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Demons Rock chasing five-timer for Dascombe – Doncaster 13/09/2017

The St Leger Festival at Doncaster gets under way on Thursday with a relatively low-key seven-race card.

Demons Rock sets the standard at Doncaster

The action begins at 2.20 with the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Conditions Stakes for two-year-olds over six furlongs.

The market leader here is Demons Rock, trained by Tom Dascombe and ridden by Richard Kingscote. The son of Requinto is unbeaten in four races since stepping up to six furlongs at Chepstow in July. He was enterprisingly ridden by Liam Keniry for a pillar-to-post success from Music Society.

Kingscote took over the reins at Chester next time and adopted the same tactics, this time comfortably winning a nursery off a mark of 77. He has since gone on to score at Catterick and York in similar fashion. He was racing off a 15lbs higher mark at the Knavesmire last month where he battled on gamely to hold Queen’s Sargent by a head. He has already shown that he goes well in testing conditions and sets the standard at Doncaster.

Shabaaby the danger to Doncaster favourite

His main market rival is the Owen Burrows-trained Shabaaby. He is a son of Kyllachy out of On The Brink by Mind Games so is bred for speed. He shaped with promise on his racecourse debut when third to Nyaleti at Salisbury in June. Shabaaby did not reappear until last month when comfortably accounting for Travelcard at Newmarket. The runner-up has been beaten since at Thirsk but there may be more to come from the Burrows’ runner.

John Kirkup looks fully exposed after six races, winning three and finishing fourth to Demons Rock at York. The pair meet on identical terms on Wednesday and John Kirkup may finish closer. He was slowly away that day and was staying on at the finish. He is trained by Michael Dods and will be ridden by Paul Mulrennan. This could develop into a tactical affair with Demons Rock almost certain to be sent straight to the front. Mulrennan will not allow the leader too much rope in this small field.

The outsider of the four runners is Karl Burke’s Beatbox Rhythm, a colt by Beat Hollow out of a Mr John Dance mare. He won on his second start at Pontefract but was well beaten at York next time.

Doncaster Betting Tips 13/09/2017

2.20 Demons Rock @2.5 Sportsbet

Danger – Shabaaby @4.0 Sportsbet

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