Robert Can Rock The Party At The Trophee Hassan II

Our 40/1 best bet, Jorge Campillo, ran into some place money with his tie for 5th at the Open de Espana last week and we will be backing a trio of big priced players at this week's Trophee Hassan on the European Tour...

Thursday - 2.30pm OddsBets
Trophee Hassan II   
Robert Rock (each way)    Best Bet 66/1
Renato Paratore (each way) 66/1
Chris Hanson (each way) 125/1

The Head Of The Market

The Moroccan tournament joined the European Tour in 2010 and the Red Course at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam has undergone a few changes since last year as the greens have been renovated. It was Edoardo Molinari who emerged victorious to claim the title twelve months ago as he beat Paul Dunne in a play-off.

However, it is Dunne who starts as the 12/1 favourite (Paddy Power) this time following a fine run of recent form and he ended his European Tour drought by winning the British Masters towards the back end of last term.

George Coetzee and Joost Luiten have both won tournaments this year and can each be backed at 18/1, with the latter finishing tied 13th at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam in 2017.

The Each-Way Bets

We prefer to look for some big each-way value in this field though and Robert Rock is a very tempting 66/1 as he looks for his first title since edging out Rory McIlroy in Abu Dhabi in 2012. The 41-year-old has shown signs of returning to form with three top-30 finishes in his last four starts, including a tie for 7th in Oman.

It is Rock's record at this venue that inspires confidence though as he tied 7th at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam in 2010 before finishing 3rd in 2016.
Tip #1: Robert Rock (each way) @ 66/1 with Coral - 1/5 odds on 7 places.

Royal Golf Dar Es Salam was the host venue when the Trophee Hassan joined the European Tour in 2010 before it moved away, although it has been the host since 2016.

This is a venue that the Italian Renato Paratore knows well as he has gone 10th-8th in the past two years there and the 21-year-old looks a real prospect. Paratore claimed his maiden European Tour title at the Nordea Masters just under twelve months ago and he has been in decent touch of late, finishing tied 4th in Qatar and tied 21st in Spain last week.
Tip #2: Renato Paratore (each way) @ 66/1 with Paddy Power - 1/5 odds on 6 places.

Finally, Chris Hanson is very much a 'horse for this course' as he has finished 5th and 6th in the past two editions of this event and he even held the 54-hole lead in 2016. The 32-year-old hasn't been in great form this year but he did tie for 6th in Dubai and a return to the Red Course could inspire an upturn in fortunes this week.
Tip #3: Chris Hanson (each way) @ 125/1 with Betfred - 1/5 odds on 6 places.

2018 Trophee Hassan Odds

Posted: Tuesday, 17th April 2018
Author: Chris Knight