Saturday boasts an excellent day’s racing with the Northumberland Plate at Newcastle and the Derby winner Australia odds-on at 2/7 to do the double in the Irish equivalent over at the Curragh, locking horns with Kingston Hill after getting the better of him at Epsom earlier this month.
There’s further top class action at Doncaster, and whilst Roger Varian’s Kingston Hill will likely play second fiddle to Ballydoyle’s effortless Derby winner his Sporting Gold (5.25) can give the stable further success five minutes before the Irish classic in the opener on Town Moor.
The 5-y-o was second on his season reappearance at Kempton before disappointing on his last two runs at Newmarket and Windsor however the handicapper has relented dropping the gelding 2lb and he returns to the mark that saw him narrowly beaten by a short head at Kempton; he should be competitive.
Varian sends the one solitary horse up from Newmarket, as does David Simcock with Sian Gwalia (8.45) in the lucky last.
The 4-y-o runs in the closing fillies handicap and has been dropped 4lb for finishing last of five two weeks ago at Brighton, but is well worth another look.
The filly was nibbled in the betting and didn’t look to handle the undulations of the track but on Doncaster’s much fairer surface she could be the value, even more so with apprentice Georgean Buckell’s useful 7lb claim.
We mentioned in yesterday’s piece that John Gosden’s record at the track, especially in the St Leger, is unparalleled and as such his gelding Makhfar (5.55) is un-opposable in the six furlongs maiden.
Rab Havlin rides and based on the gelding’s three runs thus far it looks a fairly straightforward task, en-route to handicapping thereafter.
The seven furlong maiden that follows it can stay up north with Mark Johnston’s Freight Train (6.30) who was a beaten favourite on his sole start at a racecourse earlier this month at Haydock.
The Manduro colt was well backed but ultimately looked in desperate need of the run and providing he has improved, as the majority of the trainer’s do, he can get the job done at the second time of asking.
The loveable grey Baby Strange is dangerous back down to a mark of 79 (his last winning mark when successful last summer) and despite my personal fondness for the evergreen 10-y-o preference just sides with Mission Approved (7.05) for Luca Cumani and Luke Morris.
Despite an unsuccessful stint at Royal Ascot, Cumani was placed with Postponed and Havana Cooler and with two winners in the week, and his string remain in good nick. Mission Approved was second no his seasonal beau at Yarmouth beaten a short head and the Dansili gelding will be difficult to beat if turning up in a similar mood, taken to defy a 4lb rise at the weights.
The feature handicap over a mile looks an excellent renewal and James Fanshawe’s Mac’s Superstar (7.40) fancied to return to winning ways with Freddie Tylicki in plate.
He was successful on his first start for over a year on his seasonal reappearance at Kempton and was far from disgraced in his two efforts subsequently.
He stayed on well over seven furlongs last time out finishing second, indicating a step up in trip should suit and providing he translates his all-weather form to the turf, remains dangerous.
Jamie Osborne’s stable star Toast of New York is currently Belmont bound seeking G1 glory and High on Life (8.15) can give connections further success with Michael Buckley’s 3-y-o rattling up a hat-trick already this term and the four-timer likely with Danny Tudhope replacing Richard Hughes in the saddle.
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