Friday, 20th Jul 2018
Horsebetting.com experts give their Scurry Handicap betting tips. Gunmetal is thriving and is fancied to land a hat-trick by capturing the ultra-competitive 6f contest at The Curragh on Saturday, 21 July. Ice Age is a course and distance winner who rates the main danger. Full Moon looks a solid each-way contender for top trainer Aidan O’Brien. To find out full details of these horses’ chances, read our in-depth 2018 Scurry Handicap betting tips preview.Gunmetal has a super chance in Scurry Handicap Gunmetal is in the form of his life at present, so looks worth a bet to defy a further rise in the weights and land the ultra-competitive 6f Scurry Handicap on Irish Oaks day at The Curragh (15:45).
The gelding produced some decent performances when winning three times for trainer Charlie Hills, but has taken his form to a new level this season since joining Yorkshire handler David Barron. Gunmetal has won both his starts and was impressive in the last of those when beating Eastern Impact by half-a-length in an 11-runner class 2 at Newmarket.
After racing close up, the five-year-old made smooth headway two from home to take up the running approaching the final furlong and then ran on strongly to the line. Gunmetal was always holding the runner-up, scoring with more in hand the winning margin suggests, and Eastern Impact is a useful yardstick who has been rated as high as 113.
Considering Gunmetal was receiving just 1lb from that rival, it makes a further 5lb rise in the weights look fair and suggests that a revised rating of 98 should not be beyond him.
The son of Colodvial is clearly on an upward curve and other pluses are that he has a 36 per cent strike rate over the trip, having won four of his 11 starts over it, and relishes quick ground.
With top apprentice Oisin Orr in the saddle taking of another 5lb with his claim, Gunmetal is running off the same mark as when last successful if taking it into account. He therefore has lots going for him and looks worth a bet to land the hat-trick in this Premier Handicap.Course and distance winner Ice Age fearedThe Eve Johnson Houghton trained Ice Age is a course and distance winner, so that makes him a key player despite top weight having returned to winning ways last time out. This five-year-old has a good strike rate for a sprint handicapper having won seven of his 29 starts on the turf and has also been placed on nine occasions.
His sole previous visit to this venue saw him land a Premier handicap like this when beating 21 rivals last September. Ice Age scored by 1 1/4 lengths and was well on top at the finish. Big fields clearly hold no fears for the son of Frozen Power and he defied top weight at Windsor 19 days ago when scoring cosily by 1 1/4 lengths.
That victory made it two wins in the last three starts for Ice Age, so he is clearly in fine fettle at present. He was also far from disgraced when 16th of 28 in the Wokingham at Royal Ascot, when beaten just under eight lengths, having showed up well for much of the race.
This is easier than that and Ice Age has his optimum conditions. Charles Bishop has also won three times and been placed on four occasions from nine rides when partnering the gelding, so he clearly gets a great tune out of him. There is nothing not to like about Ice Age’s credentials, thus he rates our main danger to Gunmetal.Full Moon a contender for O’BrienThe best of the home contingent could well prove to be Full Moon, who hails from the all conquering yard of Aidan O’Brien and is unexposed at the trip having raced over it just three times.
This three-year-old colt came good at the fourth time of asking when beating Downdraft by half-a-length in a mile contest at Dundalk. Full Moon went to to finish runner-up over the same trip at Navan and was also far from disgraced when fifth in a Group 3 over 7f at Leopardstown.
He also posted a solid effort last time out when runner-up to stable companion Most Gifted over 6f at Navan, with the pair pulling eight lengths clear of the third. The winner has gone on to finish fourth in a Listed content at Killarney, so the form is far from shabby.
Full Moon is able to race in this off an unchanged mark of 93, so that makes him a player at the weights in a race that should be run to suit his strengths. With Ryan Moore in the saddle, the son of Declaration Of War should be up to making his presence felt and appeals each-way in a race in which some bookmakers, including Betfred, are paying five places.Your Next Bet