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It’s the final classic of the season, the William Hill St Leger at Doncaster and we could well be in for a massive shock with very little form wise between the whole field.
REKINDLING is one of only two horses (the other being Stradivarius) to race beyond and mile-and-a-half and he has shown great resolution and indeed class on both occasions.
First, he beat that good yardstick Wicklow Brave in the Curragh Cup and then improved again on that run when second to the ultra-smart former Ascot Gold Cup hero Order of St George in the Irish St Leger.
So staying power certainly won’t be a problem for this son of High Chaparral and indeed this long home run looks sure to suit him down to the ground on this forgiving soft surface.
He is closely tied in on my private ratings with Goodwood Cup winner Stardivarius. The latter outstayed Big Orange at the “Glorious” venue and has the high cruising speed to be in the thick of things at the finish here.
The one worry with this colt is that if there is any more rain then John Gosden feels it could severely comprise his chance.
Stable mate and sole filly in the race Coronet could therefore be the biggest danger, having run well behind the mighty Enable several times, getting closer on each occasion, culminating in an eyecatching staying on effort in the Yorkshire Oaks.
Of the remainder, Capri is no certainty to see this out as he was coming to the end of his tether in the Irish Derby, but Venice Beach remains a work in progress and may not have been suited to York last time out.
The Portland Handicap at 1.50 looks a wide open affair, but I am going to row in with my sporting nap of MOVE IN TIME (nap), one of the senior members in the field.
He is one of a few entries in this big field that won’t mind the prevailing ground and he has finally fallen to a fair mark of 89 having been rated 20lbs higher about 14 months ago.
The old boy gets the nod over the likes of Merlin, Spring Loaded and the consistent Stake Acclaim.
If more rains fall on Town Moor, BRETON ROCK can supplement his Goodwood success by taking the Park Stakes at 2.25, while the big two-year-old event, the Champagne Stakes at 3.00, may go to the Frankel colt Red Mist.
Away from Doncaster, at Chester CAPTAIN LARS (nb) is down to his last winning mark in the 1.30 and he can swoop late to see off Blythe Spirit and Impart. The latter is surely better than his performance last time out when he was a well backed beaten favourite.
At Lingfield the best bet could be PEPITA, who should land the 4.15, while I am rather sweet on the claims of LIKE NO OTHER in the 5.55. Les Eyre’s runner has fallen from a mark of 82 to 70 although he has to put behind him a moderate run last time out.
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