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2021 Sceptre Stakes Tips - Meade's filly can make a Statement at Doncaster

  • We've published our guide to the 2021 Sceptre Stakes
  • This Group Three headlines the action on day one of the St Leger meeting at Doncaster on Wednesday 8th September
  • Highfield Princess leads Just Beautiful and Double Or Bubble in the betting
  • Statement is our best each-way bet at 14/1
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Statement (left) clashes with Alcohol Free in the Nell Gwyn. (Getty)
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Jon Vine 07 Sep 2021
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Doncaster St Leger Festival kicks off on Wednesday and, although the ITV Racing team won't arrive until Thursday, day one's viewers are in for an excellent afternoon. The feature race on Wednesday is the Sceptre Stakes, for which 12 classy fillies were confirmed on Monday morning.

We've taken a look through the betting for this year's renewal of the Sceptre Stakes and picked out our best betting tips.
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  • 2021 Sceptre Stakes Odds
  • 2021 Sceptre Stakes Runners
  • 2021 Sceptre Stakes Tips

2021 Sceptre Stakes Odds


Name
Odds
Highfield Princess10/3
Just Beautiful7/2
Double Or Bubble4/1
Wren's Breath6/1
Bar10/1

*Odds taken on 7/9/21*

2021 Sceptre Stakes Runners


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Highfield Princess tops the betting, having stayed on well for second behind the classy Space Blues in the City Of York Stakes. 

Just Beautiful and Double Or Bubble also come into this on the back of a runner-up finish. Just Beautiful went down to Cloudy Dawn out in Deauville, while Double Or Bubble was beaten two lengthy by Toro Strike in the Supreme Stakes at Goodwood.

Two Irish raiders follow in the betting. Wren's Breath won the Listed Yeomanstown Stakes for Henry De Bromhead, while Loch Lein travels to Donacaster on the back of a decent third in the Fairy Bridge at Tipperary.

Sweet Enough enters pattern company for the first time. Meu Amor makes her first start for Michael Bell, while the likes of Potapova, Statement and Sunset Bay also have to be respected.

2021 Sceptre Stakes Tips


Statement E/W2021 Sceptre Stakes TipsGET 14/1 HERE
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Highfield Princess holds the bragging rights over Double Or Bubble, having beaten her to the Listed Charlotte Fillies' Stakes at Chelmsford. John Quinn's Royal Ascot winner also boasts the strongest piece of form, having finished second to Space Blues, who most will agree is the best horse over seven furlongs in the sport right now.

While Highfield Princess looks a worthy favourite, this really is a wide-open affair, and I'd be much more comfortable having an each-way punt on STATEMENT.

Having given Alcohol Free a real scare in the Nell Gwyn, Martyn Meade's filly went off at 7/1 for the 1000 Guineas, fading from the front that day to eventually finish eighth. 

Statement was then slowly away in the Princess Elizabeth Stakes at Epsom, staying on for fourth behind Parent's Prayer. Meade's filly again paid for a slow start when sixth in the Coral Distaff, where she overraced for much of that contest and almost slipped up as she rounded the first bend.

Entering the stall with a blindfold on didn't work out well at all at Sandown, so I would be amazed if that equipment was used again. Dropping back to seven furlongs could really suit this speedy filly and, although her only career win thus far came on heavy going, she could take well to this faster surface.
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Verdict

Slow starts have cost Statement dearly in recent starts, but if Martyn Meade's filly gets out the blocks smoothly and settles at Doncaster, then she can run much better than her position in the market suggests.
2021 Sceptre Stakes Tips: Statment Each-Way $15.00 at Ladbrokes Australia - 5 Units

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