Bunbury Cup Tips and Betting Offers, 3:30 at Newmarket, 13th July 2019
Bunbury Cup Tips
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The Bunbury Cup plays a very important role in the final day of the July Festival at Newmarket. Much more than just a warm up for the July Cup, this is one of the best betting heats of the season and always produces a dramatic race over the 7 furlong trip. It also carries a big prize which has attracted more than 50 entries over the maximum field size of 20.
Trends Help in the Search for Value
A couple of favourites have turned in high class performances to win the Bunbury Cup over the last decade but the majority of recent winners did so with a double figure starting price. With such a competitive field producing a bunched betting market, winners are possible from top to bottom so punters need some stats to help in their quest for a value bet.
Bunbury Cup winners tend to be aged four or five and carry no more 9st 3lb. Previous experience of this sort of big field handicap is a major plus whilst horses without sufficient prep (ideally three races or more) will struggle. Finally, horses without at least one win over 7 furlongs should be discounted.
Kynren a Worthy Market Leader
Kynren is one of a few horses disputing favouritism for the 2019 Bunbury Cup. David Barron’s five-year-old has produced some consistent performances in just this sort of race and looks ready to make the step up to win.
His run in the Royal Hunt Cup at Ascot showed that he is at the peak of his powers and in tip top shape. He was just unable to make up for a poor draw that day but with a bit more luck at Newmarket may find himself well placed for a clear run at the line at Newmarket.
Escobar Ticks the Boxes
Many punters will be looking for a longer odds option to back each way in the Bunbury Cup. Among several tempting candidates it’s Escobar who perhaps represents the most tempting option at 25/1 with bet365.
David O’Meara’s five-year-old’s fits all the trends outlined above and heads to Newmarket on the back of some strong form. The main concern is that each of his four outings this season have come over a mile. However, he does have winning form over 7 furlongs and his extra stamina reserves compared to many in the race are a positive given the winning post at Newmarket comes after a punishing climb.
Predicting the winner of the Bunbury Cup is no easy task but in Kynren and Escobar we have two strong options. Of the two, Kynren is the most likely winner as he is very well suited to this trip and is highly reliable even against so many competitors so back him on the nose at 8/1 with Ladbrokes.
Although Escobar’s chances of winning should not be written off, backing him each way is the safest option, especially as bet365 go 25/1 about his chances.