Dale Gibson to strike in Legends on Mustaqbal – Doncaster 13/09/2017
The 3.50 race at Doncaster on Wednesday is the Clipper Logistics Leger Legends Classified Stakes.
Off Art and Brian Harding favourite for Legends
This is a special race restricted to jockeys who have retired from the sport. The term “legends” may be a slight exaggeration, particularly in relation to this year’s field. From a betting point of view, Off Art and Soldier Blue are the two that dominate the market.
Brian Harding rides Off Art who is without a victory since 2013. Tim Easterby’s gelding hinted at a return to form when third of eleven at Redcar last month. That was on good to firm ground when narrowly beaten by Mon Beau Visage and Testa Rossa. The fact that the first seven horses finished in a heap suggests that it was run at a false pace.
George Duffield rides Soldier Blue, a three-year-old maiden trained by Brian Ellison. The son of Sepoy was originally owned by Godolphin and trained by Charlie Appleby. He made only one appearance in the famous blue silks but has shown signs of ability since moving yards. He made the running last time out at Pontefract in soft ground where he finished third to Kings Will Dream. The form is not exceptional but he has plenty of scope for improvement.
Luke Harvey aboard Haraz in Legends race
Jamie Osborne saddles Haraz with Luke Harvey in the saddle. The four-year-old has yet to score in 25 attempts but comes here fresh from a second at Laytown. Form students may be a bit sceptical about form achieved “on the beach” but it was his first run since joining David O’Meara. He has previously been withdrawn owing to soft ground so that has to be a worry.
Dale Gibson should give his supporters a run for their money aboard Mustaqbal. The five-year-old was formerly with Mark Johnston before joining Michael Dods. He has two victories from 28 races but this looks like a pretty weak renewal and he has each-way claims.
Gary Bardwell rides Patching for Giles Bravery, a fair third at Yarmouth last time out. The Foxwedge filly has been placed in soft ground in the past. Adrian Nicholls should be fitter than most here and partners Fire Palace for Robert Eddery. The filly has one success from ten starts, an all-weather victory at Kempton over a year ago. The Gay Cavalier has six career wins from 59 races and has done most of his racing over longer trips.
Doncaster Legends Betting Tips 13/09/2017
Mustaqbal @8.5 Bet365
Danger – Soldier Blue @10.0 Bet365