The Kent St Leger is up for verdict at Crayford this evening and you can catch it live on RPGTV (Sky 431). Darrell Williams pinpoints the best bets on the card...
"She (Sheldan) has clearly improving since reaching the Golden Jacket semi finals judged on her runs in the preliminary rounds of this event, can sit handy and get what I expect to be a winning first run on the pacesetter"
Last week's semi finals certainly didn't go completely to plan resulting in a final which none of the runners have reached unbeaten.
Antigua Fire, so narrowly denied in the track's signature race the Golden Jacket over the same 714m trip back in the spring is understandably favourite but appears short enough in the market. While her run behind subsequently eliminated Stardom in a fast heat the previous week doesn't appear quite so bad in hindsight she will need to do it the hard way with speedy Roxholme Dolly on her outside.
No dilly dallying for Dolly
Hayley Keightley's bitch looks nailed on to lead but stamina doubts were clearly apparent last week and she is readily opposable. With the favourite's kennelmate Brigadier Bullet - winning for the third time in five starts over the CD in the semis - also tagged wide drawn in trap four it could easily get messy for the Mark Wallis pair and I'm drawn towards the runners on the inside.
Bell can go well
Beechgrove Bell has clearly been under rated with previous 800 yard form in Ireland and could again outrun her double figure odds but it's Sheldan that is of most interest. Kevin Boon's bitch already has a big prize in the locker having claimed the Summer Stayers Classic at Monmore in August, also from trap one where Antigua Fire was amongst her victims. A subsequent Champion Stakes finalist at Romford she has clearly improving since reaching the Golden Jacket semi finals judged on runs in the preliminary rounds of this event, which includes by some way the fastest time in the semi-finals. While she is unlikely to match Roxholme Dolly early on she can sit handy and get what I expect to be a winning first run on the pacesetter.
Lucy pick of the Ladies
Ballynabee Lucy was having her first race since April when runner up in a 540m Open early last month and can confirm that promise over the same trip in a Ladies contest (20:51) Expected to lead up the inside Samantha West's charge who has a three from eight record over this trip can hold off strong running Leemount Venus who is arguably more effective elsewhere but should be included in the forecast.
Magical Houdini has been in flying form with back to back sprint wins at Hove on the back of a 400m Romford success and should enhance an already excellent (three from five) record over the 380m trip (20:34). Pesky Pheasant is no slouch at trap rise but I expect Belinda Green's charge to again emerge on top.
Poet could tell the tale
Brinkley's Poet, track record holder over 380m is an intriguing entrant in the 540m Maiden. An early elimination in the East Anglian Derby although yet to win in seven starts from trap one he has a good make up inside five seeded rivals and can get first run. In form Mary Goodnight, fourth in the Derby at Yarmouth may struggle to get to grips first time here and is opposable.
Bockos Tiger denied his chance when stinking early on last time can return to winning ways in the Hurdle Open (19:43) but in selection terms Snowdon Archie (20:00) is more price playable from what appears an ideal make-up inside seeded rivals in a winnable 540m contest (20:00)