Doncaster 3.00 (Scarborough Stakes) tips – Hills’ runner all set for Glory

Doncaster 3.00 (Scarborough Stakes) tips - Hills' runner all set for Glory

Cotai Glory

Cotai Glory

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Betting Tip: @ 9/2 with williamhill

The Doncaster St Leger meeting gets off to a fairly low-key start on Wednesday with the Listed Scarborough Stakes over five furlongs the highlight (arguably as the Legends race should be a belter) of a seven-race card.

It’s drawn a field of 12 and they include a couple of juveniles in Field Of Vision and Sign Of The Zodiac. They get a generous weight-for-age allowance and both bring winning form to the table, but this is still a big step up and I’d much rather back Charlie Hills’ COTAI GLORY.

The three-year-old needs to be excused his below-par effort in the Nunthorpe Stakes at York last time when only 11th of the 19 runners, but the soft ground was almost certainly to blame. Like a lot of horses during Ebor week, he didn’t go on it all and today’s “good”, which is drying out all the time, should be perfect. He’s also down considerably in class and is the joint second-highest rated runner behind Medicean Man.

The ground was also riding good when he ran in last year’s Flying Childers Stakes and he went down as one of the unluckiest losers of the entire season, having been two lengths clear when swerving badly right and causing his saddle to slip, giving George Baker no chance of staying aboard. There has been no sign of any quirkiness in four runs since and it was noticeable how well he behaved in the preliminaries at York, even when Take Cover broke through the stalls causing the race to be delayed.

His best run this season was a third in the City Walls Stakes at York on his reappearance, when clearly in need of the run and at a time when his stable was going through a quiet spell. That’s a distant memory now and Hills’ excellent run continued when he sent out out the close second and third in Saturday’s Sprint Cup, once again underlining his prowess with speedsters. Given he likes to target this meeting, it’s fairly safe to assume that the selection will give his true running this afternoon, which would just about be good enough to land the spoils, and victory would be some form of justice for his pilot Baker after last year’s calamity.

The aforementioned Medicean Man has to be respected on his short-head second in the King’s Stand Stakes and like Cotai Glory he never got competitive in the Nunthorpe last time. However you have to go back to June 2013 for his last win on turf and he was well beaten in this race 12 months ago. A bigger danger then may be Monsieur Joe, who looked as good as ever at eight when winning at Tipperary, while another veteran in Kingsgate Native could make his presence felt despite top weight, along with stablemate Speed Hawk.

Betting Tip: @ 9/2 with williamhill

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