Steve Mullen guides you through Thursday’s racing from Doncaster, Chepstow, Epsom and Hexham
This could be the battle of the Easterbys with KENNY THE CAPTAIN coming here after an excellent win in testing ground at Thirsk just five days ago.
He’s equally at home here and this trip is his best. A 6lb penalty gives him every chance provided his last run hasn’t taken too much out of him.
Hoofalong was unlucky not to finish closer than seventh at York last time after meeting trouble in running. He’s down the weights by 4lb and is another who will relish conditions.
CLUBBABLE should appreciate this step up in distance after some encouraging efforts over 6f. She improved on her earlier efforts with a close second at Hamilton last time where she kept going when tested. A 2lb rise in the weights is fair and she is bred to like the ground. She’s Different went through the mud to win at Hamilton latest and is another who should appreciate this longer trip.
This looks wide open with some nice fillies so is a race to watch. TAJAANUS is bred to relish stepping up to a mile after two game wins over 7f.
The first came in a Sundown Listed race before she took the step up to Group 3 level in her stride when taking the Sweet Solera at Newmarket. This is another leap in class again but she looks capable.
Nyaleti is bred for a mile so could be a threat stepping up from 6f with a Group 3 win already under her belt, while Laurens went well at Deauville last time on just her second run.
She’s another who should relish 1m on soft ground.
3.00 – Mullen’s star bet
Ralph Beckett won this last year for the owners of MELODIC MOTION and she looks capable of grabbing the prize this time.
The Lillie Langtry Stakes at Goodwood looks the key piece of form and she was third with Dubka and Natural Scenery in opposition again today.
She looks progressive in the staying ranks and galloped right to the line. As well as Goodwood, she has winning form on a more conventional track so should be fine at Donny.
NEOLA has some pretty impressive form in the book including a fifth place in the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot.
After a couple of flatter runs, she came right back to her best when winning a nursery at Goodwood nine days ago.
Some cut in the ground suits well and she can see off Tangled and Great Prospector who battled out one of these races at York last time out.
Steve Mullen’s star bet
3.00 Doncaster – Melodic Motion: ‘Good form in the book and looks the perfect type for this race’ (add to your betslip)
AL NEKSH has shown enough to win this, with his best efforts coming over this distance with some give in the ground.
He ran right up to form when a solid fourth in a hot handicap at York last time despite finding the 1m4f trip a little stretching. He’s had a little nudge down the weights for that which can’t hurt.
GOING LOCO FOR MOTION
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RACECARDS AND RESULTS
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JAZZ IT UP
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LIGHT THE WICK
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Chester form doesn’t always work out but WHAT A HOME looked a really nice prospect when winning a maiden on the Roodee in late July.
It’s a slight concern that we haven’t seen her since but the handicapper looks to have given her a chance with an opening mark of 80. She went well on her previous run here, when third, and should go well.
1.10 Polly’s Gold
1.40 Holiday Girl
2.15 Global Exceed
2.50 Tony Soprano
3.55 The Daley Express
2.35 Diamond Bear
3.10 C’est No Pour
3.45 Music Lesson
4.15 Lady Perignon
4.10 Sophie Olivia
4.40 Lilywhite Gesture
5.10 Banana Blue
6.10 Mighty Whitey
6.40 My Idea
7.10 The Conn