Ladbrokes are planning to mitigate punters’ near-miss pain at Royal Ascot by offering money back in any race at the meeting in which your horse finishes second at the meeting in the form of a free bet.
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One way in which punters might use such an insurance policy is in races in which they believe that they have a beast with the required attributes to turn over a vulnerable favourite.
Odds-on Queen Annes Stakes market leader Animal Kingdom looks once such hot-pot, with Graham Motion’s five-year-old never having recorded a victory over the mile trip at any level.
Whilst he may be a top-grade animal with three Grade 1 wins in his locker, he may well be vulnerable to top level milers and whilst the sadly withdrawn Farrh and Cityscape would have provided him with an examination stern enough to get Michael Gove hot under the collar, Group 1-winning miler Most Improved and Trade Storm – fourth from an awful draw in a Meydan Group 1 which featured nine previous top level winners in March – may be worth backing to get the better of him with the added insurance of money back if they hit the crossbar.
Punters may also wish to use the money back on second places offer as insurance for decent sized bets on their selection in contests they regard to be shoot-outs between two rivals.
One good example of this – in the wake of news that 2000 Guineas winner Dawn Approach will after all take his chance at the meeting – is the St James’s Palace Stakes in which Jim Bolger’s colt clashes with impressive Irish Guineas winner Magician.
Similarly with Snow Fairy out, the Prince Of Wales Stakes seems to have cut up somewhat as a contest and with favourite Al Kazeem having beaten second-favourite Camelot last time out it’s hard to see two rivals finishing in front of Roger Charlton’s five-year-old, who enters the race on a hat-trick.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.