Doncaster St Leger Festival tips – Through the card selections on day three

Doncaster St Leger Festival tips. Through the card selections for day three.Doncaster St Leger Festival tips. Through the card selections for day three.

Doncaster St Leger Festival tips

It is day three of the Doncaster St Leger Festival on Friday and another top class racecard awaits punters with the card featuring the Doncaster Cup. We’ve picked out our through the card Doncaster St Leger Festival tips and best bets.

The Doncaster St Leger Festival continues into day three on Friday and another round of classy contests awaits punters with seven more races on the card headed by the Group Two Doncaster Cup and the ITV Racing cameras are back in action again with five races from Town Moor including the feature race of the day and the Group Two Flying Childers Stakes.

Getting underway at 1.10pm our tipping team have looked through Friday’s day three racecard to pick out their Doncaster St Leger Festival tips and best bets.


1:10 Doncaster – Coopers Marquees Maiden Stakes (GBB Race) Cl3 (2yo) 7f

An intriguing opener and it might pay to pay with debutante BAY OF HONOUR who represents a yard with an excellent record with its’ juvenile newcomers and the Shamardal colt can make his first run a winning one.

Charlie Appleby’s charge doesn’t face an easy task on his first run but he’s a well-related sort who is sure to have been well prepared for this and he ought to make his presence felt although cases can be made for a lot of these rivals.

Nevertheless given the yard’s record with such types in recent seasons he should be capable of a bold run on debut and no surprise to see him involved.

Doncaster St Leger Festival tips. Charlie Appleby can saddle a winner on day three.

Doncaster St Leger Festival tips. Charlie Appleby can saddle a winner on day three.

1:40 Doncaster – Cazoo Flying Scotsman Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (2yo) 7f

HOO YA MAL posted a good time when getting off the mark at the second attempt in a valuable York maiden last month and the Territories colt can find further improvement to strike again here.

Andrew Balding’s charge had shaped well on his debut at Sandown where he finished third behind El Bodegon in heavy ground, slowly away but running on well and he reversed form with the runner-up when scoring at York latest where he ran out a two lengths’ winner over Dawn Of Liberation.

This further step in class demands more from him but he’s certainly one that is open to progress and no surprise if he were to go close in this Listed contest.

2:10 Doncaster – Wainwright Flying Childers Stakes (Group 2) Cl1 (2yo) 5f

Armor could prove a tough nut but it may be worth chancing ATTAGIRL to make the most of the 3lbs she receives from Richard Hannon’s charge and the Wootton Bassett filly can add another win to her tally.

Karl Burke’s charge has only once finished out of the frame in five starts, winning twice and posting her sole disappointing run in the Princess Margaret Keeneland Stakes at Ascot in July where she was badly hampered behind Zain Claudette.

The drop to five furlongs since has proven a good move and having found only Tardis too strong in the St Hugh’s Stakes at Newbury she stepped up on that effort to go one better at York latest with a defeat of reopposing Caturra and there may be more to come from her.

This certainly demands a bit more from her upped in class now and she’s 5lbs worse off with Clive Cox’s reopposing rival here; but she remains a progressive sort who could have more improvement to come and she can post a big run.

Doncaster St Leger Festival tips. Trueshan can beat Stradivarius in the Doncaster Cup.

Doncaster St Leger Festival tips. Trueshan can beat Stradivarius in the Doncaster Cup.

2:40 Doncaster – Doncaster Cup Stakes (Group 2) (British Champions Series) Cl1 (3yo+) 2m2f

There’ll need to be a fair bit of rain between now and post-time for TRUESHAN to take his place in this line-up, but if he does run Alan King’s charge can come out on top in a mouthwatering clash with Stradivarius.

The Planteur gelding thrived last season with three wins which included a wide margin victory in the Long Distance Cup on British Champions Day at Ascot and he’s continued his good form this term in a light campaign.

Runner-up on his reappearance at Chester he ran a big race under a huge weight in the Northumberland Plate prior to getting back on the winning trail in the Goodwood Cup in July, easily beating Away He Goes and reopposing Nayef Road.

He needs softer ground to be seen at his best but he has won on good ground in the past and arrives a fresher horse than Stradivarius who had a tough race three weeks ago when battling to a third Lonsdale Cup success and that may have taken the edge off him and had the advantage to Alan King’s star assuming he takes his chance.

3:15 Doncaster – Mallard Handicap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-105) 1m6½f

PRINCE ALEX could be worth chancing especially if the ground eases and Michael Bell’s charge can land another win.

The Excelebration gelding was a five-time winner last term for Ralph Beckett which includes two over this trip at Haydock and York; he’s since continued in devent form this term, finishing runner-up at Goodwood over this distance in May and possibly found the ground too quick at Newmarket on his final start for Beckett ahead of his move to this yard.

Back on softer ground back at Goodwood at the end of July he got the better of Urban Artist, scoring by neck, and a 4lbs rise for that latest success could still leave him with some scope. He has won on good ground but his best form has come with more give in the ground and any rain would be welcome but he can give a good account of himself nonetheless.

3:45 Doncaster – Cazoo Handicap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-105) 6½f

MITROSONFIRE has developed into a smart sprinter and the Lethal Force gelding can get back to winning ways here.

The Muir and Grassick runner is a four-time winner this term, landing braces at Pontefract and Ripon in June and then Ascot and Newmarket in August after a couple of fair runs in defeat at the latter named track in July.

Only narrowly denied in his hat-trick bid by Regional at Haydock latest he remains with scope for better still from this mark and every chance he can continue to run well reunited with PJ McDonald who is 2-2 when teaming up with the three-year old.

Doncaster St Leger Festival tips. John and Thady Gosden can saddle a winner in the day three finale.

Doncaster St Leger Festival tips. John and Thady Gosden can saddle a winner in the day three finale.

4:20 Doncaster – British EBF Premier Fillies’ Handicap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-100) 1m4f

THOUSAND OAKS is the least exposed of this field and John and Thady Gosden’s charge can follow up her breakthrough success at Newmarket in July with another victory.

The Kingman filly had finished third on both previous starts in novice company when running out a four lengths’ victor over Line Of Descent in July despite hanging badly left throughout the last furlong and there’s surely better still to come from her on that performance.

Two subsequent winners have come out of that race and with further improvement anticipated she can continue her upward curve to win again with Oisin Murphy taking over in the saddle.