Advised Saturday Morning 12th September

Racecourse: Doncaster
Time: 13:15
Date: 12/09/2020
Horse: Diocles Of Rome
Current Odds: 11/1 William Hill, Bet365 & Betvictor, all 3 places.
Advised Stake & Bet Type: 0.5 Point Each Way
Selection Reasoning

Diocles Of Rome is overpriced at 14/1 following an eye catching return to action last month. That run was here over 7 furlongs on fast ground in a very competitive class 2 handicap. The winner Magical Wish franked the form with a close runner up effort at Goodwood on soft ground behind Cold Stare. Diocles Of Rome finished off his race strongly last month having got outpaced approaching the final furlong ending up fifth but beaten less than a length. That comeback run should bring him forward and this race looks to have been the plan as he won here last season over 7 furlongs when accounting for Tommy Taylor by two lengths. The drying ground will suit and Harry Bentley rides form a good high draw in stall 12. Magical Morning should go well dropping back to a mile having not stayed at Goodwood but is rather short at 4/1 due to his connections.

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Racecourse: Doncaster
Time: 14:25
Date: 12/09/2020
Horse: Wentworth Falls
Current Odds: 12/1 William Hill & Paddy Power paying 6 places else 11/1 Skybet 6 places
Advised Stake & Bet Type: 0.5 Point Each Way
Selection Reasoning

Wentworth Falls has been well backed but remains of interest at double figure prices. We backed him in this race last year when he met all sorts of trouble before coming with a wet sail all too late claiming fifth place. Back in 2018 he placed third behind Amomentofmadness who lines up again and is the likely pace angle to this race. In fact, both Amomentofmadness and Justanotherbottle will go forward and are drawn close to Wentforth Falls. Connor Beasley will be at pains to get a nice posse in behind those pace horses and if he can slot in behind it will give Wentworth falls a big chance of finally landed this prize. Doncaster brings out the best in Wentworth Falls as he won here over 6f in June proving he is as good as ever. A rating of 94 looks fine and the good ground is fine.

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Racecourse: Doncaster
Time: 14:25
Date: 12/09/2020
Horse: Wedding Date
Current Odds: 33/1 Paddy Power paying 6 places else 28/1 William Hill & Skybet 6 places
Advised Stake & Bet Type: 0.5 Point Each Way
Selection Reasoning

Wedding Date ran well in Stewards Cup when bang in contention a half furlong from the line only to run out of petrol and lose a few positions near the line. The Stewards Cup is as competitive a handicap as you will find any year so she relishes big sprints where the pace is generally strong. There should be a fast pace on here thanks to Amomentofmadness and Justanotherbottle and a positive is both of those pace horses are drawn close by. Theodore Ladd is a particularly good claiming jockey who takes off 3lbs and is back onboard having ridden this filly in the Stewards Cup. She is running consistently well all summer without getting her head in front so today might just be her day. We can forgive her latest run as the ground was too soft and she broke slowly.

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Racecourse: Doncaster
Time: 15:35
Date: 12/09/2020
Horse: Hukum
Current Odds: 7/2 William Hill, Unibet, Bet365 & Betvictor
Advised Stake & Bet Type: 1 Point Win
Selection Reasoning

Hukum remains unexposed and has the most potential to improve in this race. He has progressed well this season enjoying going out in trip winning twice. At Ascot he beat Kipps giving weight away on his first start in a competitive handicap. However, it was last time out at Newbury that he confirmed himself as a serious Leger contender when beating Max Vega over 1m5.5f on good to soft ground. His trainer mentioned that this horse has speed and he doesn’t see him as a cup horse next season. That is a positive as he can travel and quicken against mainly gallopers in this race. Pyledriver is the big danger but there is more a question regarding his stamina than Hukum.

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Racecourse: Leopardstown
Time: 14:35
Date: 12/09/2020
Horse: Buildmeupbuttercup
Current Odds: 8/1 Skybet, Unibet & Ladbrokes, all paying 5 places & BOG
Advised Stake & Bet Type: 0.5 Point Each Way
Selection Reasoning

Willie Mullins has an enviable record in this staying premier handicap race having supplied the winner twice and runner-up the past three years. The runner up placed finisher was Buildmeupbuttercup last year when just held by the 3yo Dermot Weld trained Kastasa. This year Buildmeupbuttercup is back to try again off a 5lb higher mark (99) which is negated by the booking of 5lb claiming jockey Joey Sheridan. Our selection should appreciate the better ground having run well without winning at the Galway Festival. She did win a listed mares’ hurdle race at Killarney last Month so arrives here in good form for the champion jumps trainer.

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Racecourse: Leopardstown
Time: 16:45
Date: 12/09/2020
Horse: Escobar
Current Odds: 16/1 William Hill paying 4 places else 16/1 generally
Advised Stake & Bet Type: 0.5 Point Each Way
Selection Reasoning

I am backing our old friend Escobar whom we backed to land the Balmoral Handicap from Lord North on British Champions day last season. He is too big a price relative to Safe Voyage whom he finished in front of at Goodwood in the Group 2 Lennox Stakes. We accept that Safe Voyage beat Escobar easily at York but our selection needs a strong pace up front to be seen at his best. He ran well back at Goodwood two weeks ago behind Happy Power in a slowly run race finishing third. The key is going up in trip to a mile on a stiff course. The favourite Century Dream might prefer softer going while Lancaster House couldn’t win this race last season as a 3yo in receipt of 5lbs. In an open looking race I feel Escobar is a cracking each way shout.

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**Next Selections due Date & Time:

Sunday Morning 13th September ~11:00

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