The St Leger Festival comes to a thrilling conclusion at Doncaster on Saturday afternoon and the ITV Racing team will be there with four races live from the Town Moor course, including the final British Classic of the year at 3.35pm as Pyledriver bids to complete a remarkable rise to the top.
There are also two races from Chester and a pair of Group 1s from Leopardstown where Ghaiyyath headlines the first afternoon of Irish Champions Weekend.
ITV Racing tips today – Saturday 12 September
Our tipster has selections in all eight ITV races with reasoning below.
Odds correct at time of publishing and may be subject to change.
Doncaster, 1.50pm – bet365 Champagne Stakes (Group 2, 7f)
This Group 2 contest looks like a fascinating clash between unbeaten colts Albasheer and CHINDIT for trainers Owen Burrows and Richard Hannon respectively.
The Hamdan Al Maktoum-owned Albasheer was very impressive on debut over course and distance, winning in a fast time and pulling clear of the field. He beat Alablaq that day with plenty more to spare than Chindit did in his own debut here, also over the same trip, in early July.
However, Hannon’s colt has won a Listed race at Ascot since and did it in good style, coming from the rear. That form has worked out really strongly and he gives his trainer a great chance of back-to-back successes in this race after Threat’s win last year.
Tip: Chindit @ 15/8 with BetVictor
Chester, 2.05pm – #ChesterRaces Supports The Injured Jockeys Fund Stand Cup Stakes (Listed, 1m 4f)
ALIGNAK (third) had Morando (fourth) half a length behind him in last month’s Geoffrey Freer Stakes at Newbury. They couldn’t go with the front pair but the winner, Hukum, has an excellent claim in the St Leger at Doncaster today and this represents a drop in class for this duo.
Morando would ideally like softer ground than has been forecast and, on that basis, the younger horse is fancied to give Sir Michael Stoute back-to-back wins in this event.
Tip: Alignak @ 7/4 with BetVictor
Doncaster, 2.25pm – bet365 Portland Handicap (5½f)
As always, the Portland looks a tough puzzle to solve. A Momentofmadness has form in this race and is well handicapped while Meraas and Wedding Date are closely matched on their decent runs in the Stewards’ Cup at Glorious Goodwood, when they were sixth and eighth respectively.
YIMOU has been consistently running well in sprint handicaps since his Windsor win in early July, including here last month over 5f. He’s rated 1lb lower today and should give a good account.
Tip: Yimou @ 28/1 with BetVictor
Chester, 2.40pm – #RacingToSchool Celebrating 20 Years in 2021 Handicap Stakes (1m 2f)
David Simcock’s charge PREJUDICE has finished second on his last two starts and deserves a change of luck, and that may well have materialised with the withdrawal of Maydanny, an impressive winner at Glorious Goodwood in July. Second behind Make My Day over 1m 4f at York in July, he was beaten a short head by Audraya at Newcastle in August and can go one better today. Lawn Ranger and Be More look to be the chief threats.
Tip: Maydanny @ 7/2 with BetVictor
Doncaster 3.00pm – bet365 Park Stakes (Group 2, 7f)
Five years on from winning this as a three-year-old, Limato bids to become the first eight-year-old to capture the Park Stakes. He showed himself to be well at Newmarket in June but might be vulnerable to younger legs.
Molatham held off WICHITA over course and distance at this meeting 12 months ago but Aidan O’Brien’s colt has improved since then. He ran big races in the 2,000 Guineas and at Royal Ascot over a mile and is forgiven for his most recent run in France against top-class sprinters. This trip and track may prove ideal and a reproduction of that June form could suffice with Frankie Dettori taking over.
Tip: Wichita @ 7/2 with BetVictor
Leopardstown 3.10pm – Matron Stakes (Fillies and Mares Group 1, 1m)
Peaceful held off Fancy Blue over course and distance in the Irish 1,000 Guineas in June but the latter has won back-to-back Group 1s since (both over further) including levelling the score in the Prix De Diane. She’s the torch-bearer for fledgling trainer Donnacha O’Brien and it’s notable she has Ryan Moore’s services despite Ballydoyle’s contender lining up, but the drop in distance is some concern for the Nassau Stakes winner.
Cieren Fallon might get his first Group 1 for his new bosses at Qatar Racing as KNOW IT ALL backed up a course-and-distance Group 3 win in July with a fine third in a French Group 1 since, despite conceding the rail to the winner. She still looks to be progressing and on this better ground could give Johnny Murtagh the Champions Weekend win his excellent season deserves.
Tip: Leopardstown 3.10pm – Know It All @ 8/1 with BetVictor
Doncaster 3.35pm – Pertemps St Leger Stakes (Group 1, 1m 6½f)
Pyledriver bids to complete a remarkable rise to the top for William Muir. Unwanted at Tattersalls sales in 2017, he has enjoyed success at Royal Ascot and in last month’s Great Voltigeur at York and brings excellent form claims, but there is a significant doubt over his stamina.
The fast-improving Hukum is feared while Berkshire Rocco commands some interest at a massive price on his form behind Pyledriver and SANTIAGO this season. The last-named has added the Irish Derby to his win over this sort of trip in the Queen’s Vase at Ascot, when he beat Berkshire Rocco in fine style, and lost little in defeat taking on Stradivarius and Nayef Road in the Goodwood Cup since.
He drops in distance as he returns to his peer group and has a standout chance of giving both his trainer and talismanic rider what would be their seventh St Leger successes.
Tip: Santiago @ 11/4 with BetVictor
Leopardstown 4.10pm – Irish Champion Stakes (Group 1, 1m 2f)
It’s hard to see how his rivals can prevent GHAIYYATH from adding his fourth Group 1 of a stunning summer. Charlie Appleby’s star is now the top-rated horse in the world and seems so mature in what he’s doing. He sets a pace that takes his rivals out of their comfort zone and anything that attempts to take him on could be in trouble.
Both Japan and Magical, the latter the winner of this last year, have had a crack at him this year and failed and so, even with a trio of Ballydoyle runners, it’s tough to see this prize staying on home soil.
Seven of the last eight winners have been trained in Britain or France and Jean-Claude Rouget’s raider Sottsass is not to be underestimated. He has got excellent form at this distance and could benefit if the home team somehow ruffle up the favourite.
Tip: Ghaiyyath @ 4/7 with BetVictor
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