Dave Nevison's top tips for Wednesday: Dettori can be a marvel on Magica

By Dave Nevison@nevisondave
Wed 9 Sep 2020

Dave Nevison has three selections for the first day of the St Leger meeting at Doncaster plus has another fancy at Kempton.

2.10 Doncaster: Makanah

I am going to give another chance to this horse to prove himself up to Listed class in the hope that Doncaster, a track he has won and run well at, will suit him better than Beverley did last time.

He ran OK at Beverley in the Bullet but this race may be run to suit him better with Dakota Gold, who won on that occasion, possibly being pressed for the lead. Makanah looked very capable of getting to Listed level when winning on his reappearance at Newmarket and I think he just needs the breaks. His trainer remains in very excellent form.

2.40 Doncaster: Roca Magica

The Leger legends is not the race it normally is this year but this one will still be ridden by a legend and looks to have a lot in his favour. He has not won on an easy surface but on the few occasions he has run on it he has gone well enough to think Wednesday’s going will not hinder him too much.

He is a regular winner at this trip and definitely looked as though he was running back into form over 7f at Yarmouth last time. The big field and guaranteed strong pace will give Frankie Dettori every chance to put his name on the famous roll of honour.

3.45 Doncaster: Strait Of Hormuz

This track will suit this horse so much better than the tightness and short finishing straights at Chester and, to a lesser extent, Ascot. The big field should ensure a good test at the trip, so he has every opportunity of running to his best or even improving.

I have regularly mentioned my admiration of his trainer, Jedd O’Keefe, and he has done well to book Andrea Atzeni, who in my view rides Doncaster better than anyone. The ground will certainly not be an issue and with some fancied southern rivals in the line-up he should be a price.

4.05 Kempton: Eastern Star

Is back down to the mark he ran really well off at Windsor in July and I fancy he can lose his maiden tag here for Tony Carroll.

There is no doubt he has been well-handicapped for a while and he was 9lb higher not that long ago in Ireland but strong handling would seem to be important to him.

He has run well enough under inexperienced 7lb claimers but I am expecting Franny Norton to make a difference.

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