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Saturday Horse Racing Tips

The final Classic of the season is run on Doncaster’s Town Moor this afternoon and interest in the race has really ramped up since the unbeaten filly, Lah Ti Dar, was declared a runner.

St Leger Stakes      

The bookies see the race as a duel between her and Aiden O’Brien’s Kew Gardens, but value seekers might be better off focusing on a pair of O’Brien’s other runners, THE PENTAGON and SOUTHERN FRANCE.

They both have similar profiles in that they haven’t quite been able to compete at the highest level so far this season, but both have looked likely improvers as the season wears on and both could improve for the step up in trip. They both also looked to have ideal prep races last time out that should have put them spot on for this challenge.

The Pentagon (ew)3.35 Doncaster22/1Unibet
Southern France (ew)3.35 Doncaster16/1Bet365


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Champagne Stakes      

Amazingly, just 35 minutes prior to the big race Lah Ti Dar’s little brother, is hot favourite for another Group race, this time the Group 2 Champagne Stakes.

Too Darn Hot is unbeaten like his sister and we wouldn’t put anyone off backing the double, but in the search for value again we are going to suggest siding with PHOENIX OF SPAIN, who took the Group 3 Acomb for us last time out.

This massive colt should continue to improve with time and the long straight here should play to his strengths. He is reportedly working well at home.

Phoenix Of Spain (ew)3.00 Doncaster8/1Bet365


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Portland Handicap      

The big betting heat on the card is the Portland Handicap and with 22 set to go to post it looks an almost impossible puzzle to solve.

The ultra-consistent OPEN WIDE is surely due a success in one of these races and hopefully today’s the day. He travelled like the best horse at Ascot last time out and the drop of rain should have made the ground perfect for him.

Dangers include the Michael Dodds pair who are towards the head of the market and DAKOTA GOLD makes particular appeal. He was unlucky to be drawn on the wrong side in the Great St Wilfred last month and also ran well when third at Thirsk last time out.

Duke Of Firenze, Roundhay Park and EL HOMBRE look the pick of the outsiders. The latter was staying on strongly at the death in his last race and has been freshened up since.

Betfair are offering 5 places on each-way bets on this race.

Open Wide (ew)1.50 Doncaster14/1Betfair
 Dakota Gold (ew)1.50 Doncaster15/2Betfair
 El Hombre (ew)1.50 Doncaster28/1Betfair


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Alan Wood Plumbing And Heating Park Stakes      

The other race on ITV is another Group 2 over 7 furlongs.

Bretton Rock looked the one to beat here when the rain started falling earlier in the week, but with conditions drying out slight preference is for D’BAI. He’s run a lot of good races over 6 furlongs this season, but this extra furlong seems to suit him better.

Above The Rest also comes into the equation and is respected.

D’Bai (ew)2.25 Donacaster9/2Bet365


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