Mount Logan chasing repeat win – Doncaster 13/09/2017
The 4.50 on the first day of the St Leger meeting at Doncaster on Wednesday is a ten furlong conditions race for three-year-olds and upwards.
Atzeni aboard Mount Logan at Doncaster
Six-year-old gelding Mount Logan won the corresponding race last year on good to soft ground. He bounded clear to beat Landwade Lad by six lengths after leading with over a furlong to travel. He has been placed in all five subsequent starts, most recently finishing second at Epsom behind Midterm. The winner is a smart horse on his day and Mount Logan pulled five lengths clear of third-placed Fierce Impact.
Midterm is trained by Sir Michael Stoute who will be represented by Mirage Dancer at Doncaster. The son of Frankel won on his racecourse debut here in October and was put away for a three-year-old campaign.
Mirage Dancer ran a promising race when fourth to Cliffs Of Moher at Chester in May. He missed the Derby and finished a fair third at Royal Ascot behind Benbatl. He stepped up to a mile and a half at York but was beaten 12 lengths into third behind Cracksman. The drop back to ten furlongs should be in his favour and he remains a colt of high potential.
Ground concerns for Best Of Days at Doncaster
The heavy rain is bad news for Best Of Days who floundered in similar conditions at Newbury in July. Hugo Palmer may elect to withdraw the Godolphin colt who has not lived up to his juvenile promise. He won the Group 2 Royal Lodge Stakes in September but that form has not really worked out. Best Of Days last ran at Windsor in August when fourth to Fabricate on good to firm ground.
Red Verdon was a smart three-year-old for Ed Dunlop but has struggled since. He has shown flashes of his old form, notably when runner-up in a Group 1 in France last year. Red Verdon has been racing over longer trips and was tried in blinkers for the first time in July. They did not appear to have any impact as he finished only fourth behind Lord Yeats.
The field is completed by Sumbal, trained by David Simcock and ridden by Oisin Murphy. He has not raced since finishing fourth to Duretto in a Group 3 at Newbury last October.
Doncaster Betting Tips 13/09/2017
4.50 Mount Logan @3.5 Betfair
Danger – Mirage Dancer @2.63 Betfair