Thursday’s Doncaster meeting is all about the juveniles and it can pay to follow a trainer in form in these contests.
William Haggas’s string is flying at the moment and the hat-trick seeking Glitter Girl 1.55pm can add to his impressive recent figures. Haggas has saddled 18 winners and 24-placed horses from his last 69 winners (before yesterday) which translates into a 26 per cent strike rate. He’s not showing any signs of stopping soon and this filly has a Group 2 entry after wins at Thirsk and Catterick.
She should be too good for Karl Burke’s Seduce Me who won a maiden at Ripon and was third in a Conditions race last time out at the same venue.
The Group 2 May Hill Stakes is not as good a race as it has been in the past but there are a couple of form-lines to go on as some of these fillies have clashed already this season.
Mark Johnston’s Kilmah came out on top at Goodwood last month ahead of Urban Fox, Tiburtina, Grecian Light, and Rich Legacy, but the latter didn’t really get the run of that 7f race.
John Gosden’s Blending is improving. She finishing third to today’s rival Grecian Light when the pair made their debut at Newmarket before beating Peak Princess on her second start.
But with the step up to a mile here Ralph Beckett’s Rich Legacy may prove too strong on a track that should really suit.
The trainer can double up in the Group 2 Park Hill Stakes (3.05pm) where he throws two darts at the board in Pamona and Simple Verse who was eventually awarded the St Leger last year on appeal after being demoted on the day. She later won the Group 1 Fillies & Mares race on Champions Day at Ascot.
She obviously comes good at this time of year and that’s important with the fillies. She can get back to winning ways with Sir Michael Stoute’s York winner, Abingdon, the main danger.
There’s a lot of money on offer in the two-year-old Stakes race (3.40pm) and Richard Hannon’s Stormy Clouds has already bagged one of these big prizes and looks to have a great chance again.
Hit the Frame
Just below her though at the foot of the weights is Spiritual Lady who has a really strong chance of hitting the frame at least where the step up to a stiff 6f on slow ground will really suit.
Reigning champ Silvestre De Sousa is in the saddle again like he was for her debut win at Newmarket as he chases Jim Crowley down hard in the jockey’s title race to try and retain his title.