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Wentworth Stakes Preview – Saturday 10th November

Last updated: November 9, 2018 by Leon Marshal

Doncaster brings the curtain down on the flat turf season on Saturday with a seven-race card starting at 12.20. There are two Listed races including the Wentworth Stakes over six furlongs at 2.05.

This all-aged sprint was formerly known as The Remembrance Day Stakes and usually attracts a good quality field. Notable previous winners include Blyton Lad (1992 and 1993), Double Blue (1994), Pipalong (1999) and Jack Dexter (2013 and 2015). Last year’s race was won by Sir Michael Stoute’s Dream Of Dreams who beat Perfect Pasture and Danzino.


Donjuan Triumphant favourite at Doncaster

The early favourite is Andrew Balding’s Donjuan Triumphant who tops the official ratings on 112. The five-year-old has a reputation for being a bit of a mud-lark but has also shown good form on faster ground.

The son of Dream Ahead finished a creditable fourth in the Group 1 Haydock Sprint Cup before finishing third in the Champions Sprint at Ascot. Both of those races were in testing conditions and any race that reaches Doncaster by the weekend will increase his chances of success.

Another horse who likes plenty of cut in the ground is Librisa Breeze, trained by Dean Ivory. He won the Champions Sprint last season but finished only eleventh when attempting a repeat victory last month. That followed a lack-lustre run in the seven-furlong Hungerford Stakes at Newbury in August.

One of the more progressive entries is Laugh A Minute, a three-year-old gelding by Mayson trained by Roger Varian. He won over course and distance in August on good to firm ground before tackling Group 3 company at Deauville. He never looked like catching the winner but ran on well to finish second to Tantheem.

Hey Jonesey dropped in class

Kevin Ryan is represented by Hey Jonesey who has also been competing in higher class races. He has not won since July 2017 but finished a close fifth in the Group 1 Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot. He struggled at Haydock next time before finishing third of four behind Projection at Ascot. This probably represents his best chance of winning since finishing runner-up in a Listed race at York in May.

Horse running

Aidan O’Brien rarely features at this meeting but sends over Could It Be Love, a three-year-old filly by War Front. She stole a march on her rivals in the Irish 1000 Guineas at the Curragh and it took the champion miler Alpha Centauri to reel her in. She then finished third to Expert Eye at Royal Ascot over seven furlongs and has been placed four times since. Her last two races were over a mile and it will be interesting to see if the drop back to six furlongs can bring a change in her fortunes.

Eirene won over seven furlongs at Chelmsford in August before finishing runner-up to Dancing Star here the following month. She held every chance at the furlong pole at Ascot last time but faded to finish fifth to Di Fede. That was over seven furlongs on soft ground so this shorter trip on the better ground should suit.

Downforce is the winner of six of his 24 races and returned from a lengthy absence to finish eighth at Navan last month. He should strip fitter on Saturday while the veteran sprinter Gordon Lord Byron continues to run well without getting his head in front where it matters most.

Wentworth Stakes Betting Tips

Laugh A Minute @4-1 William Hill

Eirene @14-1

Each-way 1/5 odds, 1,2,3

The Wentworth Stakes is due off at 2.05 at Doncaster on Saturday 10th November and will be televised live on ITV4.