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The Park Stakes (G2)


Peace Envoy at Naas before the Tetrarch Stakes

Peace Envoy is a big price today at Doncaster for the Park Stakes over 7f.

He’s a three-year old running against older horses, something he did for the first time in the Minstrel Stakes last time out at the Curragh in July over this trip.

On that occasion like today he had Seamie Heffernan on his back. He raced at the back of the field and Seamie quietly brought up the inner. At the two furlong pole he was tracking the subsequent winner his stable companion Spirit Of Valour who also runs today. When they quickened he was slightly caught for toe and the gap in front of him closed. Within a couple of strides his chance was gone and Seamie had no choice but to pull him up for fear he would come down. Chance gone.

As a juvenile he’d had a few very good run’s beating King Electric on debut, probably Ger Lyons best three-year old this year, and running second in the Railway Stakes to another Ger Lyons inmate Medicine Jack.

This year as a three-year old he made his comeback on bank holiday Monday at Naas in the Tetrarch Stakes with Ryan Moore in the plate. He got no run when boxed in on the rail. He then went to the French Guineas where he got no luck in running with Ryan unable to get a gap having to switch him a number of times but to no avail.

Next time out in the St James’s Palace Stakes over a mile again he wore headgear. He was lit up from the gate carrying his head awkwardly refusing to settle and his race was over by halfway.

Clearly he’s considered highly at home bearing in mind where they’ve sent him and he’s one that Seamie has been sweet on. He’s no doubt got an engine and this trip of seven furlongs might just be his optimum.

If he settles today and gets a clean run, at 28/1 he’s worth backing.

Recommendation: Peace Envoy 28/1 ew




The Flying Childers Stakes ( Group 2)

A 5 f sprint for two years old’s opens proceedings. Don’t you just love the quicker death.

Sir Prancealot will be ridden by Johnny Murtagh for Richard Hannon and comes here on the back of some good form. A maiden win was followed with a Listed win then a fourth in the Coventry to Dawn Approach. He went two better in France in the Prix Robert Papin running second to Reckless Abandon and then in Deauville in the Prix Morny was beaten the same distance by the same horse when back in fourth. The last three runs were all Group level, the first two Group 2’s and the latter, the Morny a Group 1.

Hoyam and Ceiling Kitty also carry group form. The latter won the Queen Mary beating the former and hasn’t run since. The former then won a Windsor maiden, ran third in a Group 3 at Ascot and took a Listed race at York. The York run was impressive as she had to switch late to find daylight and then ran on well to score easily.

Fire Eyes was second to Hoyam at York and will have benefited from the experience while Morawij must be considered after his fourth to Reckless Abandon in the Norfolk and second to Bungle Inthejungle in the Molecomb at Goodwood. Sound Of Guns isn’t without a chance on the back a Yarmouth maiden win (beating two subsequent winner’s) and a second in a Newbury Listed event.

While the favourite Sir Prancealot brings the best form the Queen Mary winner Ceiling Kitty brings a touch of pace. She was only 1/100th of a second of the juvenile record at Ascot and having had a break since she comes here fresh.

In the death rattle expect the filly to kill the clock in under 59 seconds.

Recommendation : Ceiling Kitty 11/2 win