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Gosden’s Knowledge can land Doncaster’s St Leger spoils
John Gosden, on a seasonal high at present, can clinch tomorrow’s Ladbrokes St Leger at Doncaster for the third time in four years with Excess Knowledge, who looks sure to relish the step up in distance.
An extended one and three-quarter miles looks ideal for the Newmarket colt, who will be having only his third outing of the season after placed efforts at Sandown and Goodwood, where he failed by only inches to beat Cap O’Rushes in the Gordon Stakes after suffering trouble in running and looking an unlucky loser.
Excess Knowledge is fancied to turn the tables on Cap O’Rushes and also take care of his other rivals, which include strong contenders from Ireland, notably Leading Light, unbeaten this season, Foundry, who chased home Telescope in the Great St Voltigeur Stakes at York last month on his much-belated first outing of the campaign, and Galileo Rock, who would have been my big-race fancy if the rain had stayed away.
Paul Hanagan can start proceedings with a notable victory on Anjaal for his boss Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum in the At The Races Champagne Stakes.
Winner of two of his three starts, Anjaal, trained by Richard Hannon, hit the headlines when winning the Group 2 July Stakes at Newmarket, a success which has earned him a 3lb penalty tomorrow.
Although unproven on easy ground, Anjaal has solid credentials as he bids to follow up Hannon’s victory with Toronado in this race 12 months ago.
Hanagan will also have high hopes of winning the OLBG Park Stakes on Aljamaaheer, but the Roger Varian-trained colt, a disappointment at Deauville last time, may have a real fight on his hands with Caspar Netscher.
Narrowly beaten by Garswood at Goodwood after returning from a fruitless spell at stud, the four-year-old found a slow pace against him time out at Newbury. He goes well on an easy surface and could well bounce back to his best here.
It could be a big day for North Yorkshire apprentice Connor Beasley, who has prospects of a double, highlighted by Barnet Fair in the Ladbrokes Portland Handicap. Trained by Richard Guest, Barnet Fair, a winner at Ascot in the summer, ran a blinder to finish a fast-closing fifth to Bogart at York last month.
He is napped to take revenge on that winner on 5lb better terms and, in a wide-open race, his main danger may be Hanagan’s mount Burwaaz, a good third in the Stewards’ Cup at Goodwood.
Beasley also takes the mount on Hanoverian Baron in the Napoleans Casinos And Restaurants Handicap.
2.05 Anjaal, 2.40 Barnet Fair (NAP), 3.15 Caspar Netscher, 3.50 Excess Knowledge, 4.25 Hanoverian Baron, 5.00 What About Carlo, 6.05 Levitate.
1.50 Telegraph, 2.20 Gatepost, 2.55 Cameron Highland, 3.30 Lilo Lil, 4.10 Mahican, 4.45 Da’Quonde, 5.15 Gabrial The Master.
Tomorrow’s other meetings: Bath, Kempton and Lingfield.
Today’s meetings: Bangor, Doncaster, Sandown and Wolverhampton.
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