St Leger Festival Day 2 Friday Tips and Previews
THE ST LEGER FESTIVAL ROLLS ON! More action at Doncaster on Friday and I’ve got it all covered and highlighted main dangers to my selections.
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ITV Racing Friday Schedule
1.50 Doncaster Betfred Flying Scotsman Stakes (Listed Race) 7f
2.25 Doncaster Carlsberg Danish Pilsner Flying Childers Stakes (Group 2) 5f
3.00 Doncaster Betfred Doncaster Cup Stakes (Group 2) 2m2f
3.35 Doncaster Betfred Mallard Handicap (Class 2) 1m61/2f
Not a great deal to go on here but CIRCE must have a favourites chance. This filly by Kodiac made a bright enough start finishing third on debut at Sandown and if improving looks the one to beat. She stayed on well once angled out but was never matching the first two. That is a maiden that could work out well enough in time and it is form that should be good enough to win a race like this.
Stifling is a full sister to Holloway Boy and obviously has plenty going for her on debut here for the Gosden’s. If she is strong in the betting then she would have to be feared. Marie Ellen shaped with promise when runner-up on debut and is another one to note if progressing from that initial run.
I have been waiting for WAR ROOMS to run again following that impressive debut win over C&D back in July. He came with a strong run in the closing stages and was in a different league to them at the finish. The form hasn’t worked out too badly since but he is sure to improve from that initial experience and is likely something out of the ordinary.
This is obviously a good race with a fair bit of potential on display though so one or two dangers. Warm Spell caught the eye on debut and then improved to win at Newbury so will run well. Local Hero also won readily on debut but not sure he beat a huge amount so will likely need more.
The ground should be much more suitable for FLORA OF BERMUDA here and she could take a bit of beating. She didn’t enjoy herself on a fast surface at York last time and is better judged on that convincing victory at Glorious Goodwood. She remains open to further improvement after just a handful of starts and seems decent value to take this.
Big Evs obviously sprung a 20/1 surprise to win the Windsor Castle at Royal Ascot and then showed a real gutsy attitude to follow up at Glorious Goodwood. Things didn’t work out at York but he certainly isn’t one to write off and could run well.
The likeable COLTRANE saw off Trueshan by a neck in this race last year and arrives here in terrific form having beaten Courage Mon Ami in the Lonsdale Cup at York last month. He has a 3lb penalty but is at the top of his game and should be hard to beat once more under Oisin Murphy.
Trueshan at least has softer ground to contend with now so could be the danger but Sweet William is also an interesting contender if a long season doesn’t catch up with him.
I have no doubt that BAGUE D’OR is the value in this. Both The Goat and Real Dream have questions to answer and he is arriving off the back of an excellent second at York last month. He is lightly raced for his age and if improving on that should definitely serve it up to them.
The Goat should enjoy the ground more than he did at York last time so could be the danger. Those at bigger prices look vulnerable and are likely up against it.
Dubawi filly Cherry has to be feared as she bumped into Sea Theme and then impressed at Goodwood. She goes handicapping back up in trip and will go well but I’m siding with QUEEN EMMA at a bigger price. She is improving with experience and is eyeing up a hat-trick now. Her form stacks up and a 6lb rise should be manageable.
Reina Del Mar has won 2 of her last 3 now and is clearly thriving so she is another one I expect to get involved as well in what looks a good race.
This is a fiercely competitive handicap and any of 4 or 5 could win. I have tentatively sided with PERSUASION with Ryan Moore up. He ran out a convincing winner at Thirsk at the start of the month and only missed a head at Haydock last time closing right up at the line having been briefly short of room when coming through. As long as this doesn’t come soon enough he is sure to run well.
Gweedore impressed winning at this track back in July and then followed up at Newmarket. He blew out at Thirsk last time behind the selection but is the type to bounce back so don’t write him off completely.
Another tricky race to close but KINGSWOOD FLYER must have a solid chance. This Sioux Nation colt struck on handicap debut at Newbury last month and off just a 4lb higher mark with further improvement to come should follow up. His form stacks up and I’m surprised he is as big as 9/2.
Succession went down just a length to Beyond Borders at Wolverhampton on handicap debut and if improving on that must have solid claims in this. Red Zone Hero was down the field behind Zoulu Chief at York but is better than what he showed there and is also likely to figure.