Lowgate to hit high notes for Hayton in heat battle
LOWGATE JASPER was having his first look round the track when outstayed by Touch Tackle in a trial stakes a fortnight ago and the form looks excellent so he makes plenty of appeal in the opening heat of the William Hill St Leger over 687m at Wimbledon (7.25).
Trainer Jim Hayton has his team flying just now and the selection, a winner of four from seven since stepped up in trip, can add to his tally by being prominent from the off and then building a decisive lead on the final circuit.
Farley Rio has joined Seamus Cahill for his St Leger tilt and the Sunderland Grand Prix champion can bounce back from heavy defeat at the hands of reopposing Rearguard Bond to take heat three at 7.54.
The selection is a more rounded performer now than when first stepping up in trip and would likely not be fazed if led by Chicago early, which could be on the cards. He can pounce by the fifth bend.
Airmount Paco landed the Great North Run at Newcastle in dominant front-running style last week and similar tactics can prove successful again for Jimmy Wright’s dog in heat five at 8.26.
He ran in the Derby here earlier in the year so does have knowledge of the course and the long run to the bend over this distance should bring that early pace into play and allow him to race clear.
Borna Champ gets the vote in heat six at 8.42 where John Mullins’ Kent St Leger winner is fancied to pick his way through the field late on.
Many of his rivals are best when able to dominate and something of a speed battle could develop up front as a result with the Mullins dog capable of capitalising by coming from off the pace.
Hills are betting on the Flying Four and go: 2-1 no winners, 4-5 one winner, 3-1 two winners, 20-1 three winners and 400-1 that all four selections oblige.