Paul Ferguson has two selections for us today. Beaten Up in the 4.10 (Donc) and Carlingford Lough in the 5.30 (Galw). Compare odds and bet.
The St Leger meeting kicks off at Doncaster this afternoon and there are a couple of interesting conditions event on the Town Moor on day one.
Firstly, impressive Haydock winner Ribaat makes his second racecourse appearance in the 6f juvenile contest, where he bumps in to Queen Mary fourth Upward Spiral and Cour Valant who looked good when winning at Nottingham last month.
The former was an expensive purchase who looked rather green on debut, while Upward Spiral was well fancied when fourth to stable-mate Ceiling Kitty at Royal Ascot. This is a decent little event and one that should be watched closely.
Later on the card Swedish Sailor makes his belated return to action in the extended 1m2f event. The Godolphin three-year-old looked a really good prospect when beating the smart Noble Mission in soft ground at Yarmouth on his sole start at two, but he will need to be pretty good indeed to take this after a 323 day lay-off, especially with Beaten Up (4:10) in opposition.
William Haggas’ four-year-old takes a huge drop in class here, having trailed home behind St Nicholas Abbey in the Coronation Cup when last seen. The course-and-distance winner was sent off just 3/1 that day and only 7/2 for the Dubai Sheema Classic the time before, on both occasions racing too keenly for his own good.
The son of Beat Hollow had looked a horse full of potential when beating Al Kazeem in the Group 3 St Simon Stakes last October and this is the perfect opportunity for him to return to winning ways.
If back to his best and Johnny Murtagh is able to settle him, he will take plenty of beating. The selection was trading at 7/4 with Bet365 last night, while Hills and Paddy Power were as short as 5/4 and 11/8, respectively.
Over at Galway the highlight of the card is without doubt the chasing debut of the rapidly improving Carlingford Lough (5:30) who is likely to be sent off pretty short, but should be very hard to beat.
John Kiely’s six-year-old has twice won at the track, latterly at this year’s Festival where he fairly bolted up in a competitive handicap hurdle off a mark of 129. He had earlier won as he liked at Bellewstown and make his fencing bow whilst at the top of his game.
From the family of Thisthatandtother, he has the look of a chaser and connections will no doubt be disappointed if he can’t make a winning start here before going on to bigger and better things throughout the winter. If you’re not prepared to take the likely odds today (tissue of 8/13) be sure to see how he gets on with the future in mind, as he is a very bright prospect indeed.
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Last Year’s Book Results – Leading Prospects:
- SPRINTER SACRE – Unbeaten – winner at Aintree & Cheltenham
- SIMONSIG – Winner at Aintree & Cheltenham
- CINDERS AND ASHES – 10/1 winner of Supreme Novices Hurdle
- BOBS WORTH – 9/2 winner of the RSA Chase
- MENORAH & SILVINIACO CONTI – Both Aintree Winners
- SIR DES CHAMPS – Unbeaten inc 3/1 Jewson Cheltenham Winner
- FINGAL BAY – Won 4 times inc Challow Hurdle
- RAYA STAR – 10/3 winner at Wetherby, 12/1 Ladbroke Hurdle winner, 15/2 Scottish Champion Hurdle winner
- AMBION WOOD – 14/1 EBF Final Sandown winner
- CHAMPION COURT – 6/1 G2 Dipper Novices Chase winner
- PALACE JESTER – 14/1 winner at FFos Las
- SWINCOMBE FLAME – Hat-trick winner inc Lanzarote Hurdle at 9/2
- TEAFOR THREE – 5/1 NH Cheltenham Chase winner (Manifesto Novices’ Chase)