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Lockinge Stakes Tips & Betting Predictions: Punters looking to best the bookies with Beat The Bank
The Paco Boy gelding could take the bookmakers to the cleaners
Ribchester wins the Lockinge Stakes last year, can Beat The Bank do it this time around? (Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
Lockinge Stakes Tips & Betting Predictions
Beat The Bank could give the bookmakers a headache if he's to prevail in this weekend's Group 1 Lockinge Stakes at Newbury.
The four-year-old gelding has been backed into 6/1 with bookmakers and many punters are predicting a reversal in form after finishing well down the track in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot last October.
With plenty of time to get over that run, Beat The Bank could return in style and his form prior to that disappointment is a good form guide for this.
The five-time winner from seven starts scored three consecutive wins in between defeats, with both defeats coming at Royal Ascot. It might pay to overlook that form and his win in the Group 2 Shadwell Joel Stakes came by five lengths in a classy display.
He carried plenty of support in the market at Ascot last start when running as a 4/1 chance, despite running against the likes of Ribchester, Persuasive and Churchill.
That suggests there's confidence with Beat The Bank and he's at a value price for the 2018 Lonkinge Stakes.
Limato looks the biggest challenger at 7/2 and he looks a top chance after winning the Group 2 Challenge Stakes at Newmarket last year.
The son of Tagula hasn't raced since October and his first-up run in 2017 was a poor finish for 12th in the Al Quoz Sprint at Meydan, but this is easier and he has served punters well over the last couple of years.
He has won eight of his 15 starts and he has experience in the Lonkinge Stakes when running fifth in the 2016 edition behind Belardo and a host of other international types.
That's strong enough form here and bettors are getting a solid price on offer.
A runner that deserves attention is Rhododendron which is coming off a fourth placing in the Group 1 Ganay Stakes behind Cracksman.
The filly by Galileo is a three-time winner with many more wins in store for the Aidan O'Brien stables. Her most recent win came in October last year when taking out the Prix De L'opera at Chantilly.
She has been respected in the market at 9/2 and she won't be far away.
Best Bet: Beat The Bank to win @ 6/1