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2015 Middle Park Stakes Betting Tips PT 1

The big Group 1 clash of the weekend is the Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes which is a 6f race for entire colts and we have a very interesting field here full of runners from very high-profile yards but the market appears to be dominated by a single important contender. 


The Al Shaqab-owned Shalaa - a son of Invincible Spirit out of a War Chant mare comes out of John Gosden’s yard and will be seeking his fifth score on the bounce as he looks to put together one of the better-looking two-year-old campaigns of the entire flat season. 

He was last seen in the Darley Prix Morny when sent off at a very slim 1/2 price tag in a field of five contenders which is light for a Group 1 but he was able to pull off a pretty resounding success - scoring by nearly two lengths over the likes of Gutaifan, who is also in the mix here. 

He has formed a very admirable partnership with Frankie Dettori, who has been on nearly every time but one. Shalaa got it all wrong on his maiden attempt at Newbury where he finished dead last but he was then able to turn it around easily the next time and conquer a trickier looking maiden field by a solid two length margin. 

It was his score in the Group 2 Richmond Stakes that should really excite though as he was geared down towards the finish when sent off as the 11/8 favourite. He raced in touch that day and was never far off of things. He still was able to muster up a nearly three length score on the day as well. 

Right now, punters will find Shalaa available at a very slim 4/7 margin for this race in the ante post markets which effectively makes it a “do you bet now or not bet at all” sort of equation for a lot of punters in the moment.