On a day where history could be made by Camelot winning the Triple Crown and Aidan O’Brien making a clean sweep of all of the English Classics some people’s eyes will be on next year.
The Champagne Stakes at Doncaster and the National Stakes at the Curragh will provide punters with a useful insight into next year. The well touted Dundonnell is due to reappear after his Accomb Stakes win at York in the Champagne stakes, where he will be opposed by the unbeaten Hannon colt Toronado. The Hannon’s have labelled their colt “next year’s horse” but Crockford feels that he could be today’s as well especially when attractively priced at 9/4. The undefeated Dawn Approach runs in the National Stakes at the Curragh and should continue his unblemished record. Crockford advises any punter who is interested in these three colts to look at the markets for the 2000 Guineas and Derby this morning as prices are certain to come down with good runs. Ladbrokes offers Dawn Approach 10/1, Dundonnell 25/1 and Toronado at 33/1 for the Guineas. Prices for the Derby of 20/1 for Dawn Approach and 25/1 for Toronado are available with firms.
The Hannon and Hughes partnership have some good chances across the card at Doncaster this afternoon and would be worth watching closely with runners such as Toronado, Strong Suit and Rising Legend.
Overshadowed by its English equivalent the Irish St Leger takes place at the twilight fixture at the Curragh today. Whilst the Irish will take the Doncaster race it looks on the cards that the Irish prize will be coming back to England with either John Gosden’s Aiken or more probably Michael Owen’s Brown Panther. Second last year in the St Leger Tom Dascombe the trainer is confident of a bold show from his courageous colt.
Crockford’s Dead Cert – Toronado (2.25 Doncaster)
The Hannons and Richard Hughes have high hopes for this colt with the Derby 2013 being a particular aim. Crockford has admired the preparations and races this horse has had and expects him to win today and probably finish the season unbeaten.
Crockford’s Whisper – Kaldoun Kingdom (3.00 Doncaster e/w)
Paul Hanagan opted not to ride one of the favourites for this afternoon’s Portland Handicap so that he could ride this horse. Back to a course and trip that he likes and conditions to suit his trainer is confident of a very big race. At 14/1 with some firms the each way whisper from jockey and trainer is worth following.
Archer’s Selection – Camelot (St Leger 3.40 Doncaster)
Archer rode the great Ormonde to a Triple Crown victory in 1886 and would certainly have selected the soon to be legendary Camelot. The shrewd investor would also have advised punters to snatch up the 1/2 and 4/9 available about this certainly. Perhaps in hundred years Joseph O’Brien will be remembered in the same way as the Tinman (Archer).
Crockford’s other gambles around the courses:
Doncaster – Norse Blues e/w (1.50), Toronado (2.25), Kaldoun Kingdom e/w (3.00), Camelot and Main Sequence e/w (St Leger 3.40), Strong Suit (4.15), Rising Legend (4.50) and Martin Chuzzlewit e/w (5.20)
Curragh – Wexford Opera (3.00), Rasmeyaa (3.30), Fire Lily and Starspangledbanner e/w (4.30), Brown Panther and Aiken e/w (6.05) and Dawn Approach (6.40)
Chester – Bertoliver e/w (1.40), Modun (2.40) and Light from Mars e/w (5.35)
Newcastle – Twelve Strings (4.05)
Bath – Dr Yes (2.50)
Kempton – Postively (6.20)
(Photograph – Richard Hannon Senior and Junior after a race at Goodwood)