Tyros Stakes betting tips: Take Bold Approach in juvenile colts’ Leopardstown contest

Horsebetting.com experts believe Bold Approach odds make him the  bet to land the 2018 Tyros Stakes at Leopardstown on Thursday, 26 July. Trainer Aidan O’Brien has won the 7f colts’ juvenile contest a record 11 times and his Anthony Van Dyke rates the main danger. Invasion Day appeals each-way, meanwhile. To find out full details about all these horses’ chances, read our in-depth 2018 Tyros Stakes betting tips preview.

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Bold Approach
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Bold Approach a bet to add to Bolger’s Tyros Stakes successes

Bold Approach looks worth a bet to get the better of Anthony Van Dyke and land the Group 3 Tyros Stakes over 7f at Leopardstown on Thursday (19:10), as this colt impressed when making a winning debut for trainer Jim Bolger in a 14-runner contest over course and distance.

After chasing the leaders. the son of Dawn Approach made good headway into second two from home. Jockey Kevin Manning then asked him to go about his business at the furlong marker and Bold Approach responded generously to his urgings to stay on strongly and beat California Dad by 1 1/4 lengths.

He was well on top at the finish, despite showing distinct signs of greenness, and value for more than the winning margin. Although the form has not worked out well, it was very hard not to be impressed by the way he got the job done.

Bold Approach is clearly an above average sort with a future and his handler knows what is required to land this prize, having saddle nine winners of the Tyros. They include the likes of champion two-year-old Teofilio (2006) and Epsom Derby winner New Approach (2007).

Bold Approach looks another exciting prospect for County Kilkenny trainer Bolger, who has been among the winners of late, and should be up to landing races of this calibre – and higher – judged on the manner of his debut success. So at the odds on offer, he has to be our main bet in this.

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Anthony Van Dyke a formidable opponent

Only one trainer has won the race more times than Bolger, and that is the all-conquering Aidan O’Brien who has saddled an incredible 11 winners since 1994. He has won the last four runnings. Gleneagles (2014) and Churchill (2016) landed the prize before going on to complete the English/Irish 2000 Guineas double the following year.

His sole representative this time around is Anthony Van Dyke, who caught the eye of many on debut at The Curragh when a tenderly handled never nearer 3 3/4 lengths seventh of 10 to Mute. Like many from the yard, he then showed the benefit of that kind introduction when romping to a wide-margin success at Killarney earlier in the month.

Anthony Van Dyke has to be pushed along in the early stages and also to hold his position as the field approached the home straight. However, when the penny did finally drop, he responded well to take up the running two from home and surge clear to win easily by 10 lengths from Yonkers.

There was no doubting that it was an authoritative and impressive display, but that race was over 1m and it took him awhile to get into top gear. That could well be because he still looked very green and badly in need of the experience, but dropping back to 7f has to be a concern as he looks more of a stayer based on the evidence of that display.

However, team Ballydoyle rarely get it wrong when it comes to campaigning their juveniles over the right trip and they tend to improve significantly with each outing. Anthony Van Dyke is clearly very highly regarded and definitely falls into the could be anything category.

Whether he is entitled to be as short as he is in the betting based on what he has achieved so far is another matter, as the opposition at Killarney didn’t amount to much. For that reason, we are keen to take him on.

Invasion Day the each-way option

It’s very hard to see anything winning outside the two at the head of the market, but should one fail to fire then Invasion Day has a chance of sneaking into the frame in a race in which bookies are paying a quarter of the odds for two places.

Trained by Ger Lyons, the son of Footstepsinthesand ran well on debut when a three-quarters of a length runner up over the minimum trp at Dundalk, and then showed a willing attitude to go one better when landing a 13-runner maiden over 6f at Cork by half-a-length.

Connections then pitched him into Group 2 company last time out and Invasion Day could never get competitive and finished a 6 1/2 lengths last of seven to Van Beethoven in the Railway Stakes. This, on paper, is easier but it does look a decent renewal.

Bold Approach and Anthony Van Dyke both look potentially well-above average but the step up to 7f may well suit Invasion Day, so his chance therefore cannot be totally dismissed. He is our recommended each-way play here.

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