Tomorrow’s final classic, the Group 1 St Leger (14f; Doncaster; 3:20 p.m. GMT) provides one of the season’s best betting opportunities in REWILDING (BANKER BET) who has looked a St Leger winner since staying on into third in the Derby despite clearly not handling the peculiarities of Epsom.  He’s a half brother to top class mare Da Re Mi (recently retired) and couldn’t have been more impressive on his lone run after the Derby when slaughtering a high class Great Voltigeur field at York by 4 lengths.  Get in early and often while he remains odds against as I’m certain he’ll be odds-on by post time.  So  long as the ground gets no faster than good, he’s a cinch.  Midas Touch should again follow him home in what should be a BANKER EXACTA.


The day’s best value bet, however, comes in the Portland Handicap (5f140y; Doncaster; 2:45 p.m. GMT) where TIDDLIWINKS (nap) can finally break his duck on turf after twice being victimized by poor draws in the Stewards Sprint at Goodwood and the Great St Wilfred at Ripon.  Unlike Rewilding, he won’t want too much rain and, if the ground comes up softer than good, punters can switch to POET’S PLACE who is unexposed and progressive but appears to me to be ground dependent.

On the Doncaster Saturday card, I also like RAINFALL (Group 2 Park Stakes; 7f; 3:55 p.m.) to keep on improving and capitalize on the unusually quickish conditions in the autumn.  Contrary to the inference from her name, she will not want it too soft and, if it rains heavily, it’ll be wide open but a flutter on Shakespearean would not be too far wrong.  Finally, open the card with Frankie Dettori and SAAMID (group 2 Champagne Stakes; 2yos; 7f; 2:10 p.m.) whose impressive debut was reminiscent of Workforce last year.

Good Luck!


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