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2024 Bet365 Mile Tips - Crisford's star can stack the deck at Sandown

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Last updated: 24 Apr 2024
Jon Vine 24 Apr 2024
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  • Odds and betting predictions for the 2024 Bet365 Mile
  • This Group Two takes place at Sandown on Friday 26th April
  • Poker Face is our selection at 11/2
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Before the National Hunt season draws to a dramatic conclusion on Saturday, Sandown stages a valuable flat card on Friday afternoon. The feature race is the bet365 Mile, a Group Two that is often used as a starting point for potential Lockinge Stakes and Queen Anne Stakes contenders.

Here's our free guide to the 2024 bet365 Mile, including our best betting tips.

2024 bet365 Mile Odds


Name
Odds
Nostrum5/2
Charyn3/1
Lord North10/3
Poker Face11/2
Flight Plan8/1
Pogo33/1
Witch Hunter33/1

2024 bet365 Mile Entries


Lord North came up a long way short on his bid for a fourth-straight Dubai Turf victory at Meydan last month, but returns to action quickly on Friday afternoon. Lord North has been replaced at the head of the betting by Sir Michael Stoute's Nostrum, who bolted up in the Sir Henry Cecil Stakes on his three-year-old reappearance last term.

Roger Varian's Charyn steps back up into Group company, having surged to victory at Listed level on his return to action at Doncaster. Simon and Ed Crisford's Poker Face claimed Group Two glory at Longchamp last September, before finishing second out in Italy on his final start in 2023.

Flight Plan will also carry a Group Two-winners penalty, having successfully raided a decent pot during Irish Champions Weekend at Leopardstown in September. Richard Hannon's Royal Ascot hero Witch Hunter, and Charlie Hill's eight-year-old Pogo, who'll be making the 46th start of his career, round off the field.

2024 bet365 Mile Tips


There's no better trainer in the sport at helping older horses progress than Sir Michael Stoute and Nostrum looks to have more left in the locker. His best runs have come on good ground, so conditions on Friday should suit. However, the bare bones from his form last season isn't the most convincing and he finished lame on his most recent run back in August. At 5/2, I'm happy to let him go.

Charyn made his class count when storming to victory in the Doncaster Mile, where the ground was soft enough for his liking. Roger Varian's four-year-old will have to step up on that form to contend at Group Two level, and the ground will be very different to what he relished on Lincoln day.

I find myself drawn towards POKER FACE (11/2), who took his form to a new level when dropped back down to a mile last term. Simon and Ed Crisford's five-year-old didn't quite get home on his first four starts over longer distances, but racked up a hat-trick over eight furlongs during the second-half of the season, including a narrow victory over rival Flight Plan in the Pomfret Stakes at Pontefract.

Poker Face then plundered a couple of French pattern races, before losing out to Brave Emperor out in Italy. Archie Watson's winner was in receipt of a three-year-old allowance that day, and boosted Poker Face's form by scoring in a valuable race in Doha next time out.

The Crisfords have added first-time cheekpieces for Poker Face's reappearance and I don't think he needs cut in the ground to be at his best.

Verdict

Poker Face won three of his four starts over a mile last season and could still have more progress to come during his five-year-old campaign. Even with that Grade Two winner's penalty, I'm more than happy to take the 11/2 that's currently on offer.

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