Paul Ja­cobs makes his selec­tions for Septem­ber’s big races

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Naps king be­lieves long home run at Doncaster may suit Coronet

Septem­ber is al­ways a rich ta­pes­try for Flat rac­ing with the fi­nal Clas­sic of the sea­son, the St Leger, the Ayr Gold Cup, Ir­ish Cham­pion Stakes, the Hay­dock Sprint Cup and, of course, a bunch of two-year-old cham­pi­onship races at New­mar­ket.

As reg­u­lar read­ers know, bet­ting an­tepost has al­ways been at the core of my bet­ting pro­file and the St Leger (Septem­ber 16) is build­ing into a su­perb and in­deed open re­newal.

The fi­nal Clas­sic of the sea­son has in re­cent years cen­tred around the big yards un­til the re­fresh­ing suc­cess of the Laura Mon­gan trained Har­bour Law last year, but the 2017 ver­sion looks set to be dom­i­nated by the big yards again.

At the time of writ­ing Ai­dan O’Brien has an amaz­ing 18 of the 45 entries with the likes of Ir­ish Derby win­ner Capri and Venice Beach head­ing the way for the Bal­ly­doyle yard.

Stoutey has Gor­don Stakes win­ner Crys­tal Ocean,while Gos­den has a ma­jor hand with Stradi­var­ius and CORONET.

The last named has al­ways looked an out-and-out stayer on just about ev­ery start since her ca­reer win­ning de­but at Le­ices­ter over a mile.

She didn’t get the race run to suit last time out in the Ir­ish Oaks where the short straight was not a plus,but the long home run at Doncaster added to some give in the ground would be a per­fect set-up for her and I have al­ready waded in at 25/1,16’s is still avail­able.

But I just have had a back-up bet. Fol­low­ing his suc­cess in the Ge­of­frey Freer Stakes I was wait­ing for DE­FOE to be cut to around 4/1 and I am still dumb­founded that 8/1 is still on of­fer.He stays well,has a high cruis­ing speed, a good turn of foot and, prob­a­bly most im­por­tant of all, is a straight for­ward ride. The fact that Var­ian and Atzeni have a fan­tas­tic record at Town Moor is a fur­ther in­cen­tive.

Let’s move onto one of the hard­est hand­i­caps of the year, the Ayr Gold Cup (Sept 23).

Courtesy of his win in the Great St Wil­frid and from a hugely as­tute yard, MATTMU (20/1) has to be on my list. He re­mains well handicapped, still has few miles on the clock (20 runs) and I’m sure a soft ground Gold Cup will be right up his street.

I still feel Pro­jec­tion has a big sprint in him as Ripon wasn’t his track last time out, but I’m scared of a soft ground re­newal so although favourite, SHANG­HAI GLORY is the call.

The ground was barely soft enough for him in the St Wil­frid, a clos­ing third in the wrong side. If Char­lie Hills can keep him sweet for the next few weeks and soft ground pre­vails then 16/1 could be a big price on the day.

Fi­nally, the Hay­dock Sprint Cup (Septem­ber 9) and I am hop­ing that DREAM CAS­TLE is fi­nally stepped down to his per­fect trip of 6f.

A free run­ning sort with loads of speed, his sec­ond in the Green­ham was a fab­u­lous ef­fort and since his ear­lier win at Doncaster he has never been al­lowed to stride on and use his nat­u­ral speed; this race would be per­fect for him so grab the 20/1.


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