Doncaster tips on day two of the St Leger Festival – Best bets through the card on Thursday
Thursday Doncaster tips on day two of the St Leger Festival
We enter the second day of classy racing action on Thursday at Doncaster as the St Leger Festival continues with more racing on the flat featuring the Group Two May Hill Stakes and Park Hill Stakes on a good card and we’ve picked out our Thursday Doncaster tips on day two of the St Leger Festival.
Punters have another cracking day of horse racing action to look forward to at Doncaster for the second day of the St Leger Festival where two Group Two contests go to post on the planned seven race card.
The ITV Racing cameras will be in action with Ed Chamberlain and the team having the best of the day’s racing from Town Moor with five races on the agenda as well as one from Epsom on their Thursday coverage and we’ve picked out our Doncaster tips on day two of the St Leger Festival as we go through the card with our race-by-race best bets.
DONCASTER TIPS ON DAY TWO – BEST BETS THROUGH THE CARD ON THURSDAY
1:10 Doncaster – Silk Series Handicap (For Pro-Am Female Jockeys) Cl3 (3yo+ 0-95) 6f
LORD P arrives here in search of a hat-trick and Fergal O’Brien’s charge can oblige punters.
The Brazen Beau gelding was a dual-winner on the all-weather for Richard Hannon prior to a switch to this yard and although he disappointed in his first few starts he has been rejuvenated by wind surgery and has won his last two starts convincingly at Carlisle and Thirsk respectively.
He’s now 16lbs higher in the weights following those two victories but still finds himself 2lbs out of the weights in this higher grade although the booking of Hollie Doyle for this assignment could be seen as a statement of intent and he is capable of making a big impact in this contest with the potential still to improve further.
1:40 Doncaster – British Stallion Studs EBF ‘Carrie Red’ Fillies’ Nursery Handicap Cl2 (2yo) 6½f
DAIQUIRI FRANCAIS has improved markedly for her debut, winning both starts since at Windsor on vastly contrasting ground and the Havana Gold filly can continue her upward curve to bring up her three-timer.
Ralph Beckett’s charge hasn’t won either race by far, latterly getting the better of Loves Me Likearock by just over one length in heavy ground where he made all and won readily.
A return to quicker conditions won’t hold any fears and he could prove well-treated switching to a nursery off 78 where she may have further improvement to come.
2:10 Doncaster – Weatherbys Scientific £200,000 2-Y-O Stakes (GBB Race) Cl2 (2yo) 6½f
This looks a cracking contest on paper and hat-trick seeking HARROW is taken to land the three-timer for Andrew Balding.
The El Kabeir colt has proven progressive since his debut effort, twice finishing runner-up before posting back-to-back victories at Ffos Las and York latterly which came in a valuable contest where he was carrying 1lb overweight.
Despite the extra burden he ran out a ready winner over Maglev, well on top at the finish and there’s surely better to come from him although the handicapper has certainly reacted with a 10lbs rise in the weights.
That York run though represents some strong form and with improvement expected he can make his presence felt in this competitive heat.
2:40 Doncaster – Cazoo May Hill Stakes (Group 2) (Fillies) Cl1 (2yo) 1m
INSPIRAL is likely to prove hard to beat here and John and Thady Gosden’s charge can maintain his unbeaten record and bring up the hat-trick.
The Frankel filly is 2-2 in her career with victories at Newmarket and Sandown latterly in Listed company where she won readily from Wild Beauty. That form looks solid given that rival along with the third and fifth horses home subsequently finished runner-up, fourth and fifth when reopposing in the Sweet Solera Stakes.
There’s surely more to come from her as she takes a step up in class and the 1000 Guineas ante-post favourite ought to prove a tough nut to crack with further improvement expected.
3:15 Doncaster – Hippo Pro3 Park Hill Fillies’ Stakes (Group 2) Cl1 (3yo+) 1m6½f
SAVE A FOREST has proven very progressive this term, winning at Wolverhampton and Windsor before going close in the Lingfield Oaks Trial where she may not have been suited by the softer ground when going down narrowly behind Sherbet Lemon.
Roger Varian’s charge subsequently ran well for fourth place in the Epsom Oaks although the late deluge on Oaks day wouldn’t have helped; but it was a creditable effort nonetheless and she bounced back to winning form in Listed company at Newmarket latest with a defeat of Sayyida.
Cheekpieces were deployed on that occasion and are equipped again today and the Kingman filly can improve again over this longer trip to strike another win.
3:45 Doncaster – Cazoo Handicap Cl2 (3yo 0-100) 7f
MOTAWAAJED is proving progressive and arrives here on a hat-trick having struck gold at Lingfield and over course and distance latest where the Dark Angel gelding struck narrowly from Dance Fever.
William Haggas’ charge had beaten Royal Pleasure the time before, making all and posting an impressive success and the form was boosted by the third who won next time although the overall form perhaps hasn’t stood up quite as well.
Open to plenty of improvement and only raised 2lbs for that last win he should continue to make his presence felt and every chance he can land the three-timer here with the potential for better to come for a yard which has hit top form in recent weeks.
4:15 Doncaster – Hilton Garden Inn Doncaster Conditions Stakes Cl2 (3yo+) 1m2f
Only three runners go to post for the day two finale and SINJAARI can get back on the winning trail having found only one too good last time out.
Roger Charlton’s charge hasn’t won since scoring at York last term in the John Smith’s Cup although he did fill the frame on all three starts on the all-weather over the winter prior to a move to this yard.
Returning from more than seven months off the track at York latest where he was only beaten a neck by migration he should come on for that reappearance effort and he was arguably unlucky not to come away with the win last time having met with trouble.
He’s only 2lbs higher here and the Camelot gelding can make his presence felt here to resume winning ways.