Wentworth Stakes Preview – Saturday 11th November
Last updated: November 9, 2017 by Leon Marshal
The Flat racing season comes to a close at Doncaster on Saturday with the November Handicap meeting. The supporting card includes the Listed Wentworth Stakes for three-year-olds and upwards over six furlongs.
Popular northern sprinter Blyton Lad won the race in consecutive seasons in 1992 and 1993. Trainer Jim Goldie has enjoyed recent success in the Wentworth Stakes with Jack Dexter, successful in 2013 and 2015. Other popular winners include Double Blue (1994), Pipalong (1999), Quito (2004) and Sirius Prospect (2011). Richard Fahey saddled the winner last year when Growl defeated Aeolus and Kimberella.
Gordon Lord Byron top rated in Wentworth Stakes
Tom Horgan’s veteran sprinter Gordon Lord Byron has to concede weight to all of his rivals. The nine-year-old has won sixteen of his 81 races and over £1million in prize money. His rags to riches story has even led to a TV documentary. The son of Byron still has plenty of pace and finished a creditable third to Limato at Newmarket last month.
Bookmakers have chalked up Sir Dancealot as the ante-post favourite. The three-year-old is trained by David Elsworth and gained a deserved victory over seven furlongs here last time. He caught the eye when a fast-finishing second in the Bunbury Cup at Newmarket in July. That race was also over seven furlongs and this shorter trip is a slight concern. Sean Levey has been booked for the ride and Sir Dancealot starts out wide in stall fourteen.
Dream Of Dreams is an interesting contender from the stable of Sir Michael Stoute. The striking chestnut colt was formerly with Kevin Ryan and was placed in Group 3 company. He has also been racing over a longer trip, most recently finishing fifth in a Listed race at Newbury in September. He should enjoy the softer ground and will be partnered by Jim Crowley.
Danzeno drops in class at Doncaster
Danzeno would have claims here if able to recapture his summer form. Michael Appleby’s six-year-old won a valuable handicap at Ascot in July. He finished a close seventh in the Stewards’ Cup at Goodwood on soft ground. Appleby was probably flying a bit too high with him at Ascot in the Group 1 Champions Sprint last time.
Maarek is now ten years of age but recorded his fourteenth career success in a minor race at Navan last month. The softer the ground the better for the son of Pivotal who is trained in Ireland by Miss Evanna McCutcheon.
Three-year-old Perfect Angel has not raced since finishing last at Goodwood over seven furlongs in August. Andrew Balding’s filly is better judged on her second to Magical Memory in soft ground the previous month. Only one three-year-old has won the Wentworth Stakes in the past fifteen seasons but they are strongly represented this year.
Teruntum Star bids for quick hat-trick
It can sometimes pay to follow a sprinter in form at this time of year. Teruntum Star is chasing a hat-trick after victories at Ripon and York. His latest success came off a mark of 98 and he has since been raised to 104. That still leaves him with a few pounds to find to win this.
Rachel Richardson partners Flying Pursuit, third to Teruntum Star at York. Tim Easterby’s gelding reappeared to finish second over course and distance behind Perfect Pasture next time. Richardson has ridden him in his last seven races, winning at York and Ripon with cut in the ground.
William Buick celebrated his first Breeders’ Cup winner last weekend. He has been booked by William Haggas to ride Sainted, a four-year-old filly by Dutch Art. She won a Haydock handicap in good style in August but disappointed in the heavy ground next time.
Wentworth Stakes Betting Tips
Sir Dancealot @11-4 Betway
Dream Of Dreams @8-1
Each-way 1/5 odds, 1,2,3
The Wentworth Stakes is due off at 2.05 at Doncaster on Saturday 11th November and will be screened live on ITV4.