Doncaster St Leger Festival: All Friday's best bets in one place

  • Max Liu
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Harrow wins at Doncaster
Harrow won at Doncaster on Thursday but what will triumph today?

The action steps up a notch at Doncaster's St Leger meeting on Friday so get our horse racing experts' best bets and insight for the card...

"I expect Armor to bounce back to form in this contest and would have put him in shorter than the currently available prices in what doesn't look a very strong race for the grade."

Back Armor to win 14:10 Doncaster @ 2.89/5

Daily Racing Multiple: A boosted 20/1 double early doors at Doncaster

Al Dudman returns to Doncaster for Friday's double, tipping two horses in the first few races that, when combined, have been boosted to 20/1 on the Betfair Sportsbook. You can read about the first leg of today's double below and read the article to get the second part.

Al says: "Trainer Charlie Appleby has struck with a couple of winners at the St Leger meeting with Modern News one of them, who was a winner for us yesterday, and I'm going down the Godolphin route once again with a newcomer in the opener at 13:10.

"The 7f looks a good starting point for this son of the late, revered Darley great Shamardal, who is bred to win first-time out as his dam (also trained by Appleby) won on her debut five years ago. One of his relations also scored first time off the shelf.

"The blue silks have been carried to success in this race on two occasions in the last three renewals albeit for Saeed bin Suroor, and while half of the field have some experience, the time figures and form shouldn't pose too much of a threat to potentially some above average sorts."

Alan's bet: Back today's enhanced racing double on the Sportsbook @ 21.020/1

Mark Milligan's Tips: Armor to bounce back to form

Mark Milligan has taken a look at the Friday of Doncaster's St Leger meeting and selected a couple to back including one that won for the column in July.

Mark says: "Stepped up in trip and class in Group 1 company at Deauville last time, Amor ran below his Molecomb form but still managed to finish fourth behind Richard Fahey's Perfect Power. It could be that a six furlongs was just beyond him at this stage, for all that his pedigree suggests he should be better over further than the minimum trip.

"With his impressive Goodwood win still relatively fresh in the memory, I expect Armor to bounce back to form in this contest and would have put him in shorter than the currently available prices in what doesn't look a very strong race for the grade.

"With around 9 lb in hand on Timeform ratings, it's going to take a big step forward from one of his rivals to defeat Armor this time, who could afford to run a little below form and still likely get the job done."

Mark's bet: Back Armor to win 14:10 Doncaster @ 2.89/5

Timeform: Flying Childers Stakes runner-by-runner guide

Timeform bring you their comprehensive runner-by-runner guide to the Flying Childers Stakes at Doncaster on Friday and pick out their 1-2-3. Note the encouraging crossover with Mark's piece.

Timeform say: "Amor was a course-and-distance winner on debut who improved massively when landing the Molecomb Stakes at Goodwood. He wasn't so good in the Prix Morny last time, though he is back in calmer waters now returned to five furlongs. He is very much the one to beat...

"Bond Chairman was bread to be sharp and justified support on debut over five furlongs at Musselburgh. Got back on track when fourth in the Windsor Castle but was brushed aside over six furlongs in listed company at Newbury and is now back in trip."

Timeform's bet: Back Amor to win the 14:10 at Doncaster @ 2.89/5

Timeform: Three best bets for Friday at Doncaster

You already have Timeform's best bet (see above) but find out what else makes their top three starting with one in the 15:45.

Timeform say: "A competitive sprint, but the pick is Chairmanoftheboard, who has now slipped 1 lb below his last winning mark and shaped very well at Thirsk last time.

"He was slowly into stride and met some trouble in-running over a furlong out before finishing well under a hands-and-heels ride. He stays a mile well enough, so this extended six furlongs won't be a problem, and he is a handicapper to keep on side at present."

Timeform's bet: Back Chairmanoftheboard @ 6.05/1 in the 15:45 at Doncaster

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