Doncaster’s big race day arrives with the old St Leger (1535 BST) this year providing an interesting clash of proven class and proven stamina.
The proven class comes from Irish Derby winner Capri. He kicked on from a decent 6th at Epsom to grind out victory at the Curragh from the Epsom 1-2. That form has worked out pretty well. We haven’t seen Capri since, but he offers up a persuasive case based on class alone.
Crystal Ocean, Defoe and Coronet have all arguably had less challenging seasons, but all have a little extra to prove. Stradivarius meanwhile has Group 1 winning form at staying trips having landed the Goodwood Cup last time. He will not lack for stamina, but whether he can match the others for speed is the question.
It’s probably an episode of The Sweeney since a Capri last motored home on our screens, but tomorrow can act as a flashback.
The card’s opener (1350) is the annual cavalry charge over 5.5f that is the Portland Handicap. Tempted as we are be perennial contender Harry Hurricane, this looks well set up for Henry Candy’s Vibrant Chords. He was an excellent 2nd here last time in form that is working out well. A single figure draw looks likely to work out well and Adam Kirby is a useful booking. He has a big chance.
The 7f Group 2 Park Stakes (1425) sees a list of the usual suspects lined up to see whose turn is it this time. Whilst those at the head of the market have obvious chances, the handicapper would have this a lot closer on official ratings than some of the betting suggests. We think in particular that Bunbury Cup runner up Sir Dancealot will enjoy the conditions and the course and looks overpriced given he is rated just a few pounds behind the best of these.
Vibrant Chords, (1350 Doncaster), 2pts win, 8/1 generally available
Sir Dancealot, (1425 Doncaster), 1pt win, 12/1 Boylesports
Capri, (1535 Doncaster) 1pt win, 7/2 generally available
All three, 0.5pts each way treble (approx. 525/1)
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