Bandua, Cypress Creek and The King feature among potential punts for you to consider in Horsebetting.com’s Vinnie Roe Stakes betting tips from Leopardstown on Thursday, 26 July. Bandua drops in class so rates the main bet to land the 1m 6f contest for trainer Dermot Weld. Cypress Creek is progressive and feared most. The King looks the type who should have more to offer and is the each-way option. Read our in-depth 2018 Vinnie Roe Stakes betting tips preview for full details why.Class-dropping Bandua the answer to Vinnie Roe StakesTrainer Dermot Weld would love nothing more to win the Listed 1m 6f Vinnie Roe Stakes at Leopardstown on Thursday (20:10), and in Bandua looks to have the ideal candidate to do just that.
The Master of Rosewell performed wonders with the horse the race is named after, winning the Irish St Leger with him on four successive occasions between 2001 and 2004. Vinnie Roe was also crowned Champion European Stayer in 2002.
In Bandua, Weld has colt who bolted up by 10 lengths on debut over 1m 2f at Cork before going on to follow-up in good style over the same course and distance. The son of The Factor was then pitched in at the deep end and allowed to take his chance in the Group 1 Irish Derby over 1m 4f at The Curragh when last seen in action.
Although eighth of 12 to Latrobe, Bandua was beaten only six lengths and was far from disgraced in a muddling run race in which he was held-up well off the pace and asked to make up a lot of ground. He didn’t finish far behind the sixth and seventh home – Old Persian and Dee Ex Bee – who brought top class form into the Classic.
This represents a big drop in grade and the step up to 1m 6f promises to suit. Weld also had two entered in this, the other being a really promising type who runs in the same colours as Bandua.
It looks significant that he has decided to place his faith in Bandua and the yard could hardly be in better form at present with a strike rate of just under 22 per cent in the last 14 days. So, taking everything into account, Bandua looks to have plenty going for him in this and worth a bet to take advantage of what looks a nice opening to get back to winning ways.Cypress Creek the obvious dangerCypress Creek has some solid form to his name and is feared most, given powerful connections and now stepped up in trip. The Aidan O’Brien inmate ran well to finish runner-up in his first two starts this season.
In the last of those he was sent off odds-on when finding only stable companion Giuseppe Garibaldi 1 1/2 lengths too good in a six-runner affair at Navan. The pair pulled 6 1/2 lengths clear of the third home, and the winner has gone on to land a Listed contest and been placed in two Group 2 contests and a Group 3.
That run reads well in the context this contest and Cypress Creek comes into it having got off the mark in a minor contest at Ballinrobe over 1m 5f. He stayed on strongly form off the pace to win a shade cosily by 1 3/4 lengths – leaving the distinct impression that the extra furlong he now travels in this would suit.
The win will also have done his confidence the world of good, as the son of Galileo seems to be progressing with each outing and now gets fitted with cheekpieces for the first time. If the headgear has the desired effect, he looks sure to give Bandua plenty to think about.The King makes each-way appealOf those at bigger odds, The King appeals each-way following two solid efforts in decent handicaps. In the first of those, he got chinned on the line and beaten a neck by Downdraft over 1m 2f at Navan.
This son of Mastercraftsman backed that up with a fine three-quarters of a length fourth of 12 to Lucius Tiberius over the same trip at this venue, holding every chance inside the last before weakening close home. The winner is a progressive sort who has gone on to score again since and The King appeals as the type to do better now stepped up in trip.
This obviously represents a step up in class, but an official rating of 100 gives him only 4lb to find with Bandua. That may not be an impossible task as The King looks to be going the right way and his trainer Jessica Harrington is enjoying a terrific season. So at the odds on offer he has to be the each-way selection in our 2018 Vinnie Roe Stakes betting tips.Your Next Bet