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On the opening day of the St Leger Festival at Doncaster Racecourse, located in South Yorkshire, there is no shortage of top-class racing, though the best race of the day, in terms of both prestige competitiveness may just be the Weatherbys Scientific 300,000 2-Y-O Stakes.
For two-year-old horses only, the Weatherbys Scientific 300,000 2-Y-O Stakes, run over an extended six furlongs, is a highly valuable race, one that is worth no less than £147,540 to the winning connections.
Our betting tips and predictions for the Weatherbys Scientific 300,000 2-Y-O Stakes
Ahead of what is a very hot contest, 17 runners are due to go post, so finding the winner will not be an easy task, especially as we’re talking about unexposed, potentially improving but ultimately inexperienced horses. At the very least, let’s see if we can snuff out some value.
Our best prediction: Dragon Leader @ 5/2
The betting for this race is largely dominated by two horses, neither of whom have really been able to wrestle market supremacy from the other. Both Johannes Brahms and Dragon Leader currently trade somewhere between 9/4 and 5/2, and it’s easy to see why both horses are fancied. The former, runner for the always popular combination of Ryan Moore and Aidan O’Brien, comes off the back of solid second in a York Group 2 last time out, while the latter is a hugely promising sort who is unbeaten having won two modest novice contests, before flying clear at this level at York back in late August.
For my money, Dragon Leader, ridden by William Buick, has the advantage. Clive Cox’s filly gets 10 lb from Johannes Brahms and that could be telling. The way in which the filly quickened clear of a very decent field at York last time out was impressive, and that effort tells me that she’s likely to be better than a mark of 98 in time. I’m betting that she can confirm that suspicion here with another bold showing.
Our each-way prediction: Lambert (each-way) @ 16/1
If you’re not the type of punter to side with a well-fancied type in a hot race of this nature, which is absolutely understandable, then Lambert is well worthy of some each-way support at potentially generous odds of 16/1.
George Boughey’s runner is another horse who comes here off the back of three consecutive wins. After a modest debut effort, he bolted up at Newmarket, before once again shooting clear of the field at Yarmouth next time out. Last time out, the gelding proved to be too good for a decent Class 4 novice race over a mile at Kempton, though he looks to have plenty of speed, while his proven stamina ought to come in handy on today’s likely stamina-sapping ground. Arrives for an in-form yard and could easily get involved at decent odds.
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