We’ve got lots of racing to look forward to across the UK & Ireland on Thursday, with Day 1 of the Betfred St Leger Festival at Doncaster very much the main attraction.
It’s Ladies Day on Town Moor, with the action fittingly spearheaded the Park Hill Stakes – the race commonly known as the Fillies’ St Leger – at 3.35.
Joining Doncaster are meetings at Ffos Las, Chelmsford, Naas and Epsom – with the latter staging the Jump Jockeys Derby.
Amongst our fancies on Thursday are Crack Of Light for in-form William Haggas in the Doncaster feature.
15:25 Epsom – Fulfilled @ 10/3
At Epsom, some leading names from the world of National Hunt racing are in town for a chance to excel themselves over the course and distance of the world’s oldest Classic in the Jump Jockeys Derby.
David Simcock has secured the services of Nico de Boinville to partner Fulfilled and the Ulysses gelding looks a good shout in this contest.
He remains lightly-raced and has three wins in ten turf starts, the latest at Lingfield over this sort of trip in June. He went close again in a useful race at Windsor last month after a short break and didn’t get much luck at Beverley last time in the Silver Cup last time behind a well-supported favourite.
He’s still got some mileage in his mark and should give his Gold Cup-winning pilot a nice spin around Epsom.
15:35 Doncaster – Crack Of Light e/w @ 12/1
The Fillies’ Leger looks a wide open contest as we get our first look at a race over the famous Classic course and distance of this year’s meeting.
It’s 3/1 the field at morning prices, with Paul & Oliver Cole’s Sumo Sam atop the betting. The Nathaniel filly excelled herself when all-the-way winner of Lillie Langtry Stakes at Glorious Goodwood six weeks ago and has proven form on testing ground. Conditions were very testing that day, however, and she may get a better test of her credentials now.
Golden Lyra is apparently the first-string for William Haggas, with Tom Marquand on board after a good run in a Deauville Group 2 last month but stablemate Crack Of Light is interesting in the hands of Cieren Fallon for owner Anthony Oppenheimer.
The Kingman filly was a Listed winner at Longchamp (1m4f, good) in June and comes here having herself gone close in Group 3 company at Deauville last month on soft ground. That could be good form and she threatens further progress upped in distance. She’s on the Most Napped table via the Betfred Betfinder for today’s action and looks a really interesting each-way contender at Donnie.
19:30 Chelmsford – Justcallmepete @ 4/1
Justcallmepete has really found his grove on the all-weather this year, with his tally now showing six wins in 17 starts on the synthetics after he scored over this course and distance a fortnight ago.
Indeed, he had also managed to show improved form on turf since returning from a break in June, going close at Windsor and Newmarket over this trip, before finding bottomless ground against him in a rare below-par effort at Glorious Goodwood.
He rebounded from that with his latest win over C&D and, despite a 5lb rise, more Chelmsford success may beckon for Dougie Costello’s likeable partner.