2020 Park Hill Stakes - All eyes on Enbihaar in Park Hill Stakes

The John Gosden-trained filly could kick start a good week for the Newmarket handler
Enbihaar
Enbihaar winning the Qatar Lillie Langtry Stakes at Goodwood Racecourse

2020 Park Hill Stakes Tips & Betting Predictions


Now a prominent fixture at the Doncaster St Leger Festival, the Park Stakes is the first Group race of the entire meeting.

Run over 1m 6½f, its replicates the distance used for the famous classic on Saturday and that regularly attracts the big name owners, trainers, jockeys and horses.

The 2019 renewal is set to be no different with eight runners officially declared for the race, but who will be crowning themselves in glory?

2020 Park Hill Stakes Best Bet – Enbihaar @ 2.20


Owner Hamdan Al Maktoum has seen his horses either win or be placed in the Park Hill Stakes five times from the last eight renewals, including Mustashry who won this race just twelve months ago.

This time around, he has an excellent chance to keep that race record going with the John Gosden-trained Enbihaar declared in Al Maktoum’s famous blue and white silks.

The four-year-old has really caught the eye of late, landing back-to-back victories in Group Two’s at Haydock and Goodwood, with the latest coming by five lengths in the Lille Langtry Stakes for Fillies and Mares.

That was her third win from four races this season, all of which have come on good ground or firmer.

Similar conditions are likely to present themselves at Doncaster again this week, and that makes her the one to back over the Frankie Dettori-ridden Dame Malliot. 

Enbihaar
Enbihaar will be well-backed to win the Park Hill Stakes at Doncaster

2020 Park Hill Stakes Best Each Way – Vivid Diamond @ 13.00


Vivid Diamond has been banging on the door for some time and must have been giving trainer Mark Johnston a bit of a headache after stringing together three second placed efforts in handicaps, either side of disappointments in Listed company and at the Shergar Cup meeting at Ascot.

However, a step up to 1m6½f at Chester last time was enough to put the winless run to bed as the son of Cape Cross blitzed clear on the run for home to score by five lengths in the hands of Franny Norton.

The same jockey gets the ride this time around and they’ll be hoping that the tight turns of Chester will have sharpened Vivid Diamond up a little bit.

Of course, Doncaster isn’t quite as tight and the long run-in might not be up her street, but she’s still well worth chancing if another go at this extended trip really does bring out the best in her.

2020 Park Hill Stakes Best Roughie – Star Terms @ 15.00


Jockey Andrea Atzeni has something of an enviable record in this race after taking two of the last four renewals thanks to victories with Limato in 2015 and Breton Rock in 2016.

This year his chances lie with an outsider in the betting, as he is set to get the leg-up on Star Terms who was a recent runner-up in a Grade Three at Deauville in France.

That run came a month after an impressive victory in the Listed Prix de Thiberville at Longchamp, a performance that connections will be hoping can be repeated on Thursday.

On British soil, she has been seen four times this season including when she finished 11th in 1000 Guineas at Newmarket back in May.

Her best British effort since then was when she finished second over 1m2f at Newbury, although she’s been stepped up in distance twice since then and seems to have relished the extra emphasis on stamina.

It would of course take a real career best to be first past the post here, but on a track where she has twice been second, she might just prove to be a touch too big with the bookies. 

Verdict

Horses owned by Hamdan Al Maktoum have an excellent record in this race and he should be able to land back to back renewals with Enbihaar, who was a five-length winner of the Lille Langtry at Goodwood on her latest start.

Vivid Diamond is an interesting alternative after scooting clear at Chester last time, while Star Terms is on a track she likes and that could bring out the best in her.

Best Bet: Enbihaar @ 2.20 at bet365 - 3 Units
Best Each Way: Vivid Diamond @ 13.00 at bet365 - 2 Units
Best Roughie: Star Terms @ 15.00 at bet365 - 1 Unit

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Betting Slip | 12 Sep 2019

Park Hill Stakes

Best Bet

Bet 3 Win 6.60
Enbihaar

Best Each Way

Bet 2 Win 26.00
Vivid Diamond

Best Roughie

Bet 1 Win 15.00
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