The going for the third day of the William Hill St Leger Festival is Good to Firm (GoingStick reading of 8.1).
Stalls: Straight course, centre. Round course, inside.
Rails: Distances as advertised.
Watering: Thursday 3mm of water applied to the straight course.
BET OF THE DAY
Our tip of the day from DAILY SPORT TIPSTER Dave Metcalf is Golden Apollo 5:30pm at 3/1 with Grosvenor Sport
Golden Apollo is on a handy mark at presenmt and has been running well of late, so off bottom weight looks worth siding with at 3/1 in the 5.30 at Doncaster today.
This Tim Easterby trained four-year-old has has won once and been placed twice in starts over course and distance.
He was last successful in a competitive class 2 contest at Ascot back in August 2017 when finishing off strongly to score by a length off a rating of 95.
Golden Apollo has posted some solid efforts in defeat since when fifth of 12 to Above The Rest over 7f and when doing all his best work at the finish to be a 2 1/4 length fifth of 12 to Solar Flair over 6f at Newcastle.
Golden Apollo was also when an excellent second of 14 to stable companion Flying Pursuit in last year’s Sky Bet Dash at York off94 where he made good headway from the rear to throw down a strong challenge inside the last before being unable to find any extra close home.
He again ran well in that contest four starts back when fourth of 15 to the thriving Dakota Gold off 90 and when third of 16 to the unexposed Bielsa at Thirsk and fourth of 14 last tine out at Ascot.
Golden apollo is now able to race off 87 and receives weight from all his rivals over an extended 6f which should be ideal.
It gives him every chance from a handicapping perspective of belatedly getting his head back in front.
THE BET recommended bet: 2pts each-way Golden Apollo (3/1 Grosvenor Sport, William Hill – BOG)
2:10pm The Japan Racing Association Sceptre Stakes
Fille de Reve – Self Cert (Not Eaten Up)
4:55pm The Gary Reid Memorial Irish EBF Maiden Stakes
Strait of Hormuz (IRE) – Vets Cert (Bad Scope)
Today’s William Hill Market Movers:
2:10 Pretty Baby 7/1 -11/2 and Solar Gold 9/1 – 13/2
2:40 Charles Kingsley 5/1 -10/3
3:10 Stradivarius 2/5 – 2/9
5:30 Golden Apollo 9/2 – 3/1