Ten to Follow 19.09.19
The majority of this week’s point scoring opportunities came from Doncaster Racecourse at The William Hill St Leger Festival. There were ten point scoring races across the four days, with the feature race of the week being the final classic of the season, the William Hill St Leger.
The action started with the Listed Scarborough Stakes on the Wednesday. This race was won by Equilateral who kept on well under Ryan Moore to lead close to home.
Thursday saw the Yorkshire track play host to two Group 2 contests, the first of which was the Park Hill Stakes for Fillies & Mares. This race was won well by Enbihaar, who gave plenty of weight all round to record a third straight Group 2 win. The May Hill Stakes came next and was won by Powerful Breeze and James Doyle with favourite Cloak Of Spirits finishing down the field in sixth place.
The opening race on Friday was the Group 3 Sceptre Stakes and was won well by Breathtaking Look who made all under Jim Crowley, keeping on strongly to win by a length. That was the first of four winners for Jim Crowley on the day, and the second came in the Listed Flying Scotsman Stakes on board Molatham who kept on well to justify favouritism in the market.
The other two point scoring races of the day were won by the man of the season, Frankie Dettori. The first of these was the Group 2 Doncaster Cup and saw champion stayer Stradivarius win comfortably to score 30 points for 156 Ten to Follow teams. The second saw Royal Ascot winner A’Ali put in a convincing performance to land the Group 2 prize.
Before the Saturday point scoring action at Doncaster started there was a Listed Race at Chester which was won decisively by the Sir Michael Stoute trained Sextant in the colours of The Queen.
It was then off to Doncaster for the final day of the William Hill St Leger Festival. The action started with the Group 2 Park Stakes where Sir Dancealot returned to winning ways under Gerald Mosse for trainer David Elsworth. The Pommery Champagne Stakes came next and saw Ebor Festival winner Threat gain his second Group 2 of the season, keeping on well towards the finish to hold off Royal Crusade and score 30 points for three Ten to Follow teams.
The feature race of the week was the William Hill St Leger, the final classic of the season. The unbeaten Logician was the hot favourite to land the prize, and he didn’t disappoint, running out a good winner under Frankie Dettori and beating Sir Ron Priestley into second by more than two lengths. Well done to player David Marshall who was the only player to pick the John Gosden trained horse and secure the 55 points.
With only three of the week’s winners providing points for players there hasn’t been too much change at the top of the leader board with Paul Timms and Alan Wellsteed still neck and neck at the top with 655 points apiece. The full standings can be view here.
|1||Paul Timms (4)||655|
|1||Alan Wellsteed (10)||655|
|1||Alan Wellsteed (1)||655|
|4||Graham Hoskin (1)||620|
|5||Tony Ling (1)||615|
|6||Ben Cook (2)||600|
|6||Alan Wellsteed (3)||600|
|6||Alan Wellsteed (8)||600|
|9||Mervyn Broom (5)||585|
|10||Paul Timms (1)||575|