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Man On The Spot previews the second day of the Labdrokes St Leger meeting from Doncaster.
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13.15 European Breeders' Fund Carrie Red Fillies' Nursery
Neither Jamesbo's Girl, only beaten a head at Leicester when chasing a four-timer, nor Steer By The Stars, beaten the same distance over 7f at Haydock in July, can be left out of calculations in this as they haven't done a great deal wrong so far.
The former is trained by Richard Fahey, who also runs Strange Magic, while the latter's handler Mark Johnston is also represented by Pure Excellence and penalised Musselburgh winner Tussie Mussie.
Nargys may have too much weight, however, while Penny Garcia and New Falcon could also struggle off their new ratings and Royal Steps and This Is Nice are struggling to get their heads in front. ANNECDOTE was value for more than the head by which she beat Botanica at Salisbury last month as she encountered traffic problems when beginning her run.
The runner-up has franked the form since, at Goodwood, and Jonny Portman's improving daughter of Lucky Story could be the answer to this tricky opener.
13.50 Japan Racing Association Sceptre Stakes
Regal Realm is talented-but-inconsistent and has a penalty for her victory in the Oak Tree Stakes at Goodwood last month. She had both Inetrobil and GAMILATI behind that day but the Godolphin filly had her excuses as that was her first run for six months and her first on Turf for a year having won twice on Tapeta at Meydan over the winter.
She never figured from a wide draw but it shouldn't be forgotten that she won a Group 2 as a juvenile and Mahmood Al Zarooni wouldn't be persisting with her if it wasn't worth the effort. She can recoup losses though Sentaril is interesting as she was second over this trip in the Jersey Stakes at Ascot in June and may have found York's 6f too sharp next time.
Radio Gaga, the much-improved I'm So Glad and the Irish filly Coolnagree have each-way claims while tough handicapper Bonnie Brae looks the best of the older fillies but needs it softer and three-year-olds tend to dominate this contest.
14.20 Weatherbys Insurance 300,000 2-Y-O Stakes
Hototo, winner of the Listed Windsor Castle Stakes over 5f at Ascot in June, is clearly very tough and bounced back to winning ways in a similarly valuable sales race over 6f at York last month.
He has another half-furlong to cover on this stiffer course, however, which may just find him out and we fancy the less-exposed FLYMAN to have his measure. Richard Fahey is particularly sweet on the chances of his unbeaten York and Nottingham winner who has a nice turn of foot and, being by Pastoral Pursuits, should stay the extra.
Lyric Ace is potentially the best of Richard Hannon's trio but didn't appear to stay 6f at Ripon last time and more interesting is the filly The Gold Cheongsam, on a hat-trick after back-to-back wins at Newmarket.
Parliament Square also goes on the short-list as he ran a cracker when third to Reckless Abandon in the Prix Morny at Deauville, though the blinkers he wore in France are replaced by his usual cheekpieces here and he is conceding weight all round. Haafaguinea should win more races and looks the pick of the remainder.
14.55 DFS Park Hill Stakes
A tricky contest to evaluate as a few of these have already met this season, with varying results. Wild Coco beat Jehannedarc and Queen's Vase winner Estimate over this trip at Goodwood on her reappearance but doesn't stand much racing and whether she'll reproduce that form here is questionable.
Estimate's trainer Sir Michael Stoute also has Monshak in the line-up but she refused to race at York last time having looked a progressive filly at Chester in July. Kailani beat Hazel Lavery over 1m2f at Newmarket in May and again had Charles Hills' filly behind when seventh in the Ribblesdale at Ascot.
The latter was also behind Wild Coco at Goodwood but did beat AMBIVALENT over 1m4f at Newmarket in July. Roger Varian's charge left that form behind when beating good yardstick Set To Music on much quicker going at Newbury next time, however, and has a generally progressive profile.
Her breeding suggests she'll enjoy the more searching test of stamina so she gets a tentative vote with the hat-trick-seeking Gallipot and Cracking Lass likely to find this too tough, though Richard Fahey's five-year-old did finish ahead of Bite Of The Cherry at York last month.
15.30 crownhotel-bawtry.com Irish E.B.F. Maiden Stakes
Ennistown ran green on his debut at Newmarket but kept on well in the closing stages and Mickael Barzalona has chosen him ahead of stablemate and newcomer Winterlude.
Space Ship should also have learned plenty from his fourth at Sandown and started favourite that day, but Sicur may need more time and only beat one home on his introduction at HQ.
EMULATING also began his career on the July course and was an eye-catcher when fifth to Timoneer having just got outpaced over that 7f trip. The extra furlong should be right up his street and Richard Hughes takes the ride in preference to debutant Lions Arch. Newcomers to note for future reference are headed by Glenard and the Medicean colt Tuscan Fun.
16.05 Ladbrokes Bingo Handicap
Elusive Flame won the fillies' nursery at this meeting last year and has been in decent form again lately, winning at Newmarket last month. Sohraab has place claims again but is still 4lb higher than his last winning mark, though 4lb better off with Prodigality than when just behind the top weight at Ffos Las last time.
Seeking Magic has every chance on his latest third at Goodwood but is closely matched with Mappin Time on their run together at Haydock in the spring while last month's Newmarket winner Medici Time never seems to run two races alike, though has won off this mark in the past.
GOLDREAM is untried at this level and was raised 4lb after winning at Newmarket but he's yet to run a bad race over this trip and Richard Hughes' presence in the saddle is a definite plus. He'll almost certainly give backers a run for their money, though Roker Park is undoubtedly well treated at present and it would be no surprise to see him in the firing-line as well.
16.35 DFS Handicap
Trade Storm found a nice turn of foot to beat Strictly Silver over a mile at York and has nothing to fear from Sandagiyr on that run but he's only raced over this longer trip once before, on Polytrack, so still has questions to answer.
Specific Gravity was a useful three-year-old and won easily at Newmarket last month. He could improve further while Spanish Duke has been showing signs of a revival and wasn't beaten far when fourth in a hot handicap at York last time. He beat Resurge at Epsom last year.
BLACK SPIRIT hasn't won for more than two years and never beyond a mile but his half-length second to Gatewood over 1m2f at Ascot in June, when conceding 2lb, is excellent handicap form and he went very close over C&D at this meeting 12 months ago. Clive Cox's charge can notch a rare success.