Summer Stakes betting tips: Pretty Baby hot stuff at York

Horsebetting.com experts’ Summer Stakes betting tips say the highly progressive Pretty Baby is worth a punt to land the Group 3 juvenile contest over 6f at York on Friday, 13 July. Aidan O’Brien’s Could It Be Love is a fascinating contender now dropped back in trip and feared most. Main Desire looks to hold solid each-way claims. Read our 2018 Summer Stakes betting tips preview to discover why.

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Pretty Baby
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Pretty Baby looks good in Summer Stakes

Pretty Baby is filly on a serious upward and is strongly fancied to take the step up into Group 3 company in her stride to land the feature race at York on Friday, the 6f Summer Stakes (15:15).

Since finishing a highly promising second on racecourse debut at this venue last September, the William Haggas trained daughter of Opren has gone on to land a hat-trick in impressive fashion. On each occasion she has shown improved form.

After bolting up by five lengths on return to action in a novice stakes’ contest at Redcar, the three-year-old had little difficulty landing a Listed affair at Nottingham last time out when beating Classical times by 1 3/4 lengths.

Pretty Baby showed plenty of speed from the gates to race prominently and, after being ridden to lead the the furlong marker, ran on strongly to hit the line hard. She only had to be ridden out to get the job done with the minimum of fuss and was value for more than the winning margin.

It was a most taking performance which suggested there was much better to come, and Pretty Baby is three from three over the 6f trip of this. She looks to be a filly going places with a big future ahead of her and hails from a yard that loves nothing more than to plunder big prizes at this venue.

This is by far the stiffest task that Pretty Baby has faced, but she is taken to prove up to it and land the spoils en route to even better things. We’re siding with her to land the spoils in our Summer Stakes betting tips.

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Could It Be Love feared now dropped in trip

Could It Be Love brings Classic form into the contest and is a fascinating runner for all-conquering Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien now dropped back in trip.

This daughter of War Front ran a stromer when runner-up to Alpha Centauri in the Group 1 Irish 1000 Guineas over 1m at The Curragh, when taking up the running early and looking the likely winner when kicking clear turning for home. Could It Be Love only got reeled in close home to go down by 1 3/4 lengths and the winner has gone on to land the Group 1 Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot in sensational style by six lengths in a track record time.

That gives the form an extremely strong look and Could It Be Love again attempted to make all next time up when a solid third of 21 to Expert Eye in the Group 3 Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot over 7f, fading late on. She also got caught close home last time out when a half-a-length runner-up in a Group 3 over the same trip at Fairyhouse.

Judged on the aforementioned efforts, it looks a shrewd move to drop Could It Be Love back to 6f. She has clearly got tons of speed and could prove tough to peg back if allowed an easy lead.

The big worry is that she will once again set it up for a closer if the field can keep tabs on her, and Pretty Baby is a strong travelling sort with a good turn of foot that fits that bill. We’re taking on Could It Be Love here as a result, but respect her obvious credentials.

Main Desire makes each-way appeal

Of the other runners, Main Desire looks capable of making her presence felt now dropped down in grade having lost her unbeaten record last time out in the Group 1 Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot.

Michael Bell’s filly finished a well-beaten 19th of 22 to Eqtidaar and was never able to get competitive at any stage. However, that was an extremely hot contest and this is easier.

Prior to that, Main Desire had won three times – twice as a juvenile before landing a Listed contest over 5f at this venue on seasonal reappearance when running on strongly to beat Hey Jonesy by a neck.

The daughter of High Chaparral showed a smart turn of foot that day and the runner-up has since run a blinder to turn the tables and finish fifth in the Commonwealth Cup. It may well have been that Main Desire had an off day at Royal Ascot; so, if bouncing back to her best, she looks a solid each-way contender in this.

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