St Leger Meeting 2013: Predictions and Betting Odds for Friday's Big Races

Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistSeptember 13, 2013

YORK, ENGLAND - AUGUST 23: Ryan Moore poses at York racecourse on August 23, 2013 in York, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
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The third day of this year's St Leger meeting offers plenty of opportunity for punters who are looking to make a decent return at the Doncaster racecourse.

Four of Friday's big races are televised on Channel 4, meaning there's no need to miss any of the action. Which horses will leave the course having bagged their owners a large prize? Will any favourites disappoint in front of the Yorkshire crowd?

Here's a look at four of Friday's key races with betting odds and tips.


Polypipe Flying Childers Stakes (Group 2) Cl1 5f, 1:40 p.m. BST

Ryan Moore is a busy man throughout the Doncaster meet and returns to the saddle after six races on the second day. His first shot at victory during Day 3 comes on the back of the Richard Hannon-owned Fast.

Moore has already led Hannon’s Remember to victory this month and should be confident of giving Fast a good run. He is joined by Extortionist and Ambiance on the list of favourites, with both horses offering significant value over the course that is good to soft.

Best Bets: Fast at 16/1 with Paddy Power, Extortionist and Ambiance both at 9/2 with Paddy Power.


Ladbrokes Mallard Stakes (Handicap) Cl2 1m6f132y, 2:10 p.m. BST

It’s difficult to overlook Semeen in the second televised race of the day.

The four-year-old bay gelding has won three of his last four races and has rested since July. Andrea Atzeni will pilot the talented horse and is expected to power beyond the threat of immediate competition, which is most likely to come from Tropical Beat.

Daring punters may wish to back David O’Meara’s horse after a string of decent performances saw Tropical Beat finish in the top three eight times in 15 races. He represents strong value for an each-way bet. There’s good money to be made in a field that contains eight runners who can all compete for the main prize.

Best Bets: Semeen at 3/1 with Paddy Power, Tropical Beat at 6/1 with Ladbrokes.


Speedy Services Doncaster Cup (British Champions Series) (Group 2) Cl1 2m2f, 2:40 p.m. BST

Moore takes the saddle once more in the third race of the day, this time on the back of heavy favourite Times Up. If you’re looking for a guaranteed winner, selecting this duo is as sure as you’ll get throughout the entire festival.

Times Up has romped to victories in two of his last three races at Doncaster, a record that stretches back to 2010. The bay gelding’s consistency on this course should be feared, although both Biographer and Chiberta King represent useful punts away from the favourite.

Best Bets: Times Up at 2/1 with Paddy Power, Biographer at 11/2 with Paddy Power, Chiberta King at 12/1 with BetVictor.


Barrett Steel May Hill Stakes (Group 2) (Fillies) Cl1 1m, 3:15 p.m. BST

Just under £40,000 is available for the victors of this race. A close field of potential winners makes this one difficult to call, so onlookers aiming to make an impressive sum of cash will need a smart eye and a hint of luck.

Current favourite Qawaasem continues to build an intriguing relationship with Paul Hannigan. The jockey has ridden Hamdan Al Maktoum’s horse four times since the end of June, producing one victory. A top-three result has been achieved in each outing, representing a clever each-way bet.

Halljoy should also attract major attention, especially if Moore picks up a win earlier in the day. The horse came third at Doncaster in July and offers a decent opportunity at 10/1.

Best Bets: Qawaasem at 4/1 with BetVictor, Halljoy 10/1 with Paddy Power.