Thursday’s NAP comes from Doncaster for the opening day of the Betfred St Leger Festival.

NAP of the Day

  • 17:20 Doncaster – Mafnood @ 9/4

I’ve already tipped MAFNOOD in my piece looking specifically at Day 1 of the Betfred St Leger Festival at Doncaster, but as he’s easily my most confident fancy of the five UK & Irish meetings on Thursday, I’m making him the NAP of the Day too.

Richard Hannon’s son of Kingman has been awarded an opening mark of 84 ahead of his first venture into handicap company, which I suspect could prove rather generous.

I wouldn’t have said that after his first two starts, but his much-improved, winning effort in a red-hot novice at Haydock last month suggested this is a colt going places.

That form has received several boosts since. Touch The Moon, who was runner-up to the selection that day, has since beaten the 88-rated Magsood at Carlisle – the same venue where the fourth-placed Victory Shout followed up with an emphatic 9L success.

To add further substance to Mafnood’s Haydock victory, the third-placed Whiskey Pete’s narrow debut defeat to Charlie Appleby’s Aablan was advertised when the latter – who is entered in the G2 Betfred Champagne Stakes later this week – won the G3 Solario Stakes at Sandown earlier this month.

The short of it? That’s clearly strong form, especially in the context of Thursday’s 0-95 nursery handicap over 7f.

Tom Dascombe’s Nellie Leylax is essentially up 9lbs for winning what looked a poor race at Haydock last time out and the form of Politico for Charlie Johnston looks modest at best.

Cuban Slide, Double Jump and The Camden Colt are all difficult to advise, which just leaves Marcus Tregoning’s Spanish Blaze.

He’s not without a chance, but ultimately I’d be surprised if, in receipt of only 2lbs, he was up to beating the selection, who looks to have an outstanding chance of taking the lucky last at Donny.

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