ALBASHEER has only won a Doncaster novice race, though he couldn’t have been more impressive in doing so.
The fourth and fifth from that race (who were both a long way behind) have both won, so it looks useful form. However, it was the extremely fast sectionals he produced that make him stand out even more.
Chindit is a very solid opponent, with his race from Ascot working out very well. Although, I’m hoping he won’t have the gears to cope with Albasheer here.
HUKUM has improved massively with every start so far and won the Geoffrey Freer Stakes at Newbury a lot easier than the winning margin suggested.
This is his first start in a Group 1, but I would be disappointed if he isn’t up to the task and would be even more disappointed if he is not involved in the finish.
I can see this Sheila Lavery-trained filly being completely overlooked in the opening race of the Irish Champions Weekend. MIRAMIS ran much better than finishing result when making her debut in the Group 2 Debutante Stakes.
She missed the break and then travelled particularly sweetly until running out of gas late on.
She should improve greatly for that effort and we know Lavery is an excellent trainer when it comes to these two-year-old fillies in particular.
EMPEROR OF THE SUN has been kept busy this season, but his form keeps getting stronger and a repeat of his last three runs should put him very close here in a competitive handicap.
CADILLAC returns to the scene of his impressive debut win and sets a high standard for the others to aim at.
His sectional time there indicated he had the potential to be top class and he can be forgiven a defeat at the Curragh on account of the soft ground.
He is much better than he showed there and I can seeing him being far too good for his rivals before stepping up to Group 1 company on his next start.
The form this year may fool some in to thinking SOTTSASS is not as good as many make him out to be, but pitch him into a truly run race with race fitness under his belt and he’s very good.
He has a long record of needing a run and isn’t best suited by the slowly run race which saw him scrape past Way To Paris in the Prix Ganay at Chantilly in June.
This horse has run in two proper Group 1 races in his life, he beat Persian King by 2 lengths in a record quick Prix Du Jockey Club and his third place finish in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe was the best run by a three-year-old anywhere in the world last year.
This will be his third go in such elite company and he won’t disappoint.
An impressive winner of this race last year TOTALLY BOSS bounced back from a couple of below par runs to finish second in a Grade 2 at Keeneland last time out.
His best trip is 6 furlongs and is clearly suited by the unique test that Kentucky Downs poses. Expect him to book his ticket to the Breeders Cup here.
* Prices on our snazzy new bet widget are bang up to date.
13:50 Doncaster – Albasheer
14:00 Leopardstown – Miramis
14:35 Leopardstown – Emperor Of The Sun
15:35 Doncaster – Hukum
15:40 Leopardstown – Cadillac
16:10 Leopardstown – Sottsass
23:36 Kentucky Downs – Totally Boss
- St Leger tips: Paul Jacobs delivers his verdict on the Doncaster showpiece
- Horse Racing Tips: Mick Fitz’s luxury lucky 15 for a stellar Saturday’s racing on ITV
- Horse Racing tips: Matt Chapman’s eight best bets for a Classic Saturday on ITV Racing
- Horse Racing tips: Jason Weaver wonderful wagers for Saturday’s ITV Racing
- Horse Racing tips: Paul Jacobs’ 4 best handicapped punts on Saturday
- Horse Racing tips: Our 4 fab fancies for Leopardstown on Saturday
- Irish Champion Stakes tips: Our complete runner-by-runner guide to Saturday’s race