Saddler's Rock is a 7-2 chance for Friday's Doncaster CupPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Staying giants set for stellar Doncaster Cup
SADDLER'S ROCK and Colour Vision lead the betting for a high-class renewal of the Stobart Doncaster Cup, the highlight of day three of the St Leger meeting on Friday.
The John Oxx-trained Saddler's Rock, a 7-2 chance, was below par on his last outing in York's Lonsdale Cup, beating just two of his ten rivals home on good-to-soft ground.
Oxx said: "Things didn't work out for him at York last time. Some of our horses weren't performing well for a couple of weeks in August anyway.
"We're taking a bit of a chance running just three weeks later, but are anxious to run him on the fastest ground we can find and hopefully he’ll get something near good to firm here. It’s critical for him to be at his best."
But with the ground given as good, good to soft in places on Thursday, Saddler's Rock looks unlikely to get the quicker ground he prefers.
Godolphin's Gold Cup winner Colour Vision, also 7-2, has questions to answer after finishing third - behind Saddler's Rock and Askar Tau, who also runs at Doncaster - on his last outing in the Goodwood Cup.
Colour Vision's trainer Saeed Bin Suroor is hopeful of a better showing after a month and a half off. "He worked well a couple of days ago and is fresh and happy," he said. "He likes a Flat track so Doncaster will suit and the longer trip will help. Silvestre [de Sousa] knows him well and has won on him before.”
Times Up, a convincing winner of the Lonsdale Cup, is a 4-1 chance and would prove a popular winner for retiring trainer John Dunlop.