Marco Botti’s thrice-raced maiden Astrelle (2.20) can land the spoils in the opener on a terrific day’s flat racing at Doncaster this afternoon.
The Makfi filly has been placed on both starts on the turf, third over course and distance in June, bettering that when second again on Town Moor over seven furlongs last month.
Drawn in stall four, she can make best use of her experience and is taken to get the better of Brian Meehan’s Pivot Point.
The three-year-old maiden over a mile and a quarter looks an excellent renewal with progressive types such as Ganges, Lovelocks and Pleasant Valley all running well over the summer however all look to possess quirks and a chance is taken instead on Shama’s Crown (3.25) of Jeremy Noseda.
The daughter of New Approach is out of an Irish Guineas winner (a half-sister to Walk in the Park who was runner-up to Motivator in the Derby) and comes from an excellent middle-distance family, her Galileo half-sister selling for 800,000 guineas at last year’s Tattersalls sales. The yard are steadily coming back to form with two winners and a further three seconds from the stable’s last seven runners and she could prove the value in what looks a warm renewal.
The Noseda team can double up with Wakea (4.00) in the 3-y-o handicap over a mile and a half. The Cape Cross colt makes his debut handicapping from an opening mark of 83 and looks potentially chucked in after winning a good Kempton maiden by six lengths. He is taken to get the better of Marco Botti’s Latin Charm and Luca Cumani’s Mizzou, the latter of which mirroring a similar profile to Wakea after winning well last time out at Pontefract.
The feature was won last year by Taayel who was benefitting from the drop down from group class and Justineo (5.10) fits a similar profile after finishing last of six, last time out at Chantilly. Roger Varian’s five-year-old son of Oasis Dream has had ground softer than ideal thus far this season but he gets his preferred surface this afternoon and is taken to build on his already excellent record at the track, finishing first and second on his two starts thus far in South Yorkshire.
Whispering Warrior (4.35) ran a cracker to finish third last time out at York and had that form franked by Pearl Castle’s excellent run in the Galway Plate this week. The first two home are considered serious candidates for The Ebor Handicap on the Knavesmire later on this month and David Simcock’s charge can return to winning ways dropping down in trip, and class, running from an unrevised mark of 91.
Those looking to get out of jail can take a chance on David O’Meara’s Madagascar Moll (6.10) in the lucky last, although a fifteen-runner fillies’ handicap doesn’t look the easiest race get out of a hole!
The three-year-old receives lumps of weight from her elders and has talented claimer Josh Doyle take off a very useful 7lb; she is respected with the stable in good heart.