UK Shortlist: St Leger Meeting 2018

12th September – 15th September

UK Racing experts, Timeform, preview each and every race at the 2018 St Leger Meeting.


William Hill Portland Handicap (2) – 10.50pm

Top Rated & Flags

Betting Forecast

$8.5 Holmeswood, $13 Open Wide, $15 Dakota Gold, $15 Golden Apollo, $15 Orvar, $17 Tis Marvellous, $17 Udontdodou, $19 Encrypted, $19 Muscika, $23 Blue de Vega, $23 Marnie James, $26 A Momentofmadness, $26 Dougan, $26 Roundhay Park, $26 Wentworth Falls, $29 Powerallied, $29 Savalas, $34 Duke of Firenze, $41 El Hombre, $41 Lancelot du Lac, $41 The Daley Express, $51 Abel Handy

Analyst’s Verdict

Things didn’t go Dakota Gold’s way in the Thirsk handicap won by Muscika and, with a strong pace guaranteed here, he is taken to strike. Stablemate Holmeswood has also slipped to an attractive mark and looks a big threat with Silvestre De Sousa again in the hot-seat, having finished third under the champion jockey at York last time. Dougan should be on the premises and Open Wide also has claims.

Alan Wood Plumbing And Heating Park Stakes (Group 2) (1) – 11.25pm

Top Rated & Flags

Betting Forecast

$4.5 Mustashry, $6 D’bai, $6.5 Oh This Is Us, $7 Breton Rock, $9 Dutch Connection, $12 Above The Rest, $12 Tomyris, $17 Unfortunately, $51 Raydiance

Analyst’s Verdict

This looks an open renewal of this Group 2, but preference is for Mustashry, who was supplemented for this race on Monday and has the best form on offer. Admittedly, none of that form has come over 7f, but he has shown enough speed at times to suggest he would have no problem dropping back in trip. The consistent pair Oh This Is Us and Breton Rock (2016 winner) have each-way appeal.

Howcroft Industrial Supplies Champagne Stakes (Group 2) (1) – 12.00am

Top Rated & Flags

Betting Forecast

$1.53 Too Darn Hot, $6 Dark Vision, $9 Phoenix of Spain, $23 Bye Bye Hong Kong, $34 Cardini, $34 Van Beethoven

Analyst’s Verdict

Too Darn Hot was deeply impressive in the Solario 2 weeks ago and it’s hard to see past him if turning up in similar form, particularly as Vintage winner Dark Vision has to concede him 3 lb. Phoenix of Spain did it well in the Acomb at York’s Ebor meeting and is another who should have a say in what looks a very strong renewal of this Group 2.

William Hill St Leger Stakes (Group 1) (1) – 12.35am

Top Rated & Flags

Betting Forecast

$3 Lah Ti Dar, $3.25 Kew Gardens, $10 Old Persian, $13 Loxley, $17 Southern France, $19 Dee Ex Bee, $26 Raymond Tusk, $34 The Pentagon, $41 Maid Up, $67 Proschema, $101 Nelson, $301 Zabriskie

Analyst’s Verdict

Lah Ti Dar looked top class when turning a listed race into a procession at York last month and she can keep her unbeaten record intact and give John Gosden a fourth win in 12 years in the final British Classic. Kew Gardens ran a big race under his Group 1-penalty behind Old Persian in the Voltigeur when left with plenty to do and has obvious claims. Loxley is preferred of the Godolphin pair.

Napoleons Casinos & Restaurants Nursery Handicap (2) – 1.10am

Top Rated & Flags

Betting Forecast

$4 Rajinsky, $4.5 Indian Viceroy, $7.5 Leroy Leroy, $8.5 The Trader, $10 Hieronymus, $13 Big Baby Bull, $15 Nathless, $17 Steeve

Analyst’s Verdict

Indian Viceroy’s confidence should be flying high following back-to-back victories and he could be up to completing the hat-trick returning to a nursery with this step up in trip likely to suit. Rajinsky’s opening mark could prove a lenient one and he is feared most ahead of the consistent Leroy Leroy.

P J Towey Construction Ltd Handicap (2) – 1.45am

Top Rated & Flags

Betting Forecast

$2.75 Ostilio, $3.75 Whisky Baron, $6 Bravery, $8 Aquarium, $9 Fire Brigade

Analyst’s Verdict

Ostilio’s impressive Britannia win is still fresh in the mind, and given he improved again despite meeting with defeat in a Group 3 at Goodwood last time, he looks the way to go making just his eighth start. None of the five can be ruled out though, with former Lincoln-winner Bravery one to note in particular having not been seen to best effect at York on the back of an encouraging run at Redcar.

