LADIES DAY: Leger Festival action hots up

ROYAL APPROVAL: The Queen's horse Estimate will run n the DFS Park Hill Stakes on Ladies Day at the St Leger Festival.
ROYAL APPROVAL: The Queen's horse Estimate will run n the DFS Park Hill Stakes on Ladies Day at the St Leger Festival.

THE Queen’s horse Estimate is the star attraction of the so-called ‘fillies’ St Leger’ on Ladies Day.

The Sir Michael Stout-trained three-year-old rose to prominence as she romped home to a five length victory over two miles at Royal Ascot back in June

Estimate goes over a shorter distance of 1m 6f 132yds in the DFS Park Hill Stakes at 2.55pm, often referred to as the ‘fillies’ St Leger.’

Her main challenge appears to come from Wild Coco who beat her by three lengths at Glorious Goodwood last month.

But the Queen’s racing advisor says Estimate should be one to watch.

He said: “She has been prepared for the race since her run at Glorious Goodwood and everything has gone smoothly - Sir Michael (Stoute, trainer) is very happy with her well-being.

“She needs a test of stamina and hopefully this will suit her. She is a nice staying, progressive filly and on the upgrade.

“I think the return to a more conventional and galloping track like Doncaster will suit her.

“With three-year-old fillies that mature like Estimate has been doing, you are always hopeful that there is a few pounds of improvement in them as they progress to each race.

“She is bred to improve and fillies like her tend to do so at this time of year, so I would say there is every chance she will go forwards as opposed to backwards.

“All options will be open to her after the DFS Park Hill Stakes and anything stamina orientated will be her bag.”

Ladies Day action begins at 1.15pm with the £30,000 European Breeders’ Fund Carrie Red Fillies’ Nursery over an extended six furlongs.

The field for the race is fiercely competitive but Nargys may just have the edge after solid improvement which led to victory at Yarmouth last time out.

Clive Brittain-trained Alsindi goes in the £55,000 Group Three Japan Racing Association Sceptre Stakes at 1.50pm.

Racing manager Bruce Raymond believes she is a good tip over the seven furlong distance.

He said: “Alsindi has not run since the Italian 1,000 Guineas because she came back a bit sore and jarred up.

“We have given her a good rest and she is working very nicely now.

“I’m hopeful rather than confident because it’s a Group Three and she is up against it.

“I think she is back to her best now, which she will need to be, but there could be some improvement to come.

“She had good form as a two-year-old and I think the seven furlongs at Doncaster is a good starting point for her.”

The day’s big money race is the Weatherbys Insurance £300,000 Two Year Olds Stakes at 2.20pm, again over a six furlong sprint.

Camelot jockey Joseph O’Brien is widely tipped to get an early feel of winning at Doncaster aboard Parliament Square in this race, before turning his attention to his attempt at the Triple Crown on Saturday.

Trained by Joseph’s dad Aidan O’Brien, Parliament Square is another improving horse expected to make waves on Ladies Day.

The third race of the day, the £11,500 Irish EBF Maiden at 3.30pm is traditionally known as an informative contest over the mile distance.

A host of improving horses are set to go in this race and Space Ship leads the early betting field under William Buick.

The Ladbrokes Bingo Handicap at 4.05pm will be run over six furlongs and looks a difficult one to call.

And action is concluded with a small field for the £25,000 DFS Handicap at 4.35pm over a mile and a quarter where Specific Gravity is expected to triumph.