TOMORROW’S Group One Racing Post Trophy (3.00pm) at Doncaster is one of the key trials for next year’s Investec Derby and the Ballydoyle dogs have been barking with force in relation to Camelot. The once-raced Montjeu colt started the week at 5/2, but is now 10/11 with Ladbrokes and it’s clear he is very well fancied for the stable that have won this race five times since 1997.
However, the form of Camelot’s maiden victory at Leopardstown in July has taken a few knocks and he’s going to have to step up massively to take this prize. That could quite easily happen, but I’d rather lay him on Betdaq than back him at such a short price.
John Gosden is yet to win this race, but FENCING has all the right attributes to go very close. He was an impressive winner of the Washington Singer last time and his trainer has been waiting for some cut in the ground. The decision to sidestep the Dewhurst could pay big dividends and he is a decent bet at 3/1 with Ladbrokes.
Roger Charlton won last year’s St Simon Stakes (2.45pm) at Newbury and I hope he can make it back-to-back wins with AL KAZEEM. This three-year-old has been a measure of consistency in his six-race career and was only just touched off by Green Destiny last time. Colombian and Beaten Up are both big dangers, but I’m going to stick with Al Kazeem at 4/1 with Paddy Power. I will be at Doncaster on Saturday, so follow me on Twitter @BillEsdaile for all my latest updates.