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2019 St Leger Festival day two tips - Tips for the four ITV races at Doncaster this Thursday

Jonathan Vine 11 Sep 2019
A sea of talented two-year-olds will battle it out in the Weatherby's £300k Stakes.

Our expert takes a look through the betting for the four ITV races on day two at Doncaster and provides readers with his tips.

Doncaster's four-day St Leger meeting kicked off on Wednesday, but it isn't until day two when the ITV Racing cameras make an appearance. Four races come to us live on Thursday afternoon, as attendees take in the May Hill and Park Hill Stakes, along with the lucrative Weatherby’s Two-Year Old Stakes.

Our expert has taken a closer look at the four televised races on day two of Doncaster’s St Leger Festival and provided readers with his betting selections.

2019 St Leger Festival Day Two Tips

2:10pm British Stallion Studs EBF 'Carrie Red' Fillies' Nursery Handicap (Class 2) 6½f

Fancied horses have performed really well in this card-opening handicap of late. Two favourites have claimed victory in the last four years and in the last three, only one runner has managed to carry a double-figure price into the places. Taking that into account, plus the fact STYLISTIC brings by far the best form into the race, I don’t fancy taking on the market leader here.

Roger Varian’s filly was favourite to win on debut, but could only finish third as Boomer came through to claim victory. After a very narrow defeat on the all-weather at Kempton, Stylistic was defeated by Boomer again, this time in the Group Three Prestige Stakes, where David Egan’s mount stayed on gamely in the closing stages for fourth.

Stylistic was a 14/1 shot that day and finished less than two lengths behind Boomer, who will take part in the May Hill Stakes later in the afternoon. Second-placed Dark Lady has also boosted the form by winning a Group Three of her own at Salisbury last week, so there’s plenty of reason to suggest Stylistic is ahead of the handicapper, despite carrying top-weight into battle.

Of those sitting at longer prices, KEEP BUSY is worth a second-look. John Quinn’s youngster was well-beaten in a Listed race last time out, but a terrible start ruined her chances from the get-go and Keep Busy had won nicely on her handicap debut prior to that defeat at Ripon.

Main Bet – STYLISTIC (6/1 William Hill)
Next Best – KEEP BUSY e/w (16/1 Paddy Power)

2:40pm Dfs Park Hill Stakes (Group 2) 1m6½f

I was delighted to see Dame Malliot follow up her victory in the Aphrodite Stakes out in France, as she looked a real star in the making at Newmarket. Ed Vaughan’s filly just manages to get her nose ahead of Love So Deep to win the Prix de Pomone, but I’m not sure stepping up in trip is ideal for a horse who looked perfectly suited to a mile-and-a-half and the good-to-firm ground might not be to her cup of tea.

In contrast, ENBIHAAR has shown a real liking for fast ground during both her recent victories. John Gosden’s filly showed great grit and determination to see off Dramatic Queen from the front in the Lancashire Oaks, before producing a stunning performance to win the Lillie Langtry at Glorious Goodwood, scything through the field from the rear before striding to a five-length triumph.

Enbihaar seemed to barely break a sweat during that victorious display and she will be very hard to beat on Thursday. Yet, I think the best value bet in the race could be DELPHINIA, who ran nicely on her return to action at Cork and could take very kindly to this extended distance.

Aidan O’Brien’s filly first caught the eye in the Oaks at Epsom, where she stayed on from off the pace to eventually finish fifth. Delphinia was then off the track for the best past of two monthsbefore returning in the Give Thanks Stakes, where she flew home from the rear to almost snatch second behind Tarnawa.

The form of this year’s Oaks hasn’t worked out particularly well and this is a marked step-up in grade to her Cork comeback. Yet, I get the feeling there is still plenty more to come from this daughter of Galileo and Ryan Moore has chosen to ride her over South Sea Pearl, despite the latter carrying a much shorter price. As long as three paid places remain available, Delphinia could be the best bet at 14/1.

Main Bet – DELPHINIA e/w (14/1 Paddy Power)
Next Best – ENBIHAAR (5/4 William Hill)

3:15pm Weatherbys Racing Bank £300,000 2-Y-O Stakes (Class 2) 6½f

This intriguing contest is known for producing big-priced winners. In the last five years, only one winner has carried a single-figure price, with the first three horses past the post in last year’s renewal shouldering odds of 33/1, 25/1 and 33/1 respectively.

While some may prefer to place their faith in the highly-rated, classier horses near the top of the betting, my search for value takes me into the lower depths of the market and there a couple of names who stand out.

WAR STORM has won three of his four starts since a solid performance behind Pinatubo on debut at Wolverhampton. All three of his victories have come over six furlongs, with the most recent of those coming at Yarmouth three weeks ago, where Hollie Doyle’s mount encountered plenty of problems in running and still managed to secure a narrow victory.

There are decent horses drawn on War Storm’s side of the track, with Glasvegas and Repartee coming out of the two stalls immediately on his inside. Archie Watson’s gelding could be a lively outsider to follow.

As could NATIONAL LEAGUE, who was last seen finishing a long way adrift of Mum’s Tipple at York’s Ebor Festival. The impressive winner blew that race apart with a blistering burst of speed two furlongs from home, leaving National League to cross the line in a heap with the rest of the also-rans.

Richard Fahey’s youngster had been progressing nicely up-until then, reeling in the talented Coase to win a decent novice contest at Chester on his previous start. Fahey has won this race twice in the last five years and Paul Hanagan will be hoping there’s some pace he can latch onto on the opposite side of the track to War Storm.

Bet 1 – WAR STORM e/w (22/1 Ladbrokes)
Bet 2 – NATIONAL LEAGUE e/w (28/1 Coral)

3:45pm Doncaster William Hill May Hill Stakes (Group 2) 1m

Cloak Of Spirits jumps right up to Group Two class, following an excellent debut victory at Ascot last month. This doesn’t seem the strongest renewal of the May Hill Stakes and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the favourite follow-up, but I’d still prefer to back a runner with experience running against group-class opponents.

West End Girl won a Sweet Solera Stakes where most of the big guns vastly under-performed and many of the winners from this year’s July Meeting have struggled on their following outings. Passion looks a strong stayer in the making and could be a player, but she still seemed like a work-in-progress when winning at Cork and could be one to follow in 2020.

BOOMER is the runner I think has been overlooked in the betting for this year’s May Hill. Tom Dascombe and Richard Kingscote come into the St Leger meeting on the back of a record-breaking week at Haydock and there’s no doubting this talented young filly is open to further improvement as she steps up to a mile.

After suffering defeat in a hugely competitive maiden on debut, Boomer has won both of her subsequent starts. First, defeating a Godolphin filly by three lengths at Newbury, before securing an impressive victory over Dark Lady in the Prestige Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.

Kingscote was always confident his mount would hold on to win at Goodwood, using just hands-and-heels in encouraging Boomer to hold a subsequent pattern-race winner at arm’s length. During both her wins, Boomer has done her best work during the latter stages and good-to-firm ground could make her transition up to a mile even more comfortable.

Main Bet – BOOMER (5/1 William Hill)
Next Best – PASSION (5/1 Coral)

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