NOT often will one ponder the runners up at Doncaster in November for a bet, but tomorrow’s Listed Wentworth Stakes (2.05pm) draws interest from a punting angle.
Many will be looking to cash in on 11/4 clear favourite Sir Dancealot, arguing the 111-rated three-year-old colt is a class above his 13 rivals.
His first visit to Donny to run in the Group One Racing Post Trophy was a big ask and David Elsworth obviously thinks a fair bit of this horse. He wasn’t disgraced in finishing sixth, and the way he travelled smoothly without seeing out the mile suggested sprinting would be his forte.
However, he’s since been unplaced in both starts over today’s six-furlong trip and looks more capable over seven. Both his second in the Bunbury Cup back in July and only win of the season have come over seven and I’m not convinced about him stepping back to six.
He’s the highest rated horse in the race and should be difficult to beat at the weights, but six furlongs might just see him tapped for toe and I’m not willing to chance that at just 11/4.
Unexposed, proven and bred to go well with cut in the ground, SAINTED makes plenty of appeal, as does her price at 10/1 with Coral.
The four-year-old daughter of Pivotal won on good-to-soft over today’s six-furlong trip at Haydock two starts back, before finding the ground too deep on her latest start.
Heavy going at Haydock, where it tends to get bottomless, was too much to ask of a lightly-raced filly upped 8lbs from her last run and she looks on better terms here.
Fresh from his triumph in the Breeders’ Cup, William Buick will be taking the ride and trainer William Haggas isn’t in bad form himself.
His great season has rolled over into November nicely, bagging five winners in the first week of the month, and this improving filly, who could be a Group horse next season, can continue that run. Chasing her home may well be TERUNTUM STAR, who comes into this race in great form.
Back-to-back wins in 20-strong fields at Ripon and York suggests he comes here with a massive chance. Like Sir Dancealot, he was also highly tried at two. Kevin Ryan rolled the dice with him in the 2014 Group Two Gimcrack Stakes but he could only manage eighth of nine.
However, unlike the race favourite, he’s gone on to prove a very useful sprinter. The son of Dutch Art has landed no less than five valuable Class Two six-furlong handicaps, pocketing over £100,000 in the process.
While there may well be one too good for him to rattle off the hat-trick, he’s something of a six-furlong specialist and should be there or thereabouts. Danzeno and Dream Of Dreams are both available at 7/1 with Ladbrokes and have obvious claims.
The former is coming off the back of runs in Group company and this looks an easier task. The six-furlong trip on soft ground should be right up his street too, but he’s been asked for a number of big efforts already this season and this may prove to be one run too many.
Dream Of Dreams is making just his fourth appearance for Sir Michael Stoute since coming over from Kevin Ryan’s yard and warrants some respect.
He’s got some good form in the book over six furlongs, finishing third in the Group Two Railway Stakes and second in the Listed Rockingham Stakes as a two-year-old, but he’s yet to show that at three.
His only win this campaign came over seven furlongs in a Class Three at Lingfield and others are preferred, and at bigger prices too. At 14/1, grand old servant GORDON LORD BYRON could run into a place.
It’s over five years since his first Group One victory in the Prix de la Foret at Longchamp, but his third behind Limato and Massaat at Newmarket last time out suggested that the fire still burns brightly.
He’s one that can certainly stay seven but has still been more prolific over today’s six. On his last five starts over today’s trip he’s only finished out of the money once and I don’t think he’ll be far away again.
Bill Esdaile’s Wentworth Stakes 1-2-3
2 Teruntum Star
3 Gordon Lord Byron