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Horse Racing Tips: Graeme Rodway's Doncaster day three tips

Day three of the St Leger festival features the Doncaster Cup and, fresh from a 4-1 winner yesterday, Racing Post tipster Graeme Rodway returns with his best bets on Town Moor for Friday.

Graeme had Bonny Angel in the Doncaster opener on Thursday afternoon and is looking to get off the mark early again on Friday.

Wise Eagle
1.25 Doncaster
1pt win @ 7/1

Shine So Bright
3.45 Doncaster
1pt win @ 7/1

5.30 Doncaster
1pt win @ 20/1

Eagle looks a wise wager

The Mallard Handicap (1.25) is a cracking staying contest and Wise Eagle is fancied to complete a hat-trick following two wins in the space of four days at the end of last month.

The tough and genuine five-year-old usually holds his form well and won three on the spin last year. He ended the campaign with six wins to his name and already has three this season.

His last two victories at Musselburgh (2m2f) and Redcar (1m6f) came under rider Danny Tudhope, who is back on board again, and he quickened up well to win easily both times.

The handicapper has put him up 5lb to a career-high mark, but Wise Eagle is at the top of his form and is versatile with regards to ground, having won with soft and firm in the description.

Shine So Bright set to star

The Cazoo Handicap (3.45) is an open sprint handicap and the value might lie with Shine So Bright, who bounced back to his best in the spring and could have more to offer this autumn.

The Andrew Balding-trained grey was fourth in the Group 2 Park Stakes at this meeting in 2019, after going off 10-11 favourite, and makes plenty of appeal off a mark of 106 in handicap company, especially now that he returns from a summer break of 118 days.

Shine So Bright has a good record when fresh. His form figures either first time out or after a break of at least 50 days read 111062241 and the fact he has been off for so long is a positive.

The last of those wins came in a 7f handicap at Newmarket on this season’s reappearance in April and he equalled his career best Racing Post Rating when following up over the same course and distance next time out. Both wins came for Harry Davies, who is back on again.

The hood that he wore for those victories is also back and this intermediate trip should be fine for Shine So Bright. He is only 4lb higher than when last successful and can land a hat-trick.

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Goolwa could spring a surprise

Royal Scandal is a short price for the British EBF Premier Fillies' Handicap (5.30), but this race is more open than it looks and Goolwa might be capable of springing a minor surprise.

The daughter of Australia made good progress last season when winning three times, including in Listed company at Bath on her final start, and she is better than she was able to show when beating one home in a five-runner race at Wolverhampton on her reappearance.

That was still a career-best effort judged on RPRs (Racing Post Ratings), but she would have finished a lot closer had the race been run at a true pace. She came from last to finish a never-nearer fourth, doing all her best work at the finish, and shaped like she would be sharper with that under her belt.

She has been off the track since, but won on her seasonal return last year after a 140-day break and could bounce back from that latest defeat for the in-form Andrew Balding yard.

By Graeme Rodway

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