Barsanti breaks new ground in Doncaster Cup

Thu 12 Sep 2019

Despite Yvonne Jacques' Stylistique being beaten an agonising short-head in the Carrie Red Fillies' Nursery on Thursday we send several horses up to Doncaster tomorrow with promising chances.

Friday's opener sees confirmed Group-class ability take on any kind of potential as juvenile G3 winner Mot Juste lines up against up-and-coming stablemate Farzeen in the G3 Sceptre Stakes for fillies over seven furlongs. Mot Juste's season hasn't gone quite the way it had promised after her fine reappearance second behind our own Qabala in the G3 Nell Gwyn, although she ran far better than her finishing position suggested at Goodwood when tackling another seven-furlong fillies G3. These are her ideal conditions and the quicker the better for her under foot - she is in good health and we would expect her to run a competitive race. The completely unexposed Farzeen comes into this race off the back of two very comfortable successes in novices, latterly when sauntering clear under a penalty at Kempton. She is by some way the least exposed of these and is a very straightforward filly with plenty of ability - the concern with her would be whether she takes part if the ground is on the quick side. Should she take her chance then she has up to a stone to make up on official ratings, but we would expect her to continue on her upward curve. 

When it comes to proven pattern-level ability Barsanti has been showcasing his talents for far longer than the three-year-olds, but at seven years of age he faces a new challenge having been declared for the G2 Doncaster Cup on Friday. Arguably Sheikh Mohammed Obaid's charge was unlucky in the immensely valuable Ebor, the interference he suffered coming at a crucial time as he was starting to unwind. That run gives hope that he has developed into more of a stayer in his latter years, and with the blinkers having had a positive effect at York we would be hopeful that he can run well. There are no illusions about the size of the task in trying to beat Stradivarius, however!

The Listed Flying Scotsman Stakes offers a good opportunity to pitch Molatham into pattern company off the back of a taking performance in the Convivial maiden at York. Hamdan Al Maktoum's Night Of Thunder colt has impressed with his attitude as well as his ability, his relaxed way of racing a feature of his two racecourse appearances thus far, and is hopefully a good indicator that he can take this step up in grade in his stride. There has been plenty of intrigue surrounding the performances of Visinari since his Newmarket debut and on paper he is the one we have to beat.

 

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