We had a profitable start to the St Leger meeting today with a facile victory by Lahore . The race panned out exactly as expected with him tucked in behind until he cruised up after the two furlong pole and when asked the question by SDS he quickly put the race to bed winning by 4 lengths being eased up. Hopefully some of you may have played up some of your winnings on our top rated Mount Logan who took the next race at 2/1.
Sunday's selection Don't Touch was disappointing to say the least and he obviously has not returned to form. He came with a run up the rail but quickly faded and was tailed off last. I did think that he would win if he did return to form and if not completely bomb, and that's exactly what happened.
Saturday was a frustrating day as a whole but started with a bang when Harry Angel demolished the field in the Sprint Cup. He made all and was ridden over 1f out to draw clear inside final furlong and win impressively. He's already quoted at evens for the Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes at Ascot in October.
Our next selection Birchwood was held up in the rear by Jamie Spencer who I thought left far much to do, and when he tried to make a challenge just couldn't make any impression on the winners and he finished a disappointing 7th.
Then we had Soie D'leau who ran a cracker and was in front until the last 100 yards but he was out battled to the line by Mayleaf Shine, but we played EW so made a small profit on the race.
Unfortunately it was downhill from there on with both Anythingtoday and Magnus Maximus never in danger of troubling the judge so we finished the day with a very small loss of 0.22 points which as I said is very frustrating after such a good start to the day.
We move onto the second day of the St Leger meeting with a couple of selections, so let's get down to business..
The team at Cleeve
3.00 Doncaster 1m6½f (1m6f115y) DFS Park Hill Stakes (Group 2) (Fillies & Mares) (Class 1) (3yo+)
Cleeve Top 3 Rated:
1) Melodic Motion – 89
2) Sweet Selection – 88
2) Dubka – 88
A decent race but too hard to call, especially as most of these are unproven on the going… No Bet.
4.05 Doncaster 1m2f (1m2f43y) crownhotel-bawtry.com Handicap (Class 2) (3yo+ 0-105)
Cleeve Top 3 Rated:
1) Euginio – 47
2) Dark Red – 44
3) Al Neksh – 43
Al Neksh is pretty much fully exposed and does not appear to have strengthened this season although he is consistent. There would need to be some improvement for him to win this.
Dark Red has Ryan Moore riding but I am not sure that will help him enough to win. Dark Red is very consistent, but is six pounds worse off with Euginio due to weight for age. He does not win often and is another horse which I think would do better with another trainer – you know my views about Ed Dunlop!
Euginio was a selection for us last time and was going well but was hampered badly twice which at the least cost him a place if not a win. I am hoping Andrea Atzeni can get him to settle better than Ryan Moore did last time, and if he does I think Euginio will win this.
4.35 Doncaster 1m4f (1m3f197y) Breeders' Series EBF Fillies' Handicap (Class 2) (3yo+ 0-100)
Cleeve Top 3 Rated:
1) Camerone – 56
2) Pacharana – 55
3) What A Home – 51
Pacharana has a great winning strike rate but is fully exposed having had sixteen runs. She struggled last time when raised to this class and runs off the same mark here probably with the sme result.
Camerone has won three of her last five races but all were on quicker ground than she gets here. She has also never won above Class 4 so this is going to very difficult.
What A Home has a Group 1 entry at Champions Day, which shows how highly she is thought of. She was a winner last time in maiden company and I think gets in here off a decent mark for her handicap debut. She should handle the going and will win if she is as good as her trainer thinks.