St Leger Festival day one selections – Doncaster tips through the card on Wednesday

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Doncaster St Leger Festival day one tips

We head to Doncaster on Wednesday for the first of four days’ racing for the St Leger Festival; we’ve looked through the day’s fixture to pick out our Doncaster tips through the card on day one.

Doncaster is the feature meeting on Wednesday’s UK horse racing fixture list where it is day one of the 2021 St Leger Festival meeting and some top class racing will unfold across four days’ action on Town Moor.

Getting underway from 1.45pm the first day features Group Three action with the Group Three Sceptre Stakes while there will be plenty of interest in the ‘Leger Legends’ race featuring the likes of Barry Geraghty, Richard Johnson, Noel Fehily and Robert Winston who all return to the saddle.

Our tipping team have looked through Wednesday’s seven race card and have picked out their Doncaster tips through the card on day one of the St Leger Festival.


1:45 Doncaster – Hippo Pro 3 Nursery Handicap Cl2 (2yo) 7f

BULLET FORCE could be worth chancing in the opener and Karl Burke’s charge looks a progressive sort judging on his breakthrough win at the third attempt when scoring at Musselburgh a fortnight ago.

The Cable Bay colt had finished runner-up in both previous starts at Sandown behind promising rivals before readily taking top honours latest with a defeat of Devasboy, scoring by two lengths.

That runner-up has won since and the selection steps into handicaps now from a rating of 82 which could underestimate his potential to progress for a yard which has been in good form in recent times.

2:20 Doncaster – British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes (GBB Race) (IRE Incentive Race) Cl2 (2yo) 1m

Those with experience haven’t set the bar too high and it might be worth chancing FRANTASTIC to make a winning debut for John and Thady Gosden.

The Frankel colt is a full-brother to the yard’s former top-class exponent Cracksman and the well-bred sort ought to make his presence for his top yard who are sure to have him well-prepared for this test.

Doncaster tips through the card. John Gosden can saddle a first day winner on Town Moor.

Doncaster tips through the card. John Gosden can saddle a first day winner on Town Moor.

2:50 Doncaster – Mondialiste Leger Legends Classified Stakes Cl5 (3yo+ 0-70) 1m

This intriguing contest can see Brian Harding return to the winners’ enclosure partnering FIRST DANCE who has been in good form of late and Tom Tate’s charge can get back on the winning trail here.

The Cape Cross mare has won twice in recent weeks at Newmarket, scoring each victory by only a nose and running at least as well when denied by Mille Miglia back at Newmarket last month when stepped up to ten furlongs.

Back at one mile here she could quickly bounce back to winning ways and with the form of her last win having since been franked with the runner-up taking a valuable Ascot prize since she ought to make her presence felt again in this contest featuring some legends from the saddle.

3:25 Doncaster – Japan Racing Association Sceptre Fillies’ Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 (3yo+) 7f

Progressive JUST BEAUTIFUL can get back to winning ways in this contest and Ivan Furtado’s charge could prove a tough nut to crack if back at her best.

A winner of her first four starts on the all-weather and turf either side of a break the Pride Of Dubai filly struck her last victory when beating Jouska in a Listed contest at Musselburgh in June, readily, and she ran better than the bare result when beaten just over two lengths into fourth behind Sky Lantern in the Falmouth Stakes next time.

That was a very solid effort and the form is very strong with the runner-up, third and fourth horses all winning Group Ones since while she had two subsequent Pattern winners behind her also. While she was turned over at odds-on last time out she may not have been at home on the softer ground in a French Group Three and she could do better back on a quicker surface.

Her Falmouth performance sets the standard though in this race and if she were to replicate that level of form then she’d prove tough to beat.

4:00 Doncaster – Cazoo Scarbrough Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (2yo+) 5f

KHAADEM is becoming something of a cliff horse for this pundit but the Dark Angel horse has to be of interest dropping to the minimum trip and Charlie Hills’ charge can get back on the winning trail having shown better signs in his last couple of starts.

He had looked potentially top-drawer when blitzing rivals in the 2019 Stewards Cup but things haven’t gone to plan for him since and he’s failed to add to his tally since that Goodwood win.

Twice placed earlier in the season over six furlongs he may not have stayed seven furlongs at Chester in July although he did travel well in that race and first-time blinkers latest at Newmarket saw him race keenly although he was still going strongly two furlongs out before seemingly running out of gas.

What he showed in the first part of that race in the headgear hinted that he could prove a force again over sprint trips having shown plenty of speed at Newmarket and dropping now to five furlongs could see him end his losing streak if this doesn’t come too soon.

Doncaster tips through the card. Jim Crowley can ride a day one double with Khaadem and Anmaat.

Doncaster tips through the card. Jim Crowley can ride a day one double with Khaadem and Anmaat.

4:30 Doncaster – I Love Julie Parkes Handicap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-105) 1m2f

Unbeaten Faisal puts his perfect record on the line on the back of 100 days off and could prove vulnerable giving away weight to ANMAAT who looks to be going the right way and Owen Burrows’ charge can follow up his recent success.

A Lingfield winner earlier in the season on his return he had made the frame in starts at this venue and Newbury prior to running out a convincing winner of a Bath handicap last month, beating Celtic Art by four lengths and there could be better still to come from him despite being hiked up 8lbs for that victory.

He’s only rated 4lbs inferior to the Gosden horse who shoulders top-weight here but received 10lbs from the same and with improvement anticipated he can take advantage to chalk up another victory here.

5:00 Doncaster – Visit Doncaster Handicap Cl4 (3yo+ 0-85) 5½f

LOOK OUT LOUIS has been consistent since joining the Julie Camacho camp, winning three times from seven starts and making the frame a further three times in his defeats; the Harbour Watch gelding can get back to winning ways here.

Two of those three wins have come on turf at Wetherby and Chester and he wasn’t disgraced latest when denied by Intrinsic Bond at Catterick back in July where he possibly did too much in front in the softer ground and faded to be beaten almost five lengths and just holding on for second.

That form though does look solid with the winner running well in valuable handicap sprints while the fourth and fifth horses home have both registered subsequent victories and racing here from the same mark back on a better surface he could come out on top in a competitive closing contest.