The Brigadier Posted September 8, 2021 Share Posted September 8, 2021 Day two of the 2021 St Leger meeting will start on likely fast ground though that will need to be monitored with rain due throughout the end of the week. ITV has its cameras not just there but for a race at Epsom and here’s my early thoughts :- Doncaster 1.40 A 50k fillies nursery gets us up and running today and has quite an open feel to it. Charlie Appleby saddles his Invincible Spirit filly Summers Day who made light work of her opposition in a Brighton maiden last time with her mark of 81 looking reasonable. She should be thereabouts. Others with chances include David Evan’s top weight Dora Penny who’s on a hat trick and Ralph Beckett’s Daiquiri Francais who’s also on a hat trick following two wins at Windsor. An interesting outsider is bottom weight Gnat Alley who was slowly away last time but ran on to some effect and has already been supported in the ante post market. It’s not an easy race to solve but I’ll go with Daiquiri Francais who’s latest victory has been boosted by the runner up who’s won twice since. DAIQUIRI FRANCAIS 1 point each way @ 9/2 1/5th 1234 William Hill Doncaster 210 This 6 1/2F sales race has not surprisingly with prize money down to the tenth place attracted a maximum field of 22 and a confident selection is Andre Balding’s improver Harrow. It’s take a while for the penny to drop and he’s a lot more co-operative than when we first saw this son of El Kabeir earlier in the season. He followed up his Ffos Las win with a comprehensive victory in a 7F nursery at the York Ebor meeting over 7F and with the slight drop in distance unlikely to be an issue and a possible good draw in stall 15 he can run a big race. There’s plenty of dead wood here and the others likely to make a race out of it with Harrow are Tom Dascombe’s Ever Given who won a similar contest at York’s Ebor meeting and Jazz Club who looked when winning at Windsor 24 days ago and sporting first time blinkers today. HARROW 2 points each way @ 5/1 1/5th 1234 Bet365 Doncaster 2.40 Inspiral will be at skinny odds to take this, the Cazoo May Hill Stakes run over a mile for Newmarket handlers John and Thady Gosden who won this race last year with Indigo Girl. She picked up well last time in listed company when coming through to easily beat her field at Sandown. The step up to a mile will suit and the opposition don’t look good enough with the Balding runner Speak likely to chase home the favourite with her debut form working out so well. Too short to back singly but a banker in an accumulative bet. Epsom 2.55 The jump jockey’s Derby is run over the full Derby distance and is a unique race for professional jump jockeys. It’s only a 66-85 handicap and the one which takes my eye is the Fergal O’Brien trained Valentino Dancer. Predominately jumps trainer O’Brien has his trying in excellent shape winning with 7 of his last 18 runners and this 6 year old won for his daughter Fern at Newbury four weeks ago and may still have more to give following just a 2lb rise in the handicap. VALENTINO DANCER 1 point each way @ 5/1 1/5th 1234 Paddy Power Doncaster 315 The Group 2 Park Hill Stakes is the fillies ‘St Leger’ run over the Leger distance of 14F 115 yds and is open to three year olds and upwards. John and Thady Gosden saddle Free Wind who will go off favourite following an improved effort in France last time when winning a Group 3 at Deauville over 12F and steps up in trip here. That shouldn’t be a worry but the price is! At around the 2/1 mark I would rather be against her than with her and I’ll take her on with the Hugo Palmer trained Golden Pass who showed great tenacity when out battling Free Wind at Newmarket in a listed race at Newmarket in July and is a pound better off today. Unlike Free Wind though Golden Pass has gone on to run a lifeless race when a well supported second favourite behind Hukum in the Group 3 Geoffrey Freer Stakes at Newbury last month. There must of been a reason for that poor showing and at five times the price of the favourite I’ll play her each way in the hope that James Doyle’s mount can bounce back to form today. GOLDEN PASS 1 point each way @ 11/1 1/5th 123 William Hill Doncaster 345 Available as big as 9/2 earlier in the week Charlie Appleby’s improving three year old Modern News will be hard to beat today. He came back from a gelding operation and a 392 day absence to win at Newmarket on the last day of July and has been given time to get over that run. He’s been raised 6lb for that win but appeals as one that can win again before being elevated into pattern class. The main danger appears to be the William Haggas trained Motawaajed who’s chasing a hat trick following wins at Lingfield and here over course and distance. He’s only been raised 2lb for that latest win and can push the selection all the way. The best outsider may be TJ Kent’s Ataser who won a nursery at the meeting last year but has been very lightly raced since. MODERN NEWS 3 points win @ 11/8 William Hill alexcaruso808, gbettle, peanut peanut and 5 others 6 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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