Champagne Stakes Guide 2021

Doncaster - September 10 2021
Doncaster 13:20
3(3)
Frankie Dettori

Reach For The Moon

J:
 
Frankie Dettori
T:
 
John & Thady Gosden
Age: 2
Weight: 9-0
OR: 114
Days: 21

John and Thady Gosden boast an impressive 26% strike rate at Doncaster this season and are operating at a 20% win rate with their turf 2yo's this season.

They team up with course specialist Frankie Dettori on board the Queen's runner who had a highly touted 39% strike rate at Donny last season.

Reach For The Moon is progeny of Sea The Stars who has a respectable 15% strike rate and 40% place rate, although having said this, does underperform on his expected winners at the track.

The 2yo colt was 2nd on debut at Yarmouth, running green, before subsequently improving for the step up to listed company on his second career start to get within half a length of Point Lonsdale, a top level of form in this field given Point Lonsdale landed a Group 2 by 4.25 lengths last time out in Ireland.

A duo of wins have followed those runner-up efforts, the first a 4 length win over Harrow back down in a class 4 novice at Newbury as a 2/9 fav before stepping back up to Group 3 company to dominate a small fielded affair by no less than 4 lengths.

The manner of his past performances and the form of those runs has him with clear leading claims in this.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
13/06/24WOR16Gd11-44
07/02/24SED17Sft11-74
21/06/23ASC8Gd9-1027
18/04/23NMK9GS9-27
22/10/22SAI8Hy8-116
Doncaster - September 10 2021
Doncaster 13:20
1(4)
Pat Dobbs

Lusail

J:
 
Pat Dobbs
T:
 
Richard Hannon
Age: 2
Weight: 9-3
OR: 113
Days: 22

With 4 wins from 5 runs, the Richard Hannon trained Lusail looks nothing short of talented, already boasting a duo of Group 2 victories in the July Stakes (6f) and The Gimcrack (6f) the last twice.

The son of Mehmas seemingly looks to be well suited to a straight galloping track given that progeny of Mehmas boast an 18% strike rate and 40% place rate on Town Moor.

The runner has won over 7f in the past at class 4 level, proving his stamina and capabilities at the trip and he now tackles the trip at Group level.

Looks a solid option and is expected to run a good race.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
20/06/23ASC8Gd9-212
20/05/23NBY8Gd9-26
03/05/23ASC8Gd9-54
25/02/23JAN7GF9-06
04/09/22LON8GS9-05
Doncaster - September 10 2021
Doncaster 13:20
2(2)
David Egan

Bayside Boy

J:
 
David Egan
T:
 
Roger Varian
Age: 2
Weight: 9-0
OR: 101
Days: 28

Bayside Boy represents Roger Varian in the race who holds an impressive 26% strike rate at Doncaster this season.

He teams up with David Egan who is somewhat of a course specialist here with a 29% strike rate and +£25 at the track this season.

Bayside Boy won impressively on debut by a 3.25 length margin at Newbury (7f) before subsequently stepping up to listed company with a head 2nd finish behind Masekala.

He's entitled to plenty further improvement now on his 3rd run out and looks to be well suited to the Town Moor given progeny of New Bay have a 22% strike rate and 55% place rate here.

The runner looks overpriced at 15/2 for the contest and provides some solid value.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
14/09/22SAN8Sft9-11
29/07/22GOO8GF9-34
14/06/22ASC8GF9-27
15/05/22LON8GS9-313
23/10/21DON8Sft9-13
Doncaster - September 10 2021
Doncaster 13:20
4(1)
Leigh Roche

Twilight Jet

J:
 
Leigh Roche
T:
 
M D O'Callaghan
Age: 2
Weight: 9-0
OR: 103
Days: 22

Irish raider, Twilight Jet, is the most experienced of the 4 strong field and comes here off the back of a solid 3rd placed in the Gimcrack behind Lusail (6f).

The son of Twilight Son was a respectable finisher in the Group 2 Railway stakes in June with a 5th placed finish, however was outclassed in Group 1 company when finishing 6th of 8.

He has plenty to find in reversing that form with Lusail and looks fairly exposed in this field, despite being open to improvement on his first try over the 7f trip.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
19/05/24NAA5Gd9-122
29/04/24NAA6Y10-09
27/10/23DUN5St10-012
24/09/23CUR6Sft9-78
03/09/23TIP5Y9-71