20/1+! Three Big Priced Selections For The Weekend’s Group 1 Races
20/1 or over! Three outsiders for this weekend’s Group 1 races
It promises to be a fascinating weekend’s racing with Doncaster’s St Leger festival headlining the UK action, whilst Ireland has not one, but two Group 1 cards at Leopardstown and the Curragh. With such a feast of top racing in prospect, here at Racing Tips, we have delved into the cards at Doncaster, Leopardstown and the Curragh – identifying a selection for a Group 1 set to be hosted at all three which can be backed at odds of 20/1 or greater.
BOLSHOI BALLET – Irish Champion Stakes (2:45 Leopardstown, Saturday)
An Aidan O’Brien trained three-year-old heads the betting here in St Mark’s Basilica, who put up a memorable performance in the Eclipse when last seen.
At odds of 33/1, however, it may pay to take a chance on his stablemate BOLSHOI BALLET. This colt looked potentially top draw when blitzing his rivals in the Derrinstown over track and trip earlier this season.
His record at Leopardstown reads a perfect 3-3, and whilst recent performances in America weren’t exactly jaw-dropping, getting back to this venue with a three-year-old’s allowance in two could see him put up a career-best performance. As such, the 33/1 currently available looks at least a few points too big.
THE MEDITERRANEAN – Cazoo St Leger Stakes (3:35 Doncaster, Saturday)
Aidan O’Brien has six potential runners in his bid for a seventh St Leger this weekend, and of those, THE MEDITERRANEAN stands out as the value each-way play.
This son of Galileo has been progressing steadily this season, running well in defeat in Group races at Ascot and Longchamp which were contested on ground considered softer than ideal.
Back on a quicker surface in last month’s Great Voltigeur, The Mediterranean cut out the majority of the running and battled back gamely once headed – ultimately finishing just over a length behind the patiently ridden Yibir.
That was a creditable run and advertised The Mediterranean’s battling qualities, something that should stand him in good stead at Town Moor this weekend.
FRENETIC – Derrinstown Stud Flying Five Stakes (2:55 Curragh, Sunday)
We head over to the Curragh on Sunday for a great card that includes the Group 1 Flying Five Stakes.
Three-year-old horses have won three of the last four renewals of this contest, and of the runners from that age group this year, FRENETIC has the potential to cause a minor upset.
Ger Lyons’ filly had some excellent form to her name at two but was not always the easiest horse to keep a lid on – often wanting to go off at an unsustainable pace.
She has proven a little more amenable at three, appreciating the fast ground when landing a valuable Cork handicap back in July.
That victory came off a huge weight of 10st, and the form has been franked since with the second subsequently going close in Listed company and the fourth winning two of his next three starts.
Frenetic was below her best at Tipperary last time, but she made her challenge from an unfavourable track position that day, and returning to the Curragh (form figures here read 121) could see her bounce right back to form.