By The Tote Team www.tote.co.uk
We’re one day away from the St Leger itself, but before the final Classic of the season, there is another great day’s racing in store on Town Moor on Friday.
Seven races at Doncaster begin at 1.10pm, but it is just the first six we are interested in for Placepot purposes.
It’s set to be more of the same in South Yorkshire on Friday, as sunny spells and the absence of rain means we’re likely to have Good ground all afternoon, and in all probability into the weekend too.
More often than not riding the big names in the big races, Frankie Dettori takes a trio of rides that could go off at reasonably big prices on Town Moor on Friday - and all three have some sort of squeak.
Not only has Frankie hit the frame on four of his seven Doncaster rides this term, but since returning from his French stint, Frankie boasts a more than solid 42% place-rate.
MOHAWK KING (Leg 4 - 2:40), RED VERDON (Leg 5 - 3:15) and NEW MANDATE (Leg 6 - 3:45) get the Dettori assistance and all warrant consideration for your Placepot.
He probably won’t go off favourite, but last year’s winner of the Mallard Handicap, SLEEPING LION (Leg 2 - 1:40) is expected to run a big race and looks sure to be in the first three.
James Fanshawe’s gelding returned to the track after a nine month break following his Doncaster triumph at Newbury in June. He looked in need of the run that day, before returning with a pair of placed efforts over two miles. Back at the course and distance he recorded a career best, reunited with the in-form Jamie Spence, off a mark just 3lb higher, he is expected to carry players through the second leg.
A couple at bigger prices are where we are looking in Leg 3 of the Placepot (2:10). TRANCHEE has been nothing but consistent since joining David Loughnane, hitting the frame on four of his six starts. While he’s vulnerable for win purposes, his mark remains set at 88, so it would only take a repeat of his run last time when second at Haydock to be in the mix.
DANZAN is another who is a place regular, filling the runners-up spot on his last three outings. Those runs have been over 6f, where Tim Easterby’s charge has been finishing strongly. Another 111 yards to tackle here could see him get even closer to winning under Duran Fentiman.
Eleven two-year-olds, 10 of which have won previously, go to post for the final leg (3:45) of the Placepot, the Listed Flying Scotsman Stakes. Maiden winner One Ruler looks like he will go off favourite, but having not mixed it at pattern level before, we’re prepared to look elsewhere.
SPYCATCHER had a couple of today’s opponents in behind when running a huge race to finish second in the Acomb Stakes. That was a huge improvement from his debut, clocking a great speed figure behind the winner Gear Up.
NEW MANDATE may have only won a handicap last time out, but not only does he have the assistance of that man Frankie Dettori, but he’s been progressing nicely with each run. A son of the hottest first season sire on the block, New Bay, Ralph Beckett’s charge is expected to come on again and could hit the frame at double figure odds.
Leg 1: 4
Leg 2: 4
Leg 3: 5,8
Leg 4: 2,10
Leg 5: 1,7
Leg 6: 5,9
1 x 1 x 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 = 16 lines
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