ABC GUIDE TO THE FINAL CLASSIC: Daqman is back with a close-up of every runner in Sunday’s St Leger in ABC order. The Classic weekend in England is now concentrated on tomorrow, while championship racing in Ireland is spread over the weekend at Leopardstown today moving on to The Curragh on Sunday.

DAQMAN CHAMPIONS DAY SUPERNAP: Daqman’s Irish Champions Day bets include 9.2 and 12.5 bull’s-eye targets. His best bet is a supernap in the Champions Juvenile. He leads Pricewise 45-35.


TRIBUTE: Good to see Willie Carson paying his tribute to the Queen. He alone survives of the 1977 St Leger result: Dunfermline, owned by HM Queen Elizabeth 11, trained by Dick Hern and ridden by Willie. Superb professionals in all they did.

⭕ 3.55 Doncaster, tomorrow (St Leger) STATS Favourites 5-10. TRAINERS: Aidan O’Brien 6; one each Charlie Appleby, Ralph Beckett, Roger Varian. JOCKEYS: Frankie Dettori 6, William Buick 3, Andrea Atzeni 2.

WINNERS’ RATINGS: 112, 110, 120, 108, 102, 120, 116, 115, 110, 120.

RATINGS OF RUNNERS TOMORROW: 116 Hoo Ya Mal, 115 New London, 109 Eldar Eldarov, 108 French Claim, 105 Haskoy, 104 Giavellotto, 103 Emily Dickinson, 89 El Habeeb, 88 Lizzie Jean.

ELDAR ELDAROV (Roger Varian, David Egan): Named after a world champion martial-arts fighter, he landed a hat-trick culminating in the final-stride defeat of Zechariah in the Queens Vase (1m 6f) in fast time at Royal Ascot.

But he didn’t have enough fight, only fourth, beaten favourite, when dropped back in trip for the Grand Prix de Paris (1m 4f); lost position two out. Just four races on his CV, all under David Egan.

The Queens Vase has produced three St Leger winners in the decade, and his trainer is currently striking at 27% with 12 winners in 13 days.

EL HABEEB (Kevin Philippart de Foy, Andrea Atzeni): By a sire (Al Rifai) meaning ‘faithful,’ out of a dam (Los Ojitos) meaning ‘little eyes’. That somehow makes ‘my love’ (El Habeeb) but is a match only in name to the 1948 Derby winner, My Love; not, I’m afraid, to his class or form.

El Habeeb is a Wolverhampton novice winner, previously 10th of 17 (beaten 15 lengths) at 250-1 in Desert Crown’s Derby for Stan Moore.

EMILY DICKINSON (Aidan O’Brien, Sean Levey) Has won only her maiden, always a bad sign, though admittedly green in the Spring. Short-headed by Rosscarbery (subsequent Jean Romanet runner-up) over 1m 6f at Leopardstown when in receipt of 17lb.

But had to wait for room before running on, fourth, in the Irish Oaks, then third to the very smart Goodwood Group-2 winner, Sea La Rosa (six from nine), showing 17lb improvement in three weeks of July.

‘Success is counted sweetest by those who have it least’, but she may yet earn the accolade of a Classic winner.

FRENCH CLAIM (Paddy Twomey, Daniel Tudhope): Likely to set the pace with Lizzie Jean, and will appreciate the cut in the ground. Made all and won nine lengths at Cork first run back.

Third in the Leopardstown Derby Trial and led soon after the start of the Irish Derby, keeping on well, third again, behind Westover, the Epsom Derby third, and Piz Badile, the Ballysax winner.

GIAVELLOTTO (Marco Botti, Neil Callan): Progressive in handicaps, giving 10lb to a narrow winner at Haydock (soft) before beating a small field over 1m 6f on the July Course (firm), these last two races in a hood. Giavellotto is ‘a javelin’ but he’s not thrown in here!

