‘The softer the better’ – four mud lovers at Doncaster on Friday form Lucky 15 😍

Conditions look set to be soft at Doncaster on Friday for Day 2 of the St Leger meeting. Whilst some horses will get stuck in the mud, there are some that are likely to thrive. With this in mind, we’ve picked out four horses with proven records on soft ground that will relish the conditions. The softer the ground is, the better their chances become and these four runners combine into a juicy Lucky 15. Check out our free tips page for daily content across British and Irish racing.

3.00 Doncaster

Trueshan (15-8, William Hill) loves some cut in the ground and connections actively avoid running him when there isn’t any. Alan King’s charge has the advantage of being fresh, having missed the big summer staying races. His two wins on soft ground have come by wide margins and he also bolted up on very soft going in the 2021 Prix du Cadran. It would be no surprise to see him bounce right back to form here.

3.35 Doncaster

The Goat (3-1, William Hill) struggled on much quicker ground in a big race at York last time out so the return to a slower surface is a huge plus. He absolutely bolted up when winning by 12 lengths in what looked like a competitive handicap on soft ground at Goodwood before that. If returning to that sort of form here, he could prove extremely difficult to beat.

4.10 Doncaster

Cherry (11-4, William Hill) has failed to finish outside of the first two in two starts on soft ground. She was hugely impressive on soft at Goodwood last time out and makes her handicap debut here. The return to 1m4f shouldn’t be a problem and the great Ryan Moore is set to take the ride. This opening mark of 88 looks reasonable and there should be loads more to come.

4.45 Doncaster

Baradar (5-2, William Hill) has won twice on soft ground and once on heavy so there’s no chance of him getting stuck in the mud. George Boughey’s charge won a good race at Ascot last time out and is up 4lb as a result. He won here on heavy ground over 7f back in October and if this extended 6f isn’t too sharp, he’ll have every chance in these conditions.

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