Final Venture the form horse in Scarborough Stakes – Doncaster 13/09/2017
The feature race on the opening day of the Doncaster St Leger meeting is the Listed Scarborough Stakes at 3.20.
Final Venture favourite for Scarborough Stakes
There is a field of just six runners set to go to post, headed by Paul Midgley’s Final Venture. The five-year-old son of Equaino has won eight of his 28 races and has been competing at a much higher level.
Final Venture has twice chased home the veteran Take Cover this season. He was beaten half a length at York in July and was a length behind him at Beverley recently. Midgley ran the gelding in the Group 1 Nunthorpe Stakes where he was beaten seven lengths behind Marsha. He has won in soft ground so should not be inconvenienced by conditions in the Scarborough.
Frankie Dettori rides market rival Thesme, a close third to Desert Law at York last month. The five-year-old mare often shows plenty of pace but has only managed to win three of her nineteen races. She was beaten a length and a half when conceding 7lbs to the winner last time. The conditions of the race man that she is 12lbs better off with Desert Law on Wednesday. The big concern is the ground because she was well beaten on her only previous start in these conditions.
Weights against Desert Law in Scarborough
Desert Law is a stable companion of Final Venture, a nine-year-old gelding by Oasis Dream. He has won eight of his 57 races and won here in August off a mark of 87. He then defied a 6lbs penalty to win at York before finishing sixth in the Beverley Bullet. Desert Law was a length behind Final Venture that day when receiving 3lbs. They meet on identical terms at Doncaster but soft ground is a worry for his supporters. Like Thesme, he has never shown any form on genuinely soft ground.
Ryan Moore rides Encore D’Or for Robert Cowell, another son of champion sprinter Oasis Dream. He won on the all-weather at Chelmsford in June but does not seem as effective on the turf. Difficult to fancy on his most recent run on the surface at York.
Clive Cox is responsible for the two remaining runners, Go On Go On Go On and Razzmatazz. Adam Kirby has elected to ride the former who was last but one behind Take Cover at Beverley. Her best form is on a faster surface.
Scarborough Stakes Betting Tips 13/09/2017
Final Venture @3.0 Betfair
Danger – Thesme @3.0 Betfair