It is time to put on your lucky pants, polish up your best pair of punting boots as it’s time to go in again! Four days at Doncaster for the St.Leger meeting, an excellent two days of Champion action in Ireland at the weekend and the Ayr Western Meeting is only a week away!
This summer hasn’t been easy with so many yards having health issues but it does go some way to explain the inconsistencies of the form book! It was noticeable at both Goodwood and York how often the market got it right whereas the form students were a mile away.
Looks like the Going generally will be no quicker than Good for the foreseeable future with Soft perhaps creeping in from Saturday onwards.
We will need to be on our toes as some of the handicappers we have been waiting for are entered up in Ireland in their big pot handicaps. Withernsea (2nd in same race in 2015 off 7lbs lower) and George Bowen (Won this race last year off 2lb lower), both have form in Ireland and both have entries over Champions weekend.
So today I fancy two saddled by #FantasticMrFahey.
Carlisle 4.00 DARK DEVIL At the beginning of the season my thoughts were “Two promising seconds in C4 maidens before narrowly getting home in a C5 maiden over 7F at Redcar. Travels well and looks a trier. He has already been gelded and 3yo mile handicaps look to be his bag.” However connections seemed to think he stayed 10F but after two poor runs he is back at a mile with his preferred easier ground off 3lbs lower. Taking on older horses for the first time he also gets a 6lb weight for age allowance and represents some excellent each way value. One star* each way @ 12/1 general.
Doncaster 4.10 STAMP HILL I am a big fan of this horse who was impressive winning first time up at Pontefract in C3. He hasn’t had the best of luck since racing in C2 events, no room at Goodwood (twice!) and left in front too soon at Epsom. My notes say “This gelded son of Zoffany should pay his way in 6/7F handicaps. C2 7F 3yo should be fine. Won’t mind Soft in the going.” Has the trip and the ground today and hopefully Roll on Rory can give him the pace Stamp Hill needs to aim at. Two star** win at 7/2 general.