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Doncaster preview: EBF Conditions’ Stakes (14.30)

| 09.09.2015

Elronaq can take advantage of a big drop in class to get back on the winning trail in the 6f EBF Conditions Stakes at Doncaster (14.30).

The Charlie Hills trained colt ran very well on his debut when chasing home Eltezam at Haydock, and duly showed the benefit of that experience when romping to a 3 1/4 length success at Newmarket.

Elronaq made all in the hands of jockey Paul Hanagan and forged clear inside the final furlong to win going away.

It was a performance which oozed class, and the two year-old duly ran well when stepped up into Group 2 company and finishing third to Shalaa in the July Stakes at headquarters.

The well-bred son of Invincible Spirit was also far from disgraced when sixth behind the same rival in the Group 3 contest at Goodwood when last seen in action, and this is far easier.

Off an official rating of 103, Elronaq has 8lb and upwards in hand on his rivals and that is going to make him extremely difficult to beat in the hands of in-form jockey Hanagan.

If Elronaq fails to live up to expectations, then Venturous looks the one most likely to take advantage.

Lingfield Good Friday

The Charlie Appleby trained colt confirmed the promise of his debut fifth at Newmarket when running out the ready winner of a 6f maiden at the same venue.

Venturous showed plenty of pace to chase the leaders before showing a nice turn of foot inside the last to win going away by two lengths.

The son of Raven’s Pass, who is a half-brother to smart two-year-old Parliament Square, was well on top at the finish and looks the type who will go on improving and has a bright future.

Coral’s top tip: This is a big drop in class for Elronaq and he looks a solid bet to land the spoils. Venturous can chase him home.



David Metcalf

A lifelong Manchester United supporter, David has over 25 years’ experience in the media industry having worked for regional and national newspapers. He is a huge horse racing, football and greyhound fan and has done interviews on various radio and TV stations, including talkSPORT and Sky Sports, whilst working as a PR front man for a betting firm. David has also written for most of the top Premier League football fan websites, and produced a Cheltenham Festival guide with former eight-times champion national hunt jockey Peter Scudamore, MBE, after helping him to set up a syndicate for his trainer son Michael.