The Doncaster Cup is Friday's feature and top pundit Tony Elves has a strong fancy.
Luca Cumani has hit the crossbar quite a few times in the past fortnight but, if that situation hasn’t already been rectified by time of publishing, then Mizzou is fancied to hit the back of the net in the Group 2 250th Doncaster Cup at Doncaster (3.40) today.
The son of Galileo has been been trained with great patience and not over-raced by the wily Newmarket trainer, and that approach has seen Mizzou land the Group 3 Sagaro Stakes on his reappearance for the past two seasons. Cumani’s charge had two lengths to spare from Vent De Force in 2015 on fast ground and this year he once again showed his willingness for a battle when beating the race-fit Clever Cookie by a neck over the two mile trip in April on good to soft.
That superiority over that rival was increased over two and a half miles in the Group 1 Gold Cup at Royal Ascot in June where Mizzou ran the race of his life to be beaten only three lengths by the Coolmore juggernaut Order of St George with another of today’s rivals Sheikhzayedroad two and a quarter lengths back in third and Clever Cookie a further six lengths back in seventh.
Cumani immediately nominated this target for Mizzou as prequel to Champions Day at Ascot next month and he should have too much firepower for these rivals over looks an ideal trip of two miles and two furlongs. The excellent Andrea Atzeni gives further confidence in his chance and he looks worth a 2pt investment.
Earlier on the card is it speed that is the prerequisite in the Group 2 Pepsi Max Flying Childers Stakes (2.30) and the way the race is likely to be run could well suit TIS MARVELLOUS.
The Last Lion and stablemate Yalta have speed to burn and the latter had proved too hot to catch in the King George Stakes at Glorious Goodwood, before finding the older brigade too tough in the Group 1 Nunthorpe at York last month. That pace could well pay to the strengths of Tis Marvellous who is blessed with plenty of gears himself but had a thankless task trying to keep tabs on Wesley Ward’s bullet Lady Aurelia in the Prix Morny at Deauville. Chasing that filly took its toll in the closing stages when he finished last of the five albeit beaten only three and three quarter lengths.
Prior to that, Tis Marvellous had scorched to a two and a half length win from Al Johra over five and a half furlongs in the Group 2 Prix Robert Papin at Maisons-Laffitte in July and Adam Kirby is fancied to have Clive Cox’s colt handily placed before swooping in the closing stages. He looks worth a 1pt investment.
Young David Egan is starting to catch the eye of some of the best in the business and he can advertise his talents on board CLOUDBERRY in the Inkerman Handicap (4.40) at Sandown.
Cloudberry was ridden with some aplomb by Egan when beating Mister Music a length and a quarter in an apprentice handicap over a mile at Kempton a week ago and, unpenalised for that success, has every chance of following up on a course that should suit. Roger Charlton gives Egan the chance to shine again and the selection looks worth a 1pt investment.