Doncaster 3.05 (Park Hill Stakes) tips – Koora improving fast enough to handle rise in class

Doncaster 3.05 (Park Hill Stakes) tips - Koora improving fast enough to handle rise in class

Jamie Spencer


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Betting Tip: Koora @ 9/2 with coral

A couple of Wednesday winners – Cotai Glory and Gannicus (hope you were on?) – mean we go into the second day of the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival in front and I’m in no rush to give it back on what looks a tricky Thursday card.

One horse who merits an interest, though, is the Luca Cumani-trained KOORA on what is not a great Park Hill Stakes on paper. Saeed Bin Suroor’s Hidden Gold is the top-rated runner and she deserves plenty of respect on her recent placed efforts; a second to Simple Verse in the Lilly Langtry Stakes at Glorious Goodwood and third in the Lonsdale Cup at the Ebor meeting. However, the selection may well improve past her.

The daughter of Pivotal is certainly bred for Town Moor being a half-sister to Milan, the winner of the 2001 St Leger, and she appeared to be going the right way when finishing runner-up to Martlet in what looked a strong renewal of the Listed Galtres Stakes at York last month, having won a maiden at this track previously. The handicapper was clearly impressed by that effort as she went up a whopping 18lb, effectively ruling out handicaps, and hence she is pitched into Group company here.

She needs to improve again to land this, admittedly, but her recent homework has been outstanding and she very much fits the mould of recent winners, being a late developing three-year-old who has yet to score at this level. Indeed, Cumani sent out a similar type in Silk Safari to land this race 12 months ago and she was only his second runner, so he will have a good idea of what required. Jamie Spencer takes the ride and the partnership look fair value at 9/2.

Betting Tip: Koora @ 9/2 with coral

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