The final day of Doncaster’s Betfred St Leger Festival takes centre stage on Sunday afternoon and is joined by meetings from Musselburgh and Listowel, where the week-long Harvest Festival gets up and running with a National Hunt card.
The highlights at Doncaster include the Group 3 Sceptre Stakes (3.35) and the Betfred Scarborough Stakes (4.10) and we have three Sunday selections for consideration.
15:35 Doncaster – Vetiver @ 8/1
The market for the Japan Racing Association Sceptre Fillies’ Stakes is headed by Cachet, last year’s 1000 Guineas winner at Newmarket. George Boughey’s filly has a super record first-up, but it is still a concern that we haven’t seen her in 457 days.
At the prices, she can be opposed.
A solid alternative is VETIVER for Andrew Balding in the Cheveley Park silks. The Twilight Son filly is a three-time winner in five career starts and each of those successes has come with ease underfoot.
The latest win came in June at Carlisle (7f, soft) as she held off the re-opposing Dandy Alys by a half-length to bag the Listed Eternal Stakes.
This is another step up the ladder for Vetiver, but she has clear room for further improvement. She is a perfect 3-3 under PJ McDonald and her trainer has won this Doncaster race three times in the last five years.
She’s on the Most Napped table via the Betfred Betfinder and is appealing at double-figure odds.
17:20 Doncaster – Slingsbytoo @ 9/1
The finale on Town Moor is the KC Sofas Michael Charnock Memorial Handicap over 5½-furlongs and SLINGSBYTOO is another pick from the Most Napped table via the Betfred Betfinder taken to shine at a decent price.
The Michael & David Easterby-trained 3YO has done well since cheekpieces went on, scoring at Catterick (5f, good to soft) in July either side of solid runs here of 6f/5f.
He was second last time under Joanna Mason at the minimum trip and he retains scope for better as a sprinter.
This first go at the intermediate sprinting trip could see him shining from an unchanged mark, especially with the prospect of a good pace to aim at.
This is a Betfred Super Extra Place Race (four places) and Slingsbytoo should be in the mix for one of those places.
17:10 Musselburgh – It’s Good To Laugh @ 15/8
With Friday’s Chester winner Baez now an absentee, the Musselburgh Gold Cup could be teed up for IT’S GOOD TO LAUGH to get back to winning ways.
The Jennie Candlish-trained 6YO has gone a dozen runs without a win but the recent signs have been suggesting a change in fortunes isn’t far off.
He has been second in both recent starts at Chester over 1m6½f/2m and did very little wrong in either instance.
This mark of 87 should allow him to get his head in front and with Baez gone, Oisin Orr’s partner is taken to see of last week’s York scorer Yorkindness and land this feature race at the Edinburgh circuit.