Cliff Stud Rearing Winners Handicap (2) – 2.55am

Top Rated & Flags

Betting Forecast

$1.8 Dubawi Prince, $7.5 Byron Flyer, $8.5 Royal Reserve, $9 Highbrow, $9.5 Star of The East

Analyst’s Verdict

Dubawi Prince is just the type to reward his trainer’s typically patient approach and can strike again if coming on from his impressive reappearance win at Newmarket last month. Royal Reserve could be the one for the forecast.


Japan Racing Association Sceptre Stakes (Group 3) (1) – 10.50

Top Rated & Flags

Betting Forecast

$4.33 Laugh Aloud, $5.5 Anna Nerium, $6.5 Dancing Star, $9 Dan’s Dream,
$11 Ellthea, $12 Hence, $15 Castle Hill Cassie, $17 Eirene, $19 All Out, $41 Pepita

Analyst’s Verdict

Anna Nerium made it 3-4 over this trip when landing a Group 3 at Goodwood last time and, with conditions again in her favour, she is taken to strike again. Laugh Aloud is entitled to come on for her recent comeback spin, but Dancing Star and Dan’s Dream both returned to form when going close last time and may emerge as the main dangers. Ellthea is also worthy of consideration.

Wainwrights Flying Childers Stakes (Group 2) (1) – 11.25

Top Rated & Flags

Betting Forecast

$3.25 Rumble Inthejungle, $6 Legends of War, $7.5 Soldier’s Call, $11 Indigo Balance, $13 Gossamer Wings, $13 Well Done Fox, $15 Shumookhi, $21 Vintage Brut, $29 Little Kim, $41 Deia Glory, $67 Semoum

Analyst’s Verdict

Rumble Inthejungle is taken to go one better in this race than his sire, who was runner-up in the 2012 renewal. Richard Spencer’s charge looked a smart sprinter in the making when landing the Molecomb at Goodwood and that form is comfortably the best on offer here. Legends of War needs considering on the back of his effort in the Gimcrack, but Gossamer Wings may be the one for the forecast.

William Hill Mallard Handicap (2) – 12.00am

Top Rated & Flags

Betting Forecast

$7 Reverend Jacobs, $9 Ben Vrackie, $9 Speedo Boy, $9 Walton Street,
$10 Just In Time, $12 Austrian School, $13 Titus, $15 Nakeeta, $19 Island Brave, $23 On To Victory, $23 Theglasgowwarrior, $26 Cliffs of Dover, $29 Time To Study, $34 Higher Power

Analyst’s Verdict

The vote goes to Speedo Boy, who did well to finish as close as he did when third in a valuable York handicap last time and the booking of Ryan Moore adds to his appeal. Austrian School looks rock-solid and is next on the list ahead of Walton Street, who is unexposed over this sort of trip. On To Victory could go well at a price with conditions in his favour and Ben Vrackie is also of interest.

Doncaster Cup Stakes (Group 2) (1) – 12.35am

Top Rated & Flags

Betting Forecast

$3.5 Thomas Hobson, $5 Sheikhzayedroad, $6 Algometer, $7.5 Saunter, $11 Lord Yeats, $13 Max Dynamite, $21 Renneti, $41 Jukebox Jive

Analyst’s Verdict

Thomas Hobson chased home Desert Skyline in this race last year and should be spot-on in his bid to go one better this time round, having performed with credit over an inadequate trip when returning from a 2-month break at the Curragh recently. Sheikhzayedroad, who was just behind the selection 12 months ago, is feared most, albeit his stablemate Algometer is also accorded respect.

Weatherbys Global Stallions App Flying Scotsman Stakes (1) – 1.05

Top Rated & Flags

Betting Forecast

$1.73 Sangarius, $7.5 Athmad, $12 Jonah Jones, $13 Dubai Dominion, $23 You Never Can Tell, $26 Loch Ness Monster, $29 Commanding Officer, $34 Pogo, $41 Chynna

Analyst’s Verdict

Sangarius is potentially a cut-above these judged on the abundant promise of his debut success at Newmarket. The form of the Newbury maiden Athmad landed last month looks decent and he gets the nod ahead of Dubai Dominion and Jonah Jones for forecast purposes.

