Five horses to look out for this week at Doncaster

Wed 13 Sep 2017

Harry Allwood takes aim at the bookmakers with five horses to look out for at Doncaster over the next three days, including a horse to take on William Hill St Leger favourite Crystal Ocean in the final Classic of the season on Saturday.

Billesdon Brook - William Hill May Hill Stakes – Thursday:

The Richard Hannon-trained daughter of Champs Elysees came from a mile back to win a 7f Nursery Handicap at Goodwood on soft ground in August and has since won a Group Three once again at the Sussex track.

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The consistent filly, who has not finished out of the first three in seven starts, shapes as though she will be suited by a step up to a mile. Her breeding indicates she will relish the extra distance, too.

The Mark Johnston-trained Nyaleti heads the betting and will prove hard to beat on her best form. She needs to bounce back, however, having disappointed at Deauville last time out and has question marks to answer regarding the trip and ground.

Billesdon Brook is versatile ground-wise and can land a hat-trick at 11-2.

Melodic Motion - DFS Park Hill Stakes – Thursday:

The Ralph Beckett-trained daughter of King George and Eclipse winner Nathaniel completed a hat-trick in a 1m4f Handicap at Newmarket in July and the form of that race has worked out well.

The lightly raced three-year-old then finished third behind the Charlie Appleby-trained Endless Time in a 1m6f Group Three at Goodwood on soft ground which was her first attempt over that trip.

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Splitting the pair that day was the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Dubka, who she is set to meet again.

However, there should be more to come from the progressive Melodic Motion, who is versatile ground-wise and she can reverse form with Dubka on the surface. The 9-2 is fair.

Great Prospector - Weatherbys Racing Bank £300,000 2-Y-O Stakes – Thursday:

Great Prospector finished a close second behind the Richard Hannon-trained Tangled in the Goffs Premier Yearling Stakes over six furlongs at York last month.

The Richard Fahey-trained two-year-old had previously finished third behind the Aidan O’Brien-trained Gustav Klimt in the Group Two Superlative Stakes over seven furlongs at Newmarket.

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Tangled renews rivalry in this race but Great Prospector can reverse the form with more progress likely having had only three runs. Soft ground would be a question mark but the colt is sure to go close if he handles conditions and the track will suit.

The fact that Dark Angel is his dam sire, gives a certain confidence that the going should not be a problem and 4-1 looks juicy.

Byron Flyer - William Hill Mallard Handicap – Friday:

Byron Flyer, who has some smart form over hurdles next to his name, has looked unlucky not to get his head in front on the level this season.

The Ian Williams-trained six-year-old finished runner-up in the Shergar Cup Stayers Handicap at Ascot last month behind the Jim Goldie-trained Euchen Glen and had finished second in two handicaps prior to that.

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The gelding is versatile ground-wise and has an abundance of stamina, having won over 2m4f over hurdles.

He now has a career high rating of 93 to contend with but is sure to go close again and Williams has booked the services of Ryan Moore.

Defoe - William Hill St Leger Stakes – Saturday:

Defoe, who is unbeaten in four starts this season, won the Group Three Geoffrey Freer Stakes at Newbury last month.

That was just shy of the St Leger trip and, although the Roger Varian-trained colt is yet to prove he stays 1m6f I am confident he will.

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His rider, Andrea Atzeni, has won two of the last three renewals of this race and feels the colt is best suited on soft ground. The galloping track is also a positive.

Further improvement is likely from the progressive three-year-old and he can provide Atzeni with yet another success on Town Moor, where he has such a fantastic record.

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