THE latter half of this week is dominated by Doncaster’s September Racing Festival, a meeting that has a plethora of great prizes to be won each day, with the whole week progressing to the St Leger on Saturday.
The St Leger is the last of the five British Classics for this season and, in fact, it is the oldest one of the lot, being first run well over 200 years ago.
This year the race is a bit special, and features one of the rare occasions that we have a runner who is trying to accomplish the completion of the Triple Crown of British Racing.
The trio of races for this honour are the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket, the Derby at Epsom, and the St Leger at Doncaster.
It is a real rarity, for the last horse to do the historic treble was the Vincent O’Brien trained Nijinsky, with the legendary Lester Piggott in the saddle, all of which happened in 1970.
This time the horse with the mission is Camelot, which is trained by another
Ballydoyle O’Brien, name of Aidan, who is no relation to the original maestro, Vincent.
The horse will be ridden in the Saturday’s race by young Joseph O’Brien, a jockey who has really proven himself this season as a top class operator.
Camelot has won all before him this year, and, on the bare bones of form evidence, it will be hard to oppose him now.
The only maybe negative in his make-up is that this race is over almost two miles, which is further than Camelot has ever run before, which behoves every punter to look out for what horse would be a good each-way bet in the race.
I would consider Thought Worthy, a good York winner recently, which will I think be well suited by a distance of ground.
A forecast bet on the two could result in a nice profit bet.
We will begin our trawl on Thursday’s card.
In the Champagne Stakes, there could be an Irish winner with Dermot Weld’s Yellow Rosebud, with Sentaril right there challenging.
The Park Hill should be exciting, but I take Gallipot to just prevail, from the Ascot winner Estimate.
The DFS H/cap will be a tight contest, but Godolphin’s Spring of Fame could get there from the improving Spanish Duke.
On now to Friday, and the Childers Stakes, in which recent winner Morawig can go in again, closely followed by Ceiling Kitty.
The Cup race could have a surprise, for I have good reports of Repeater, who will have most to fear from Saddlers Rock.
The May Hill can go to Purr Along, troubled by the probable favourite, Certify. Outside of the Leger, Saturday’s racing is of the highest class, and in the Champagne Stakes, Toronado might provide the answer, with Dundonnell breathing down his neck.
The Park Stakes looks the property of Lethal Force, unless Soul has something to say about it, while in the opening race, Maktoum’s Kahruman has a decent chance, with Mia’s Boy also looking likely to take a hand in the finish.
Well, that’s your convoluted lot for this week, so, good luck, and have a really enjoyable racing weekend.
The Fab Four:
Doncaster: 1:50 Kahruman, 2:25 Toronado, 3:40 Camelot, 4:15 Lethal Force.