Gary Reid Memorial British EBF Maiden Stakes – 1.40

Top Rated & Flags

Betting Forecast

$3 Turgenev, $3.25 Buffalo River, $8 Royal Marine, $9.5 Politicise, $11 Monsieur Noir, $21 James Park Woods, $67 Double Soupcon

Analyst’s Verdict

It’s surely significant that Frankie Dettori partners newcomer Turgenev given that he presumably had the option of siding with Buffalo River, who shaped like a sure-fire future winner on debut at Sandown. If the market also points to Turgenev being the stable first string, the hint should be taken. Politicise and Monsieur Noir are other newcomers to note and Royal Marine is a likely improver.

Lakeside Village Outlet Shopper Handicap (2) – 2.10

Top Rated & Flags

Betting Forecast

$4.33 Lake Volta, $8.5 Shanghai Glory, $9 Bernardo O’Reilly, $10 Al Erayg, $12 Dark Power, $13 Amazour, $13 Normandy Barriere, $15 Shared Equity, $17 Citron Major, $23 Pipers Note, $29 Aeolus, $29 Von Blucher

Analyst’s Verdict

Unlike at Ripon last time, Shanghai Glory should have his conditions here and he shaped as though
his turn could be near when runner-up on penultimate start. On a fair mark and with Ryan Moore in the hot-seat, he is marginally preferred to Lake Volta, who arrives here on the back of a couple of solid efforts in hot handicaps. Al Erayg, who caught the eye at Chester, also enters calculations.

Coopers Marquees Classified Stakes (3) 2.45

Top Rated & Flags

Betting Forecast

$3.75 Loveisili, $4.5 Speed Company, $5 Jack Regan, $6.5 Busy Street, $11 Flight of Fantasy, $13 Jazeel, $34 Unwritten

Analyst’s Verdict

Speed Company was given too much to do at Ayr last time and is presented with a golden opportunity to get his head back in front. John Quinn’s charge may have most to fear from recent AW maiden winner Loveisili, though Jack Regan also merits respect with Ryan Moore doing
the steering.


British Stallion Studs EBF ‘Carrie Red’ Fillies’ Nursery Handicap (2) 6f111y – 10.50pm

Top Rated & Flags

Betting Forecast

$7 Winter Light, $8 Gallovie, $8 Lady Cosette, $11 Strict Tempo, $13 Porcelain Girl, $13 Stay Classy, $15 Evie Speed, $15 K Club, $15 Muthhila, $15 Prairie Spy, $17 Cookupastorm, $26 Freed From Desire, $29 Dame Gladys, $41 Itizzit

Analyst’s Verdict

Lady Cosette’s trio of efforts in maiden/minor company have contained promise, shaping well behind a more prominently-positioned winner when runner-up at Windsor last month. Her mark appeals as being a feasible one now handicapping and she is fancied to go well equipped with first-time blinkers. Winter Light and Gallovie are similarly progressive and feared most, ahead of Cookupastorm.

May Hill Stakes (Group 2) (1) 1m – 11.25pm

Timeform Rating of previous winners: 123 116 120 115 116 (Avg 118)

Top Rated & Flags

Betting Forecast

$5 Dubai Beauty, $7 Peach Tree, $9 Accordance, $11 Sand Share, $13 Dutch Treat, $13 Fleeting, $13 Magnetic Charm, $15 Divinity, $15 Miss Celestial, $15 Star Terms, $23 Sweet Pearl

Analyst’s Verdict

Perhaps not the strongest of Group 2s, though Dubai Beauty did shape like a smart prospect when winning first-time up at Newmarket and can provide Saeed bin Suroor with a third win in this. Sand Share is another who impressed to make a winning debut and may emerge as the biggest threat ahead of Dutch Treat and Accordance.

DFS Park Hill Stakes (Group 2) (1) 1¾m115y – 12.00am

Timeform Rating of previous winners: 121 122 120 129 115 (Avg 121)

Top Rated & Flags

Betting Forecast

$3.5 Pilaster, $4.33 Horseplay, $5 God Given, $7 Sizzling, $13 Isabel de Urbina, $17 Galmarley, $34 Flattering

Analyst’s Verdict

A tight renewal of the fillies’ St Leger. Horseplay seems sure to relish 1¾m and is taken to confirm Lancashire Oaks placings with God Given. Pilaster has a 3 lb penalty courtesy of her Lillie Langtry win at Glorious Goodwood but there’s a good chance she has more to offer and she’s another who is expected to be bang there.

