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2021 Feilden Stakes Tips - 15/2 chance can challenge on his return at Newmarket

  • We've published our guide to the 2021 Feilden Stakes
  • The Feilden Stakes headlines the card on day one of the Craven Meeting on Tuesday 13th April
  • Royal Champion heads the betting at Newmarket
  • Youth Spirit is our each-way tip at 15/2
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Oisin Murphy riding The winner Youth Spirit (l) wins the bet365 British EBF Maiden Stakes during day two of The Moet and Chandon July Festival. (Getty)

The ITV Racing cameras may not arrive until day two of the Craven Meeting, but flat racing fans still have an exciting card to enjoy at Newmarket on Tuesday. The highlight on the afternoon is the Listed Feilden Stakes, a race that has produced contenders for both the 2000 Guineas and the Epsom Derby down the years.

We've taken a look through the field for this year's Feilden Stakes and picked out our best betting tips.

2021 Feilden Stakes Odds


Name
Odds
Royal Champion5/2
Secret Protector4/1
Highland Avenue9/2
Arturo Toscanini6/1
Youth Spirit15/2
Fancy Man8/1
New Treasure11/1
Gentleman Joe50/1

*Odds taken from Betfair on 13.4.21*

2021 Feilden Stakes Runners

Fancied horses have a strong record in this Listed contest. However, the top seven in the market for Tuesday's feature sat between 7/2 and 7/1 when the betting opener, so the bookies are clearly finding it difficult to split them.

Royal Champion made a winning debut on the Rowley Mile last season, and has plenty of potential. His half-brother, Outbox was sent straight out over 12 furlongs, and Roger Varian's charge didn't do much when he hit the front over a mile back in September. This step up in distance will suit, but I'd rather back a runner with a more natural turn of foot.

Secret Protector bolted up in the Meydan Trophy over nine-and-a-half furlongs when last seen in February. Although he holds a 2000 Guineas entry, like Royal Champion, he looks more of a staying prospect, and could find this trip on good ground a bit sharp.

Highland Avenue has claimed two comfortable wins on the all-weather this year, but this is a big step up in class. New Treasure probably has the most natural pace, having been campaigned as a sprinter in Ireland last season, but he didn't find much off the bridle over eight and nine furlongs on his first couple of starts for John and Thady Gosden. 

The way Fancy Man strode clear to win a Haydock last season was really impressive, and I'd be keen on his chances if it wasn't for that three-pound penalty he has to carry. Arturo Toscanini did something few Aidan O'Brien horses manage, and that was to win first time out, so he clearly has to be respected.

2021 Feilden Stakes Tips

Both hold appeal, but the one I really want to side with is YOUTH SPIRIT, who hasn't been seen since Glorious Goodwood last season.

Andrew Balding's charge flew home after a slow start to finish fourth behind Devious Company on his career debut at Haydock last season. A maiden victory followed at Newmarket during their July Meeting, where Youth Spirit comfortably saw off the odds-on favourite, Magical Land and Naval Crown, who won the Meydan Classic in February.

Oisin Murphy was keen to get a swift start in the Vintage Stakes at Goodwood, but was squeezed out as the runners battled for a good early position. Youth Spirit made good ground to try and get into contention, but Battleground proved too good on the day, and Devious Company hung on to claim second.

The form of that Vintage Stakes has worked out really well, and given a smoother start to the race, Youth Spirit may have finished even closer to the current 2000 Guineas favourite than he eventually did. Although all his runs last season came over seven furlongs, Youth Spirit is by a dual-Derby winner in Camelot, so this leap up to nine furlongs should even bring about further improvement.
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Verdict

Andrew Balding has started the season in fine form, having had five winners and 4 placers from his last 14 runners. At 15/2, Youth Spirit offers plenty of value, and he's certainly a horses to follow during 2021.

2021 Feilden Stakes Tips: Youth Spirit Each-Way @750.00 at BetMGM - 8 Units

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