Coral Champagne Stakes: Silver Knott and Chaldean lead betting
Silver Knott is the 2/1 favourite for the Group Two Coral Champagne Stakes at Doncaster on Saturday afternoon ahead of what could be a fascinating clash with Chaldean.
Chaldean, who is trained by Andrew Balding, boasts Group Three form after landing the Acomb Stakes at York, following on from Newbury novice glory and is 9/4 in the betting.
Silver Knott has also struck at that level for Charlie Appleby, graduating from a Kempton novice win to register a taking success in the Solario Stakes at Sandown.
Coral’s John Hill said: “Silver Knott is bidding to complete a hat-trick of wins after successes at Kempton and Sandown respectively. Charlie Appleby’s smart colt tops the betting for the Coral Champagne Stakes ahead of Chaldean.”
Blink and you'll miss him, Silver Knott storms clear in the Group 3 Fasig-Tipton Night Of The Stars Solario Stakes and looks to be the real deal deal for Pat Dobbs, Charlie Appleby and team @godolphin . 🏆 pic.twitter.com/B9QbPzgMpx
— Sandown Park (@Sandownpark) August 20, 2022
Appleby has a potential second string to his bow in Denford Stakes winner Victory Dance, while Holloway Boy is another high-class possible after winning the Chesham at Royal Ascot and finishing second in the Vintage Stakes for Karl Burke.
Greenland and Victoria Road comprise Aidan O’Brien’s potential challenge, with Michael O’Callaghan entering Indestructible and Dasho Lennie from Sean Woods’ team in the mix.
Elsewhere on St Leger Day, a usual bumper field is expected for the Coral Portland Handicap, with 43 contenders for the extended five-furlong cavalry charge.
Whenthedealinsdone is the 13/2 favourite ahead of Tanmawwy, Chipstead and Juan Les Pins,.
Kinross, a late absentee from Saturday’s Sprint Cup at Haydock, could get a spin out in the Cazoo Park Stakes, for which there are 11 contenders.
Winner of the City of York Stakes at the Ebor meeting, Ralph Beckett opted not to run on quick conditions on Merseyside and instead look at this Group Two.
He will shoulder a 3lb penalty along with fellow Group Two winners Chindit and Jumby, representing Richard Hannon and Eve Johnson Houghton respectively, with Supreme Stakes first and second, Double Or Bubble and Misty Grey, set to do battle again.
Al Suhail, Garrus, Sacred, Statement, New Energy and The Wizard Of Eye are also entered.
2/1 Silver Knott
11/4 Victory Dance
5/1 Holloway Boy
11/1 Victoria Road
80/1 Dasho Lennie
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