Friday is Day three at Doncaster for the St Leger Festival, so far so just above average for Triple G with two winners from five bets over the first two days meaning I am +1.31 to level stakes.
Friday gets underway at 2.10 with the Group Three Japan Racing Association Sceptre Stakes. I think this is a punting minefield. I Tipped Angels Hideaway last time when she never got involved at all in the G.3 Supreme Stakes at Goodwood. She is top-rated and gets the various weight-for-age and sex allowances but it is nearly 14 months since she last won and that run at Goodwood was horrendous! I will be leaving the race alone so watch Angels Hideaway trot-up now.
The Group Two Doncaster Cup Stakes at 3.10 has Stradivarius as odds-on jolly at around 2-5 and yet again basically unbackable. As I have said before he never wins by that far but he simply keeps winning and is fully expected to make it ten victories in a row and fourteen in total in this. Dee Ex Bee must be sick of the sight of the Champs backside and the Johnston colt will likely follow him home again.
I tipped A’Ali for the G.1 Prix Morny where he was a slightly disappointing fifth. The 5f Group Two Flying Childers Stakes at 3.45 looks a good opportunity for him to get back to winning ways. The colt won the 5f G.2 Norfolk Stakes and 5½f G.2 Prix Robert Papin prior to losing out in the Morny and should prove to fast for this line-up. 6-4 was about earlier in the week and I took it. Alligator Alley won a Listed heat last time and may prove a danger if improving again but he needs to by several pounds on what he has achieved thus far.
The 7f Listed Flying Scotsman Stakes at 4.20 sees Visinari drop down a grade or two; he couldn’t live with Pinatubo in the G.2 Vintage Stakes fading into fourth having led. The form of that race has a really solid look. Positive (2nd) and Lope Y Fernandez (3rd) have won Group Three’s since and Platinum Star (5th) won a Listed race next time, not to mention the winner is of course odds-on for the G.1 National Stakes this weekend in Ireland and 2,000 Guineas favourite! With respect to Molatham and Wichita I am pretty sure there is nothing of the class he faced on the Sussex Downs lining-up here and the grey should lead this lot a merry dance; I have 5-2.