Hurricanes take centre stage on the final day of the Doncaster St Leger meeting, with the eponymous race set to go at 3.35.
The ten strong field is headed, rightly, by Hurricane Lane from the yard of Charlie Appleby, which is already twice a Group 1 winner and beaten only once in his stellar career when an unlucky third in the Derby.
As with most of these 3-y-os, stamina for the extra 2+ furlongs has to be taken on trust but esteemed trainer appears to have no doubts on that score and, although a shortie, we think he really should be a lot shorter so recommend a reasonable bash at 10-11.
The card opens with the simple matter of the 17 runner Portland Handicap at 1.45 for which another Hurricane, Ivor this time is favourite at 11-2.
Willie‘s 4-y-o ran a stormer to be third (of 22) at York last time out and can compete off the same mark today. Additionally, the softening ground is a plus so, although perhaps not the best drawn in Trap 5, our cluster starts with this one.
We also give good chances to Boundless Power (15-2) and Venturous (14-1) so add them to the list.
The Group 2 Champagne Stakes at 2.20 looks a match between Lusail and Reach For The Moon, with the market strongly favouring the latter, currently a 4-7 poke. This is a classic ‘no bet’ race so we move on to the Park Stakes at 3.00.
Shadwell Estates supply the first two in the betting for this and we are happy to go with Big Jim‘s choice Laneqash, however you pronounce it.
Coming back from almost a year off, Roger Varian‘s 3-y-o finished an excellent second to Sacred in a Newbury Group 2 four weeks ago and, with his best 2-y-o run coming over today’s very CD, we make this a confident bet at 7-4.
Cameras are also at Chester this afternoon for two races, starting with the Stand Cup Stakes at 2.00, won last year by Sir Michael‘s Alignak, which pitches up again in search of a repeat. The difference this time is that the 5-y-o hasn’t run since last year’s victory and that tips our scales firmly in favour of Alounak.
Andrew Balding‘s likeable 6-y-o has been plying its trade in the top handicaps, winning at Haddock before finishing third in the Ebor and should be well up to taking this Listed contest off a mark of 110. Have a win bet at 7-4.
That just leaves the Homeserve Handicap at 2.35 and, in the hope that the ‘dead eight’ stand their ground, we recommend an each way tickly on Hasanabad at a tasty 15-2.
That’s it – clear the decks for the Emma R show.
Hurricane Land 3.35 Doncaster 6pts win @ 10-11
Hurricane Ivor 1.45 Doncaster 1.5pts e/w @ 11-2 (6 places)
Boundless Power 1.45 Doncaster 1pt e/w @ 15-2 (6 places)
Venturous 1.45 Doncaster 0.5pts e/w @ 14-1 (6 places)
Laneqash 3.00 Doncaster 4pts win @ 7-4
Alounak 2.00 Chester 4pts win @ 7-4
Hasanabad 2.35 Chester 1pt e/w @ 8-1