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Pick of the Pundits: Oppose Jessie’s Spirit in St Leger opener

| 07.09.2011

The most popular pick among the 50 Racing Post naps competition entrants lost yesterday, and today’s popular picks looks set to seal the same fate.

Buzkashi failed to justify the faith shown in him by six pundits yesterday and Jessie’s Spirit is the horse who has been burdened with the ‘most popular nap’ tag today.

Four pundits have napped Jessie’s Spirit in the opening race at Doncaster, and only one of them can boast a positive return for following his naps this season.

The North of the Racing Post is searching for a consecutive winner today and he’s been one of the better performers this month and is worth listening to.

However the form of the other three tipsters makes Jessie’s Spirit a negative today.

Computerman of The Express is costing his followers £12.68 with his naps, Jeffrey Ross of the Glasgow Evening Times is costing his followers £24.57 and Rockavon of the Sunday Mail is costing his followers £27.17 this season.

14:00 Doncaster: Jessie’s Spirit – 7/2

Jessie’s Spirit currently holds favouritism for this Class 2 Nursery race that opens Doncaster’s St Leger Festival, and Ann Duffield’s two-year-old is unbeaten in her two career starts over 6f.

This is a step-up in trip today and while the filly is unbeaten, the handicapper has been quiet lenient and she runs off a fair mark today.

However there are plenty of challengers today and as favourite, and on the basis of the form of the tipsters, she’s worth opposing today.

Wolfgang looks a very tempting each way price at 8/1 considering he is a course and distance winner, but Richard Hughes’ decision to ride Magic City raises concerns over Richard Hannon’s horse.

Ghostwriting (11/2) struggled with this trip last time out but may have been asked to step up in class too soon and John Gosden’s horse has to be respected today put preference is with West Leake Hare.

West Leake Hare (6/1) was awful at York a few weeks ago but the race didn’t pan out for him and he is better judged on his earlier form.

His second at Glorious Goodwood suggests he is more than capable of winning and is well-weighted today.



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.