Mujood Evens 8
Cape Hawk 13/2 8
Riggins 10 8/11
Overturn 13 10
Isphahan 15 16
Dubai Dynamo 15 20
Obvious difference here, I make Riggins 10/1, the bookies are all odds on. Even shortening my price though, I can’t see eveidence for the bookies short odds. I feel this is an instance of reputation – Cumani has had a couple of high profile winners in recent days and this is another of his. It met with bad traffic problems in it’s previous start but even so, with just AW form to it’s name I couldn’t rate it too highly.
Mujood, on the other hand, is odds on in my book and the best early price of 8/1 is excellent value.
1 Riggins 4/6F
2 Mujood 12/1
3 Vainglory 7/1
Racing Post analysis: This race revolved around RIGGINS, who looked so unlucky at Newmarket on his previous start. Running off the same mark, he was sent off at odds-on to make amends and, although he did enough to pick up the penalty that will ensure a run in the Royal Hunt Cup, it has to be said that he was no more than workmanlike in victory. Indeed, it was surprising that some bookmakers saw enough to trim his price for the big Ascot handicap to 6-1, although the 8-1 available beforehand was left unchanged by Ladbrokes.
On the plus side, a stronger pace in a big field will no doubt suit him better, and with his having been beaten only once – and unluckily at that – so far in his four-race career, there is a suspicion he could yet be a good deal better than this bare form suggests.
Mujood, three times a winner at this track in the past, including last time out, gave the favourite a real race having enjoyed the run of things out in front. He rallied after being headed and is clearly at the top of his game at present.
It doesn’t sound to me as if Riggins was truly odds on and Mujood, who was on a good mark and loves this course, was by far the better bet. I did miss 12/1 though :-(