Bet of the Day: Lethal Steps each-way value at Listowel Harvest FestivalPublished on: September 10, 2019Author: Jamie Clark
Lethal Steps looks solid each-way value in the 2m Grade B handicap hurdle for four-year-olds at the Listowel Harvest Festival on Tuesday (15:35).
Trained by Gordon Elliott, he won nicely in novice company at the Galway Festival last time out.
Lethal Steps quickened up smartly despite being short of room when throwing down his challenge after the last.
Although he only beat the re-opposing Morosini by a couple of lengths, the son of Lethal Force looked value for more than the winning margin.
The handicapper has only raised Lethal Steps’ rating 1lb for that success. While that makes the Cheveley Park Stud owned grey gelding 2lb worse off at the weight with the runner-up, his Galway performance can be upgraded.
Lethal Steps looks to have a prize like this in him so, at a standout 13/2 with Ladbrokes who pay an extra place, he is well worth backing each-way.
Question marks over rivals make Lethal Steps each-way value
The dangers in a typically competitive renewal of this Listowel Harvest Festival feature all carry the famous green and gold hooped silks of JP McManus.
Jessica Harrington has the lightly-raced and unexposed Morosini. This son of Martaline will want further in time but, having placed in Grade 3 company on debut for the yard at Fairyhouse, he’s respected.
Joseph O’Brien, meanwhile, saddles two leading contenders in top-weight Gardens Of Babylon and Top Moon.
The former placed twice in Grade 1 races last season. After chasing home the ill-fated Sir Erec at the Dublin Racing Festival, Gardens Of Babylon ran a fine third in the Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham.
Although then held half-a-length by French Made in a Grade 2 at Fairyhouse, he was giving the winner a 7lb sex allowance.
Gardens Of Babylon was the comfortable winner of a novice hurdle at the Punchestown Festival on his final start of the campaign.
He disappointed, however, on handicap debut in the Grade A Galway Hurdle last time out. Carrying top-weight here and giving 11lb and upwards all-round is no gimmie.
Top Moon, meanwhile, ran well in bumpers and routed his rivals in a Kilbeggan maiden hurdle last time out.
This demands more, however, and Lethal Steps each-way is the most solid bet on offer. With Jack Kennedy in the saddle, he can hit the frame at least.
Bet of the Day: 13/2 with Ladbrokes, Lethal Steps each-way in the 15:35 at the Listowel Harvest Festival.