The Frankie effect should ensure that Free Wind sets off as favourite for the Group Two Park Hill Stakes at Doncaster on Thursday, the feature event as a big crowd returns to Town Moor for ladies’ day at the St Leger meeting.
John Gosden’s filly is priced up at around 9-4 to follow up her win in a Group Three at Deauville last month, but she is just one of three progressive three-year-old fillies in the field and certainly not as far ahead of them as her odds might suggest.
Yesyes was a narrow second-favourite in the early betting after returning to winning form at Chester last time, but the market seems to have overlooked her three-and-a-half length defeat by Save A Forest (3.15) at Newmarket in July, on identical terms and very similar ground. At around 11-2, Roger Varian’s filly is definitely worth an interest to confirm that form.
Doncaster 1.40 There is a lot to like about Daiquiri Francais in this fillies’ nursery. Ralph Beckett’s runner appeared to win despite the heavy ground at Windsor last time and posted a strong time on good-to-firm, with a subsequent winner back in third, at the same track in mid-July. That form measures up well against Summer’s Day’s odds-on defeat of four rivals at Brighton last month, though Charlie Appleby’s runner has similar scope for improvement.
Doncaster 2.10 A valuable sales race which has been a favourites’ graveyard in recent years, with winners at 100-1, 33-1, 14-1 and 12-1 since The Gold Cheongsam obliged the backers in 2012. Ever Given and Harrow are top on ratings but have been much busier than Roger Varian’s Jazz Club, who has taken a big step forward on his last two starts and looks like a decent bet at around 7-1 to improve past the market leaders.
Doncaster 2.40 The last three winners of the Group Two May Hill Stakes are currently 0-14 in their subsequent starts, but Inspiral already looks a cut above the recent standard in this race and heads the betting for next year’s 1,000 Guineas. She has a long way to go to emulate Laurens, the 2017 winner, who went on to win six times at Group One level, but it will be a major disappointment if her unbeaten record is surrendered on Thursday.
Epsom 2.55 The Jump Jockeys Derby returns after a year off with Paddy Brennan looking poised for a first victory in the event at the seventh attempt aboard Valentino Dancer. Fergal O’Brien’s gelding was an easy winner off a 2lb lower mark on his return to the Flat at Newbury last month.
Doncaster 3.45 Modern News was campaigned like a potentially Group-class juvenile last year, finishing fifth in the Chesham at Royal Ascot and second in the Woodcote at Epsom, but was then off the track for 13 months before making a successful handicap debut at Newmarket last month. He still has time and scope to progress beyond handicaps.