It’s Doncaster Cup day on day three of the Cazoo St Leger Festival, apparently the Doncaster Cup is the oldest race currently run under the rules of horse racing. I think it is a tricky day for Punters with a couple of short ones and some puzzler handicaps on the card. Fair to say there were a couple of strange results on Thursday, especially the May Hill Stakes!
I am going up nice and early for Friday as I am on the annual shindig down at the Oval for the Test Match with a few of the lads on the day. I will be doing the usual juggling act of trying to catch a race or two in-between overs and a pint or six. I fancy two on Friday.
Best bets for the Cazoo St Leger Festival at Doncaster Day Three
The Listed 7f Flying Scotsman Stakes sees impressive Sandown winner Nostrum on the track for his second start. He certainly caught the eye back in July and it’s no surprise he is odds-on here. If he is a one run wonder (unlikely) then Desert Order looks the one to take advantage having confirmed the promise of his first 2 efforts when winning at York last time. It’s a race to watch for me rather than punt in.
The Group Two 5f Flying Childers Stakes at 2.35 looks to be all about The Platinum Queen. I tipped her at Goodwood when she broke the track record whilst winning and backed her again for the G.1 Nunthorpe Stakes last time when inexperience was her undoing late on but it was still a cracking effort to come second. Two slight concerns are she has been busy and the ground here is softer than she has run on before though they shouldn’t get any more rain Friday. Oisin Orr is back in the saddle today and I have had to back her at the ear’ole 6-4 and expect her to be out and gone all being well. Trillium looks the danger and was being nibbled at in the market on Thursday afternoon.
With a number of the big names missing from the field the 2m2f Group Two Doncaster Cup at 3.10 looks at the mercy of Trueshan, especially as we have the word soft in the going. He’s long odds-on and unbackable though.
Best bet for the horse racing at Sandown Park
I tipped Appointed One at Wolverhampton on the 31st August but he was a late non-runner, he will be back in action, hopefully, in the 1.45 the 5f British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes. He was a promising second on debut at Chelmsford City over six back in July and as I mentioned previously is the first foal out of Endless Charm, a 6f A/W winner in her day and by Exceed and Excel that top-class sprinter and champion sire in Australia so he should pocess some speed. He was also entered in a 6f maiden at Chelmsford on Saturday so the fact he comes for this suggests connections like his chances as this is on paper the tougher assignment. Adam Kirby is booked to ride and he breaks from stall 3, both of which are seen as positives. Get on at 9-4.Be lucky