Good morning all,
Well the Doncaster pilot didn’t last long did it? As racing returns to behind closed doors action today.
I doubt there was a more covid-19 secure environment in the whole of the UK yesterday. Probably more secure than spending time in your local supermarket.
Those that attended seemed to have been impressed with what the racecourse achieved. You have to feel sorry for the owners of the track who spent a huge amount of money on the pilot. Only to see it all flushed down the pan by a posturing local council. An incredibly short-sighted decision that doesn’t have much of a basis in science or health.
A case of one step forward three steps back for the sport. I’m beginning to think we won’t see a big crowd at a race meeting until the spring of next year, at the earliest.
Doncaster St Leger Festival – Day 2
It was good to get the meeting off to a profitable start with Strait Of Hormuz coming from off a strong pace to land the 1m 2f handicap.
1:40 – British Stallion Studs EBF “Carrie Red” Fillies' Nursery Handicap (Class 2) – 6 ½
Plenty of possible improvers in this nursery handicap. Eve Johnson-Houghton saddled the winner of this race last year and her representative this year is Tattoo. A winner at Wolverhampton on her last start she should be suited by the extra half furlong and looks on a competitive mark for her nursery debut.
Nazuna looked good when winning here over 7f last month. The drop back to 6 ½ f shouldn’t inconvenience as she travelled powerfully through the race. Open to plenty more progress and is the one to beat.
2:20 – May Hill Stakes (Group 2) (Fillies) – 1m
Zabeel Queen a winner on her racecourse debut at Ascot 47-days ago. Open to any amount of improvement. She will be suited by the step up to a mile and is expected to go close.
Indigo Girl also won her racecourse debut at Yarmouth 11-days ago. A half-sister to 1m 4f, Group 1 winner Journey she’s bred to better as a 3-year-old. It was soft ground at Yarmouth but today’s better ground should be fine. Lacks a bit of experience but is an exciting prospect going forward.
3:15 – bet365 Park Hill Fillies' Stakes (Group 2) – 1m 6 ½ f
The defection of likely favourite Alpinista means just the seven fillies are set to go the start. It’s an opportunity for Believe In Love to make her mark in Group company. A winner of her last three starts in handicap company she’s a rapidly improving filly who could easily make the step up into pattern company a winning one.
For those looking for an alternative to the favourite Vivionn could be the answer. The Sir Michael Stoute trained 4-year-old finished runner-up in York’s Galtres Stakes last month. This is her first start beyond 1m 4f. However, more of a stamina test should suit and her full sister did win a Group 3 in Meydan over 1m 6f. Which gives hope today’s extra distance could bring out a bit more improvement.
3:45 – Price Promise At bet365 Handicap (Class 2) – 7f
Plenty in with a chance in a competitive looking 3-year-old handicap.
Jumaira Bridge is the bookies early bird favourite. The 3-year hails from a yard that has won this race twice in the past three years. Last time out the colt won a soft ground Chepstow maiden. The first time cheekpieces are on for a return to handicap company and he could be capable of better.
Eastern World a winner over a mile at Newmarket back in June. Looked the most likely winner when coming to challenge a furlong out at York last time but faded into 5th in the final 100yds. A drop back to 7f could suit with the addition of the first time cheekpieces.
Persuasion a winner on his juvenile racecourse debut last season and runner-up, albeit well beaten, to Wichita in Group 3 last September. Predictably outclassed (250/1) when down the field in the 2000 Guineas on reappearance. First run for the colt since that race and the booking of Frankie Dettori suggests a better run is expected on his handicap debut.
Broughton’s Gold has been in good form this season having won three of his four starts and bids for the hat trick today. Ground versatile, he’s been nudged up 4lb for his last win but doesn’t win his races by much so he could still be ahead of the handicapper. Looks a solid each way contender.
3:45 – Broughton’s Gold – 7/1 @ Coral & Ladbrokes (paying 4 places 1/5 odds)
Good luck with your bets
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