confirm the form with those rivals and the form of that race reads well in the context of this contest. The stable has also been among the winners of late and Konchek is a tough and consistent sort who seems to be thriving on his racing, so he therefore looks the one most likely to give Neverland Rock most to think about.

Shine So Bright holds solid each-way claims

Shine So Bright ran very well last time out when fifth of 23 to Calyx in the Group 2 Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot. This is easier, so he is another to consider and makes plenty of appeal each-way. This Andrew Balding trained son of Oasis Dream showed lots of early dash before being unable to quicken at the furlong marker and weakening to be beaten 5 3/4 lengths.

The winner is a very smart sort and the runner-up Advertised has since won the aforementioned July Stakes. It gives the renewal a very strong look and in the circumstances Shine So Bright ran very well on just his second start.

Prior to that, he had scored in good style on debut at Nottingham when in the care of Karl Burke and he appeals as the type that should have plenty more to offer. With Oisin Murphy in the saddle for the first time, Shine So Bright looks to hold solid claims of making the frame at least.

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