Horsebetting.com experts provide their 2018 Roses Stakes betting tips and say Sabre is worth a punt to gain a deserved success in the 5f Listed juvenile contest at the York Ebor Festival on Saturday, 25 April, following some solid efforts of late. Scottish raider I Believe In You is on a roll and feared most in his hat-trick bid, while Well Done Fox odds appeal each-way. Read our in-depth 2018 Roses Stakes betting tips preview for full details.Sabre can prove too sharp for Roses Stakes rivalsSabre has been knocking on the door of late, so looks worth a wager to gain a deserved success in the Litsed 5f Roses Stakes at York on Saturday (16:15) now dropped back in grade. Since scoring in good style on debut at Newcastle when quickening clear to beat Moojim by three lengths, this Richard Fahey trained juvenile has posted three really solid efforts in defeat.
In the first of those, the son of Mayson stayed on well to go down by just a neck to Vintage Brut in a Listed contest at Sandown. He now meets the winner on 3lb better terms, so that should be more than enough to see him turn the tables.
Sabre then caught the eye in no uncertain fashion when flying home from miles off the pace to finish half-a-length second of 28 to Soldier’s Call in the Listed 5f Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot. He didn’t get the clearest of passages, but was gaining hand over first at the finish and – given how the race panned out – arguably an unlucky loser.
It was then a similar scenario last time out in the Group 2 Richmond Stakes at Glorious Goodwood. Sabre was held-up well off the pace and then denied a clear run at a vital stage a furlong from home when coming with what looked a well-timed run.
His jockey was forced to switch, losing momentum in the process, but to his credit Sabre then picked up again and ran on strongly to finish a never nearer two-length fifth of nine to Land Force. This is easier and there is no doubt that he has the class to land the spoils.
Indeed, he’s the highest rated in the line up off 104, which gives Sabre 4lb and upwards in hand on his rivals; so, granted better luck in-running, is going to be very hard to beat. He thus had to be the main selection in our 2018 Roses Stakes betting tips.Scottish raider I Believe In You not to be underestimatedThere are plenty of dangers in a wide-open looking renewal, but the thriving I Believe In You is feared most despite taking a significant step up in class. This son of Coach House is trained in Scotland by the shrewd Iain Jardine and has won his last two starts by wide margins.
After running on strongly to beat Woodside Wonder, who has won since, by 2 1/4 lengths in a class novice contest at Hamilton, he could not have been more impressive when following up in a similar grade affair at the same venue. I Believe In You showed stacks of early pace to quickly establish a lead and, after being driven clear at the furlong marker, ran on strongly to easily beat Roderick by 4 1/2 lengths.
The runner-up went into the race having won on debut at Musselburgh and has since come out and resumed winning ways at Ayr, so the way in which I Believe In You easily disposed of that rival was very taking. This obviously demands much more, but he is clearly on a serious upward curve and looks well worth a crack at this level, so I Believe In You is therefore taken to give Sabre most to think about.Well Done Fox a cunning each-way betThe Richard Hannon trained Well Done Fox was not at his best last time out when seventh in the Group 2 Molecomb Stakes at Goodwood, but had previously scored in good style at Sandown. Judged on that success he is a leading contender if bouncing back, so makes plenty of each-way appeal.
That victory at the Esher venue came in the Listed 5f Dragon Stakes. After showing plenty of pace to chase the leaders on the sindie rail, Well Done Fox quickly took up the running a furlong from home when switched left to get daylight.
The son of Acclamation then only had to be ridden out to readily beat Life Of Reilly by three-quarters of a length. He had Chapelli, who re-opposes in this, a nose further back in third and there is no real reason why he should not confirm the form with that rival.
Life Of Reilly has also since gone on to run very well to be runner-up in the aforementioned Molecomb Stakes in which Well Done Fox failed to fire; so, overall the form of the race has a solid look in relation to this. The booking of Jim Crowley to partner Well Done Fox for the first time also catches the eye as he has a healthy strike rate of 20 per cent when teaming up with the yard in the past 12 months.
It suggests a big run is expected, so Well Done Fox therefore gets the each-way vote in our 2018 Roses Stakes betting tips.Your Next Bet