Stewards’ Cup betting tips: Tis Marvellous makes plenty of appeal in Goodwood sprint handicap

Tis Marvellous, Gunmetal and Aeolus feature among potential each-way punts for Horsebetting.com experts in the 2018 running of the Stewards’ Cup on the final day of Glorious Goodwood. The Clive Cox trained Tis Marvellous ran a cracker last time out and rates the main selection in the 6f handicap on Saturday, 4 August. Gunmetal is thriving and feared most, while last year’s runner-up Aeolus looks capable of outrunning his odds. To find out why read our in-depth 2018 Stewards’ Cup betting tips preview.

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Tis Marvellous up for the Stewards’ Cup

Tis Marvellous has caught the eye in both his starts this season and looks decent each-way value in a typically fierce renewal of the 6f Stewards’ Cup Handicap on the final day of Glorious Goodwood on Saturday (15:40). In the first of those at Newmarket, the Clive Cox trained four-year-old stayed on nicely without being unduly knocked about to finish a 1 1/2 length fifth of 15 to Gifted Master.

It was a taking comeback run after an 80-day break and he is now set to meet the winner on 1lb better terms. Given that rival had the benefit of a previous run, it may well be enough to see Tis Marvellous turn the tables.

The son of Harbour Watch has since run a blinder to finish a length fourth of 28 to Bacchus in the Wokingham at Royal Ascot. After racing towards the far side from stall five, he made good late headway when switched right two from home to be gaining all the way to the line.

Given that four of the first six home were drawn 16 or higher, it was an effort which can be upgraded and one which suggests he has a big pot like this in him. Although now 2lb higher in the weights a revised rating of 102 still looks very workable based on his back form.

Tis Marvellous finished third to Blue Point in a Group 3 at Ascot last season off an official rating of 110 and the winner landed this year’s Group 1 King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot. A certain Harry Angel finished just over two lengths in front of him in second and has since bagged two Group 1 contests, so that run reads very well in the context of this contest and – with the stable back among the winners of late – a big runs looks assured.

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In-form Gunmetal sure to give it his best shot

A case can be made for many in one of the most competitive sprint handicaps of the season, but Gunmetal makes more appeal than most as he has been in fine form this season. The gelding produced some decent performances when winning three times for trainer Charlie Hills, but has improved at a rates of knots this season since joining Yorkshire handler David Barron.

Gunmetal won his first two 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 cruising into contention two from home to take up the running approaching the final furlong, he found plenty to win with more in hand the winning margin suggests.

He then ran very well in his hat-trick bid when third of 17 to Intisaab in the Scurry Handicap at The Curragh when beaten just two lengths in the hands of 5lb claimer Oisin Orr. Gunmetal is now reunited with Ben Curtis and that is a plus as he is two from two on him.

He is also able to race in this off an unchanged mark of 98. It makes Gunmetal a player at the weights and – in a race where many bookmakers are offering enhanced place terms – another well worth considering from an each-way punting perspective.

Aeolus another con consider each-way

Aeolus ran a blinder in the race 12 months ago when finding only Lancelot Du Lac three-quarters of a length too good when denied a clear run at a vital stage and looked an unlucky loser. The Ed Walker trained seven-year-old is able to race in this year’s renewal off a same mark of 103, so he looks well-weighted and a lively outsider capable of outrunning his odds.

After winning on seasonal reappearance at Newmarket, he wasn’t at his best when a 3 3/4 lengths 13th of 15 to Gifted Master. Aeolus was subsequently given a break and shaped as if needing the run last time out at Newcastle, so that should have blown away the cobwebs and this has undoubtedly been his target for some time.

The booking of top class French jockey Gerard Mosse to do the steering also catches the eye and Aeolus has his optimum conditions as regard going and trip. So, taking everything into account, we had to include him as another each-way option in our 2018 Stewards’ Cup betting tips.

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