2024 Middleton Stakes Betting Odds at York racecourse

Thursday, 16 May 2024

We’re looking forward to the Middleton Fillies' Stakes on Thursday and a chance to bet on an encounter over one mile, two and a half furlongs. Bluestocking runs for Ralph Beckett and returns to the track after recording back-to-back runner-up spots last season. The four-year-old could well be ridden to victory by Rossa Ryan.

Free Wind is an older counterpart who has a similar overall rating and the John & Thady Gosden-trained runner has failed to win any of his past five outings, although there was a victory at York back in May last year. Sapphire Seas lines up in the Godolphin colours and the Charlie Appleby-trained four-year-old who enjoyed a spate of wins last year.

2024 Middleton Fillies' Stakes Tips

There are seven horses set to line up in the Middleton Fillies' Stakes over one mile, two and a half furlongs on Thursday. Free Wind and Bluestocking were both last seen running in the Qipco British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes, with the latter having finished second on that occasion, while the former was fifth in the same race.

Free Wind had previously ran at Longchamp when finishing thirteenth out of fifteen runners in the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, with the horse having won this race a year ago. Since that victory, the horse has ran in a number of high-profile encounters including the Yorkshire Oaks where the runner was able to finish second.

Bluestocking regularly seems to hit the frame and the Ralph Beckett-trained runner was second at Chester before finishing runner-up at Ascot last time out. The only question mark is the fact that the filly has yet to land a victory in any of her past six encounters, although the bookmakers certainly respect her chances here.

Sapphire Seas has an impressive track record and there were four straight victories at Wolverhampton, Kempton, Haydock and Yarmouth. The latest performance was at Meydan in the Balanchine when sent off as the 8/15 favourite over one mile and one furlong. Infinite Cosmos returns after a long absence and comes next in the betting.

2023 Middleton Fillies' Stakes Tips

Free Wind has won five of her past six encounters, with the horse most recently winning the bet365 Lancashire Oaks, with this coming over one mile and four furlongs on soft ground. The horse won by over two lengths with Robert Havlin on board and it will now be Frankie Dettori who provides the ride, with the horse having previously landed notable wins in 2021.

The filly won the Prix Minerve at Deauville in August, while there was also a success in the Group 2 Park Hill Stakes, with Sea Silk Road potentially the horse that will give the favourite most to think about. After a long absence away from the track, there’s an element of unpredictability about this horse although previous form has been strong.

The horse was third at Newmarket in the Dubai Stakes over one mile and four furlongs, while the William Haggas-trained runner was able to win a listed race at Goodwood back in May over one mile and two furlongs. The only question mark is whether she would be suited to softer ground considering that win came with cut in the ground.

Aristia won at Deauville in his past horse race, with the Richard Hannon-trained charge was able to oblige over one mile and two furlongs. This was a success in the Darley Prix Jean Romanet and this Group 1 encounter featured plenty of other runners, with the horse previously pulling off an impressive run when finishing second in the Nassau Stakes at Goodwood.