Doncaster water ahead of Ladbrokes St Leger Festival

Last Updated: 04/09/14 4:57pm

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Green Door could return to Doncaster

Green Door could return to Doncaster

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Officials at Doncaster continue to water ahead of next week's Ladbrokes St Leger Festival with the forecast set fair.

Underfoot conditions at the South Yorkshire track remain good, good to firm in places after a total of five millimetres of water was applied to the whole course on Wednesday, September 3.

Doncaster's Clerk of the Course Roderick Duncan revealed on Thursday: "The forecast is for dry conditions today and tomorrow.  There is a chance of some light rain on Saturday.

"The forecast has changed today and currently no rain is predicted for next week. We will assess the situation again tomorrow and make a decision regarding further watering." 

Trainer Olly Stevens is considering a return to Doncaster for Green Door in the £40,000 Listed John Smith's Original Scarbrough Stakes on the John Smith's Opening Day (the first day of the meeting), Wednesday, September 10.

The three-year-old, who is among 27 entries for the five-furlong contest, produced a career-best performance when landing the Group Two Polypipe Flying Childers Stakes over the course and distance on last year's card.

Green Door has not won in six subsequent starts but has run well in defeat this season, notably when second off top-weight in a five-furlong Chester handicap on July 11. He was last seen out when second, conceding weight all round, to Judge 'n Jury in a five-furlong conditions race at Nottingham on August 12.

Stevens reported: "Green Door worked well today. He is a course and distance winner at Group Two level, so the Scarbrough Stakes is a race we will be having a very good look at.

"In his career to date, he has run four triple-figure Timeform performances and three of them have come this year without quite winning.

"Last time was definitely a step in the right direction as he was giving a lot of weight to older horses. He was still carrying that Group Two penalty but we shake that off in the Scarbrough, which makes it appealing.

"We put the hood on him just to try something different but it might have switched him off a bit too much. We will decide about using it again closer to the time."

Entries also include Group One scorers Kingsgate Native and Reckless Abandon, last year's impressive winner Justineo and classy three-year-old Mecca's Angel.

A seven-race card also features the popular £10,000 Clipper Logistics Leger Legends Classified Stakes which sees 16 former jockeys return to the saddle in aid of Jack Berry House and the Northern Racing College.

Those taking part in the mile race for charity include Jim Culloty, who won three Cheltenham Gold Cups on Best Mate, Derby-winning jockey Michael Hills and dual Grand National winner Carl Llewellyn. Over £450,000 has been raised since its inception in 2010.

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