The Mandarin’s Doncaster Racecard for Friday September 10th

Coopers Marquees Maiden Stakes 1.10
Bay Of Honour
From the in-form yard of Charlie Appleby, this well bred Shamardal colt has plenty in the pedigree to suggest he’ll get this trip. William Buick has been notching up the winners lately and can get Friday off to a good start in the Godolphin Blue

Cazoo Flying Scotsman Stakes (Listed) 1.40
Marcus Tregoning’s grey created a huge impression when bolting up at Salisbury last month on debut, and should see out the extra furlong here with a repeat of that performance. Hopefully Jim Crowley is fully race fit after a nasty fall on Wednesday, so he can continue his fine run of winners in the Shadwell Estate silks

Wainwright Flying Childers Stakes (Group 2) 2.10
Armor (nb)
He won here over course and distance on debut, and finished a creditable fifth in the Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot. The Molecomb Stakes at Glorious Goodwood was the next assignment, where he cruised home on soft ground, before an appearance in one of the hottest European sprints for two-year-olds, the Prix Morny at Deauville. The step up in trip to six furlongs looked out of his range but back to the minimum trip, and in Group 2 company, these are calmer waters. The high draw in stall 10 only adds to the appeal and Armor is hard to oppose

Doncaster Cup Stakes (Group 2) 2.40
Stradivarius (nap)
It will come as no surprise to regulars of these pages that we will once more plump for Stradivarius as our nap for the Cup Stakes. He’s simply been the best staying flat horse of his generation, and with Frankie Dettori aboard, the housewives choice can hit the right notes again. The Italian maestro got a fine tune out of his charge to fend off Spanish Mission in an epic battle for the Lonsdale Cup Stakes at York, and he can have one last day in the sun here. Connections of Trueshan will be praying for rain, and that looks the only factor that can stop Stradivarius notching up his eighteenth win in a memorable career. The one to beat Mallard Handicap 3.15
Prince Alex
A new track here, but every chance that the move to new surroundings earlier this term has had a positive effect, now housed in Michael Bell’s base at headquarters in his Fitzroy House stable. He showed a return to form when landing the Summer Handicap at Glorious Goodwood last time out, and might have more to come at this level. Solid each way claims at the least

Cazoo Handicap 3.45
He won well here over course and distance back in July, before a battling runners-up spot at Ffos Las a couple of weeks ago. He’s up in grade for this race but is going the right way after just three career starts and looks sure to be on the premises

British EBF Premier Fillies’ Handicap 4.20
Sea La Rosa
Sea La Rosa could be the answer to the closing race on day three of the Festival, as she’s been progressing well after a string of good shifts this term, winning at Chepstow and Redcar to add to hitting the bar twice here and at York in a Class 2 contest. She’s in top hands based at the Somerville Lodge stables of William Haggas, and should go close

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