The Park Hill Stakes (3.05 Doncaster, Thursday), often referred to as the Fillies St Leger, was first established in 1839 and is named after the estate owned by the legendary Anthony St Leger, who had earlier given his name to England’s oldest classic the St Leger.
The race was initially only open to the classic generation, but was opened to older horses in 1991, and had its group-2 status reinstated in 2004, after 23 years of only being classed as a group-3.
The last 10 renewals have been equally split between the classic generation and the older horses, with Frankie Dettori and Sir Michael Stoute the only jockeys and trainers to have won the race twice in that time.
14 Runners are set to go to post for the 2016 Park Hill Stakes
A 4-year-old who has had only 3 runs, but faded over 12-furlongs last time, and may not have the required stamina.
Back to form when winning last 2 races, and won a group-2 over this distance. Her trainer also won last year’s renewal, and is a master trainer of fillies. Frankie Dettori rides.
Listed winner, but has come-up short in a trio of group races on her last three starts, despite going off quite short in the market.
Unexpected 16/1 winner of a listed race for red-hot trainer, but flopped in a French Group-2 when only 3/1 last time.
Heavy ground found out the opposition when she was a 50/1 winner of a listed race, which was he fifth win in her last 6 races. Beaten out of sight last time though.
Fourth behind stablemate California last time, weakening in the latter stages.
Her 2-length third behind Koora reads well, but was well-beaten on her only start this year in April.
25/1 surprise winner of a decent York Listed Race, but disappointed at Goodwood and Chester since, and behind California at Goodwood.
Last year’s St Leger winning filly certainly has the course and distance credentials, and beat the likes of Journey and Covert Love at Ascot afterwards. Not so good so far this season, but has been mixing it with the best, and this looks a lot easier.
Won a Goodwood handicap off 85 last time, but this is a big step-up.
Ran with great credit when second to California last time, staying-on well, but never looked like troubling the winner.
Well-backed when beating an 85-rated rival at the Ebor Meeting, and going in the right direction for trainer Sir Michael Stoute.
Completed a hat-trick of wins with handicap victories off 75 and 85, but needs to find plenty more to trouble her stablemate Simple Verse.
Highly tried this season, but made little impact in Irish Guineas, Irish Oaks or Yorkshire Oaks, and trainer Aidan O’Brien has never won the race.
Park Hill Stakes Summary
California and Abingdon are both improving rapidly, but this may be as simple as Simple Verse. Ralph Beckett’s St Leger winning filly has been mixing it with the big guns this year, and she could simply be better than the rest returned to the scene of greatest triumph.