14:10 Doncaster Fri 13 September 2019

  • Japan Racing Association Sceptre Stakes (Group 3) (Fillies And Mares) (Class 1)
  • 7f 6y, Good to Firm
  • 13 Runners
  • Winner£34,026.002nd£12,900.003rd£6,456.004th£3,216.005th£1,614.006th£810.00
  • Surface: Turf
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Winning time:1m 23.4sOff time:14:12:42
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(1)
49-5OR: 104D
11/2

Winner of Group 3 Oak Tree Stakes at Goodwood last year, and made a winning return in this grade at Lingfield. Below form on both starts since, but possible to make excuses, and claims if her draw doesn't prove an inconvenience as it did last time.

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2
(12)
49-2OR: 91D
20/1

Useful handicapper at this trip, winning at Newmarket in July. Not at all disgraced in similar event at York last month, but taking a market step up in class now, and needs to excel herself.

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(7)
49-2OR: 102D
7/1

Running to a solid and consistent level in defeat this season, and matched previous form when an unlucky 1¾L fourth of 10 to Suedois in Supreme Stakes at Goodwood last time. Repeat of that would put her bang there back against her own sex.

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(13)
49-2OR: 98BF
16/1

Best effort this year when 2¼L sixth of 17 in the Oak Tree Stakes (7f, G3) at Goodwood, but couldn't back that up when only third in minor company at Salisbury last time, and others more convincing on balance.

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(5)
49-2OR: 99
14/1

Second to Agrotera in a Listed race at Kempton on her return, and claims on that form, but she does seem a little better on AW than turf, and latest fourth of 8 to Duneflower in a similar event at Ascot needs building upon.

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(6)
49-2OR: 98
9/2

One of a few who flopped in the Oak Tree Stakes at Goodwood, but reliable on the whole and back to her best when 1¾L fourth of 8 to Lavender's Blue in Atalanta Stakes at Sandown last time. Place claims here.

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8
(14)
38-12OR: 105
8/1

In the frame in the 1000 Guineas and the Jersey Stakes this year, which shows her ability, but she's not maintained her progress, and behind Di Fede when last of 10 in the Supreme Stakes at Goodwood last time. Better than that, but must show it now.

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9
(3)
38-12OR: 97D
11/1

Progressive handicapper who won at Newmarket on her penultimate start, and ran at least as well when second of 9 to Lady Lawyer at Chelmsford last time. This is tougher, but dangerous to underestimate.

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(2)
38-12OR: 91D
15/2

Rapidly improving filly who made all to easily land a 7f novice at Kempton last month, and while she's asked a much more serious question here, she looks well worth a try in Pattern class, and is one to keep on side.

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(4)
38-12OR: 101D
8/1

Smart juvenile, and runner-up in the Nell Gwyn at Newmarket in the spring. Not really gone on from that despite some respectable efforts at this sort of level, and she looks vulnerable again.

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(8)
38-12OR: 90D
18/1

Took advantage of falling handicap mark when winning at Salisbury (7f) in July, and produced a better effort to follow up at Newmarket next time. Much more on her plate, but is at least thriving at the right time.

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(11)
38-12OR: 99
22/1

Much her best effort when landing a Listed race at Naas in July, but she has struggled since then, for all she faced a very stiff task in the City of York Stakes last time. This is more realistic, so not ruled out entirely.

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(9)
38-12OR: 99D
33/1

Been found wanting in Listed company either side of winning a 6f handicap at Newmarket in July. Not out of it if refinding that form, but the balance of form raises doubts about the validity of that standout win.

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Non-Runners

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(10)
Fille De Reve6
49-2OR: 87
T: Ed WalkerJ: S W Kelly

Last Year's Winner

DRAWHORSEAWGTSP
4Dancing Star59-27/2Full Result
T: A M BaldingJ: Oisin Murphy

Betting

Forecast

Solar Gold (9/2), Pretty Baby (11/2), Di Fede (7/1), Farzeen (15/2), Mot Juste (8/1), Angel's Hideaway (8/1), California Love (11/1), Preening (14/1), Foxtrot Lady (16/1), Posted (18/1), Breathtaking Look (20/1), Servalan (22/1), Fille De Reve (25/1), Sunday Star (33/1)

Verdict

The upwardly-mobile Farzeen is making her debut in Pattern company, but such was the manner of her latest win that she demands respect, but marginal preference is for DI FEDE, who would have finished much closer with a clear run in the Supreme Stakes last time, and is proving very consistent. Pretty Baby and Angels Hideaway need to bounce back from disappointments, but have the form to get involved, and can't be ruled out.
  1. Di Fede
  2. Farzeen
  3. Pretty Baby

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