Maritime Wings – 13:10 Leopardstown
Leopardstown stages the first day of Irish Champions Weekend with some cracking races, including the Group 2 KPMG Champions Juvenile Stakes for two-year-olds over a mile. This looks a good chance for Joseph O’Brien’s Maritime Wings whose dam’s half-brother Mojo Star runs in the St Leger later in the afternoon. Maritime Wings was seemingly unfancied when beating a Ger Lyons odds-on shot in a maiden on his debut at the same track in June but has since run two fine races to finish runner-up to Ireland’s top two-year-old Point Lonsdale in the Tyros Stakes back at Leopardstown and the Futurity Stakes at the Curragh. With that rival running in the National Stakes 24 hours later, Maritime Wings can gain a deserved victory here.
Alounak - 14:00 Chester
There’s a potential commentator’s nightmare in Chester’s big race of the day, the listed Stand Cup over the extended mile and a half, with Alounak and Alignak in opposition. The pair could easily be fighting out the finish, too, as they’re the pick on Timeform ratings, but preference is for Andrew Balding’s gelding Alounak who should have the edge in race fitness over his main rival who hasn’t run since winning this same race 12 months ago. Alounak has already won a good prize in the north-west this season when landing the Old Newton Cup at Haydock in July and he ran another excellent race back in handicap company last time when a running-on third behind Sonnyboyliston and Quickthorn in the Ebor.
Mr Professor – 14:05 Bath
There are some small fields at Bath but the mile nursery looks a bit more competitive and it can go to Mr Professor who showed plenty of improvement to land a similar event at Kempton a week ago on his nursery debut. Returning from a three-month break after three runs over sprint trips for Joe Tuite, Mr Professor was clearly suited by the step up to a mile on his first start for Alice Haynes despite pulling hard early on. However, after making smooth headway entering the straight, he led a furlong out and kept on well to win with a bit in hand by two and a half lengths from Incumbent. He’s likely to go on improving.
Danyah – 15:00 Doncaster
Doncaster’s Park Stakes looks a good opportunity for Danyah to make a winning debut at pattern level for his in-form trainer Owen Burrows. Danyah won over course and distance last season and has been running well in top handicaps all year, starting with fourth place in the Lincoln back at Doncaster in March. More recently he posted a career best over seven furlongs in the International Stakes at Ascot when making all the running and finding plenty for pressure to come out best in a tight finish conceding weight to Star of Orion and Dance Fever. Danyah showed a terrific attitude at Ascot, as well as putting up a very smart performance, and a similar display will make him hard to beat here.
Oso Rapido – 16:00 Musselburgh
Oso Rapido has been in good form of late after joining Roger Fell this season and he can gain a second win of the campaign at Musselburgh in this seven-furlong contest. He was a decisive winner over the same course and distance two starts ago and more recently was beaten just over a length into fourth in quite a competitive contest at Thirsk a week ago. He looks sure to go well again from the same mark here.
Tomouh – 18:25 Lingfield
Godolphin have a good chance of winning another St Leger with Hurricane Lane earlier in the day but they can also land this six-furlong fillies’ handicap at Lingfield with the Saeed bin Suroor-trained Tomouh. Her only previous try at the trip resulted in a clear-cut success over the same course and distance in June when she made all the running in a visor. Tomouh performed less well back over seven furlongs at Chelmsford last time with cheekpieces back on, finishing fourth of six to Lethal Talent. Although top weight here, Tomouh hasn’t had much racing for a four-year-old and she makes plenty of appeal reverting to sprinting.