HASKOY (Ralph Beckett, Frankie Dettori): Ralph Beckett has had a great season and comes to Doncaster on a hat-trick, after winning with two two-year-olds at the end of the day on Thursday.

The least exposed of any of the Leger runners, Haskoy – the port of Istanbul – is a fine strapping filly, bred in the purple, by Golden Horn out of a Nathaniel mare.

Her Galtres Stakes (Listed) form was given an unexpected boost when the seventh filly home, Mimikyu, went clear in the Park Hill Stakes (‘fillies’ St Leger’) here at Doncaster on Thursday.

HOO YA MAL (George Boughey, David Probert): Never out of the frame in eight starts, including runner-up in the Epsom Derby, splitting Desert Crown and the subsequent Irish Derby winner, Westover.

Hooded all six starts for Andrew Balding; replaced with tongue-tie under new trainer George Boughey, who prepared him to run third to New London at Goodwood before a first win since his maiden, in the March Stakes (1m 6f+) back there 15 days ago, after being sold for £1.2m to run in the Melbourne Cup under the care of Gai Waterhouse.

LIZZIE JEAN (Ivan Furtado, Hollie Doyle): Did not race until this year, and has never run on turf. Class-5 AW novice winner at Kempton, after refitted with hood, which stayed on for sweeping fast-time class-4 handicap success at Southwell in July.

She’ll love the continuous left-hand turns but has nearly two stone to find on a couple of these.

NEW LONDON (Charlie Appleby, William Buick): Chester Vase runner-up dropped back to handicap company to win on the July Course but kept on strongly to capture the Gordon Stakes (Group 3) at Goodwood, with the third home, Hoo Ya Mal (jockey dropped whip and no extra finish).

The runner-up in the Goodwood race, Deauville Legend, boosted the form by winning the Great Voltigeur at York.


⭕ 2.05 Leopardstown today A high draw is hot in this handicap (no winner in the decade from the low eight stalls), and 11 beat 13 and 16 when Current Option won it in 2018.

He’s back for more today, coming out of 16, and San Andreas, runner-up last year from the one stall, is now blessed with 17 and stablemate Andreas Vesalius – unlucky the last day – is in 12, down in the weights.

The race usually goes to ages 3 and 4 (7 out of 10), and twice in the decade to Ger Lyons whose Markaz Paname (stall 20) won the Gladness Stakes (Group 3).

Rhoscolyn (gate 10) was back to form when pipped by I’m A Gambler at Goodwood, and is twice the animal on a soft surface. I’m A Gambler is better off at the weights but the one stall is a red flag.

Betdaq Betting Exchange 5.3 Markaz Paname, 9.2 Rhoscolyn, 12.5 Andreas Vesalius.

⭕ 2.40 Leopardstown (Champions Juvenile) My last word in Fortune Cookies was to follow Auguste Rodin until he’s beaten. Preferred by Ryan Moore to Tower Of London, and a shade better than evens in BETDAQ offers.

⭕ 3.45 Leopardstown (Irish Champion Stakes) Last year’s winner, St Mark’s Basilica, had won the French Derby (Onesto fifth) and the Eclipse, as has Vadeni.

Vadeni beat Mishriff narrowly at Sandown but Christopher Soumillon was crowing: ‘Vadeni only ever does enough’.

Vadeni (BETDAQ 2.84) has matured physically since. So, too, Luxembourg, after returning from injury with success in the Royal Whip. Alenquer will like the ground.

⭕ 4.55 Leopardstown (Matron Stakes) 3yo have won seven in a row and Homeless Songs, whose dam loved testing ground, can further enhance her reputation, first run back after trouncing Tuesday in the Irish 1,000.


2.05 Leopardstown (win 50 x 2, win 20)

2.40 Leopardstown (win 20, supernap)

3.45 Leopardstown (win 12)
BET 6.5pts win VADENI

4.55 Leopardstown (win 10)

5.30 Leopardstown (win 20 @ 18.5 on BETDAQ)
BET 1.25pts win LICENCE

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