Estimate 2/1 for Royal success in Doncaster Cup

Coral are offering an enhanced price of 2/1 about red-hot favourite Estimate landing the Group 2 Doncaster Cup tomorrow (2.40pm, September 12th).

The price is available to all customers on bets placed via the internet and phone (up to a maximum stake of £20) from 8am on the day of the race.

It’s a cracking offer which is sure to prove popular, and it’s a case of first come, first served and grab it while it lasts.

The Sir Michael Stoute trained mare, who carries the colours of The Queen, brings the best form to the table having won last year’s Group 1 Ascot Gold Cup and put in a bold defence of her crown when going down by just a neck to Leading Light in this year’s renewal.

Estimate then ran below par in the Goodwood Cup, but bounced right back to her best last time out when finishing runner-up to Pale Mimosa in the Group 2 Lonsdale Cup at York.

The daughter of Monsun allowed the winner to get first run that day after being held-up off the pace, but stuck to the task well to go down by just 1/2 a length.

The five-year-old finished 2 1/2 lengths in front of the third home Times Up, and there is no reason why that rival should reverse the form.

Estimate is also officially rated 2lb and upwards clear of her rivals, and this looks a golden opportunity for her to get back in the winners’ enclosure.

The obvious one to beat is Times Up, despite the fact that Ed Dunlop’s gelding was comfortably held by Estimate in the Lonsdale.

The eight-year-old is bidding for a hat-trick of wins in this contest and has won three of his six starts at the track.

The son of Olden Times has taken time to come to hand this season, but has clearly been targetted at this contest and Times Up’s course form entitles him to the utmost respect.

Of the rest, Whiplash Willie looks capable of making the frame judged on his third behind Brown Panther in the Group 3 Henry II Stakes at Sandown two starts back.

The Andrew Balding trained gelding has since run well to finish runner-up in a handicap at Chester off a big weight, but the big worry is that Whiplash Willie needs cut in the ground to be seen at his best and the going is quickening up as the week progresses.