Saturday sees the annual running of the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster. Run over 1 mile, the Racing Post Trophy is a Group 1 race exclusively for two-year-old horses. Five winners of the race have gone on to win the next season’s Epsom Derby, most recently Camelot.
The John Gosden trained Foundation is the current ante-post favourite for Saturday’s renewal. Already the ante-post favourite for next year’s Epsom Derby, Foundation has won his three races to date, including the Group 2 Royal Lodge Stakes at Newmarket at the end of September. Victory for Foundation would give Gosden his first ever Racing Post Trophy success and top off one of Gosden’s most successful seasons, thanks in part to the multiple Group 1 winner Golden Horn.
Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien goes into Saturday’s race with three entries as he aims to win the Racing Post trophy for the eighth time. Deauville finished runner-up to Foundation in the Royal Lodge Stakes having been successful in his maiden and a Group 3 contest at Leopardstown in July. Stablemate Johannes Vermeer was last seen when a disappointing favourite in the Group 1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagadere on Arc day at Longchamp. However, an impressive winner of a Group 3 at Leopardstown in September, Johannes Vermeer may prove to be the best of O’Briens three. The last of O’Briens runners, Port Douglas, was a shock winner of the Group 2 Beresford Stakes at the Curragh at the end of September, beating stablemate Beacon Rock into third.
Trainer Richard Hannon is represented with Tony Curtis. Not seen since impressively winning the Listed Stonehenge Stakes at Salisbury in mid-August, Tony Curtis comes into Saturday’s race fresh as Hannon seeks his first ever Racing Post Trophy success.
Hugo Palmer has enjoyed an extremely successful season and he will be hoping that Mengli Khan can continue this success with victory on Saturday. With only 2 runs this season, Mengli Khan goes into Saturday’s contest relatively unexposed and could well belie his current odds.
The final declared runner is Marcel for trainer Peter Chapple-Hyam who has won the race previously in 1998 and 2006. A comfortable winner of his maiden at Newcastle, Marcel will need to step up massively if he is to have a say in the proceedings on Saturday.
Foundation is the 2.10 (11/10) favourite for success on Saturday with Deauville 4.5 (7/2). Johannes Vermeer and Tony Curtis are both 10 (9/1), Mengli Khan 11 (10/1), Port Douglas 21 (20/1) and Marcel 51 (50/1). The horse racing tip for Saturday’s Racing Post Trophy is Foundation at 2.10 (11/10).
By: Scott McGlynn