Double Handful

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Double Handful


Byline: John Shaw's racing betting column in association with

ODAY'S big race is the Group 1 Vertem Futurity Trophy, formerly known as the Racing Post Trophy.

TIt's always refreshing to new sponsors attach their name and money to the racing industry.

Vertem Futurity are by all accounts a firm.

GAMBLING During my short foray in the market I quickly discovered the main difference between playing the stocks and betting on the horses at least one of the horses will win.

WISDOM Don't be suckered sucker bets unless know the difference, case you're a John Saxon Warrior won this contest last year and I mention partly because it was a thrilling race and partly because I tipped up Aidan O'Brien's charge that day.

He helped loyal followers of this column with another payout when winning the 2,000 Guineas and remains one of my horses in training.

O'Brien has three of the 11-runner field including favourite MAGNA GRECIA, who looks a good thing on the back of his two runs to date and the fact he's been supplemented.

He opened his career at Naas with a facile win before running again just two weeks later in the Autumn Stakes at Newmarket.

Magna Grecia finished second but it was the colt's impressive display behind Persian King that hinted he might be a star in the making.

Persian King is a very decent colt in his own right having won three of his four races.

into making you don't in which anyhow.

Experience probably saw him home that day and the fact he had the running rail to help him. The pair forged clear of fellow O'Brien horse Circus Maximus, who did not get a clear run.

There's no way Circus Maximus should be double-digit odds today and he looks a great each-way bet.

However, I fancy Magna Grecia to beat Persian King in a future rematch and, given there are 12-1 quotes about the French raider for the 2,000 Guineas, Magna Grecia will be slashed for the big BY the time you've read this, the likelihood is Aussie supermare Winx will have won her fourth Cox Plate. …

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