KEW GARDENS (3.35) remains a confident selection in the William Hill St Leger, although the late decision to run Lah Ti Dar came as a bit of a shock to those of us holding ante-post vouchers on the Irish runner!  

Aidan O’Brien’s son of Galileo has matured through the summer months, kicking off with a win in the Queen’s Vase at Royal Ascot, followed by Group 1 success in France. Kew Gardens stayed on stoutly into third behind Godolphin duo Old Persian and Cross Counter in the Great Voltigeur at York, at a time when several of the Ballydoyle horses weren’t firing on all cylinders. This extended 1m6f trip should bring out the very best in Kew Gardens. 

Lah Ti Dar tackles stronger opposition but looked very good at York. If the principals are too skinny a price for your tastes, then Old Persian or Loxley would be the most obvious each-way alternatives. 

The Portland Handicap has drawn a maximum 22-runner field and MARNIE JAMES (1.50) is the each-way call. Iain Jardine’s three-year-old has enjoyed a profitable summer, thumping Eeh Bah Gum by four lengths at Haydock in early July.

The handicapper hasn’t given him any peace since but Marnie James showed he could be competitive off his higher mark by running second of 15 at Goodwood before finishing third to Eeh Bah Gum at York last month. He missed an engagement earlier in the week to wait for this race. 

D’BAI (2.25) hasn’t always looked straightforward but the Godolphin gelding ran a solid fifth in the Lennox Stakes at Goodwood before finishing a close-up fourth at Deauville. This 7f trip is ideal but it could be on the short side for in-form rival Mustashry, narrowly denied by Lord Glitters over a mile at York following a 1m 2f victory at Sandown. 

At Chester, BLAKENEY POINT (2.40) should get the favoured soft ground that has so far eluded him this season and can defy top weight in the 32Red-sponsored 1m 4f handicap. Roger Charlton’s gelding ran a fine fifth in the Ebor Handicap and the first-time blinkers worn that day are retained along with a tongue-tie. 

The Unibet Handicap over 1m 6f could fall to useful hurdler PROJECT BLUEBOOK (2.05). John Quinn’s gelding, running in the JP McManus silks, ran a one-paced fourth to Master Archer over two miles here on his last start and has been dropped 2lb. 

Recommended bets 

  • Doncaster 3.35  – Kew Gardens (11-4, Skybet) 
  • Doncaster 1.50 – Marnie James ew (25-1, bet365) 
  • Doncaster 2.25 – D’Bai (5-1, William Hill) 
  • Chester 2.40 – Blakeney Point (3-1, Coral) 
  • Chester 2.05 – Project Bluebook (11-2, bet365) 

Alan's Musselburgh Tips

  • Musselburgh 4.40 – Morticia (7-1, bet365)
  • Musselburgh 4.05 – Whatsthemesage (11-4, Ladbrokes)
  • Musselburgh 5.15 – Artarmon (2-1, Marathonbet)
  • Musselburgh 5.45 – Eva Doc ew (15-2, Betfair)
  • Musselburgh 6.20 – Polyphony (2-1, BetVictor)
  • Musselburgh 6.55 – Kinloch Pride (9-2, bet365)
27 Comments
  1. duncanpoundcake 2 weeks ago

    Probably the best trainer in the game is running a Horse over a trip that looks too far on ground that doesn’t look like it will help on the recommendation of probably the best jockey of the last 25 years ,if I hadn’t taken 4/1 on Kew Gardens ante post I’d back Southern France e/w .
    Hochfield 2.40 Chester Nap/Nb ,
    likes Chester 1,1,2 at the course ,the 2nd was to Durretto who won this last year only beaten a neck ,might get soft lead ,Franny aboard,,looks good form, 6/1 Gl
    Apologies for the ramble ?

    • duncanpoundcake 2 weeks ago

      Race was run the way I thought it would be the horse wasn’t good enough ,Kew Gardens won and SF third ,happy enough with that , don’t drink and gamble it doesn’t mix ,hard enough to get winners sober ?

      • database 2 weeks ago

        Went with u on southern france… looked most relazed horse in race with 2 to go.. good shout

  2. uncle pom 2 weeks ago

    Pot +20.3pts

    Woodbine
    21:48 lord glitters 3/1 3pt win
    23:36 hawksbill 6/4 3pt win

    Doncaster
    14:25 mustashry 3/1 1pt win
    15:00 dark vision 9/2 1pt win
    15:35 la ti dar 7/4 2pt win

    Leopardstown
    16:25 madhmoon 11/8 2pt win

    16:55 Rostropovich 13/8 2pt win

    Double 1pt
    Madhmoon
    Rostropovich

    • database 2 weeks ago

      Rostropovich for 1200 heres hoping. Keep up the good work much appreciated.

      • uncle pom 2 weeks ago

        There you are mate ;) have faith in uncle Pom ?

        • database 2 weeks ago

          Yes cheers. U r so consistent. My other treble had Konigin for 1600 cashed out 400 as wrnt from 11/4 to 8s… hope it loses.

  3. elvis parsley 2 weeks ago

    Tabarrak 3-05 lingfield NAP/NB 9-4.
    Bullingdon 2-30 Chelmsford ew 25-1

  4. ew thief 2 weeks ago

    Morning all well done winners yesterday
    Lancelott du lac 1.50d 25/1
    Mistress quickly 2.40c 16/1
    See ex bee 3.35d 14/1
    Union rose 3.45b 22/1
    King Robert 3.55c 12/1
    Mr top hat 4.30c 10/1
    Grams and ounces 4.50l 33/1
    Ew singles & ew super Heinz ☘️Gl all

  5. 2 weeks ago

    roundhay park 1-50 doncaster 25/1 ew

  6. double carpet 2 weeks ago

    St Leger

    MAID UP 25/1 EW / 12/1 EW W/O

    Horse has been supplemented at a cost of 50k for the race. When you consider it’s total winnings comes to about 130k it’s a bit of a gamble or connections are confident of a big run.

    Champion Stakes

    SAXON WARRIOR 3/1

    Think with a bit more juice in the ground today it will give SW a real chance of turning the tables with the Lion

    BOL

  7. lossie jim 2 weeks ago

    L 4.50 Royal Hall

    C5.10 Konigon

  8. azzthewigan 2 weeks ago

    fortune and glory 1.55 nap fennaan 3.25 nb a momentofmadness 1.50 ew unfortunatly. 2.25 ew .. dee ex bee 3.35 ew …ew singles well done all winners

  9. duncanpoundcake 2 weeks ago

    Mickey 4.30 Chester n/r yesterday – reason going change to soft, runs today going still soft ,yesterday drawn stall 10, today stall 2 .

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