By The Tote Team www.tote.co.uk
Day two of the St Leger meeting at Doncaster, and a Placepot pool of extremes. Big fields, small fields, handicaps and conditions events make the six-leg bet an interesting one on Thursday.
The first race gets underway at 1.10pm where we see the return of 2019 St Leger winner Logician. Below, you will find some handy pointers. Best of luck!
Perfect racing ground is the order of the day, with Good ground forecast at Doncaster with warm, dry weather likely to ensure it remains that way for the next few days. There will be few excuses in terms of the ground in South Yorkshire on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Joseph O’Brien has been a great friend to Placepot players over the last fortnight, with a very healthy 62 per cent of his runners finishing in the frame in that period. He sends two across the Irish Sea to Doncaster on Thursday, with both looking to have place chances.
UBUNTU (Leg 3 - 2:10) was only beaten half a length in the Group 3 Flame of Tara Stakes at Leopardstown last month and could take another step forward in the May Hill Stakes, while PISTA (Leg 5 - 3:15) has recorded back-to-back victories, most recently when stepped up the Park Hill trip in the Vinnie Roe Stakes last time out. Another performance like that could see her trouble the judge.
It may be setting us up for a fall to put a 1/6 shot as a potential banker, but if 80 per cent fit, LOGICIAN should have enough to account for his sole rival in the opener (1:10). Last year’s St Leger hero hasn’t been seen since that day a year ago due to a serious stomach condition, and is an exciting favourite for Thursday’s curtain raiser. The form of his St Leger is looking decent 12 months on, with the likes of Nayef Road, Dashing Willoughby and Technician looking bright stayers for years to come.
This is a big drop in trip, but his opponent, Mythical Magic, has to answer questions about whether he’ll stay 10f. John Gosden’s grey could control this race to ensure the Godolphin miler is taken out of his comfort zone.
TITAN ROCK (Leg 4 - 2:40) has looked a work in progress on all three outings to date, showing plenty of inexperience en route to victory at Goodwood on his penultimate start. Pitched into the Acomb on his most recent appearance, John Quinn’s charge was far too keen over the 7f trip and never landed a punch. Slightly down in trip, dropped in class, and with a bit more street sense about him, the son of Belardo might just surprise one or two people.
In the final leg of the Placepot (3:45), another chance is given to BLACK CASPIAN. Kevin Ryan’s three-year-old put up a career best when hitting the frame in his first attempt at a Class 2 last time out. He faded in the final 100 yards of that mile contest, so a step back to 7f could be a positive. He’s got a 5lb swing in the weights with likely favourite Jumaira Bay for a three-length beating when the pair clashed in July.
After a two runner affair to kick us off, 17 go to post for a tricky Nursery Handicap at 1:40. Two, or even three, representatives is advised here with the vast majority holding some sort of claims.
The pair we’re siding with are SPRIGHT and VENTURA DIAMOND, who have both finished behind the pacy Miss Jingles over 5f this season. Both juveniles have shown more when upped in trip, with the former scoring nicely at the expense of a subsequent Listed third at Chester last time out. VENTURA DIAMOND was slightly disappointing as favourite when upped to 7f on his last outing, but we’re inclined to put that down to the trip, rather than lack of class. Back down in distance, he’s worth another chance.
Leg 1: 1 Leg 2: 2,7 Leg 3: 8,9 Leg 4: 4,9 Leg 5: 5,7 Leg 6: 8,13
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