Day Two of the Doncaster St Leger meeting focuses on the girls. The opening race is a fillies nursery, followed by the Park Hill Stakes as well as the final race in the Silk Series competition, in which Megan Nicholls is guaranteed the victory. However, my focus in this preview is on the ultra-competitive May Hill Stakes.
This race was won in 2017 by multiple group one winner Laurens and the connections of the nine fillies set to run in this renewal will be hoping they can be as successful as her. Richard Hannon is very good with his two year olds, which could explain why Cloak Of Spirits. This Invincible Spirit filly didn’t have the best start on debut over seven furlongs at Ascot but quickened clear in good style, showing that she’d stay this trip. The third has since won. She has entries in the Rockfel and Fillies Mile.
She’s one of three once-raced fillies. The other two are Powerful Breeze and Anna Of Sussex. The former won on debut at 20/1 and did it really smartly. She could be anything. Anna Of Sussex was only bought for 11,000gns and she won on debut but that form hasn’t worked out too well.
Oisin Murphy has been absolutely flying of late and rides the sole John Gosden representative Run Wild. Third on debut over six, she was running on but couldn’t quite catch the second, who has subsequently won by five lengths. She wasn’t beaten far next time when fourth and finally won at the end of August by six lengths, despite being keen. She’s a half sister to Rock My Soul, a three times listed winner and the dam of Young Rascal, and Rock My Love, a German Listed winner. She’ll win some blacktype.
West End Girl is highest rated of the runners at 101. She won nicely on debut and then was stepped up into Listed company, finishing behind smart stablemate Wall On Marrakesh. Last time, she won the Sweet Solera really well, beating one of today’s rivals Ananya. Her owner has the Solario winner Positive and could have a nice filly in the making here. She’s one of the first winning progeny of Golden Horn. Ananya has done all of her running at Newmarket and this course is a different task. When she won on her middle start of three, she did so by four and a half lengths. She fell out of the stalls last time and has an each way chance if she gets off on terms.
Boomer is proven at group three level already as she won the Prestige Stakes last time. She was keen that day but won by a comfortable neck to back up her three and a half length success at Newbury in July. She’s a really nice filly for the Dascombe/Kingscote combination, who are in great form.
Passion is bred for Doncaster. Her full brother Capri won the 2017 St Leger here and she’s looking to follow in his footsteps. She didn’t have much room during the final few furlongs on debut but won really well next time at Cork, when she realised what the job was. She broke well T at day and will probably go towards the pace as it worked last time. It would be interesting to know how well-regarded she is.
Sea The Stars filly Alpen Rose was second on debut, when second string for her yard and dwelt at the start but stayed on towards the end. Everything fell into place when she nearly made the majority of the running over course and distance. She’s a exciting filly and will need to progress on but her jockey has been in fabulous form.
My selection is WEST END GIRL. I liked the way she won last time and the form of Walk In Marrakesh is really good. My second choice is Boomer who will without a doubt come on for the run last time. Cloak Of Spirit may not be up to these other more experienced fillies just yet.
Rest Of The Card
R2- Enbihaar (Nap)
R5- Drummond Warrior
R6- Good Birthday