Doncaster’s St Leger meeting kicks off with a competitive looking Wednesday card. Plenty of trappy opportunities to do our money, so we will wait for the final race (1720 BST), a 16 runner 5f sprint, and a regular to these pages in the shape of Roger Fell’s in-form Muatadel.
This 4yo was having a reasonably unremarkable season until finding his way to Doncaster in mid July and a win in an apprentice handicap. He was more impressive back at his course again on soft ground when following up unpenalised a week later.
The handicapper was surprisingly generous in treating those quick-fire wins, and he carried just 3lbs than that first win more when a narrow second on soft at Pontefract next time. Once again the one-week-later trick worked again when Muatadel defied that same mark shortly after with a cosy Beverley win despite meeting trouble in running.
Another 6lb hike in the weights still smacked of generosity, and running now off 79 having started this sequence of 70, he again showed he had some in hand when narrowly beaten at Ripon by the very progressive Tarboosh.
The one-week-later trick yet again sees him reappear off that Ripon rating, and returned to Doncaster where he is 2 from 2, and on soft ground he handles so well, he should have just enough in hand to register one more win before the handicapper has a final word.
Over at Listowel, the jumps boys will be in action for the Kerry National (1605). The front three in the betting all contested the Galway Plate and on that form there should not be much between them, with our old friend Arbre de Vie probably best for Willie Mullins.
But these races have a habit of being hoovered up by the Gigginstown boys, and whilst the pugnacious Davy Russell will be hoping to hit home with A Toi Phil, it may be the useful 5lb claim of Lisa O’Neill that wins the day on the less exposed and lowly weighted Potters Point.
He also ran well at Galway in a novice event, has won tidily since, and comes here with the potential to have a lot more up his sleeve than some of the more familiar faces.
Muatadel, (1720 Doncaster), 1pt win, 11/2 generally available
Potters Point, (1605 Listowel), 1pt win, 8/1 generally available
Potters Point & Muatadel, 0.5pts each way double, approx. 57/1
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