The 2020 May Hill Stakes is the highlight on the second day of Doncaster’s St Leger Festival, a day simply known as St Leger Festival Thursday (September 10). This Group 2 race over a mile has thrown up some useful fillies over the years and was won by the multiple Group 1 winner Laurens in 2017.
Seven of the last 10 winners had run no more than twice, suggesting the winner is more likely to be an unexposed type. That could count against Great Vibes, Dubai Fountain, Mere Green, and Star Of Emaraaty who have all run at least three times.
All 20 winners this century have won at least once, but that hasn’t stopped Joseph O’Brien sending over his twice-raced maiden Ubuntu. She was beaten just half-a-length in a weak-looking Group 3 last time, but that improved form came on heavy ground. She faces much quicker conditions here against less exposed rivals.
Prado was 12/1 when winning on debut on good-to-firm ground and may prefer a return to a quicker surface after running okay on softer ground last time. But she needs to improve on the form of both her runs to take this.
Lilac Road was also a big price on her debut, but she turned over a 1/6 shot on her second start. She looks likely to carry on improving, but the third horse in that race was beaten much further by Indigo Girl next time.
Indigo Girl was impressive at Yarmouth on her debut and the fact John Gosden’s filly was sent off at 10/3 suggests she hadn’t been ripping up the gallops at home. She beat the favourite that day, who had also finished second before that, and the winner of that race won even easier next time. That suggests she’s useful, but she looks to be facing a potential superstar.
Zabeel Queen is our tip for the May Hill Stakes 2020. Roger Varian’s daughter of Frankel out of a Kingmambo mare showed plenty of signs of greenness on her debut but Andrea Atzeni rode her full of confidence before pushing the button inside the final furlong. She quickened nicely on that occasion and, though the placed horses haven’t advertised the form, she has a stride pattern that should be suited to the straight mile course at Doncaster. She also has the action of a filly that will thrive on good ground.
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