Doncaster St Leger Meeting Day 3 Preview

By Samantha

14:10- Japan Racing Association Sceptre Stakes

Roger Varian has two fillies in this race – FARZEEN and Mot Juste . The former was beaten a long way on debut but hacked up on her two starts since. Jack Mitchell and Roger Varian won this in 2015 so she is in good hands. Mot Juste was thirteenth in the 1000 Guineas after not being beaten far in the Nell Gwyn, beating Angel’s Hideaway. She’s been well beaten since. Her owner also has Kingman filly Posted. She’s won her last two smartly and is related to a group two winner and multiple other winners. Angel’s Hideaway is a classy mare but needs to step up on recent efforts. Top weight Pretty Baby won a group three in May but has 0s in her form since. Foxtrot Lady is half sister to last year’s winner and Di Fede is a Listed winner.

14:40- William Hill Mallard Handicap

Charles Kingsley won at Newmarket in late July and is 2lbs higher then then. Genetics was last seen winning at last year’s Shergar Cup and is 12lbs higher. This is his first try at this trip, which none of the runners have won at before, Bartholomeu Dias’ last three races have came over this trip or further and his best run of those was a close fourth in the Northumberland Plate. He definitely stays. Theglasgowwarrior went close over two miles at the Shergar Cup so stays this trip and is just 1lbs higher than his last winning mark. However, SAROOG looks the stand out. He’s won four of his last six including over a fraction shorter than this trip. Unexposed, William Buick Rides. Sleeping Lion hasn’t won for over a year.

15:10 Magners Rose Doncaster Cup

I’ve heard a bit of talk of people opposing STRADIVARIUS with Dee Ex Bee but I don’t see the point. Stradivarius has been unbeaten since May 2018 over a variety of trips. He’s won the £1Million bonus twice. Dee Ex Bee has been second to Stradivarius three times this year and I don’t think he’ll reverse that form. Admittedly, Stradivarius has to give 5lbs to the rest of the field and was third on his only start here before but I’m not going to appose him. William Mullins had the winner last year and Max Dynamite was second. The latter goes again and won at Killarney in July. Another Irish horse is Sneaky Getaway. He’s a four times winner of eight runs in total under both codes and stays further. Barsanti hasn’t won since last May but came fifth in the Ebor last time. Cleonte won the Queen Alexandra Stakes, beating Max Dynamite, but is out of his depth.

15:45 Wainwright Flying Childers

This is a good little event that has been won in the past by some decent horses. A’ali won at Royal Ascot in the Norfolk, with Emten behind, and then went to Deauville where he won a group two. Last time, he took his chance in a vintage renewal of the Prix Morny and the ground could be the reason for his below-par run. Emten is a rare runner in this kind of race for the Melbourne 10 and she actually ran a blinder at Royal Ascot. Since then, she’s not shown much and will need to put in a career best to figure. Next to mention is ALLIGATOR ALLEY. Good luck to the commentator with getting his words in the right order if this horse and A’ali fight it out. The Joseph O’Brien runner took three tries to win but did so by five lengths to a subsequent winner at Navan. From then on, he was second to Liberty Beach at Goodwood; then won a tight little Listed race at York in August, with Dream Shot in 8th. He’s bred to stay a mile but has the required speed for this. Dream Shot progressed through the levels, placing each time, after a neck success on debut. He was seventh in the Richmond Stakes and then won a novice at Chelmsford. He has a lot to find with Alligator Alley on last time’s run.

Golden Dragons form, of his victory last time, had a good boost with the second horse winning the big sales race on day two. This is a big step up in class. There’s a fire theme with the names of Wheels On Fire and Flaming Princess. The former has had two runs in this country but all other runs were abroad. He’s running for Andy Fogarty for the first time today but is extremely speedy. Flaming Princess tasted success in a listed race at Deauville lately and Seize The Time was last seen when ninth in a listed but has Ryan Moore on board.

16:20- Wichita
16:55- Maori Knight
17:30- Citron Major
18:00- Sandret

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