Horse Racing: Medicean Man in good health

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Medicean Man can emerge the headline act on the first day of the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival at Doncaster.

Although the four-day meeting begins at a relatively subdued pace, a good field has assembled for the Crown Hotel Bawtry Scarbrough Stakes.

This five-furlong affair is ferociously competitive, but Medicean Man has what it takes to make the grade for Wiltshire trainer Jeremy Gask.

The gelded son of Medicean has been in reasonable nick this summer, without ever setting the racing world alight, but he will have far less on his plate in Yorkshire than in recent races.

Medicean Man stayed on with a little earnest once the cause was lost in the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot, after which he was not beaten that far in the Group Three Sapphire Stakes at the Curragh in June.

His last outing in the King George Stakes at Glorious Goodwood would also have given connections a little heart that his time could be near at a more realistic level.

The seven-year-old chestnut was always up against it after having missed the break, but the manner in which he charged to the line, beaten under five lengths, must have satisfied his wise trainer.

Medicean Man, it must be remembered, won at Haydock in June on his last start in this company. That was especially significant as he had subsequent Nunthorpe winner Jwala well held in second place.

Gask’s inmate admittedly needs the cards to fall right, such is the come-from-behind style with which he likes to race, but hard-luck stories on Doncaster’s sprint track are hardly a recurrent theme.

His claims are also bolstered by the likelihood of quick ground.

Lightning Thunder made quite the impression on her Newbury debut, and is an obvious threat in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Conditions Stakes.