The 2018 Scarbrough Stakes betting tips given by Horsebetting.com say Global Applause is worth a bet to provide trainer Robert Cowell with back-to-back successes in the 5f Listed feature contest at Doncaster on Wednesday, 12 September. Meanwhile, the ultra-tough and consistent El Astronaute is the highest rated in the line-up, so rates the main danger. Under The Cover odds appeal each-way in a wide-open renewal. Read our in-depth 2018 Scarbrough Stakes betting tips preview for more details.Global Applause can raise the roof with Scarbrough successGlobal Applause scored in terrific style last time out, so is strongly fancied to take the step back into Listed company in his stride and land the feature race at Doncaster on Wednesday, the 5f Scarbrough Stakes (15:00). In doing so, he can provide trainer Robert Cowell with a third winner of the speed contest.
Cowell saddled Prohibit to land the spoils in 2010 and Encore D’Or to capture glory 12 months ago. In Global Applause, he has a four-year-old who has some very smart juvenile form in the book and made a winning start in his care at Sandown 11 days ago when racing close up before quickening smartly under top French jockey Gerald Mosse to decisively beat Intense Romance by 1 3/4 lengths.
This son of Mayson was value for much more than the winning margin, while the runner-up has since come out and scored in good style at Haydock to give the form a boost. He also had Haddaf well behind in eighth, so has nothing to fear from that re-opposing rival.
Judged on the manner of his Sandown success, Global Applause should be up to winning plenty more races. As a two-year-old he won a Listed contest at Sandown and also ran some solid races in defeat behind horses that have developed into Group 1 winning performers.
They included when fourth of 10 to Blue Point in the Group 2 Gimcrack Stakes at York and a 2 3/4 lengths third to Harry Angel in the Group 2 Mill Reef Stakes at Newbury. So, given that Cowell has obviously quickly found the key to him – and has a tremendous record of improving sprinters that come into his care – Global Applause looks well up to winning at this level again.
He also has winning form on the forecast ground, a 43 per cent strike rate over the minimum trip, and Mosse once again in the saddle. There is simply nothing not to like about his profile for this, so Global Applause is readily put up as the main selection among our 2018 Scarbrough Stakes betting tips to land the spoils en route to potentially better things.Tough and consistent El Astronaute sure to go wellThere are a host of potential dangers in a wide-open looking renewal, but the ultra-tough and consistent El Astronaute is feared most. This John Quinn trained five-year-old has done nothing wrong all season, winning twice and finishing in the frame on five occasions from 10 starts.
He comes into the race on the back of a career-best performance when beating Final Venture by a neck in a hot 19-runner handicap at York. After showing his customary early pace to track the leaders, El Astronaute stayed on to take up the running 100 yards from home and despite edging left held on gamely to score in determined fashion.
Although now 2lb worse off with the re-opposing runner-up, Final Venture has since run a bit below expectations when fifth to Take Cover in a Listed contest at Beverley and is fully exposed. By contrast, El Astronaute is clearly thriving and right at the top of his game at present.
As officially the highest rated in the line-up off a mark of 106, that puts him 2lb clear of Global Applause and Final Venture, so he clearly demands the utmost respect and looks well worth another crack at this level. Given that he doesn’t know how to run a bad race, El Astronaute looks sure to make a bold bid to land career success number 10 and another plus is that he once again has the services of Jason Hart in the saddle, who boasts a terrific 29 per cent strike rate on him.Under The Covers not to be underestimatedGiven that Under The Covers beat El Astronaute at Goodwood three starts back, she is another with claims. Ron Harris’ charge was receiving 8lb that day, but scored emphatically by three lengths; so, given that only 5lb separates the pair in this, there should be little between them judged on that running.
This five-year-old then disappointed when a distant last of six at Haydock, though quickly bounced back and proved that running to be all wrong when a fine fourth of 15 to Blue Uluru in a Listed contest at Tipperary last time out. Under The Covers kept on well to be beaten 1 3/4 lengths, finishing close on the heels of the second and third home – Hit The Bid and Different League – who were rated 110 and 102 going into the race.
That gives the form a decent enough look in the context of this contest. The booking of Adam Kirby to partner Under The Covers for the first time also catches the eye, so at the odds on offer she thus features as the each-way punt in our 2018 Scarbrough Stakes betting tips.Your Next BetScarbrough Stakes betting tips: Global Applause the bet in Doncaster sprint feature