- Crockford believes that punters will be off to a flying start tomorrow if they back Sir Prancealot in the first at Doncaster. Sir Prancealot is 3/1 favourite for the Flying Childers Stakes and should return to winning ways in the five furlong sprint.
Sir Prancealot started the season well with two wins (including taking the listed National Stakes at Sandown). The well thought of colt has been highly tested since with runs at Royal Ascot and in France and will be well suited by the drop back to the minimum distance against what appear to be weaker rivals.
Tomorrow’s feature race the Doncaster Cup sees a quality field assemble for the marathon contest. Crockford believes the real question that punters should ask above all others is – who will truly stay the course? Saddler’s Rock was more than disappointing at York a few weeks ago and will probably have his Goodwood form reversed by the Ascot Gold Cup winner Colour Vision. Last year’s St Leger victor Masked Marvel is upped in distance to take on the potential champion stayers for the race but is not guaranteed to stay. The Lonsdale winner and second (Times Up and High Jinx) come to the test in good form but are probably flattered by their last performances. Crockford feels certain that the Gold Cup quality of Colour Vision should shine through unless John Oxx is right to think that his Saddler’s Rock was so badly under the weather in the Lonsdale that the race can be totally discarded.
- The May Hill Stakes is an interesting renewal which sees the form of two horses connected by the emphatic Moyglare Stud Stakes winner Sky Lantern. Both Certify (the favourite for the race) and Ollie Olga (the second favourite) both beat Sky Lantern into second in their last runs. Certify beat the Group One winning filly by one length in the Sweet Solera at Newmarket and Ollie Olga beat her by half a length at Goodwood. Crockford believes the whispers that Certify is a Godolphin good thing who will continue her unbeaten record and will be serving up the first taste of defeat for Mick Channon’s Ollie Olga. One thing is sure whoever wins their price will shorten for next year’s 1000 Guineas.