It's the second day of Doncaster's St Leger Festival and our pundit has three bets.
Although it’s only a small sample, the low numbers (far side) seemed to hold a slight advantage on the straight course here yesterday, so with that in mind, LEONTES (best price 14-1), handily housed in box five, should turn to be a leading player on account of the draw and his overall form and speed figures. Steadily progressing since finishing mid-division in the Windsor Castle at Royal Ascot, Andrew Balding’s arrives here off the back two victories over six furlongs and with the latest of those successes coming at the expense of two useful sorts at Chester, the 12lb subsequent rise to a rating of 93 looks well and truly justified. Admittedly, he did get the run of the race on the Roodee, but with his sectional times from the three furlong pole revealing he ran quicker than the older horse listed race won by Hillbilly Boy (Danzeno and Eastern Impact filling the places), those findings prove the son of Paco Boy has the kind of gear change that will always stand him in good stead in most races.
BRAZTIME (NAP) (best price 5-1) has shaped like a certain future winner on both her two starts to date and being one of the few with previous all-weather experience, tonight could well be night she strikes. Promising on her first outing at Leicester, Richard Hannon’s charge stepped up on that initial performance with another encouraging effort at Wolverhampton when staying on nicely in the latter stages of a strongly-run maiden at the Dunstall Park venue. The form of that race has already worked out well with the fourth horse home, Moonlit Snow going on to score next time out at Haydock and from a nice low draw, the daughter of Canford Cliffs has every chance of following suit.
MISSISSIPPI RIVER (best price 7-1) was quite an eye-catcher at Galway last time out and this lightly-raced 11-year-old makes quite a bit of appeal based on that performance. Spotted going extremely well heading towards two out at Ballybrit, Paul O’Flynn’s inmate was one of the chief sufferers when there was general scrimmaging on the home turn and even though he ran on nicely in the latter stages, he didn’t have enough time to make up the lost leeway. Prior to that unlucky effort, the son of Sadler’s Wells had run out an impressive winner over tonight’s trip at Cork and with rain forecast in the area in the build up to the race, he should have ideal conditions to run up to maximum capacity.