Doncaster 1:50 El Hombre
You need to be drawn with the pace and get some luck in running in this cavalry charge and it looks as if we have a bit of ‘boot’ drawn around us in stall 20. That will help and after a record-breaking season last year El Hombre’s trainer Keith Dalleish is looking to get out of a slump. However, the horses have just started to run a little better recently, now could be the time to catch him at a massive each-way price.
Chester 2:05 Captain Courageous
Has slowly been working himself into form after three improving starts so far this season. Not miles behind the winner at Epsom last time and that was undoubtedly his best effort so far. He is fairly handicapped and has an ideal style of running for Chester. He can just sit behind the pace and pounce lat and lots of the others are woefully out of form.
Doncaster 2:25 Mustashry
Has bundles of top-class form over 1m plus, so it is very interesting that connections decide to drop him down to the long sprint of 7f for the first time in his career. He will need to be at the top of his game dropping back in distance, but is the top-rated runner on a 112 rating. If Sir Michael Stoute feels it’s the right move to drop back in distance – who are we to argue?
Chester 2:40 Blakeney Point
Looked as if his who season had been pointing towards the Ebor at York but the gamble was not rewarded although he didn’t run a bad race in fifth spot. He has solid course form at Chester and can return to the winners enclosure by stamping his class on this Listed contest.
Doncaster 3:00 Dark Vision
Brings in a three from three winning record and is a sporting selection to upset the long odds-on shot Too Darn Hot. He came from miles back to win at Goodwood but does have to shoulder a 3lb penalty for that Group 2 success. He will be held up and played late it’s a fascinating contest and he may just provide us with an upset to the Champagne Stakes.
Doncaster 3:35 Kew Gardens
I’ve long been a massive supporter of Aidan O’Brien’s runner and has done us a favour on more than one occasion. A step back up in trip is ideal for this stayer and he can end his season with a Classic success in the St Leger. I feel he will stay much further than this and could well be a long-range punt as a Royal Ascot Gold Cup horse next season.