Today’s FREE ITV racing tips: Doncaster, Chester, Musselburgh, Chelmsford, Bath and Lingfield – Steve Mullen’s betting preview for the racing this Saturday, September 15
HOLMESWOOD left it too late in a hot contest at York last time and had to settle for third.
He had a full tank of petrol crossing the line and would have been closer if hitting top gear sooner.
It was the first time champion jockey Silvestre De Sousa had ridden Michael Dods’ flyer and hopefully lessons have been learned.
He definitely has what it takes to win a race like this and has dropped below his last winning mark.
Tis Marvellous was snookered by the draw in the same Knavesmire contest and is much better judged on his scorching win at Ascot two starts ago.
He’s 5lb higher than that today but will have no problem with this trip and Ryan Moore is an eye-catching booking by trainer Clive Cox.
Frankie Dettori takes over on Blue De Vega, who has had a good season with an Ascot win in July the highlight. He has held his form well and handles this dead ground.
Powerallied is a regular in the frame at this level and can be forgiven one modest effort at Chester last time.
He had earlier won on the Roodee and is only 1lb higher in the weights, which gives him an each-way shout.
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IT’S a Must in this open Group 3. MUSTASHRY went mighty close to winning the Strensall Stakes at York last time and shapes as though this drop in distance will suit.
It’s unusual for him to be tackling the shortest trip of his career at the age of five but Sir Michael Stoute will have him ready. He won a Listed contest at Sandown in July and has winning form on ground with some cut.
D’Bai has been performing with credit at this level all season with his best efforts coming over this trip.
He was only just getting started over 6f at Deauville last time and looks a threat.
Listed winner Oh This Is Us is stepping out of handicap company after a gutsy success at Chester latest. This is tougher but that was an impressive effort because he met plenty of traffic problems.
Above The Rest didn’t fire at York last time but landed back-to-back wins before that and likes this trip. He’s getting on a bit now can’t be ruled out under the champ.
Unfortunately is dropping in class after losing his way a little at the highest level. He did win a Group 1 last season and he’s only three so could bounce back with Frankie Dettori up.
Steve Mullen’s top tips for Saturday
1.50 Doncaster – Holmeswood: ‘Caught the eye at York and this 5.5f distance looks perfect’
2.25 Doncaster – Mustashry: ‘Just missed out at York and drop back to 7f could be a good move’
3.00 Doncaster – Too Darn Hot: ‘Hugely impressive in the Solario and looks hard to beat here’
3.35 Doncaster – Lah Ti Dar: ‘Looked top-class when winning at York and should stay this trip’
TOO DARN HOT can burn then all off again. He could hardly have been more impressive when winning the Group 3 Solario Stakes at Sandown last time.
That saw him sizzle to the head of next season’s 2,000 Guineas and Derby betting. Trainer John Gosden made the right sort of noises afterwards and he has the best part of a stone in hand on today’s rivals.
Phoenix Of Spain can take the forecast spot after taking a large step forward when scoring at York last time out. Further than this 7f distance will suit in time and there’s plenty to build on after that impressive effort.
Dark Vision has moved to Godolphin after his Vintage Stakes win at Glorious Goodwood. He relished every yard of this trip there and he’s another high up in next year’s Classic markets.
In theory he’s not stepping up in class but Mark Johnston’s hope hasn’t come up against a horse of Too Darn Hot’s class — and he’s giving 3lb away.
Aidan O’Brien has a couple entered and there’s not much between Van Beethoven and Cardini. It was only a handicap the latter won at The Curragh last time but he clocked a good time and looks open to lots of improvement.
IT’S OK Dar in the St Leger. LAH TI DAR has looked destined for Classic glory ever since her scorching win in the Pretty Polly Stakes at Newmarket in May.
Sadly she was forced to miss the Oaks and wasn’t seen again until one of the most convincing wins of the season in the Galtres Stakes at York last month.
That was her first crack at 1m4f but she loved every yard of it and was trotting by the time she crossed the finishing line. She gives the impression that this longer distance will be fine and Frankie Dettori’s mount should have a lot more to offer with so few miles on the clock.
Kew Gardens was favourite for a long time and will relish the return to this distance after being caught out over shorter at York latest.
He had earlier won a Group 1 in France and the Queen’s Vase at Royal Ascot. Should Lah Ti Dar run out of petrol, he is sure to cash in.
Trainer Aidan O’Brien has four other runners in the line-up and they will do their best to bring his staying power into effect.
Loxley could get the better of stablemate Old Persian given his obvious stamina. He was impressive when striking in the soft at Deauville last month and has clear place claims.
Mark Johnston has been talking of this race for Dee Ex Bee all season and, even though his form has dipped since finishing second in the Derby, he finally gets what should be his best trip today.
1.50 Dakota Gold
3.00 Dark Vision
4.10 Indian Viceroy
5.55 Byron Flyer
1.30 Wild Edric
2.40 Sir Chauvelin
3.15 Rockin Roy
5.05 Instant Attraction
2.00 Eeshas Smile
2.35 Dr Doro
3.10 Vicenzo Coccotti
3.45 Jack The Truth
4.20 War Glory
2.15 Count Otto
4.00 Saint Diana
4.35 Glory Awaits
5.10 True North
1.55 Fortune And Glory
3.40 Areen Heart
4.15 Bungee Jump
4.50 Royal Hall
5.30 Dance To Paris
2.55 Blame Roberta
3.30 One One Seven
4.05 Lucky Violet
5.45 Texas Radio
6.20 Great Colaci