Good morning all,
There will be some short posts this week as we're in the process of moving house, and as you can probably guess, it's all a bit full on at the moment.
That's not going to stop me going to Leicester a bit later though, where I'm hoping to take in at least four races, and I'll give you some feedback on the maidens and novices tomorrow. There look to be some nice types.
Just a quick look at the week ahead today, if I get chance I'll go into Doncaster in a bit more depth each day.
Tomorrow sees the Listed Scarborough Stakes which, on the face of it, looks a good chance for El Astronaute to get back on the winning trail. He's been pretty highly tried for much of the year but this is his level and it's a very winnable race. Tis Marvellous still has question marks against him when he's not at Ascot and Equilateral hasn't been at his best lately.
That's followed by the Legends race. I have to say, I do think this race should come with a massive wealth warning, the number of dodgy rides there's been over the years, but this year, if ever a jockey was made for the late-charging Hammer Gun, it's surely Noel Fehily? See what price he is later.
Thursday sees the Park Hill, for which I have no idea at present, foloowed by the big sales race. The good news for us is that normally throws up something at a price, so I'll be having a good go at that, with plenty of the firms going extra places as well.
Friday sees an eight-race card with the last at 6pm, which I can't remember happening before. The Doncaster Cup will be one of the highlights, with Stradivarious set to take on Dee Ex Bee again, but will they both turn up? Will either, on what is set to be very quick ground by then? Both have other end-of-season targets and it remains to be seen if they'll take this in along the way.
The bookmakers make the Flying Childers a match but that does Wheels On Fire an injustice, as he's not that far behind the front pair and I thought he ran a cracker in the Molecomb behind Liberty Beach, possibly hitting the front a bit too soon. The ground would be a concern if it's very quick, but if he takes his chance then I think he'd be interesting.
The Leger on Saturday is shaping up to be an interesting race. Sir Dragonet has long been my fancy for this – from the moment he passed the post in the Chester Vase, if I'm honest – and I'm not worried he was beaten at short odds last time out. I'd be more worried about quick ground again, and I'm hoping there's some as-yet unseen showers later in the week.
On to today and I've done the Kelso card for the Sporting Life today. There look to be a lot of solid favourites on the card but I see there's a bit of money around for Stop Talking (5.35) this morning and that's a good thing, as I think she's got a decent chance. Forget Cartmel last time, the ground went against her, and concentrate on her earlier effort behind Slaine at Uttoxeter instead. That gives her a real chance here and at a double figure price, she's worth a small win bet.
Good luck with all your bets today,