Four horses to back at Doncaster on Wednesday September 8

The Doncaster St Leger Festival gets underway on Wednesday September 8 and the following four horses might just help you turn a profit, according to Planet Sport experts.


1.45 Doncaster Bullet Force

3.25 Doncaster Wren's Breath

4.30 Doncaster Faisal

5.00 Doncaster Bomb Proof

1.45 Doncaster - Bullet Force

Plenty can be fancied in this 7f nursery and several are housed in powerful stables, but they have to give weight to Karl Burke's Bullet Force, who is potentially better than his opening mark of 82.

A 95,000GBP purchase in June and boasting a smart pedigree, he built on a couple of promising efforts at Sandown when landing a small race at Musselburgh last time without being asked for maximum effort.

The runner-up on that occasion has won since, while his conqueror two starts back, Westover, holds an entry in the Group 1 Dewhurst, so his form has a very solid look about it.

He runs in this instead of the Group 2 Champagne Stakes later in the week and that could prove a shrewd decision by his in-form trainer, whose juveniles have struck 29 times on turf already this season.

3.25 Doncaster - Wren's Breath

Henry De Bromhead is better known as a trainer of jumpers but don't let that put you off backing his filly in this 7f Group 3 contest as she's clearly an exciting prospect.

After making an encouraging start to her career when second at Navan in July, she stepped up considerably on that when coming from last to first in taking fashion to land a €50,000 Listed prize at Naas on her next start.

Off the bridle and seemingly going nowhere at halfway, she absolutely flew home when switched to the stands' rail to win going away and on that evidence won't have any problem getting today's extra furlong.

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One potential negative is that she is blind in one eye but she's drawn in stall 11 today and should they race centre to stands' side, as they did 12 months ago, she can grab a position against the near rail, much like last time.

Well that's the theory and she is attractively priced enough to take a chance on her, with connections eyeing up (no pun intended) even bigger targets in the autumn - she holds an entry in the Group 1 sprint on Champions Day.

4.30 Doncaster - Faisal

Hollie Doyle gets the leg up on Wren's Breath and she can double up just over a half hour later on John and Thady Gosden's Faisal, who carries top weight in this 1m2f handicap.

Hollie Doyle has double prospects at Doncaster on Wednesday
Hollie Doyle has double prospects at Doncaster on Wednesday

That might look a big ask on paper and he's also returning from a break of 100 days, but the son of Golden Horn has won all three of his starts and looks the type to hold his own in much better company than today's.

He was winning off a mark of 95 on his handicap debut at Windsor in May, having posted a couple of striking wins on the all-weather at two, all under today's pilot, and a subsequent 3lb rise is unlikely to anchor him.

5.00 Doncaster - Bomb Proof

James Fanshawe's sprinter has been lightly raced since winning at York on his racecourse debut back in May 2019, with a breathing problem seemingly to blame for some lacklustre effort earlier this season.

However, an operation to correct that has clearly done the trick as he ran much better at Kempton 19 days ago, when finishing a clear second under an apprentice rider and despite hanging left in the closing stages.

The son of Society Rock may well improve on that here, as many horses do on their second run back after a breathing operation, and he's undoubtedly well treated on a mark of 80, having started life in handicaps off 98.

With his trainer in fine form - three winners already this month - and William Buick (4-21, 19%, on the stable runners) taking over in the saddle, he looks something to bet on at lucrative odds.

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