Ryan Moore is one of a host of reasons punter are backing Franklin D
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By David Baxter 9:17AM 29 JUL 2016
A COMBINATION of winning by six lengths last time out, being ahead of the handicapper and landing the plum draw with Ryan Moore aboard means Franklin D is considered Friday’s hotpot in the Betfred Mile.
The Michael Bell-trained four-year-old is the only runner in the field who cannot be backed at double-figures and has only a 3lb penalty for his Newmarket victory. Had the weights been released after that win he would be another 10lb higher.
“He heads into the race in great form after his recent Newmarket win and he should be capable of winning a contest like this,” said Bell.
Should he oblige, Franklin D would be breaking with a recent trend, with no favourite winning this race since Roger Charlton’s Third Set in 2007.
Bill in ‘fantastic form’
There are plenty of dangers, including the last two winners Belgian Bill, who was awarded the race last year after initial winner So Beloved tested positive for a banned substance, and Red Avenger.
Trainer George Baker said of Belgian Bill: ” He is in fantastic form and I was delighted with his run in the John Smith’s Cup.
“He didn’t quite get home over a mile and a quarter and the step back to a mile will help. The family have always improved for headgear and we’ve waited with the blinkers until now.”
Baker’s other runner, Boomshackerlacker , comes into the race off the back of a victory at Newbury and the trainer added: “We always thought Boomshackerlacker needed cut in the ground but he won recently when it was pretty fast and now he’s older he seems to go on anything.
“We think he’s got a big one in him.”
The reserve system has worked well with this race as Solar Deity and Room Key have both come in following two non-runners, providing a chance of a big pot for connections.