19/10/2019

Flying juveniles do battle at Doncaster


Royal Ascot hero A’Ali and York scorer Alligator Alley do battle for the Wainwright Flying Childers Stakes.

Before doubling his big-race tally at Deauville at the Prix Robert Papin the Simon Crisford-trained A’Ali claimed a victory from the Norfolk Stakes in June.
He could only finish fifth when awakened to six furlongs at an Icelandic renewal at the exact identical track a month, but nevertheless sets a lofty benchmark as he returns to the excursion on Town Moor.
Joseph O’Brien’s Alligator Alley has been rated his biggest threat, having overcome early disturbance to run out an impressive winner of the Listed Roses Stakes.
O’Brien stated:”We were delighted with him York and he’s been in good form since.
“This looks an excellent race, but we are hoping to get a fantastic run.”
Wheels On Fire, making his first start having been educated in France by Matthieu Palussiere also carries hopes.
The kid was seen finishing fifth at the Molecomb Stakes at Goodwood – three locations behind Alligator Alley.
Fogarty stated:”I’m not sure what to anticipate, to be honest.
“He seems in good form. Where he ran well, he came after Goodwood, and we’ve been really happy.
“We are hoping to get a big run.”
The penultimate evening of the St Leger Festival gets under way with all the Group Three Japan Racing Association Sceptre Stakes.
An area of 14 runners have been announced, with the Roger Varian-trained Farzeen the likely favourite.
The girl of Farhh examines the water in Pattern level for the very first time following two or three strong wins in novice company at Kempton and Redcar respectively.
Mark Weinfeld, director for owners Helena Springfield Ltd, said:”We just don’t understand how great she’s yet.
“We were initially looking for a Listed race to get her, but Roger recognized this race as a potential. It appears quite hot, though.
“She didn’t run at two had a rush in January before having a fracture. She could not have been more impressive in winning her last 2, so we thought we would search for some kind.
“We might have bitten off a little more than we could chew. We are going to see.”
Farzeen’s competitions include Ralph Beckett’s Di Fede, the William Haggas-trained Pretty Baby along with also the hat-trick-seeking Posted from Richard Hannon’s lawn.
The four-time winner Saroog of crisford will be a hot order to give a beating to five opponents from the 40,000 William Hill Mallard Handicap, while the Weatherbys Global Stallions App Flying Scotsman Stakes merits close review.
This contest was won by one and Frankel in 2010 and has thrown winners up because then, too – using Guineas runner-up Tip Two Grow scoring in 2017 and Royal Ascot victor Sangarius.
The norm in this season’s renewal is set by Mark Johnston’s Vintage Stakes fourth Visinari, but he’s taken on by four promising colts at Andrew Balding’s Berlin Tango, Ralph Beckett’s Tomfre, Aidan O’Brien’s Wichita along with the Molatham.
Having fulfilled the runner-up berth supporting the thrilling Mums Tipple in his Ascot introduction, the latter promised success at York on his most recent appearance in the usually-informative Convivial Maiden.
Angus Gold, racing manager to owner Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum, said:”He won well at York and we hope he’s a wise horse, but he is very much a work in progress.
“We decided we’d measure up him into a Listed race and hopefully this will tell us if he could operate in one of the larger two-year-old races later in the year”

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