The day dawns at Doncaster for the 2018 running of the William Hill St Leger Stakes, first run in 1776, when the US of A was just about still a colony.
12 thoroughbred 3-y-os are scheduled to turn up and favourite in all books is the John Gosden trained filly Lah Ti Dar at 7-4.
This young lady was made a pretty short price favourite for the Oaks, after wide margin wins on her first two starts but was prevented from running by a blood disorder. Not seen since May, she reappeared late in August in a Listed contest at York, which she won by an ever increasing 10 lengths under a motionless Mad Italian. Our Frankie immediately nominated today’s race as the next target and here she is.
Winning a sub-standard Listed race over 12 furlongs is not quite the same as winning a Group 1 over 14, but there is no doubting the confidence oozing from the yard, who, to say the least, know the time of day, so we recommend a confident win bet.
A certain A O’Brien supplies 45% of the opposition, with Ryan Moore‘s chosen mount Kew Gardens second in the betting at 11-4, but if there is one Ballydoyle inmate likely to give the Fav a run, we think it might be Southern France.
Just five races for this son of, you guessed it, Gallileo, he has improved every time and is not far behind the stable selected, so we think an each way bet at 14-1 is in order.
The card starts with the William Hill Portland Handicap at 1.50, with 21 beasties charging down 5+ furlongs and we sincerely hope you enjoy watching it. A selection?? Not on your life.
At 2.25 the Alan Wood Plumbing And Heating Park Stakes takes place over 7f, with a field of nine. We don’t know much about Alan Wood and his plumbing firm, but if he’s sponsoring a Group 2 horse race we hate to think what his call out charge is.
This looks a rather mediocre contest for the level and, with the favourite, Mustashry, running over completely the wrong trip, we recommend an each way bet on the ultra-consistent Oh This Is Us at 5-1.
The other Group race on the card is at 3.00, namely the Howcroft Industrial Supplies Champagne Stakes, for which Too Darn Hot is the 1-2 fav.
Having queried the merits of this horse after it’s maiden win only to see it destroy a Group 3 field at Sandown, we are not about to make the same mistake – no bet.
The cameras are also at Chester today for two races, starting with the 2.05, in which we recommend an each way bet on Project Blue Book at 11-2.
The 2.40 is a Listed race and it’s high time that Blakeney Point won one, so back it to win at 3-1.
C’est tout, mes amis.
Lah Ti Dar 3.35 Doncaster win @ 7-4
Southern France 3.35 Doncaster e/w @ 14-1
Oh This Is Us 2.25 Doncaster e/w @ 5-1
Project Blue Book 2.05 Chester e/w @ 11-2
Blakeney Point 2.40 Chester win @ 3-1