Strensall Stakes betting tips: Lord Glitters gets vote in extended mile test at Ebor Festival

Horsebetting.com provide punters with 2018 Strensall Stakes betting tips for the Group 3 1m 1f contest that opens the final day of York’s Ebor Festival on Saturday, 25 August. Lord Glitters has some strong placed form in the book, so is fancied to score an overdue success here now eased in grade. Mustashry – the winner of last year’s renewal – is feared most due to a fine course record, while Morando looks each-way value. Read our 2018 Strensall Stakes betting tips preview to learn all about these horses’ claims at the Knavesmire.

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Lord Glitters has leading claims of Strensall success

Lord Glitters has placed efforts at the highest level on his CV this season, so is fully expected to cash-in on an ease in grade and land the 1m 1f Group 3 Strensall Stakes on the final day of York’s Ebor Festival this Saturday (13:50). Trained by David O’Meara, this five-year-old has never finished outside the frame in seven starts for his current handler.

He joined the yard from France towards the end of last season and was a late running on half-a-length second to Accidental Agent in the 7f Challenge Cup Heritage Handicap at Ascot on his UK bow. Lord Glitters returned to the Berkshire venue and landed the Balmoral on British Champions Day when returning to a mile and getting up in the dying strides to score by a neck.

The son of Whipper then went down by that narrow margin on his second start at Listed level and final one of the campaign in the Marshall Stakes at Newmarket. There was lots to like about Lord Glitters’ prospects for this season and the gelding outran odds of 20/1 on his return to action in the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes when beaten half-a-length again by Accidental Agent.

It was a massive improvement and rates his career best outing to date. Lord Glitters was again produced late, despite not getting the clearest of passages two out, and he made real headway inside the final furlong to nab the runner-up spot in the last strides.

There’s never a dull moment backing him and, having done so well on the straight course at Ascot, connections decided to try their luck on the round track in the Group 2 Summer Mile. A neck defeat to Beat The Bank is no disgrace as Lord Glitters was upsides the winner with 100 yards to go, but that one just had more in the tank to quicken.

He has since been a two-length third to Lightning Spear in the Group 1 Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood when yet again produced late and taking a place in the shadows of the post. This is form of the highest order in the context of this lower grade affair; so, having hit the crossbar in so many tougher races, this looks a nice opportunity for Lord Glitters to grab an overdue and deserved victory.

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Mustashry vying for back-to-back wins

Former champion jockey Jim Crowley and trainer Sir Michael Stoute rode and saddled Mustashry to Strensall success 12 months ago, so he has considerable claims on his course record at the Knavesmire and is feared most. Although the five-year-old has 4lb to find on the top-rated Lord Glitters, he is second best in the line-up off 112 and has a win and place from two career starts here.

Mustashry was sent off favourite for last year’s renewal and justified that position when switched left and produced to challenge before the furlong pole before taking things up just past it and being ridden out to win by three-quarters of a length. He was giving 7lb to the runner-up and is now only rated 2lb higher by the assessor than the mark he ran off then.

This son of Tamayuz has come out this season and won off his current rating on return to action in a Listed affair at Sandown in July when stepped up to 1m 2f in the Gala Stakes. Mustashry was always holding his rivals in the hands of Crowley there once he got to the front, so may be value for more than the half-a-length winning margin.

A drop back in trip by a furlong is no problem, given his course and distance victory. Mustashry also ran well as a three-year-old at this meeting when a half-a-length runner-up to Firmament in a mile handicap at 2016; so, taking the fact this track is a happy hunting ground into account, he can give Lord Glitters most to think about.

Morando each-way value

With only one three-year-old winning the Strensall since 2004, our each-way pick is also one of the elder horses in the shape of in-form trainer Andrew Balding’s Morando. Now five, he was a Listed winner when in the care of Roger Varian last season but has had a change of owner and handler since.

That followed a series of placed efforts in this grade at Leopardstown, Haydock and over in France. Morando has been tried at 1m 2f on all three of his starts since joining Balding, but had excuses on debut for his current handler when running on really well to be third behind Crystal Ocean and beaten only 1 1/4 lengths in the Gordon Richards Stakes at Sandown.

This gelded son of Kendargent out of an Indian Rocket mare was denied a clear run two out on his return to action, but stayed on make the frame near the finish. Given that the winner has since come out and landed the Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot, then was beaten a neck in the Group 1 King George by Stoute stablemate Poet’s Word in a real battle, it was a great effort from Morando in the circumstances.

He has already reversed the placings on the Gordon Richards runner-up Fabricate when beaten eight lengths in a Listed race that wasn’t run to suit at the royal meeting. There were similar excuses for Morando last time out when last of five to the aforementioned Mustashry in the Gala Stakes.

As the margin of victory was so narrow, the drop back in trip is sure to suit Morando as well as the winner and, if some of the scattered showers forecast fall on the Knavesmire, that will be another plus. He is thus worth forgiving his last two runs and, at the odds on offer, looks each-way value and gets our vote to make the frame among 2018 Strensall Stakes betting tips.

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