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Bet of the Day: Havana Grey to soar to victory in the Flying Childers Stakes

Burke’s colt to edge battle of two-year-olds

Day three of the St Leger Festival gets underway this afternoon, with five exciting races live on ITV4. The action gets going with the Group 3 Sceptre Stakes, before the Group 2 Flying Childers Stakes take centre-stage.

It’s the Childers Stakes that the Coral News Team are focusing on first. With nine runners set to compete over 5f, who will come out on top in the battle of the speedsters?

Havana Grey to hack up

It’s Karl Burke’s two-year-old that gets the nod to hack up over 5f. The son of Havana Gold is returned to his favourite distance here after narrowly missing out over 6f in the Prix Morny last month.

It won’t be easy up against Clive Cox’s Heartache. But the grey has landed the Molecomb Stakes already this term. And it appears only a matter of time before he has more black type to his name.

As a result, today’s Bet of the Day is Havana Grey to win the 2.25 at Doncaster.

Best of the rest

1.50 – Music Box: Irish raider who has impressed in Group company recently. The three-year-old also won on her latest outing over 7f with cut in the ground. Will need to improve here but has a chance with top-jockey Ryan Moore in the saddle. Worth an each-way shout if nothing else.

3.00 – Byron Flyer: Off a career-high mark but has what it takes to land this Class 2 handicap. Ian Williams’ charge has been beaten by a neck twice and a head once in his last three starts. He’s backed to finally get over the line in-front in this seven-runner field.

3.35 – Montaly: The Andrew Balding trained six-year-old has the beating of his competitors in this one. He touched off Dartmouth to land the Lonsdale Cup last time out. And that’s on top of the Chester Cup in May. The son of Yeats should run well again here with Oisin Murphy aboard.

4.05 – Ghaiyyath: There’s not a lot to go off in this maiden, but Ghaiyyath holds appeal. Trainer Charlie Appleby has a 37% strike-rate with two-year-old’s on the turf this season. And as a son of Galileo, big things are expected of the Godolphin colt.

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