Queen’s Cup Odds and Preview – Horse Racing Betting April 20

Dino looks value in Musselburgh feature

Horse Racing Betting

The Queen’s Cup Stakes at Musselburgh’s is still a relatively new addition to the staying handicap division. It was first run in 2017 with a view to being an early trial for the likes of the Chester Cup, Ascot Stakes and Ebor later in the season but it’s too soon to say whether the experiment has been a success. The first two winners of the heritage handicap – Carbon Dating and Brandon Castle – haven’t won a single race on the Flat between them since successful, though the latter has won over hurdles.

This year’s race has attracted 14 entries with four of them trained by Mark Johnston, so that’s a good starting point.

Austrian School (5/1 with William Hill) looks the most interesting of the quartet. The mount of Joe Fanning, he is a half-brother to Grand National hero Tiger Roll so you would think he would have a future over jumps. However, he ran 11 times as a three-year-old and was third in a Listed race at Ascot on his final start last season so can win more races on the level. The problem is he likes to lead so starting from the outside stall may not do him any favours. Lucky Deal has won twice on Turf and three times on the all-weather but was only fourth off his current mark when odds-on at Newcastle last time and is available at 10/1 with Boylesports.

Archie Watson won the Queen’s Cup last year with Brandon Castle and runs Ulster (11/2 with William Hill) this year. He’s having a first run on Turf, however, having been beaten off lower marks on his last two all-weather runs so doesn’t look much value.

Pipes of Peace has yet to race beyond 1m4f but has done well since joining Seamus Durack towards the end of last year. The five-year-old is not badly handicapped on his best form and the 14/1 with Boylesports looks decent value. Fire Jet, Mirsaale and Sir Chauvelin were all unplaced last year, however, and may not fare any better this time around.

Tor (a best 20/1) and Artarmon (a best 16/1) are course and distance winners but there are form lines which give KELLY’S DINO as good a chance as any.

Karl Burke’s runner is a stand-out 14/1 with Ladbrokes even though he arrives at Musselburgh having had a couple of runs on the all-weather. He beat Austrian School on worse terms over 1m4f at Ascot last summer and can dispel doubts about his stamina by arriving late to land the spoils under the oft-underrated Ben Curtis.

Queen’s Cup Stakes Current Best Odds

Austrian School 5/1, Ulster 11/2, Making Miracles 8/1, Lucky Deal 10/1, Hochfeld and Sir Chauvelin 12/1, Kelly’s Dino and Pipes Of Peace 14/1, Artarmon 16/1, My Reward and Tor 20/1, Eye of The Storm, Mirsaale and Fire Jet 25/1

(Odds correct at 3.15pm April 18)

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