Timeform Shortlist: Doncaster, Saturday 27 October

Horses at the finish
The Group 1 Vertem Futurity Trophy is the feature race from Doncaster on Saturday

Timeform's free shortlist comes from Doncaster on Saturday...

"...only just denied by a more experienced and already high-achieving colt in the Autumn Stakes..."

Timeform on Magna Grecia

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1.45 Hilton Garden Inn Doncaster Stakes (Listed) (1) 6f2y

Timeform Top Rated:
114p 6. SAN DONATO Roger Varian Andrea Atzeni
112 10. KODYANNA Richard Fahey Paul Hanagan
112 2. BARBILL Mick Channon John Egan

Analyst's Verdict:
Several promising types on show here and San Donato could be the pick of them. Indeed, Roger Varian's charge was pretty impressive at Kempton last time and is expected to take this step up in class in his stride. Breath of Air's performance at Newbury suggested that he is also ready for a bigger league and the Bated Breath colt is next on the list. Barbill should also have a part to play.


2.15 Scott Dobson Memorial Nursery Handicap (3) 7f6y

Timeform Top Rated:
111 3. CONSTANT K. R. Burke Richard Kingscote
109p 4. HAPPY POWER Andrew Balding David Probert
106 2. LINCOLN PARK Michael Appleby Alistair Rawlinson

Analyst's Verdict:
It could be worth giving another chance to Constant, who had looked highly progressive prior to his disappointing York effort last time and appears on a decent mark for his handicap bow. Happy Power and Lincoln Park rate the principal dangers.


2.55 Vertem Very Different Stockbrokers Handicap (2) 1m3f197y

Timeform Top Rated:
112 10. WESTERN DUKE Ian Williams Stevie Donohoe
111 7. MUKHAYYAM Tim Easterby Robert Dodsworth (7)
111? 11. SEPAL Michael Dods Andrew Mullen

Analyst's Verdict:
In a tricky-looking contest, the vote goes to Finniston Farm, who will appreciate the return to this longer trip and remains on a workable mark. The consistent Busy Street looks sure to make his presence felt again, whilst Western Duke lurks on a dangerous mark and should be straighter for last month's yard debut.


3.25 sunracing.co.uk Handicap (2) 5f3y

Timeform Top Rated:
120 18. DUKE OF FIRENZE David C. Griffiths Josephine Gordon
119 12. HOLMESWOOD Michael Dods Callum Rodriguez
119 13. EVERGATE Robert Cowell Tom Marquand

Analyst's Verdict:
Though others arrive here with more compelling recent form, Sir Robert Cheval is on a good mark judged on 2017 exploits and could be worth chancing. Indeed, his latest effort at Yarmouth was encouraging and the forecast slower ground is a plus. Back to form when striking at Ascot last time, Erissimus Maximus has to be feared, along with the Michael Dods-trained duo Dakota Gold and Camacho Chief.


4.05 Vertem Futurity Trophy Stakes (Group 1) (1) 1m

Timeform Top Rated:
126p 7. MAGNA GRECIA Aidan O'Brien Donnacha O'Brien
125 8. PHOENIX OF SPAIN Charles Hills Jamie Spencer
119p 1. CIRCUS MAXIMUS Aidan O'Brien W. M. Lordan

Analyst's Verdict:
Magna Grecia was only just denied by a more experienced and already high-achieving colt in the Autumn Stakes at Newmarket 2 weeks ago and can provide Aidan O'Brien with a ninth success in this. Turgenev has gone from strength to strength since beaten by a subsequent Group 1 winner on debut and is feared most ahead of the already-smart Phoenix of Spain.


4.35 crownhotel-bawtry.com Optional Claiming Handicap (2) 7f6y

Timeform Top Rated:
117 10. BREANSKI Jedd O'Keeffe Graham Lee
116 7. SHARED EQUITY Jedd O'Keeffe Jack Garritty
115 18. ORIENTAL LILLY Jim Goldie Kieran O'Neill

Analyst's Verdict:
C&D winner Breanski is only 2 lb above his last winning mark and hasn't been seen to best effect in recent outings. He could be the answer to an open-looking contest. Alaadel, Hayadh, Muntadab and Ripp Orf complete the shortlist.


5.10 Lexus Sheffield Apprentice Jockeys' Training Series Final Handicap (4) 7f6y

Timeform Top Rated:
97 10. KNOWING GLANCE Richard Fahey Russell Harris (5)
96 1. TOUGH REMEDY Keith Dalgleish Andrew Breslin
96 4. INTERNATIONAL MAN Richard Fahey Sebastian Woods

Analyst's Verdict:
This drop back in trip should suit International Man, who performed with credit despite appearing to find 10.2f too stiff a test at York last month. He remains on a workable mark and could be the answer. Tough Remedy's recent spin at Ayr will have blown away the cobwebs and he is feared most ahead of the selection's stablemate Knowing Glance. Kyllachy Dragon is also one for the shortlist.


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