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Pick of the Pundits – Stonefield Flyer can wing it at Doncaster

| 14.07.2011

Piece By Piece landed the gamble for the pundits yesterday and we’re certainly seeing some more cheer in the Racing Post naps competition.

14 of the tipsters napped a winner yesterday, up from 10 on Monday after a miserable weekend for the pundits and punters are starting to believe in the writers tips once again.

Alan Keyte of the Western Mail nabbed his second winner of the week when Piece By Piece justified his very short favouritism yesterday, and the Welshman is one of three writers napping Stonefield Flyer today.

Like Keyte, both Steve Simpson of the Blackpool Gazette and Jeffrey Ross of the Glasgow Evening Times can boast a profitable return for a £1 stake over the course of this season, and Stonefield Flyer looks a very strong bet on the basis of his Royal Ascot form.

19.00 Doncaster: Stonefield Flyer – 1/2

Frederick Engels win at Newmarket last week has just highlighted the form of Stonefield Flyer who finished second behind … horse in the Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Stonefield Flyer is now stepping up to six furlongs after a win and three seconds over four five-furlong career starts, but this Class 5 novice stakes marks a return for Stonefield Flyer to the same class he won in at Newcastle.

Pimpernel represents a danger following victory on his career debut at Lingfield last time out, but the Godolphin horse has a lot to find against Stonefield Flyer who has already proved his class in a Class 1 race.

But the major danger to odds-on backers is West Leake Hare who has won and finished second in his last two starts over six furlongs in Class 5 company.

The only one of the four runners to have proven himself over the trip, 10/1 seems a big price for Barry Hills horse and punters not tempted by the favourite’s short odds should take the each-way value with West Leake Hare.



Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.