Weatherbys Racing Bank £300,000 2-Y-O Stakes (2) 6f111y – 12.35am

Timeform Rating of previous winners: 114 120 119 113 120 (Avg 117)

Top Rated & Flags

Betting Forecast

$6.5 Aim Power, $7 The Irish Rover, $11 Louis Treize, $11 No Needs Never, $15 Good Luck Fox, $21 Celebrity Dancer, $21 Kinks, $21 Rathbone, $23 Mordred, $26 Get The Rhythm, $26 Red Bravo, $34 Sir Victor, $41 Critical Data, $41 The Great Heir, $41 Triggered, $51 Almurr, $51 Crantock Bay, $51 Dirty Rascal, $51 Glory, $51 Jfoul, $51 Wasntexpectingthat, $81 Adam Tiler

Analyst’s Verdict

Aim Power has a cracking chance on these terms and can give her yard (that runs run 6) yet another win in one of these very valuable sales races. A long list of dangers is headed by The Irish Rover, No Needs Never and Louis Treize.

Silk Series Lady Riders’ Handicap (Pro-Am Lady Riders’) (3) 6f2y – 1.05am

Top Rated & Flags

Betting Forecast

$10 Kenny The Captain, $13 Big Lachie, $13 Tukhoom, $15 Black Isle Boy, $15 Oriental Lilly, $15 Rebel Surge, $17 Eastern Impact, $17 Related, $17 Rio Ronaldo, $19 Dougan, $21 The Armed Man, $23 Siege of Boston, $26 Buccaneers Vault, $26 Ninjago, $26 Oeil de Tigre, $26 Sir Billy Wright, $29 Top Boy, $51 London, $51 Lucky Beggar

Analyst’s Verdict

C&D winner Kenny The Captain bounced back to form when third at Thirsk on Saturday and gets the vote in this wide-open handicap. Tukhoom ran a very encouraging race after 13 months off here recently and is a big player if building on that now having his first crack at sprinting. Big Lachie, Related and Eastern Impact also make the shortlist.

Mechanical Facilities Handicap (2) 1¼m43y – 1.40am

Top Rated & Flags

Betting Forecast

$5 Plutonian, $5.5 Mountain Hunter, $6.5 Banditry, $9 Finniston Farm, $9 Petrus, $12 Kyllachy Gala, $17 Aquarium, $19 Cote d’Azur, $21 Another Eclipse, $21 Society Red

Analyst’s Verdict

Finniston Farm looks ready for the step up to this trip given the way he shaped at York last time and might be worth chancing having been dropped a further 2 lb by the handicapper. Banditry has plenty of solid efforts to his name in competitive handicaps and is likely to be on the premises again, while Plutonian arrives on the back of an excellent run at Goodwood.

 DFS Handicap (2) 7f6y – 2.10am

Top Rated & Flags

Betting Forecast

$4 Mystic Flight, $4.33 Whinmoor, $7 Maverick Officer, $8 Highlight Reel, $10 Pettifogger, $10 Ulshaw Bridge, $21 Picture No Sound, $23 Los Camachos

Analyst’s Verdict

Competitive stuff but Maverick Officer had plenty in hand at Yarmouth last month and is only 3 lb higher here. Mystic Flight ran a cracker when third in a hot handicap at York 3 weeks ago and is next best ahead of the thriving Whinmoor.



British Stallion Studs EBF Conditions Stakes (2) 6f2y – 10.50pm

Top Rated & Flags

Betting Forecast

$3 Khaadem, $5.5 Alfie Solomons, $6 Converter, $6.5 Swissterious, $9 Yousini, $17 Fares Kodiac, $29 Walkman

Analyst’s Verdict

The most appealing of these is Khaadem, who looked a pattern-class colt in the making when opening his account at Newmarket. Converter may also go on to make his mark at a higher level if building on the promise of his Nottingham debut success, while Alfie Solomons needs considering on the back of a string of solid efforts in defeat.

