Summer Mile betting tips: Lord Glitters can sparkle in Ascot showpiece

Horsebetting.com experts fancy Lord Glitters to land the Group 2 Summer Mile Stakes at Ascot on Saturday, 14 July, now dropped in class following a career-best effort last time out. Century Dream is feared most in the 1m feature contest. French raider Trais Fluors odds appeal each-way in a competitive renewal. Read our 2018 Summer Mile betting tips preview to find out full details why.

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Glitters can Lord it over Summer Mile rivals

Lord Glitters posted a career-best effort when runner-up last time out and looks worth a bet now dropped in class to go one better and land the Group 2 Summer Mile Stakes at Ascot on Saturday (13:20). The ex-French trained gelding has done nothing but improve in every outing since joining Yorkshire handler David O’Meara.

He put in a remarkable performance last season when coming from off the pace and showing an explosive turn of foot to land the 30-runner Balmoral handicap over course and distance by a cosy neck.

Lord Glitters went on to round off the campaign with a fine neck second in a Listed contest at Newmarket, and looked better than ever on return to action when runner-up to handicap blot Adderybb in the 20-runner Lincoln at Doncaster.

Connections then made the bold decision to pitch him into Group 1 company, and the five-year-old ran the race of his life when finding only Accidental Agent half-a-length too good in the 15-runner Queen Anne Stakes over course and distance at last month’s Royal meeting.

Lord Glitters ran on strongly from off the pace and stuck to the task really well. He had the re-opposing Century Dream and Beat The Bank in behind in fourth and sixth respectively. That pair had no excuses, so there is no reason why he should not confirm the form.

The fact that he has very strong course form to his name is a big plus, while Lord Glitters remains very lightly-raced for his age after just 10 starts and appeals as the type that could have more to offer. He is also the joint highest rated runner in the line-up off 115, so there is nothing not to like about his chances in this.

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Century Dream a key contender

Although Century Dream has work to do to turn around the Queen Anne form with Lord Glitters, he still appeals as the one to give him most to think about as he has a progressive profile.

Prior to Royal Ascot, where he also posted a career-best effort, the Simon Crisford trained four-year-old had won his previous two starts in impressive fashion. In the last of those at Epsom, he travelled ominously well throughout and – when shaken-up to lead at the furlong marker – showed a smart turn of foot to quickly put the race to bed, beating Gabrial by 2 1/4 lengths in the Group 3 Diomed Stakes.

It was a most taking display and one which suggested he needed keeping firmly onside. That view was confirmed by his fine effort in the Queen Anne where he finished just a quarter-of-a-length behind Lord Glitters.

Century Dream is also a course and distance winner and has a terrific strike rate having won seven of his 14 starts. With the stable in-form, and Frankie Dettori in the saddle, everything looks in place for a bold bid.

French raider Trais Fluors the each-way play

Anything sent across the Channel by top French handler Andre Fabre always commands the utmost respect, so that makes his smart colt Trais Fluors the each-way play in the race at the odds on offer.

The four-year-old has won four of his 10 starts and has run well in his last two outings. In the first of those, he finished a highly creditable 3 3/4 lengths third to Recoletos in the Group 1 Prix d’Isaphan at Longchamp where he kept on at the one pace having been given plenty to do in a messily run affair.

Trais Fluors backed that up with a fine short-neck second to Hunaina in a Group 3 at Chantilly, and the winner is a progressive filly who has landed three of her four starts this season.

The form of those races make Trais Fluors, who is rated the same at Lord Glitters (115), a leading contender in this. His handler also has a healthy strike rate with his runners at Ascot, and the booking of the in-form Silvestre De Sousa to do the steering also catches the eye as it will be the first time that he has ridden for the yard.

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