The blog returns after short summer break.On Friday we have day three of Doncaster's St Leger meeting with day's feature race being group two Doncaster Cup over the marathon 18 furlong trip .
2.40 DONCASTER 2 MILE 2F DONCASTER CUP GROUP 2:
12 runners declared for Doncaster Cup on ground described as good/soft good in places, this doesn't look the most competitive staying contest with TIMES UP & ESTIMATE looking the two standout contenders .
TIMES UP : Likeable 8-Y-0 stayer ,winning 10 from 37 starts ,including winning this race for the last two years .Returned to form last time ,finishing 2.75 lengh third in Yorkshire Cup at York behind Pale Mimosa .Should go well with ideal conditions .
ESTIMATE : Useful 5-Y-0 mare ,with excellent record at Ascot ,including winning Ascot Gold Cup in 2013 ,finished excellent second in this years Ascot Gold Cup on her seasonal reappearance,only beaten neck by Leading Light .Also finished good second in Yorkshire Cup at York last time.Looks the one to beat if reproducing that form .
VERDICT : Estimate is 2LB clear on official ratings and looks the one to beat on her Yorkshire Cup form ,finishing 2.5 lenghs in front of Times Up ,though away from Ascot has never looked that reliable .Respected, though odds around 6-4 look short enough .
At the prices last years winner TIMES UP looks solid each-way bet at around 4-1.Goes particarly well here at Doncaster,winning 3 from 6 .Won this race last year in good style and looked to be coming to boil last time at York .
TIMES UP 2.40 DONCASTER
£50.00 EACH-WAY @ 4-1BET365* & LADBROKES*
1/4 ODDS 1-2-3
(UNPLACED SP 9-2 LOSS £100.00)