Dave Dee, Dozy etc, etc provide the slightly iffy headline for Day 1 of the Doncaster St Leger meeting, the ‘highlight’ of which has traditionally seen Corinthians like Luke Harvey et al get back in the saddle for the Mondialiste Leger Legends Classified Stakes at 2.40.
Presumably owing to Covid19, there are no ‘Legends’ on show this afternoon, just professional jockeys, 21 of them to be exact.
Our selection for the race is the horse which finished third in the race last year, namely Flying Dragon. Just failing to get up at Salisbury 6 days ago, off a mark of 70, Richard Hannon‘s 4-y-o is a model of consistency and should give Pat Dobbs a great spin. Have an each way bet at 15-2.
Telly coverage starts with the bet365 Nursery Handicap at 1.40 for which 9 go to post. We like the chances of two at a price in this race and recommend each way bets on A Boy Named Ivy at 9-1 and Power Station at 12-1.
The bet365 Scarborough Stakes at 2.10, a Listed contest over 5f has joint favourites in Moss Gill and Dakota Gold at 3-1. On paper it could well be between the two and we marginally prefer the chances of the improving Moss Gill, after it’s excellent 3rd in a Group 1 last time out.
At 3.15 the bet365 Sceptre Fillies’ Stakes takes place, with a field of 15.
We’ll put up two against the field in this wide open affair, the two being Althiqa from the Charlie Appleby yard and Invitational, trained by Roger Varian. The former fully deserves to pouch a Group 3 on all her runs this season, whilst the latter had the field at full stretch over a mile at Royal Ascot and will appreciate the return to 7f. 9-2 and 10-1 are the odds of reward.
The bet365 Handicap at 3.45 closes the televised coverage and, with 4 places on offer, we ‘dutch’ this one as well. Our picks in this are Starcat at 9-2 and Straits Of Hormuz at 6-1.
Cameras are also at Kempton for two races, with the 1.55 looking a match between Omnivega and Win O’Clock. With ‘sod’s law’ very much in mind, we give this race a miss and move on to the Unibet Handicap at 2.25.
Impatient is a worthy favourite for this at a backable 100-30 and Dark Spectre is a nailed on each way shout at 7-1, so we suggest a punt on both.
‘What about the forecast?’ we hear you cry. We couldn’t possibly comment.
Back tomorrow with more whimsy.
Flying Dragon 2.40 Doncaster 1pt e/w @ 15-2 (4 places)
A Boy Named Ivy 1.40 Doncaster 1pt e/w @ 9-1
Power Station 1.40 Doncaster 1pt e/w @ 12-1
Moss Gill 2.10 Doncaster 2pts win @ 3-1
Althiqa 3.15 Doncaster 1.5pts e/w @ 9-2 (4 places)
Invitational 3.15 Doncaster 1pt e/w @ 10-1 (4 places)
Starcat 3.45 Doncaster 1.5pts e/w @ 9-2 (4 places)
Straits Of Hormuz 3.45 Doncaster 1pt e/w @ 6-1
Impatient 2.25 Kempton 2pts win @ 100-30
Dark Spectre 2.25 Kempton 1pt e/w @ 7-1
* The Legend of Xanadu – Dave Dee, Dozy, Mick & Titch (No. 1 Feb 1968)