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Saddler’s Rock to bounce back to form for Doncaster Cup

| 14.09.2012

Saddler’s Rock bids to win the Doncaster Cup for the second year in succession on day three of the St Leger meeting and along with Hoyam in the opening race, this 20/1 double could help fill the pockets of punters.

13:15 Doncaster: Hoyam @ 4/1

This may be Hoyam’s first stab at Group company, but the manner in which he triumphed last time at York suggests that he is up to the task.

Sir Prancealot is likely to go off favourite and was a solid fourth in a Group One last time, when inside two lengths of the winner.

However, he would arguably prefer a firmer surface and is on a three-race losing run.

13:50 Doncaster: Nanton @ 9/1

Sir Graham Wade will be a firm favourite after overcoming bad luck in running to win at Haydock on Saturday.

However, he has been constantly on the go of late, which may catch up with him here, while he has been raised 6lb for this latest success.

Old-timer Nanton finished second in this race last year and was staying on strongly on his last start in the closing stages.

The 10-year-old grey is a course and distance winner and is now 11lb lower than his last winning mark.

14:20 Doncaster: Saddler’s Rock @ 3/1

Saddler’s Rock won this race last year and would certainly be shorter than this price if not having flopped last time.

This run can be forgiven as slightly different tactics were employed from the front and the ground was too soft.

With Johnny Murtagh also back on board, he is hard to oppose, especially with leading rival Colour Vision having to give him 4lb at the weights.

14:55 Doncaster: Go Angellica @ 15/2

The withdrawal of Ollie Olga has seen Certify go odds-on for victory and this is understandable as she bids to hand Godolphin a third straight success in the May Hill Stakes.

She is unbeaten in two starts and beat Sky Lantern last time, who has since tasted Group One success in Ireland.

Certify is hard to oppose, but with eight runners still taking part, each-way value can be found elsewhere.

Go Angellica is likely to be staying on well towards the death and 15/2 looks a decent price to run into the places at worst.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.