It’s a monster Classic Saturday on the main ITV network with eight races being shown, including the St Leger and main events from Leopardstown and Chester.
Let’s get straight to it and see what damage we can cause Paddy!
The show starts with the classy Group 2 Champagne Stakes for youngsters over 7f. I was hugely impressed with CHINDIT at Ascot last time and expect him to land this with ease for Richard Hannon and Pat Dobbs.
The son of Wootton Bassett blasted away from the field and had won well at this track previously. He looks really good.
Chester coverage starts with this Listed contest over an extended 1m4f. MORANDO is often a horse to take on, but everything is right for a big effort here for Andrew Balding and Rob Hornby. This distance is perfect and he has good course form and a high rating.
Now the Portland Handicap over an extended 5f. I tipped AMOMENTOFMADNESS in this last year and we’ll go with him again for Charlie Hills and Dane O’Neill. My hope was second in this race last year off a 4lb higher mark and won it off 8lb higher in 2018. He has every chance off 91 and returned to some form at Goodwood last time.
Now a handicap over an extended 1m2f. RESTORER is high in the weights now but goes well at this track for his owner who loves to win here.
Ian Williams trains and David Egan takes the mount on a horse who will appreciate a drop in trip after disappointing over further last time.
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A Group 2 here with the Park Stakes over 7f. ONE MASTER and Limato are specialist 7f performers and both have a great chance.
I’m going for the younger One Master, who was brilliant at Goodwood but not quite as good at York last time. She can bounce back for William Haggas and Tom Marquand. Wichita goes for the Classic generation but this won’t be easy.
It’s a real treat for ITV viewers to have the Group 1 Matron Stakes over 1m. In a big field I’ll take ALBIGNA as an eachway shout to bounce back to her best.
The brilliant juvenile has failed to shine this season, and was poor last time behind Thundering Nights at the Curragh. However, I have always been a fan and hope Shane Foley can get a tune out of her once again.
And now the Group 1 St Leger, a Classic over an extended 1m6f. I’ll be very surprised if SANTIAGO doesn’t take all the beating here for Frankie Dettori and Aidan O’Brien.
My selection was very good in both the Queen’s Vase and Irish Derby and was far from disgraced in the Goodwood Cup behind the older Stradivarius. He can score his second classic here.
What a race this is, the Group 1 Irish Champion Stakes over 1m2f. In a small field it’s hard to oppose the world’s top rated horse GHAIYYATH once again.
He should dictate easily – even if Armory tries to be a spoiler – and this track is good for front runner. To be honest, although he’s a short price, I’m amazed he is not even shorter for Charlie Appleby and William Buick. He’s travelled abroad before with success so that is not a worry.
Best of luck and pray for Yeeehaaas. You hear me Paddy?
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Matt Chapman’s betting tips summary – September 12
1.50pm Doncaster – Chindit
2.05pm Chester – Morando
2.25pm Doncaster – A Momentofmadness
2.40pm Chester – Restorer
3.00pm Doncaster – One Master
3.10pm Leopardstown – Albigna
3.35pm Doncaster – Santiago
4.10pm Leopardstown – Ghaiyyath
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