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Yesterday was a very nice start to the St Leger Festival, with two of the three selections winning at odds of 5/2 and 5/1. It's crazy to think I've had more winners on the opening day at the Doncaster festival than I managed throughout the Ebor Festival. In my opinion, racing looks pretty average tomorrow, and only one selection caught my eye at big odds. Best of luck if you're following.
Doncaster today looks quite poor, and there's nothing I really like the look of, other than another big outside in, GLENARTNEY.
At the time of writing, the selection is the biggest priced horse in the race, and it wouldn't surprise me if that stays the same from now till the time of racing. Despite being big odds, I do think she has a squeak of getting involved at the very least.
In my opinion, this race isn't all that strong, and I think it will be contested by the 3yo's. When going through the race and getting rid of the runners I didn't like, I was left with two, the selection & Save A Forest. The latter is much shorter in the market, and does have a good chance in this, but at the larger odds I was tempted to give Glenartney a try. The reason why I am optimistic that she will outrun her odds is based on the step-up in trip is likely to suit. She has a very strong stamina based pedigree, with her unraced Dam being related to Percussionist, who stayed further than 2m, and also Nathaniel, who was a top class 12f horse, who probably would've stayed further. From watching her, it would appear that she will stay this trip, but the only thing which could let her down is she can be quite keen, and seem a little quirky. The fact connections haven't reached for headgear is a bit annoying, as I think she would relish a set of cheekpieces.
She has been placed two times at Listed level, with her most recent run probably being the better run of the two. She was slowly away, and positioned towards the rear, which made her task harder than it already was, but she ran on strongly, which made it look like she will be fine with the extra 2f she tackles today. The run at York earlier in the season, where she finished 6 lengths behind Snowfall has obviously been franked, and the fact she was that close when she needed further than the 10f she raced, which was also ran at a snails pace, was a good effort. She is definitely being overlooked in this race.
William Buick is obviously a good booking, and he was onboard when she won her only race to date.
13:55 Newcastle - Race: 3
14:10 Exeter - Race: 3
14:25 Newcastle - Race: 4