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Doncaster preview: Park Hill Stakes (15.05)

| 10.09.2015

Koora is a progressive type and can take the step up into Group 2 company in her stride to provide trainer Luca Cumani with back-to-back successes in the Park Hill Stakes at Doncaster (15.05).

Cumani saddled Silk Sari to land the 1m 6f contest in impressive style 12 months ago, and in Koora has a filly with a similar profile.

After shaping with bags of promise when third on her debut under tender handling, the three-year-old had little difficulty going one better to open her account in 1m 2f maiden at this venue.

Koora raced in touch and, after being driven to lead approaching the final, stayed on powerfully to comfortably beat Central Square by one length.

It was a most taking performance, and Koora duly built on it when an excellent second of 16 in a Listed contest over 1m 4f at York when last seen in action.

The beautifully bred daughter of Pivotal kept on well to be beaten 2 1/4 lengths despite still showing signs of greenness, and it was an effort which suggested there was plenty more improvement to come.

Although this represents a further step up in class, Koora is sure to be suited by the step up in trip round a course where she has won before, so can land further spoils in the hands of Jamie Spencer before going on to even better things.


Hidden Gold has shaped really well in her last two starts, and looks the biggest danger to Koora.

The Saeed bin Suroor trained filly finished a an excellent 1 1/2 length runner up to St Leger hopeful Simple Verse in a Group 3 contest at Goodwood and backed that up with a fine third in the Group 2 Lonsdale Cup at York.

That form reads extremely well in the context of this contest, and the daughter of Sharmadal looks sure to go close if running to the same level of form.

Another that commands plenty of respect is the John Gosden trained Gretchen.

The daughter of Galileo is from an excellent family, and after winning on her debut at Newmarket was thought good enough to run in a Group 2 at Royal Ascot and the Group 1 Irish Oaks at the Curragh.

Although well beaten in those two races, Gretchen got back to winning ways last time out when showing a good attitude to land a 1m 4f Listed contest at Newmarket and may well have more to offer now stepped up further in trip.

Coral’s top tip: Trainer Luca Cumani does extremely well with his fillies and Koora looks decent value to land the spoils for the Newmarket handler.

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David Metcalf

A lifelong Manchester United supporter, David has over 25 years’ experience in the media industry having worked for regional and national newspapers. He is a huge horse racing, football and greyhound fan and has done interviews on various radio and TV stations, including talkSPORT and Sky Sports, whilst working as a PR front man for a betting firm. David has also written for most of the top Premier League football fan websites, and produced a Cheltenham Festival guide with former eight-times champion national hunt jockey Peter Scudamore, MBE, after helping him to set up a syndicate for his trainer son Michael.