15:05 Doncaster: Sole Power to get punters off to perfect St Leger start
Sole Power is a Group One horse running in a Listed race on the opening day of Doncaster’s St Leger meeting and he can show this gulf in class in the Scarbrough Stakes.
All things considered, 2/1 looks a big price for a Sole Power victory, even if there are13 runners scheduled to go to post.
Sole Power is the ultimate speedster and has already finished in the each-way places in three group races in 2012, including a pair of Group One showdowns.
Meanwhile, he can be forgiven for only finishing seventh in the Nunthorpe at York last time, where he had a poor draw on the wrong side of the track from the bulk of the action.
The jockey booking of Johnny Murtagh is another positive, while the early pace should be provided by Masamah, who is drawn close to Sole Power and so can give him the perfect lead into the race.
It would certainly be a big surprise if Sole Power failed to land the spoils.
For punters determined to take on the favourite, Sole Power has not won any of his last 11 starts and may have forgotten how to stick his head in front.
Valbchek has been nibbled into 6/1 and is the most unexposed horse in the field.
After beginning his career with back-to-back victories over 6f, he seemingly did not stay 7f at Royal Ascot last time.
The Scarbrough Stakes represents a first attempt at the minimum 5f and it is hard to be sure of his chances against a field of largely established opposition at the distance.
Therefore, Kingsgate Native at 8/1 may be the best alternative to Sole Power, in what will be his first start for Robert Cowell since joining from Sir Michael Stoute.
The trainer has a track record with sprinters and the horse is a Group One winner in his younger days.
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