2023 Royal Mile Handicap Betting Odds at Musselburgh racecourse

Saturday, 08 April 2023

We’re looking at a wide open Royal Mile Handicap taking place at Musselburgh Racecourse this weekend, with Urban Sprawl the horse considered with the best chance of landing victory in this opening race on the racecard. Jockey Andrea Atzeni is on board a runner who appears to be well handicapped compared to some of the other runners.

Captain Winters is carrying a good deal more weight although the Kevin Ryan-trained charge is merited plenty of respect after showing some strong form last year, with Manitou and Benacre other prime contenders for a thirteen-runner race where trainer Charlie Johnston has a number of leading runners for this race.

2023 Royal Mile Handicap Tips

Urban Sprawl might not be the highest-rated horse in this Royal Mile encounter at Musselburgh, although punters are coming for a runner who goes off a mark of 8-13 and perhaps he’s the one to beat. The horse landed the spoils when last season by scoring at Ascot in early September and there were some good opponents beaten on that occasion.

Previously to this, there was a triumph at Sandown Park in the Twickenham Nursery Handicap and there’s a feeling that the handicapper hasn’t been strict enough with the weight afforded, although Captain Winters is also likely to be a popular selection and Kevin Ryan had saddled the horse to some impressive performances as a two-year-old.

Manitou was on target twice last season before finishing seventh in his previous race, although there was a success at Chepstow Racecourse at the end of August before a victory at Bro Park in September. Despite being sent off as the 7/5 favourite to win at Chantilly in the Prix Saraca, there was a lowly finish on that occasion.

Benacre is another Charlie Johnston-trained runner who has secured consecutive victories at both Epsom and Goodwood, with the former win occurring over seven furlongs and that was a fairly facile victory, while the latter victory was in October and it will be interesting to see whether the horse can perform at the same level when asked to go a furlong further.