Author: Alan Kelly
Published: 17:02 09/09/2014
Feature race on the opening day of Doncaster's Ladbrokes St Leger meeting is the John Smith's Original Scarbrough Stakes at 3.00pm and the five furlong Listed contest can go the way of the Michael Dods-trained Mecca's Angel who is the value at Betvictor's 15-2 to outpoint the likely hot favourite Reckless Abandon from the Charlie Appleby stable.
The lightly-raced daughter of Dark Angel proved one of the best juveniles in the north last season over the minimum trip, finishing a length and a half second to the classy Hot Streak on her fourth start before occupying the same position behind Irish challenger Hurryupharriet in the Listed Harry Roseberry Stakes at Ayr's Western Meeting. The grey ended her two-year-old career with a creditable fourth in Redcar's valuable Totepool Two-Year-Old Trophy finishing the season on a mark of 97 but with that experience under her belt the filly has really blossomed as a three-year-old.
Ridden by regular pilot Paul Mulrennan on her seasonal reappearance Mecca's Angel went into many people's notebooks when defying top weight to win a competitive Thirsk handicap with her head in her chest, a victory that was followed up with an even more impressive display at Hamilton, taking a Conditions event by a long-looking eight lengths from a decent rival in Eccleston. Sent to France for her next outing in the Prix Texanita at Maisons-Laffitte a combination of the very soft ground and failing to settle in the early stages resulted in a slightly disappointing fifth place, but back on the good to soft going expected on Town Moor and a decent pace virtually guaranteed we are likely to see the 106-rated filly show her best form tomorrow.
On his best form the Exchange Rate colt Reckless Abandon would prove a massive danger but the four-year-old has been far from easy to train and the last time he visited the winners enclosure was in October 2012 and is worth opposing at odds in the region of 2-1.