Doncaster 3.35 (St Leger) tips – punters left feeling all Maid Up

Doncaster 3.35 (St Leger) tips - punters left feeling all Maid Up

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Betting Tip: @ Maid Up each-way @ 25/1 with bet365

John Gosden’s decision to run his unbeaten filly Lah Ti Dar is a shot in the arm for the oldest Classic and given how she spreadeagled her rivals at York last time, she thoroughly deserves her place in the line-up. But this is altogether a more difficult task against the boys and she also has her stamina to prove, so has to be swerved at current best odds of 15/8.

Kew Gardens, one of five Ballydoyle runners, is not much bigger at around the 9/4 mark and while we know he stays, I’m hardly rushing to back him at that price given that the form of his two wins this season don’t amount to much – those who finished behind him in the Queen’s Vase have mustered just one win (a Thirsk handicap) since, while his follow up came in a shockingly weak Group 1.

Besides, he doesn’t have anything in hand over Old Persian, who beat him nearly two lengths in the Great Voltigeur last time, which makes me wonder why Charlie Appleby’s colt is available at nearly four times his price. He did flop in the Irish Derby (not run to suit) but has been remarkably consistent otherwise and he became the first horse in ages to win the York race with a penalty.

His trainer has thrown a bit of a spanner in the works by declaring Loxley here rather than in Sunday’s Prix Niel. He is my each-way fancy for the Arc so I’d much rather see him in run in France to get some match practice for Longchamp, but he has to be respected here, although neither he or his stablemate are guaranteed stayers.

Stamina won’t be an issue for relative outsider MAID UP who warmed up for this by beating Ben Vrackie and one other over 1m6f at Goodwood, having been short-headed by Pilaster over the same track and trip previously. The winner was beaten in Thursday’s Park Hill but she was totally outdone by a lack of pace and really should have won, while I’m hopeful that Ben Vrackie can provide another form boost in Friday’s Mallard.

But regardless of how he gets on, there is surely more to come from Andrew Balding’s filly, who has made giant strides since getting off the mark in a Doncaster handicap in June off a mark of just 69 and was supplemented for this in midweek at a cost of £50,000. In what is an open renewal containing several with stamina issues, she must rate decent each-way value at the current 25/1.


Maid Up each-way @ 25/1 bet365 (1/5 odds, 1.2.3)

Betting Tip: @ Maid Up each-way @ 25/1 with bet365

All odds were correct at time of posting.

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