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2018 St Leger Festival day three tips – Each-way treble at Doncaster could return £1360 from £10 bet

Jonathan Vine 13 Sep 2018
Tom Marquand riding Anna Nerium win The bet365 European Free Handicap Stakes at Newmarket.

Our expert takes a look through Friday’s televised races at Doncaster and rolls three of his each-way tips into this treble with BetVictor.

The third day of Doncaster St Leger meeting is headlined by the Doncaster Cup, an 18 furlong Group Two which boasts an enviable roll of honour. Along with the headline contest, there are a couple of good quality pattern races and a handful of handicaps to keep punters entertained.

Our expert has taken a look through Friday’s televised races at Doncaster and combined three of his each-way tips to make up this treble with BetVictor.

Friday’s Each-Way Treble



If you placed £5 each-way (£10 overall) on this treble with BetVictor and all three were to place, then you’d collect a tidy return of at least £45. If all three were to claim victory in their respective races, then you’d be looking at a huge profit of £1365.50!

1:50pm Doncaster Japan Racing Association Sceptre Stakes (Group 3) 7f


Laugh Aloud is a horse I have plenty of time for and it was great to see John Gosden’s girl return to action in the Atalanta Stakes. While she has plenty of ability, Laugh Aloud looked extremely rusty when finishing fourth in that Group Three and I’m not sure whether dropping her down in trip is the way to go.

ANNA NERIUM, on the other hand, relished her return to seven furlongs at Goodwood last time out and I fancy Richard Hannon’s filly to run another big race.

A runaway winner of the European Free Handicap on her reappearance at Newmarket, Anna Nerium then made two appearance in Group One company, finishing in the middle of the pack in the 1000 Guineas and eighth of 12 in the Coronation Stakes at Ascot. Inbetween those top-level outings, Tom Marquand guided his mount into the Princess Elizabeth Stakes at Epsom, where Anna Nerium came up just a short of Wilamina after being made to suffer at the rear for much of the race.

Marquand took a much more prominent position in the Supreme Stakes at Goodwood, picking off Dream Of Dreams in the final furlong to secure a second Group Three of her career. That extended Anna Nerium’s record over seven furlongs to three wins from four appearances and she looked far from inconvenienced by the genuinely soft ground. Conditions on Friday should be perfect.

2:25pm Doncaster Wainwrights Flying Childers Stakes (Group 2) 5f


Rumble Inthejungle brings the best piece of form into this Group Two, having stormed to a comfortable victory in the Molecomb Stakes at Glorious Goodwood. Despite finishing second, Legends Of War was handed a rating of 110 after finishing second in the Gimcrack, but both he and Rumble Inthejungle have never run on this kind of ground and experience at this level can make the difference.

Listed winners Shumooki and Indigo Balance have to be respected, but after returning to winning ways out in France, SOLDIER’S CALL looks to be the best bet in this Group Two.

Archie Watson’s youngster hit the headlines at Royal Ascot, streaking clear of 27 rivals and comfortably holding on to win the Listed Windsor Castle Stakes. Soldier’s Call couldn’t back up that result when finishing third in the Molecomb, but a jaunt to Chantilly at the start of the month proved to be the right move, with Danny Tudhope guiding Watson’s juvenile to a smart victory in the Group Three Prix d’Arenberg.

Soldier’s Call couldn’t match Rumble Inthejungle for pace on the fast ground at Glorious Goodwood. However, he proved at Chantilly that he could perform at his best on soft ground and the going at Doncaster could help Soldier’s Call turn the tables on his rival.

Daniel Tudhope rides Soldiers Call to win The Windsor Castle Stakes on day 5 of Royal Ascot.

3:00pm Doncaster William Hill Mallard Handicap (Class 2) 1m6½f


Walton Street could be a Group horse in the making, and he’ll have to be to carry 9-13 to victory in this staying handicap. Titus was hugely impressive when powering to victory during the Ebor Festival, but an eleven pound swipe from the handicapper has made his task all the more difficult.

I don’t usually like backing horses making their handicap debut, especially in this kind of company, but BEN VRACKIE saw out this trip well the last day and has impressive form on slow surfaces to bolster his claims.

John Gosden’s colt disappointed on his debut at Newbury back in July, but he found his feet on the all-weather at Newcastle, outstaying some decent horses to claim second behind Elasia. Another outing on a slow, artificial surface yielded a first career victory for Ben Vrackie, with Rab Havlin pushing the odds-on favourite on to secure an eleven-length maiden victory.

Gosden’s reward for that emphatic triumph was an outing in the March Stakes at Goodwood. Maid Up proved her St Leger credentials with a good victory in that Group Three, but Ben Vrackie stayed on right through the line, passing the post two lengths ahead of 101-rated Cyprus Creek. Frankie Dettori’s mount is no stranger to large field, he has proven he can stay 14 furlongs and his weight of 9-1 looks extremely manageable. 

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