The Doncaster St Leger festival and the final classic of the season is upon us and it promises to be one of the most momentous yet.
The opening day is some what low key in respect to what the final day brings, not only is Camelot bidding to be the first triple crown winner in 42 years but his trainer Aidan O`Brien is also aiming to be the first trainer to win all five classics in the same season.
But with the excitement of Frankel this year Camelot and his trainer have perhaps not received quite as much applause as they normally would do, this Saturday however all eyes will be on them both and I am sure every racing fan will be willing them on as they look to enter the record books.
Sole Power looks sure to get himself back to winning ways in the Scarborough Stakes after being thrown a terrible draw in the Nunthorpe last time out.
Racing out of stall 18 and under the stands rail would prove to be an impossible task as the first four home all rammed home over the far side and the near side winners seemed to be racing in glue.
He seemed to run his race to the best he could given the conditions he faced but it ended up an impossible task to win from where he was.
He has been amazingly consistent this season in the all the top sprints and with this drop in class he should prove too good given the strength of his performances in the Kings Stand and Temple Stakes and I am confident he will bounce back to winning ways here.
The sustained form of the Mark Johnston stable over the last two months with his volume of runners has been nothing short of amazing and it shows no signs of letting up just yet.
For that reason I would chance Master Of Arts to build on his highly encouraging come back run on the flat recently at Ripon.
He really caught the eye that day as he travelled very strongly through out the contest down into the final two furlongs, he found himself a little short for room inside the closing stages but I felt he was struggling to quite close out the race as well as his challengers at that point and given the way he travelled and his past record this drop back down in trip looks perfect for him.
He has some good form to his name over ten furlongs but he has still only ever recorded victories at a mile on the flat.
He is surprisingly for a seven year old not that heavily raced given his injury problems in the past and he did promise to be a very smart horse when in the care of Sir Mark Prescott and hopefully now dropped in trip he can build on his recent outing and get a win to his name again.
You could not too far wrong at the moment by siding with Alan Bailey and his runner for this Strictly Silver looks to hold an excellent chance in this three year olds handicap.
He was narrowly denied at Chester last time out and on another day could well have come out on top.
He found himself drawn out in stall 13 which at Chester is not an easy draw to overcome, dropped in off the pace he had a lot to do as he straightened up for home to catch the front running winner, he quickened and stayed on powerfully to find himself denied just a short head and with a little further would surely have got up.
He returns to Doncaster for the first time since recording a victory here on his sole start at the course as a two year old and certainly this course looks more likely to suit his hold up style of running as opposed to prominent bias track of Chester last time out.
He is improving at the moment with racing and I think he definitely has a decent handicap in him and with the yard going well at the moment back to a course that should suit he looks to hold a strong chance in what ultimately is a very average handicap.
3.05 – Sole Power (nap)
4.30 – Master Of Arts
4.45 – Strictly Silver (nb) (ew)