Timeform bring you their comprehensive runner-by-runner guide to Thursday's Park Hill Stakes at Doncaster and pick out their 1-2-3.
"That form sets the standard and she is bred to stay this even longer trip..."
Timeform on Alpinista
1. Dubious Affair (Charlie Fellowes/Stevie Donohoe)
Useful handicapper who won at Yarmouth and Doncaster in June, and Newbury (completed four-timer, by short head from Kepala) in July. Good three lengths second to Withhold in listed race at Newmarket last time, sticking to task after being off the bridle a long way out. More needed, though.
2. Makawee (David O'Meara/Daniel Tudhope)
Good-topped mare who finished second in Lancashire Oaks at Haydock (five and a half lengths behind Manuela de Vega) in July, and did well under circumstances when two and a half lengths third to Summer Moon at York last time, not ideally placed. Another who needs to raise her game.
3. Monica Sheriff (William Haggas/Tom Marquand)
Smart performer who won minor events at Haydock and Ffos Las, handicaps at Newcastle and Goodwood and Prix Belle de Nuit at Saint-Cloud (by one and three quarter lengths from Endorphine) in 2019. Shaped well after 10 months when four and a quarter lengths fourth of 21 to Fujaira Prince in Ebor (Handicap) at York last time, nearest finish and faring best of those held up. Very much caught the eye that day and worth her place in this line-up.
4. Vivionn (Sir Michael Stoute/Jim Crowley)
Good-topped filly who was a good one and three quarter lengths second of 10 to Gold Wand in listed race at York (beaten similar distance in last year's renewal) last time, keeping on well but not unduly punished. This requires more, but a consistent type who seems sure to go well again.
5. Alpinista (Sir Mark Prescott/Ryan Tate)
Well-related filly who won listed race at Salisbury (by three and three quarter lengths from Award Scheme) in August, and produced best effort yet seven days later when five lengths second to Love in Yorkshire Oaks last time, suited by the increase in trip. That form sets the standard and she is bred to stay this even longer trip, so looks the one to beat.
6. Believe In Love (Roger Varian/Andrea Atzeni)
Smart handicapper who won at Kempton in March, Goodwood in July and Newmarket (by four and a half lengths from Alemagna) in August. Completed four-timer in seven-runner event at Newmarket last time by 10 lengths from Mondain, suited by the early strong gallop. Very progressive and well worth her place in pattern company. Big danger.
7. Pista (Joseph O'Brien/William Buick)
$675,000 yearling who showed useful form when winning 10-runner maiden at Galway in August and was value for extra when following up in seven-runner listed race at Leopardstown last time by half a length from Sunchart, responding well to lead close home. Unexposed sort who is an intriguing runner here.
8. Snow (Aidan O'Brien/Frankie Dettori)
Sister to St Leger winner Kew Gardens who won maiden at the Curragh in June and Munster Oaks at Cork (by one and a quarter lengths from Snapraeceps) in July. Below form when 13 and a half lengths last to Enbihaar in Lillie Langtry Stakes at Goodwood last time, but better than that and worth another chance.
A comfortable winner at Salisbury 2 starts ago, ALPINISTA found another chunk of improvement when chasing home the all-conquering Love in the Yorkshire Oaks on her latest start and, with this even longer trip expected to suit, she earns the vote. The rapidly progressive Believe In Love benefited from the break-neck early gallop latest but is upwardly mobile and feared, along with Monica Sheriff.
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Timeform's Park Hill Stakes Analyst Verdict
A comfortable winner at Salisbury two starts ago, ALPINISTA found another chunk of improvement when chasing home the all-conquering Love in the Yorkshire Oaks on her latest start and, with this even longer trip expected to suit, she earns the vote. The rapidly progressive Believe In Love benefited from the break-neck early gallop latest but is upwardly mobile and feared, along with Monica Sheriff.
2. Believe In Love
3. Monica Sheriff