It's the first day of the St Leger meeting at Doncaster and Alan Thompson is here with his two best bets from the card...
"Prior to the Group 1 prize money he collected in the Nunthorpe he confirmed his pattern class ability when winning a listed race at York in July"
Moss Gill can continue his good form
This looks like a fantastic renewal of the Scarbrough Stakes with some very classy runners taking part but I really like the look of Moss Gill who should be able to outclass his rivals.
James Bethell's four-year-old finished third in the Group 1 Nunthorpe behind Battaash when last seen, I thought that was an excellent effort, considering it was a slowly run race and he had to come from off the pace.
Prior to the Group 1 prize money he collected in the Nunthorpe, he confirmed his pattern class ability when winning a listed race at York in July. Dropping back into listed company today will be right up his street.
Dakota Gold is an interesting runner being turned out again very quickly, if he takes part, after finishing a good second on Sunday against Starman who is clearly destined for bigger things.
Michael Dods charge was less than two lengths behind the winner but almost five lengths ahead of the third which suggests the six-year-old is bang in form at the minute.
The quick turnaround after such a big race though is a concern, they did do this with him last year when he won back-to-back races with just a four day interval, but that was in handicap company and this is tougher.
Andrea Atzeni can rule Doncaster again on the classy filly Cloak Of Spirits
Andrea Atzeni often finds himself in the winners enclosure here and is on the crest of a wave after landing his 1,000th British winner last week. He rides Cloak Of Spirits in this race and looks to have a fantastic opportunity to get her head in front for Richard Hannon.
She was runner up to Arc favourite Love in the 1000 Guineas on her return and then finished third in a Group 3 at Deauville in August, on less than suitable ground. She ran well for a long time in the 1000 Guineas and appeared to just hit a wall inside the final furlong that day, which would suggest this drop back to seven furlongs is precisely what she needs.
The filly that finished ahead of my selection in France was Charlie Appleby's Althiqa and the consistent grey filly I expect will be on the premises again today. But it was heavy going in France and I think that suited the Godolphin filly more than Cloak Of Spirits who I expect to reverse the form today.
Another that could pose a real threat is Bounce The Blues, she is on a a very steep upward curve at the minute and the move from John Feane's yard to Andrew Balding could see her continue to improve.
2020 (prior to this week) : +3.69pts
This week so far...
Staked: 4 Pts
Returned: 0 pts
2020 P&L -0.31 pts
2019 P&L +0.31 pts
2018 P&L +82.29 pts
2017 P&L +53.30 pts
2016 P&L +15.23 pts