Not great prices for the blog today, but confident all horses have a lot going for them and can go close. Maybe a day for a yankee.
3.15 Doncaster – OLBG Park Stakes
The pace looks fair in this race meaning all horses should get a fair crack of the whip and the best horse should win. That looks to be ALJAMAAHEER and he now steps–up to what is probably his ideal trip of seven furlongs.
Connections have tried sprinting with him this year and while he hasn’t been totally found out by it he has never looked a natural. Roger Varian’s inmate has acquitted himself well in Group 1 contests throughout his career, from six furlongs to a mile, but seven has always looked like it may prove to be his best trip.
He gets that today in Group 2 company and will race on his favoured fast ground. He should go pretty close if on song.
2pts win ALJAMAAHEER @15/8 (general)
3.50 Doncaster – Ladbrokes St Leger Stakes
This year’s St Leger looks an open and competitive race, but I’m full sure KINGSTON HILL is the best horse running. His second in the Derby looks a top effort now with Australia performing like an exceptional horse.
That run can be upgraded given plenty use was made of him from a poor draw early. The son of Mastercraftsman also chased a strong pace before looking a touched outpaced and then staying on strongly. He finished clear of the third, Romsdal, and it goes down as an excellent effort.
Questions have rightly been raised about his pedigree and him seeing out the trip, but there is stamina in Mastercraftsman’s pedigree and there is encouragement on the distaff side. More importantly he shaped at Epsom like it wouldn’t be a problem. We’ll soon find out, but nothing in this field matched his form or class on what we’ve seen.
3pts win KINGSTON HILL @100/30 (bet365, StanJames)
5.15 Leopardstown – KPMG Enterprise Stakes
I’m going to suggest a small each-way play here ELLEVAL who has first time blinkers applied. David Marnane’s horses haven’t been going too well this year, but there are signs of life again and if today’s headgear can add a spark he may be able to outrun his price of 25/1.
At York last time out he put in his best run of the year and it just might be he is coming back into some form. He’s a useful horse on his day and in an open looking race with question marks about the favourite I’m willing to play.
1pt each-way ELLEVAL @25/1 (general)
5.45 Leopardstown – Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron Stakes
RIZEENA looks to have a lot in her favour here and with Ryan Moore on board we are sure to get a good run. Clive Brittain’s stable star was a nice winner of the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot where she had Tapestry back in sixth.
The Ballydoyle filly has since gone on to frank the form, but over 12 furlongs and with her dropping back down to a mile today she looks worth taking on. Tapestry’s wide draw is not a help either and with Rizeena drawn perfectly she may be able to steal an early march on her nearest market rival and hang on late.
1pt win RIZEENA @5/2 (William Hill), 9/4 (general)
6.15 Leopardstown – Clipper Boomerang Mile
This all looks to be about MUSTAJEEB who can hopefully take this race before going on to eventually compete in Group 1 events. Dermot Weld’s charge impressed me with his win in the Jersey Stakes, where he carried a penalty, and destroyed his field.
He gets his favoured fast ground and a return to a mile won’t inconvenience him. He also has course and distance form and with the Weld team continuing in good form it looks as if he will take some stopping.
3pts win MUSTAJEEB @2/1 (Paddy Power), 15/8 (Betfred)