Channel 4 racing has action from Doncaster this weekend as the third and final Classic race of the season takes place. Here we take a look at the St Leger and some of the other live races and provide some best betting tips for the day.
2.05 Doncaster – Champagne Stakes (Group 2) 7f
Selection: OUTSTRIP @ 9/4 with Coral
Looked a smart prospect when making a winning debut and did nothing to dent his reputation last time out when going down narrowly to the promising Toormore at Goodwood. A repeat of that effort gives him strong claims here and having being supplemented for this race he ought to go close. Anjaal could be the main danger after his recent Group win whilst The Grey Gatsby is held in high regard and is progressive.
2.40 Doncaster – Portland Handicap (Class 2) 5f140y
E/W Selection: STEPS @ 10/1 with Betfred
The selection has looked unlucky on several occasions this season and although his hold up running style makes trouble in running quite likely, a race like this could drop his way soon. This trip should suit him well and the soft conditions will prove no hindrance either. He could have a handy draw in stall 11 with Addictive Dream and Bogart, drawn in stalls 9 and 7, likely to go out fast and give him a good pace to aim at. Career high mark to contend with but remains in form and could go close again with a clear run.
3.15 Doncaster – Park Stakes (Group 2) 7f
Selection: GREGORIAN @ 7/2 with Betfred
Been running well all season and got his just rewards last time out when winning the Group 2 Hungerford Stakes. Finished just behind Aljamaaheer in the Queen Anne Stakes earlier in the season but he is likely to be better suited by conditions than that rival here. Stays further than this and copes with soft ground so he ought to be finishing strongly. Viztoria will also appreciate the ground and is progressive but may not be street-wise enough to hold off Gregorian on just her sixth career start.
3.50 Doncaster – Ladbrokes St Leger Stakes (Group 1) 1m6f132y
E/W Selection: LIBERTARIAN @ 7/1 with Ladbrokes
John Gosden has a great record in this race and his Excess Knowledge currently heads the betting for the race. He has won the race four times and three of the last six renewals and will be hoping to add to that record with this son of Monsun. Runner-up to subsequent Irish 1000 Guineas winner Just The Judge as a 2 year-old, he has always shaped as if a test of stamina will suit him and although he has not won since his debut, this has likely been his main aim for some time. Had no luck in running in the Gordon Stakes at Doncaster last time out but with this course and distance set to suit it is easy to see why this unexposed type heads the market.
The Ballydoyle challenge will be strong as always with Queen’s Vase winner Leading Light and the completely unexposed Foundry likely players. Foundry finished second to Telescope in the Great Voltigeur on just his second career start and despite his inexperience has to be feared on the back of that effort. Leading Light was a good winner at Ascot and showed a willing attitude to get his head in front. Will stay this trip well and is likely to give his running again.
Little separated Galileo Rock and LIBERTARIAN in the Derby at Epsom earlier in the season but Galileo Rock ran a much better race in the Irish equivalent to finish 2nd, with Libertarian ran no sort of race. The form of the Derby can be questioned but the Irish form looks solid, with Trading Leather running well in Group 1 company since and the 4th Cap O’Rushes a subsequent Group 3 winner. They should both be suited by this step up in trip and at the current prices it is worth chancing Libertarian. He needs to bounce back from a poor run in the Irish Derby but his win in the Dante and his run at Epsom give him a solid form chance. The Irish Derby was run at a frantic pace and that run can be written off; been given plenty of time since and offers some each-way value in the race.
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