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Thomas Hobson
Thomas Hobson

Get the latest from connections and Man On The Spot's verdicts ahead of Friday's feature action at the St Leger Festival.

2.25 Wainwrights Flying Childers Stakes

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Views from connections

Richard Spencer - Rumble Inthejungle:

"I don't think he has got a bad draw and the ground should be OK by Friday, as from what I've seen I don't think there is any more considerable rainfall. He is in good shape and I couldn't have him any better. I'm looking forward to it. We've got to respect all the other runners, but we are just concentrating on our lad really.

"He is just getting more professional. He is very professional in his home work and has shown that on track. He is a joy to have around. He is very straightforward and his work in between Goodwood and now has been good, so hopefully he can translate that to the track.

"I am looking forward to stepping him up another furlong after this, but God willing it all goes to plan on Friday."

Archie Watson - Soldier's Call and Shumookhi

"Things didn't go his way in the Molecomb and there was a bit of scratching heads afterwards, but I don't think he particularly enjoyed the downhill part of the track. It was good to get back on track in France and I've been very happy with him since. He deserves to take his chance and I'm hoping he runs a good race."

"Shumookhi did it well at Newbury and really put the race to bed well. She is a very quick filly and I think she has improved throughout the year. She is Group Three-placed and a Listed winner, so it would be nice if she could pick up a bit more black type. I would prefer the central draw they both have rather than being on one of the wings. "

Rumble Inthejungle wins the Molecomb
Rumble Inthejungle wins the Molecomb


3.35 Doncaster Cup Stakes

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Views from connections

Assistant trainer Patrick Mullins - Thomas Hobson, Max Dynamite and Renneti:

"Thomas Hobson and Max Dynamite have both been a bit below par since coming back from Melbourne, but this looks a lot more open than they have contested so far so we are hoping they can return to form.

"We know Thomas Hobson acts on the track, as he has run well on it before. I suppose he is our best chance and he has Ryan Moore on board, but they are three good horses on their day.

"Obviously Renneti is a bit of a Jekyll and Hyde character. We thought he ran a very good race at Royal Ascot and hopefully he will run like that again. These extreme trips on the Flat seem to suit him, but it all depends which Renneti turns up when the stalls open."

Jedd O'Keeffe - Lord Yeats:

"We are going into the unknown trip-wise, but we'd be very hopeful he will stay. He's definitely bred to stay and when we ran him over a mile and seven furlongs in France earlier in the year he had no trouble staying. I remember PJ McDonald saying afterwards we could go as far as we want with him.

"We were thrilled with way he ran in Ebor last time, but the ground was too lively for him to be at his best. He will be a level above that on slower ground. We don't need it to be soft or heavy, but the slower side of good is definitely preferable for him."

Ian Williams - Saunter:

"It was soft when he won the November Handicap and probably plenty quick enough for him in the Ebor. He's up in distance, but I wouldn't have entered him if I didn't think the trip was within his compass. I'd be happy enough he will stay.

"Stradivarius is spending his million quid and it's a relatively small entry for the race. It's a big ask, but I'd be confident of him putting up a reasonable performance."

Anthony Honeyball - Jukebox Jive:

"He's got a fair bit to find and will be the outsider of the lot, but I'm not fazed by that. He's a good solid stayer with a very good attitude. We go there thinking he will have more of a squeak than his price suggests and that he will outrun his odds.

"We can't explain why he ran so moderately at Ascot last time, when we really fancied him to run well and he went off favourite. He seems absolutely fine and this was always the plan afterwards. He'd been in good form before Ascot and hopefully he will be more competitive this time."

Saunter lands the November Handicap at Doncaster
Saunter lands the November Handicap at Doncaster


Man On The Spot verdict

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Only a neck separated THOMAS HOBSON and Sheikhzayedroad when they filled the places behind Desert Skyline in this last year and there is likely to be little between the pair again if they both run up to their best. Willie Mullins’ stayer, sixth later in the Melbourne Cup and lightly campaigned this season, can confirm the form, however, as his old rival has been a bit disappointing since returning from Dubai. Mullins also runs Max Dynamite and Renneti but they have both become disappointing. Algometer is probably the Simcock second string and this company looks too hot for Saunter, Lord Yeats and Jukebox Jive.

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