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Bondi Beach can turn the tide with Storm The Stars

11 Sep | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
Bondi Beach can turn the tide with Storm The Stars

The stamina test is likely to suit the Aidan O'Brien runner in pursuit of classic glory on another exciting day of Channel 4 Racing

The St Leger is the best race on show on Channel 4 this Saturday and it is interesting that the current 5/2 joint favourites Storm The Stars and Bondi Beach met last time out in the Great Voltigeur.

There is clearly very little between the pair on that running and it comes down to which horse is going to improve the most.

Bondi Beach is by far the more lightly-raced of the pair so should still be improving for each run, but more of a factor that could split them is the extra 2.5 furlongs here.

Storm The Stars is as yet unproven over this trip and, although he should stay the trip, it is unclear as to whether he will improve for it.

Bondi Beach, meanwhile, looks to be all about stamina and has already won over this trip so should be able to reverse the form with his old rival here.

Bondi Beach has also met Order Of St George1/4 third favourite for this race.

The Aidan O’Brien stablemates clashed over this trip in June and this time there was just a short head between the pair.

That was Bondi Beach’s third start – compared to Order Of St George’s sixth – plus the former’s rider lost his whip almost two furlongs out and should therefore be fancied to come out on top yet again.

He looks a decent bet at 5/2 in the final classic of the season.

Doncaster betting

Get Lucky in the Portland if rain arrives before racing

The Portland Handicap is going to be a completely different test for punters as it is traditionally one of the toughest races of the season to solve.

Much could depend on the weather and how much rain falls in the early hours of Saturday.

If the word ‘soft’ is absent from the going description, then Fast Track looks a strong bet.

He was below par last week but that was on good-to-soft ground and he also appeared to be drawn on the wrong side of the course.

He is drawn high here which has looked an advantage all week and he is probably better at 6f than 5f, so the 5.5f here is a plus compared to last week.

If he can reproduce his Stewards Cup effort when doing the best of those drawn high – or his Scottish Sprint Cup run when he found only the very well handicapped Red Baron too good – then he should go close at 12/1.

If there is plenty of rain and the ground is on the soft side, then Kimberella at 16/1 should run well.

He has been extremely consistent in recent starts but isn’t obviously well handicapped any more, so might find one or two too good.

Instead it could be worth chancing Lucky Beggar at 16/1.

His chance isn’t so obvious but he has been running in some very competitive handicaps as if he would prefer a little further.

He goes well on softish ground, has been dropped 8lbs this season without running a bad race and is well drawn in stall 19.

He finished eighth of 20 last time out over this trip and was trying to make up ground on a day when the front runners were almost impossible to pass.

Don’t be surprised if Lucky Beggar runs into the places or better at 16/1.

Doncaster betting

Howard to leave rivals Green with envy at Chester

Over at Chester there is a tight little handicap over 7.5f at 2.15.

Jack’s Revenge is beginning to look very well handicapped again but he is difficult to win with at the best of times and is badly drawn here too.

Gabrial’s Kaka is another tumbling down the weights and he will surely win before long, but unless it pours down he might find this test a little too sharp.

One that may go a little under the radar is Green Howard. He is at his best with a little cut and is effective over 7f and a mile so this intermediate trip is fine.

Having spent the early part of the season running on unsuitably-fast turf he bounced back to form two runs ago when a slightly unlucky 2nd at Ripon.

He was raised 4lbs for that which doesn’t help his chances here but he has previously won off a 2lb lower mark.

He ran much better than the bare result last time when gaining no run at all but still being beaten less than two lengths.

That shows he can win off this sort of mark and as long as he gets the gaps from stall 5 here he should go close.

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