OK, so it’s a rubbish headline, but sometimes inspiration deserts us and that’s the case for the final day of the Doncaster St Leger Festival, with the famous race taking place at 3.35.
According to the market, only four horses have a chance of winning, with favouritism being disputed by Santiago and Hukum at 10-30, with Pyledriver and Galileo Chrome close behind at 4-1.
Joseph O’Brien did us a favour on Thursday with Pista storming home at 6-1 and we stick with his runner this afternoon.
Similar in profile, Galileo Chrome has won all his three starts as a 3-y-o, with the best performance undoubtedly last time out when stepped up in trip. Further they went, the better he looked and, although that was just a Listed race, the world could be this colt’s Rolex.
The shape of the betting suggests an each way bash, so that’s what we recommend.
Televised coverage starts with the bet365 Champagne Stakes at 1.50, with joint favourites at 6-4, namely Albasheer and Chindit.
Looks like one of these two will win it, but we don’t know which, so it’s a ‘no bet’ race.
At 2.25 the bet365 Portland Handicap is a simple 21 runner sprint, which, as per, has the distinct look of a ‘who’s turn is it today’ race.
The interlocking form lines are so complicated that we will just hope it’s the turn of either Arecibo at 7-1 or Danzeno at 9-1 – how’s that for in-depth technical analysis?
The bet365 Park Stakes at 3.00 is no gimme, either, but we are going to give another chance to One Master to strut her stuff, after not much went right at York last time. 7-2 looks a fair price for a win bet.
Cameras are also at Chester for a couple of races, starting with the Stand Cup Stakes at 2.05. This Listed race is a drop in class for both Alignak and Morando and we marginally prefer the chances of the latter. We could be wrong, but feel that SDS has not got the best out of Andrew Balding‘s charge the last twice, so let’s see what Rob Hornby can do.
The Racing Together Handicap at 2.40 completes the coverage and, of the six runners, we like the chances of Victory Chime, to be ridden by the rejuvenated Paul Hanagan.
Winner of 6 of 15 turf starts, this 5-y-o ran better than its finishing 4th at Sandown last time out and, with the visor back on, is the value bet at 5-1.
Here endeth the Preview.
Galileo Chrome 3.35 Doncaster 3pts e/w @ 4-1
Arecibo 2.25 Doncaster 1pt e/w @ 7-1 (6 places SkyBet/Hills/Paddy)
Danzeno 2.25 Doncaster 1pt e/w @ 9-1 (6 places SkyBet/Hills/Paddy)
One Master 3.00 Doncaster 1.5pts win @ 7-2
Morando 2.05 Chester 2pts win @ 2-1
Victory Chime 2.40 Chester 1.5pts e/w @ 5-1 (2 places)