The 2020 Flying Childers is one of the highlights of the third day of Doncaster’s St Leger Festival (Friday 11 September, a day known as St Leger Doncaster Cup Friday. This Group 2 contest takes place over 5 furlongs and it has attracted a classy field of 11 runners.
Sacred is the early market favourite. She’s top-rated on a mark of 108 and gets 3lb from the colts. But despite having an obvious chance, only one filly has won the race in the last decade and the stable of William Haggas hasn’t been firing on all cylinders of late. Winter Power is the lowest rated of the four fillies in the race, while the Irish fillies Frenetic and Measure Of Magic also need further improvement.
Ireland look to have a better chance with Steel Bull, who impressed when winning his first two races. He disappointed last time but can be forgiven that run after banging himself in the stalls. He has just a few pounds to find with the principles but has a much better chance than Burning Cash and Perotto.
The other four runners are all stepping back from 6-furlongs. Ubettabelievit impressed when winning his second and third races over 5-furlongs, including a course and distance success. But he finished last over 6-furlongs last time and has a few pounds to find even on his best form.
Mohawk King is respected with Frankie Dettori booked by the Hannon stable that has won four of the last 10 editions of the Flying Childers. He faded after racing prominently last time but, while that suggests he might appreciate a drop to this trip, he’d needed all the 6-furlongs to get his head in front on debut.
Hannon also runs Ventura Tormenta was readily outpaced over 5-furlongs on debut, He has improved since to win twice over 6-furlongs, and even tried 7-furlongs in between those victories. You also must forgive him a poor run last time over 6 –furlongs in Ireland.
The Lir Jet was second in that race in Ireland, but he had been beaten over 6-furlongs by Ventura Tormenta before that. But in both of those runs over 6-furlongs, he suggested he would be seen to much better effect over a strongly run 5-furlongs. He’s already proven he handles such demands by winning his first two races in good times over the minimum trip and he’s our Flying Childers tip.
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