Owlerton Greyhound Stadium Nursery Handicap (2) 7f6y – 11.25pm

Top Rated & Flags

Betting Forecast

$3.75 Concello, $4.33 Fanaar, $5.5 Greenback Boogie, $8.5 Arctic Sound, $9 Axe Axelrod, $15 Hesslewood, $17 Chains of Love

Analyst’s Verdict

The step up to 7f should suit Fanaar, who wasn’t seen to best effect when tried in blinkers at York and makes plenty of appeal off a potentially lenient mark now pitched into a nursery. Indeed, an entry in the Dewhurst suggests that connections still have high hopes for the Dark Angel colt. Concello remains open to improvement and is next best ahead of the consistent Greenback Boogie.

D C Training And Development Services Scarbrough Stakes (Listed) (1) 5f3y – 12.00am

Top Rated & Flags

Betting Forecast

$4.33 Global Applause, $5.5 El Astronaute, $6 Final Venture, $7 Under The Covers, $8.5 Sunsprite, $13 Marnie James, $15 Encore d’Or, $23 Haddaf, $67 Wings of The Rock

Analyst’s Verdict

Global Applause is yet another sprinter to benefit from the Robert Cowell treatment judged on his smooth success at Sandown, beating a subsequent winner in the process. On that evidence, venturing back into listed company may well prove fruitful and he gets the nod ahead of the tough and consistent El Astronaute. Final Venture, Under The Covers and the 2-y-o Sunsprite are all each-way possibles.

Clipper Logistics Leger Legends Classified Stakes (5) 1m – 12.35am

Top Rated & Flags

Betting Forecast

$5.5 Zeshov, $8 Placebo Effect, $9 Cheeky Rascal, $9.5 Ventura Gold, $11 Lady Alavesa, $13 Cadeau Magnifique, $15 Mudawwan, $17 Fleetfoot Jack, $23 Detachment, $23 Luna Bear, $26 Central City, $34 Hammer Gun, $41 Assimile, $41 Ginger Jack, $51 Traveller, $126 Young John

Analyst’s Verdict

Cheeky Rascal is 0-15 but could take some catching if, as expected, plenty of use is made of him back down in trip here with Timmy Murphy doing the steering. Zeshov is an obvious threat on the back of his clear-cut victory at Musselburgh, while Placebo Effect should also make his presence felt and the consistent Lady Alavesa is in with an each-way shout, too.

EBF Breeders’ Series Fillies’ Handicap (2) 1m3f197y – 1.05am

Top Rated & Flags

Betting Forecast

$4.33 Crystal Hope, $5.5 Spirit of Appin, $6.5 Thimbleweed, $8 What A Home, $13 Lady Bergamot, $15 Sepal, $17 Caravela, $23 Lady Baker, $23 Pretty Jewel, $26 Lady of Shalott, $41 Hillcrest Fire

Analyst’s Verdict

Spirit of Appin took another step forward when making a winning handicap debut at Ffos Las and, with further progress likely now faced with a stiffer test, she is taken to complete the hat-trick. Crystal Hope was a shade disappointing back from a break at Salisbury, but her form prior to that looks solid and she is feared most ahead of Thimbleweed and last year’s winner What A Home.

William Hill Leading Racecourse Bookmaker Conditions Stakes (2)
1¼m43y – 1.40am

Top Rated & Flags

Betting Forecast

$2.1 Euginio, $3.5 Emirates Flyer, $4 Afaak, $101 Forewarning

Analyst’s Verdict

Euginio landed a similar small-field minor event at this meeting 12 months ago and can repeat the dose this time round. His tactical versatility will stand him in good stead in the absence of a confirmed front-runner. Emirates Flyer is preferred to the penalised Afaak for forecast purposes.

1stsecuritysolutions.co.uk Handicap (4) 5f3y – 2.15am

Top Rated & Flags

Betting Forecast

$7.5 Acclaim The Nation, $8 Foxy Forever, $10 Merry Banter, $11 Saaheq, $12 Sheepscar Lad, $13 Tallinski, $13 Tylery Wonder, $15 Pea Shooter, $15 Yorkshiredebut, $17 Canford Bay, $19 Bashiba, $23 Lydiate Lady, $29 Angel Force, $34 Excellently Poised

Analyst’s Verdict.

Acclaim The Nation was a costly loser at Chester when last seen in June, but he was in good form prior to that and is taken to resume winning ways back on a more galloping track. Fellow C&D winner Sheepscar Lad looks dangerous, while Foxy Forever is lurking on a workable mark, and, despite a 12-month lay-off, Saaheq needs a second look in the betting on debut for Michael Appleby.


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