The Colour of money
Simon Holt previews Friday's action at Doncaster and fancies Colour Vision to win the feature race.
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2pts win Colour Vision in 14.20 Doncaster at 7/2 (Ladbrokes, Stan James).
1pt win Sir Prancealot in 13.15 Doncaster at 3/1 (General).
1pt win Ollie Olga in 14.55 Doncaster at 4/1 (General).
The Stobart Doncaster Cup is the latest of the renowned staying championship races and could see a return to winning form for Gold Cup hero Colour Vision.
The Saeed bin Suroor-trained grey has made great improvement during the last 12 months and should relish every yard of this two-and-a-quarter mile trip despite having to shoulder a penalty for his Royal Ascot success.
Colour Vision showed stamina is very much his strong suit in June and maybe the drop in distance and undulating course didn't suit him quite so well when only third behind Saddlers Rock in the Goodwood Cup next time; even so, he still had subsequent Lonsdale Cup winner Times Up well behind him in seventh.
By rights Times Up should confirm Lonsdale placings with the runner-up High Jinks but I am a great fan of the latter who looks as though he will be well suited by this course and distance (and won his maiden here last year).
He is very much a horse to keep an eye on in the future having had just eight career starts so far.
Saddlers Rock, who took this prize 12 months ago, was a big disappointment at York when racing far too freely in the lead. Faster ground conditions here could be more to his liking but this lightly-framed sort might not want too much racing - at his best, he must be thereabouts.
Last year's St Leger winner Masked Marvel ought to be a threat to all but he was a bit disappointing at Newbury last time and just doesn't seem to be quite firing at present.
Earlier, Sir Prancealot could be the one for the Polypipe Flying Childers Stakes, dropping back to five furlongs after two good efforts behind leading juvenile Reckless Abandon in both the Prix Robert Papin and the Prix Morny over six in France.
Richard Hannon's colt again appeared to find six furlongs just beyond him at this stage of his career when fourth behind Dawn Approach in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot in June and, on all these bits of form, has a strong chance here.
Later, the Barrett Steel May Hill Stakes seems to hinge on lines of form through last weekend's impressive Moyglare Stud Stakes winner Sky Lantern who, on previous starts, had been beaten by Certify and Ollie Olga - big rivals here.
Frankly, there is little between the two fillies on those efforts but I liked the way Ollie Olga knuckled down when beating Sky Lantern at Goodwood and, with Certify pulling quite hard before her second success at Newmarket, perhaps Mick Channon's filly could prove best now that they are both stepped up to a mile.