Ante-Post focus: British Champions Sprint 2013

With the British Champions Day forfeit stage tomorrow (1st October) it’s time to act fast in the ante-post market in the sprint event. Only one firm have priced up the race, Racebets ( and in all honesty their prices are wrong.

In fact, I’d go as far in saying it’s terrible and lazy bookmaking. Here is their current market Two of the first three in that book will not be running. Both Lethal Force and Society Rock, arguably the two most likely winners, are retired and injured, respectably.

The next two in the above list are also unlikely to run, Sole Power and Jwala. The former is said to be given a break before going to Dubai in the early spring while the latter is not even entered and looks set to contest Prix de l’Abbaye.

Of those left in the race and in the above market, SLADE POWER sticks out like a sore thumb. Eddie Lynam’s charge is a confirmed runner, all being well of course, so this fits one of the main objectives of an ante-post bet.

The four-year-old son of Dutch Art is held in similar regard to his stable mate and multiple Group One winner, Sole Power. He’s a tough and improving sprinter and given how many of the main protagonists look set to miss out, he holds strong claims of scoring.

Two Listed and two Group Three wins are etched on his C.V and while it’s a worry he hasn’t scored at a higher level, he has contested the best sprint races on offer in Europe this season. Runs in the Diamond Jubilee, the July Cup, the Nunthorpe and the Haydock Sprint Cup, all Group Ones, have yielded form figures of 7302.

His seventh in Diamond Jubilee was a run I’m willing to forgive considering how slowly away he was. His July Cup third is a far better indicator of his ability. He then flopped in the Nunthorpe, but five furlongs simply isn’t his cup of tea and again, his ability is better judged on his Haydock Sprint Cup third.

With so many missing out Eddie Lynam’s charge won’t get a better chance to land a major sprint, albeit not a Group One, in Great Britain. As long as he jumps on terms it will take a good one to beat him. It’s also worth noting that he finished ahead of likely race favourite, should he turn up, Shea Shea in the July Cup and I’d be pretty confident he’d confirm that running on this stiffer course.

The main reason for the suggested though, is his price. Fourteen to one is simply wrong and simply must be availed of. Get on before the price crash tomorrow and hope he turns up healthy.


2pts each-way SLADE POWER @14/1 (Racebets)

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