Doncaster selections Friday 10th September
Sadly the lack of rain has denied us the prospective clash of top stayers Trueshan and Stradivarius in the featured Doncaster Cup. However we do have two competitive handicaps to get stuck into after the big race. We made it 3-4 on the week with Call Me Ginger (advised 9/2) winning on Thursday.
Doncaster 3.15: Sevenna Star
The prevailing quick ground will not suit many of this field, but Irish raider SEVENNA STAR won’t mind it and he can make the journey over worthwhile from Emmet Mullins yard, who don’t normally return empty handed from a foreign raid.
This horse was good enough to win a Group 3 when trained by John Gosden in his younger days. Admittedly his form then fell apart after finishing unplaced in Masar’s Derby win in 2018. A change of yard to John Ryan was no help and this horse has tumbled down the ratings for a couple of years now.
Mullins took over his training this year and he had three outings over hurdles in the spring, where perhaps his ling term future lies. However since returning to the flat last month, he has looked much more like his former self. He came from a long way back to finish second around Tramore’s tight track and again made up good late ground at Killarney last time. This more galloping track should suit him far better with the long finishing straight giving him more time to build that late momentum once more.
Doncaster 3.45: Able Kane
In cracking form all season, ABLE KANE has been running as well as ever of late and this extended 6f should prove ideal.
He has only been out of the first three once in seven starts, winning at Leicester in May, making use of that undulating track to maximum effect. More recently he was second in the Stewards Cup consolation race at Goodwood, and then again at the same track on his last start. In between times he was staying on too late into third at Newmarket.
Those last two tracks favour early speed far more and whilst he does have pace, it is his strong finish that is his real strength and this track will help bring that out much better – as will the extra half-furlong. Interestingly the visor has been left off today, so as long as that has no negative effect, Able Kane looks booked for a strong placing once more with Oisin Murphy back on board.
1pt win – Sevenna Star – 3.15 Doncaster – 7/2 general
1pt each-way – Able Kane – 3.45 Doncaster – 13/2 general (most bookies 1/5 odds 1st 4)