St Leger Card – Our Tips For All NINE Races at Doncaster on Sunday

Following the postponement of Friday and Saturday’s cards due to the sad passing of Her Majesty The Queen, Doncaster have had the pick of those cards moved to a nine-race card on Sunday.

We talk you through our selections for each race in the afternoon, including our tip for the final classic of the season – the St Leger Stakes. Check those out below, alongside today’s best bets – which are free to view on-site now.

Silver Knott (12:30 Doncaster)

A trick three-runner affair to kick off proceedings at Doncaster. SILVER KNOTT was hampered when finishing fourth behind Chaldean on debut, but has since won both his races and can gain revenge here. 

Following that debut run, he went to the all-weather at Kempton and made virtually to win comfortably. That form was franked when the runner-up (Theme Park) and third (Animate) both won next time out. 

He then stepped up to Group company and ran out an even more convincing winner, and he should prove difficult to be again here. Chaldean finished a neck ahead of Indestructible when winning the Acomb Stakes last month, and it’s hard to separate those two. The Appleby/Buick partnership is in red-hot form of late and we’re backing them to land another winner with Silver Knott.

Mums Tipple (1:00 Doncaster)

Richard Hannon’s MUMS TIPPLE has been back to somewhat near his best of late, and he was unlucky not to win off this mark at Ascot last week. This is a wide open race and we think he rates excellent value to strike whilst in form. 

After winning a similar race at Newmarket in August, he went to York and was short of room when pushing to make his run, and was unable to recover from that. Next time out though, he got his run and only just failed to catch Lethal Nymph, who has made virtually all out in front. He had the beating of some talented horses that day, including Wokingham Stakes runner-up Popmaster. 

Ryan Moore has been booked for the ride and that is usually a tip in itself. He has been on board for two of this horse’s three victories, and he can steer him to a second victory in as many months.

The Platinum Queen (1:35 Doncaster)

It’s difficult to get away from THE PLATINUM QUEEN, who was so impressive in the Nunthorpe and a repeat of that performance should be enough to win this. 

She only found Highfield Princess too good that day, and she’s a multiple Group 1 winner so there’s no shame in that. The third-placed Emaraaty Ana was runner-up in the Haydock Sprint Cup last weekend to further boost that form. Although she raced off bottom weight, it was a fantastic performance and this drop to Group 2 company should see her get back to winning ways. 

The main danger will come from Molecomb Stakes winner Trilium, but the form of that race hasn’t worked out great, and we’re much more confident on the chances of Richard Fahey’s talented filly.

Makanah (2:10 Doncaster)

MAKANAH was an eye-catcherwhen finishing fifth at York last time out, after having his path blocked in the final furlong, and he can make amends with a long overdue win here. 

It’s been almost two years since he was in the winners enclosure, but he’s run some solid races in defeat lately, including a neck second in the Scottish Sprint Cup in the summer. He’s won here in the past and has won off higher marks previously, so looks to have a solid chance at tempting odds. 

Of the rest, Dakota Gold finished ahead of our selection at York in May and has been running well of late, so rates an obvious danger. But, Makanah has been consistent all year and this could be the race things go right for him.

Trueshan (2:45 Doncaster)

Providing the ground is soft enough and he actually runs, this really should be TRUESHAN’s for the taking. He is comfortably clear on official ratings, and is one of the best stayers of his generation, and with this race lacking any serious challengers he can land the Doncaster Cup at the first time of asking.

Only two horses have beaten him since July 2021, and both were in his most recent run. Kyrpios and Stradivarius gave him his first taste of defeat in over fourteen months in the Goodwood Cup, but they are probably the top two horses in the staying division so there’s no shame in that!

Before that, he made a winning return on seasonal reappearance in the Listed Further Flight Stakes at Nottingham, with Quickthorn three lengths back in second (who has since won the Lonsdale Cup), before putting in a monumental effort to win the Northumberland Plate off 10st 8lbs – a record winning weight in the race.

There is nothing of that quality in this race, with the likeliest danger being Coltrane, who finished behind him in the Goodwood Cup and we see no reason to see that form reversed. Trueshan should take the world of beating and can resume winning ways in comfortable fashion.

Kinross (3:20 Doncaster) 

KINROSS was a cosy winner of the City Of York Stakes and he looks to have a fantastic chance of following up here. Ralph Beckett’s star is one of the best horses over this trip and he can confirm his superiority in this field. 

He comfortably beat three of these runners in that City Of York win (Al Suhail, Sacred and Jumby) and we can’t see any of those reversing form here. Kinross is unlucky not to be 3/3 over 7f this year, having only been beaten a neck in both John Of Gaunt Stakes and the Lennox Stakes. 

Charlie Appleby and William Buick won this last year with Glorious Journey and team up with Al Suhail this year, who looks likely to chase home our selection. But for win purposes, this looks to be Kinross’ for the taking.

New London (3:55 Doncaster)

The final classic of the year, and we’re confident NEW LONDON will show why he’s been top of the betting for this for some time. He was a convincing winner of the Gordon Stakes and that form has worked out nicely:

2nd Deauville Legend – won a Group 2 next time out

3rd Hoo Ya Mal – Won a Group 3 next time out

5th Cresta – Listed winner next time out 

New London is a horse on a huge upward curve and comes here in impressive winning form. The extra distance should be right up his street judging by his last run and the lack of really strong opposition should mean that Charlie Appleby and William Buick successfully defend the St Leger, following Hurricane Lane’s win in the race last season.

Of the rest, we think Emily Dickinson looks overpriced and can finish in the places. But this looks to be all about New London, and the Appleby/Buick partnership can land back to back St Leger’s.

Master Richard (4:30 Doncaster)

This is a difficult handicap to decipher, but one has caught our eye. Ann Duffield has her string in fine form (33% strike-rate in the past two weeks) and she has the bottom weight horse in here, MASTER RICHARD

He was just edged out in a tight finish by Point Lynas at York last time out, but it was still a fantastic effort. With young William Pyle’s 7lb allowance, he’s now 8lb better off with that rival in here, and that’s more than enough to see those positions reversed here. 

He was just edged out here in the summer and looks a fantastic price to go one better in this. Three year olds have won four of the last five renewals and we think the 3YO Master Richard has a superb chance of continuing their dominance.

HMS President (5:05 Doncaster)

The opener looks like a tricky race to solve, but a chance is taken on HMS PRESIDENT to finally get back to winning ways. Eve Johnson Houghton’s gelding has been difficult to win with, and has hit the post in the past three races, but he’s more than capable of winning this.

Having finished runner-up in this race last year, it’s been a similar story of late as he keeps finding one too good. He went agonisingly close to bucking the trend last time out, but just failed to catch Sam Cooke. 

William Buick was on board when runner-up at Newmarket and it’s a huge boost to our selection to have him for the ride, especially with the red-hot form he’s in. Of the rest, Wise Eagle is chasing a hat-trick and will be a tough nut to crack, as will William Haggas’ Mahrajaan, but we’re confident HMS President can overcome seconditis and gain a deserved win!