2024 Royal Mile Handicap Betting Odds at Musselburgh racecourse

Saturday, 30 March 2024

The Virgin Bet Royal Mile Handicap is a one-mile encounter at Musselburgh Racecourse and the field has narrowed down after the latest declarations. We have Individualism who heads the betting, although some will instead look to back a longer-priced selection and there are a few who fit the bill.

Berkshire Nugget and Ice Max are three-year-olds who have a lively chance of recording a victory, with Johnny Ringo running for Lucinda Russell and also having the potential to go well. The going is set to be soft for this one mile encounter and it could be worth watching to see where the money goes before placing your wager.

2024 Royal Mile Handicap Tips

All six runners have a lively chance of landing a victory when it comes to the Virgin Bet Royal Mile Handicap, with Individualism trading as the favourite and there is plenty to recommend the Charlie Johnston-trained runner. Joe Fanning will be on board a horse who is carrying 8-12, although there could be some each-way value in going for an alternative pick.

Individualism finished fifth out of thirteen runners in his previous outing, with this being preceded by a second-placed finish at Ayr out of eleven runners. The fact that the horse hasn’t yet posted a victory means that Ice Max could be a better alternative. The runner has previously scored wins at Catterick.

Berkshire Nugget was dead last out of four horses at Chester last time out and this came after a solid showing at the Roodee when the runner was able to finish fourth in a field of twelve horses. His career started out with a fourth-placed finish out of ten runners at Newmarket Racecourse.

Johnny Ringo hasn’t been out of the first two in his three appearances to date. There was a second placed finish at Musselburgh out of six runners, with an impressive showing at Redcar. There was a victory on the all-weather at Newcastle back in November and there could be more to come from this runner.

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.