7/1 Battersea the Old Newton Cup bet

Battersea has some strong form to his name and at 7/1 looks the one to be on in the Old Newton Cup at Haydock today (2.50).

Roger Varian’s charge progressed throughout last season and landing back-to-back competitive class 2 contests at Ascot.

In the last of those the four-year-old showed a good turn of foot to beat Gwafa by 1/2 lengths off a mark of 90.

That race has thrown up plenty of subsequent winners including Agent Murphy and Second Step who are now rated 109 and 118 respectively.

Battersea also finished well in front of the 11th home Penhill, who heads the market for this, and the form reads very well in the context of this contest.

Although not at his best on his final start of 2014 when well-beaten at Newmarket, Battersea was clearly not right that day and looks the type who should have even more to offer as a four-year-old and is a possible pattern performer in the making.

His current mark of 99 should certainly not be beyond him given the strength of his last win at Ascot, and he hails from a yard in rude health at present.

Daily Sport recommended bet: 2pts each-way Battersea (7/1 Betfred – BOG)

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