ITV cameras go to Doncaster today for the second day of the St Leger meeting, with the first four races offered for our enjoyment.
Two Group 2 races feature in the coverage, starting with the Dfs Park Hill Stakes at 2.40, with the 8 runner field headed by Enbihaar at 5-4.
This 4-y-o has been a bit of a revelation this season, winning 3 from 4, the latest two being of similar class as today. This has resulted in a 3lb penalty which always makes things difficult and, at the prices and in the hope that the ‘dead eight’ all turn up, we recommend an each way bet on Delphinia at a more than palatable 8-1.
Not seen since an honourable 5thin The Oaks until the middle of August, Aiden O’Brien‘s young lady stayed on nicely into third over 12 furlongs in a Cork Group 3 and has always run as if a step up to today’s trip is what she needs. Getting a hefty 13lbs from the fav, she will do for us.
The other Group race is the William Hill May Hill Stakes at 3.45 which sees the return to action of Richard Hannon‘s potential star Cloak Of Spirits, who made such a taking debut when winning an Ascot maiden by 3+ lengths back in July.
At 2-1 it may seem folly to take this girl on, but folly is our middle name and we suggest an each way bet on Run Wild at 8-1.
Hooded on her first two runs, the headgear was discarded last time out and Run Wild did exactly that, winning a Kempton maiden by a facile 6 lengths, beating some potentially talented opponents in the process. With a veritable plethora of inmates from which to choose, it’s surely significant that ‘Sir’ Gosden relies on this daughter of Amaron to do the biz.
The meeting begins with the (deep breath) British Stallion Studs EBF ‘Carrie Red’ Fillies’ Nursery Handicap at 2.10 and the betting suggests that this is a wide open affair at 4-1 the field.
However there is evidence that the top weight, Stylistique may have got in lightly, even off a mark of 94. Still holding a Group 2 Rockfel Stakes entry, Roger Varian‘s charge has appeared to run to a mark well into 3 figures on each of her three runs, so, on the basis that ‘class will out’, we recommend an each way bet at 6-1.
The Wetherbys Racing Bank Stakes at 3.15 looks like a nightmare and probably is, with 20 2-y-os having a hurtle down the straight track, but, because the weights carried in this race are determined by purchase price, a good cheap ‘un has a big advantage. On that basis, step forward Glasvegas trained by John Quinn.
Having won his maiden, Glasvegas pitched up for the Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot and only went down by less than a length, finishing like the 4.15 from Paddington.
Unsurprisingly, Mr Quinn has eyed up this £300.000 race and, off bottom weight, his prescience can be rewarded. Take the 5-1 each way.
C’est tout – now to see how Jason Roy‘s replacement gets on.
Delphinia 2.40 Doncaster 1pt e/w @ 8-1
Run Wild 3.45 Doncaster 1pt e/w @ 8-1
Stylistique 2.10 Doncaster 1.5pts e/w @ 6-1 (4 places)
Glasvegas 3.15 Doncaster 2pts e/w @ 5-1 (5 places)