Saturday tips for Doncaster – Through the card best bets on St Leger Day
Saturday tips for Doncaster on St Leger Day
We move onto the fourth and final day of the St Leger Festival at Doncaster with the world’s oldest Classic dominating the day’s racecard on Town Moor. We’ve looked over the final day racecard as the classy fixture draws to a close and have picked out our Saturday tips for Doncaster on St Leger Day.
The last day of the 2021 Doncaster St Leger Festival unfolds on Saturday with another top-class seven race card featuring the world’s oldest Classic – the St Leger – as the main event of the day and the final Classic of the season could be a cracker with Hurricane Lane bidding to land a third successive Group One prize.
Add in two excellent Group Two races and a number of competitive handicap contests and the final day at Doncaster is shaping up to be an unmissable afternoon and the ITV Racing cameras will be on hand to cover the best of the day’s action with Ed Chamberlain and the team having all their usual expert tips and banter throughout the afternoon.
We’ve looked through the day’s final day racecard to pick out our through-the-card Saturday tips for Doncaster on St Leger Day.
SATURDAY TIPS FOR DONCASTER – THROUGH THE CARD BEST BETS ON ST LEGER DAY
1:15 Doncaster – Vertem Nursery Handicap Cl2 (2yo) 1m
LA PUGLA finished behind reopposing Fall Of Rome at Newmarket in July, denied a clear run at a crucial stage and conceding first run to the winner and not beaten far in third where he was giving he winner weight.
Roger Charlton’s Kodiac colt had won on his debut and got back on the winning trail at Carlisle latest albeit with the help of the stewards having been badly bumped by first past the post King Of York who was subsequently demoted.
There’s surely more to come from him with this longer trip in his favour and in a handicap now he gets 6lbs from his earlier Newmarket conqueror which can see him turn the tables now and gain some revenge on the Godolphin runner.
1:45 Doncaster – Portland Handicap Cl2 (3yo+) 5½f
A typically competitive renewal can go to BOUNDLESS POWER who has improved for the switch to Michael Appleby, winning twice and shaping better than the bare result when fourth at Windsor last time.
The Slade Power gelding had been winless in Ireland for John Feane but did place on a number of occasions and he wasted little time getting off the mark for his new yard with two wins from his first four outings where both came at Nottingham.
Fifth in the Heritage Handicap he spoiled his chances at the start when down the field behind Mr Wagyu at Goodwood but bounced back at Windsor latest where he was given too much to do and met with trouble before finishing off the race strongl.
He could still be on a fair mark and is still relatively lightly-raced so can make his presence felt here.
2:20 Doncaster – Champagne Stakes (Group 2) (Colts & Geldings) Cl1 (2yo) 7f
This could prove a shootout between Reach For The Moon and LUSAIL and preference is for Richard Hannon’s charge despite having to give the Royal runner 3lbs at the weights.
Reach For The Moon was impressive at Sandown last time in the Solario Stakes but the Hannon runner boasts the strongest form on offer and represents a yard with a very good record in this contest having won the last two renewals.
The Mehmas colt suffered his only career defeat to date at Pontefract when unsuited by proper soft ground, but he’s won all three since which includes a brace of Group Two contests at Newmarket and York latterly. The former in particular represents very strong form from the July Stakes with the runner-up winning a Group Two at Goodwood next time while the fourth went on to take an Irish Group One and he was impressive when landing the Gimcrack latest.
Returning to seven furlongs will be no issue for the Hannon runner having won over this trip at Newmarket in June where he beat four subsequent winners and with further improvement expected he can give weight and a beating to his trio of rivals.
3:00 Doncaster – Cazoo Park Stakes (Group 2) Cl1 (3yo+) 7f
GLORIOUS JOURNEY can get back to winning ways here having run well in defeat last time in the City Of York Stakes behind Space Blues where he was beaten less than two lengths.
The Dubawi gelding turned in an impressive performance previously at Newmarket to win the Criterion Stakes from Motakhayyel before finding six furlongs too sharp in the July Cup; but back at this distance he returned to form on the Knavesmire and a repeat of that should see him in the mix here.
Unable to sustain his effort to the line on that occasion behind the classy Godolphin runner and stablemate he nevertheless travelled well for a long way in that contest and this is clearly his optimum trip so another big run can be expected in this contest where underfoot conditions will prove no issue for him.
A dual-winner at this level and likely to have the race run to suit he can get back on the scoresheet.
3:35 Doncaster – Cazoo St Leger Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) (No Geldings) Cl1 (3yo) 1m6½f
HURRICANE LANE suffered his only career defeat to date in the Epsom Derby but having won both starts since the Godolphin runner looks hard to oppose here and can rack up another victory to take a third successive Group One prize having won the Irish Derby and Grand Prix de Paris in recent months.
The Frankel colt battled well to land the spoils at the Curragh from Lone Eagle but turned in a performance of highest quality next time to score by six lengths at Longchamp and on that evidence he’ll be hard to beat.
Given how hard he hit the line in France he should have no problems stepping up to this longer trip which can bring about another jolt of improvement and he could prove a tough nut to crack in the season’s final Classic.
4:05 Doncaster – Hippo Pro 3 Handicap Cl2 (3yo+) 1m4f
DARK JEDI rarely runs a bad race and Tim Easterby’s charge can get back to winning ways here having finished a good third in each of his last two starts.
The Kodiac gelding was a dual-winner last term and proved consistent in defeat in subsequent runs before having nine months off; following a couple of lesser efforts he got back on the scoresheet at Ripon and has finished third at Musselburgh and York latterly when beaten only one length behind Sam Cooke.
He’s only been nudged up 2lbs for that latest effort and the likelihood of a strong pace should play to his strengths so there’d be no surprise in seeing him going well here and he can make his presence felt.
5:10 Doncasiter – Vermantia Handicap Cl2 (3yo+) 1m
RAADOBARG was progressive in the first half of the season where he won three on the trot over seven furlongs and one mile on vastly contrasting ground and Roger Varian’s charge can get back to winning ways following a break.
Earlier wins at Leicester and Thirsk were capped by a third success at Haydock when tried at this level with the Night Of Thunder gelding running out a comfortable winner from Seasett and he ran better than the bare result when last seen contesting the Britannia Stakes at Royal Ascot where he finished eighth and possibly finding the strong pace too much.
That again could be a concern here but he’s still lightly-raced and likely to have more to offer so there’d be no shock in seeing him bounce back here with a better effort.