Thursday, September 14, 2017

3.35 Doncaster 2M 2F Doncaster Cup G2 (Fri 15th Sep )

On Friday we have day three of the St Leger Festival ,with the feature race the group two Doncaster Cup at 3.35. 

9 runners declared for the £100,000 Doncaster Cup over 2M 2F ,on ground described as soft . This looks decent staying group two contest .The three main contenders look to be Sheikzayedroad , Thomas Hobson & Desert Skyline .

SHEIKZAYEDROAD : 8-Y-0 Gelding ,winning 11 out 41 ,including winning this race last year over C&D .Has shown some creditable form this season without winning ,including finishing fair 4TH in Lonsdale Cup last time .Will be suited returning to this C&D ,though the stable are struggling for winners ( 0 out 29) in September .

THOMAS HOBSON : 7-Y-0 Gelding ,winning 5 out 10 on the flat , including bolting up by 6L in 2M 4F Ascot Stakes in June ,off mark 100 .Also finished fair 2ND in Queen Alexander over 2M 5F at Ascot .Bit disappointing in Lonsdale Cup ,though raced very freely that day .Obvious claims if returning to Royal Ascot form,with Ryan Moore back in the plate  .

DESERT SKYLINE : 3-Y-0 Gelding ,winning 2 out 9.Been in decent form this season without winning ,including  finishing creditable 3RD in G1 Goodwood Cup in August .Also finished good 2ND in 1M 7F group two contest in France last time .Unproven over this longer trip ,though is lightly raced over staying trips .

VERDICT : THOMAS HOBSON should go well returning to this longer trip ,having looked very impressive when winning Ascot Stakes at Royal Ascot under Ryan Moore back in June .Can be forgiven for poor run in Lonsdale Cup last time ,having raced far too freely .Odds around 6-1 look solid E/W value with Stan James .

£30.00 EACH-WAY @ 6-1 STAN JAMES 
(SECOND SP 4-1 PROFIT +£6.00)

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