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Matt Chapman: It’s a Classic weekend and I’m backing one to Storm home in the St Leger

by Matt Chapman | September 11, 2015

It’s just an awesome weekend of racing, with the St Leger at Doncaster, the Irish Champion Stakes heading a load of Group One contests in Ireland and Arc trials at Longchamp. OMG! Let’s get straight into the action at Doncaster.

It’s the brilliantly sponsored Attheraces Group 2 Champagne Stakes at 2.00pm, a race won by some class acts over the years.

The one to be on is the vastly experienced PALAWAN, who remains in good form. He can reverse Goodwood places with Ibn Malik where he hung badly. A good chance for Richard Hannon.


Next is the Portland Handicap at 2.35pm – one of the most famous sprints in the calendar.

SUZI’S CONNOISSEUR is dropped in trip, but she ran a cracker at Ascot last time where in a different country she would have been awarded the race. She’s gone up 3lb for the defeat, but could run huge here from off the pace for Stuart Williams. Have a few quid on each-way.

We are back in Group 2 company for the Park Stakes over 7f at 3.10pm. This is a cracking heat and there should be a strong pace. That will suit SAFETY CHECK who returned to action after a break with a fine third to Toormore at Goodwood.

His come from behind style might be useful in this for Godolphin.

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Finally at Doncaster it’s the final Classic of the season, the St Leger at 3.45pm.

I’m taking STORM THE STARS to confirm recent York form with Bondi Beach. This ultra tough performer deserves this Classic after a third at Epson and second in the Irish Derby. Lump on!

In Ireland the ground could change dramatically before post time, so bets come with a warning. The Irish Champion Stakes is at 5.45pm and I’m taking FREE EAGLE to turn over Golden Horn for Dermot Weld and Pat Smullen.

The selection remains very lightly raced, but has a good draw to work from and a brilliant jockey to help him. Fingers crossed conditions are ideal and even if all eight run I can’t see him out of the frame.

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The Group 1 Matron Stakes at 6.20pm over 1m sees Newmarket Guineas winner LEGATISSIMO in action. She’ll be fav but is a lump-on job. Her form is solid and she looks special.

Sunday’s card at the Curragh is a cracker too with Order of St George now switched to the Irish St Leger but I’m sticking with Brown Panther to follow up after his win there last year. He may even be a each-way price now too!

So best of luck and let’s hit Paddy where it hurts this weekend. Yeeehaaa!

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