Online Horse Betting Recaps Brando’s Success
Posted by: Charlie Smith
August kicked off like every other online horse betting year: with a flurry of fans eager to bet on horse races at the Prix Maurice de Gheest. Unfortunately, the hot favorite Caravaggio came up short, leaving the door wide open for Brando to come in and steal the show, claiming some Group One glory while he was at it.
With this past weekend’s win, Kevin Ryan, Brando’s trainer will now set his sights for a victory at the Haydock Sprint Cup. This would be the latest notch on a victory campaign that began with a win in the Abernant Stakes at Newmarket, back in April. Afterwards, the steed suffered a brief step back with a down the field finish in the Duke of York but quickly sprung back with third place finish in last month’s July Cup.
This past weekend’s event marked Brando’s first time competing in France, but he certainly didn’t disappoint. Guided by Tom Eaves’ steady hand, Brando performed beautifully, especially in final furlong where Signs of Blessings gave Brando a run for his money. Overall, Brando performed exceptionally throughout the entire six and a half furlongs, even holding off a late run from fellow British contender Aclaim – trained by Martyn Meade. Tupi, Richard Hannon’s own, took third decisively.
The Aidan O’Brien trained Caravaggio lost his undefeated record when he finished 4th in the July Cup and even though the best racebooks were expecting him to bounce back, Caravaggio never came close to contending with 1st place. A late and flaccid start gave way to a poor performance that never rivaled that of Brando’s. Ryan Moore’s hand was looking for a stronger finish but had to settle for 6th in what was an extremely tight race for 4th – which ended up going to Charlie Hills trained Magical Memory.
Some online horse betting fans may recall the fact that Ryan had to completely shut down his yard in early June, after one of his steeds tested positive for Equine Herpes. The stint forced a shutdown that lasted a few weeks, but it wasn’t enough of a hindrance to keep Brando from cracking the winner’s circle.
“It’s a great day. We’re delighted with the horses,” Hambleton’s own trainer told the media. “He ran a good race in the July Cup and he’d tightened up since. He got a great ride and he was exceptional today.”
“We’ll look at Haydock [the Sprint Cup, held Sept. 9th] next.”
Meade was more than ecstatic with the performance on behalf of Aclaim, who just got done finishing 6th in the Lennox Stakes at Goodwood 5 days ago.
“It was a fantastic run,” Meade told reporters. “He was very unlucky in the Lennox. He didn’t have a hard race as he just got no run at all, which is why we decided to run him again.”
They knew what they were doing as Aclaim delivered a masterful performance that is bound to up her stakes in the online horse betting community.