Author: Alan Kelly
Published: 15:47 12/09/2014
First run in 1776 Doncaster host the running of the world's oldest Classic at 3.50 on Saturday afternoon when 14 horses are expected to go to post for the extended 1m 6f Group 1 contest although there is still a doubt regarding the participation of Investec Derby runner-up Kingston Hill, the general 3-1 favourite, who could be a last minute withdrawal if connections are unhappy with the state of the ground on Town Moor.
No doubt the overall form of the Mastercraftsman colt is the best on offer and the Roger Varian-trained grey will surely take all the beating if allowed to take his chance but with that in mind it could pay to look for a value alternative and the one who takes the eye is Alex My Boy, one of three challengers from the Mark Johnston stable.
The Dalakhani colt has improved since stepping up to tomorrow's trip, winning comfortably at Haydock and Musselburgh before splitting two of his St Leger rivals in Forever Now and Kings Fete in Goodwood's Listed Absolute Aesthetics March Stakes last month when just failing to catch the winner, going down by a fast-diminishing short head. The mount of Joe Fanning didn't seem to relish the undulations of the Sussex course and should be more at home on Town Moor where Silvestre de Sousa takes over with Fanning prefering to partner stablemate Hartnell.
In what looks a wide-open contest should Kingston Hill miss the race or fail to show his form, Great Voltigeur runner-up Snow Sky, Investec Derby third Romsdal and the consistent Windshear are all possible winners but at the 16-1 available with Ladbrokes Alex My Boy looks the best each-way value with most bookmakers offering a quarter the odds the first three.