Thursday 12 September 13
After recording another podcast with Ron this afternoon I thought I really ought to write a quick catch up with Doncaster a much better meeting than they are given credit for – if it wasn’t for the St Leger which I swear gets worse every year? The times on Thursday certainly suggested the ground was a bit slower than it looked on the TV, and I will be treating the form very carefully should good or faster ground return at all this autumn. One horse who thrived with the underfoot conditions was the Michael bell trained The Lark, the Oaks third who looked before the race as if she only had to run to form to win the Group Two Park Hill Stakes, and so it proved. She simply had too much class for her rivals before winning with any amount in hand, and those readers who know why I failed to avail myself of the 15/8 freely available can write to me via my care home.
Pupil did at least win carrying some of my money after letting supporters down first time out at Newbury. Backed to 7/2 favourite that day, he needed the run a lot more than they thought but was sent off at 4/1 in the maiden here which seemed remarkably generous. Taking it up late on he ran on well to score easily and looked as if there was more improvement to come – one to watch out for if his sights are not raised too highly of course.