THE OPENING day of the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival at Doncaster throws up an intriguing feature race in the Scarbrough Stakes (3.00pm), a Listed contest where progressive handicappers traditionally meet regressive Group horses head on.
Kingsgate Native will have his backers and, despite now being a nine-year-old, he consistently runs to a mark of around 110 which may be good enough to win this if others fluff their lines.
Kevin Ryan’s progressive filly Online Alexander is full of speed but may be a work in progress, so preference is for RECKLESS ABANDON, who is now with Charlie Appleby having been blighted by injuries in recent times.
A good fifth in the Abbaye last year and a Middle Park winner at two, his Newmarket reappearance was promising enough and he should improve significantly for it, proving himself to be a cut above his rivals.
Elsewhere on the card, PATRIOTIC can score again in the Leger Legends race (3.35pm) under Cheltenham Gold Cup winning jockey and trainer, Jim Culloty, having won for Mick Kinane a couple of years ago.
CLON BRULEE should be backed for Godolphin in the 4.10pm, a race which trainer Saeed bin Suroor won 12 months ago.