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Onassis can realise trainer Charlie Fellowes' long-term plan by winning the Group Three bet365 Sceptre Stakes (stock photo)

Onassis can realise trainer Charlie Fellowes' long-term plan by winning the Group Three bet365 Sceptre Stakes (stock photo)

Onassis can realise trainer Charlie Fellowes' long-term plan by winning the Group Three bet365 Sceptre Stakes (stock photo)

Acklam Express can defy his tender years and claim the bet365 Scarbrough Stakes on the opening day of the St Leger Festival at Doncaster.

The card marks an important step, because a limited crowd will be back on course for the first time since March, and supporters of Acklam Express could be going home happy after the Listed event.

The weight-for-age allowance ensures Nigel Tinkler's charge carries a virtual featherweight compared to the top-rated Dakota Gold and Moss Gill, with the juvenile technically 12lb inferior, but actually getting 22lb from that pair.

In turn he must concede 8lb to Country Carnival, who beat him on his racecourse bow, but Acklam Express has gone from strength to strength since - winning each of his three runs, culminating in the Roses Stakes at York, and while Acklam Express still has plenty of questions to answer at this level, Tinkler clearly fancies his chances with an unexposed runner.

Onassis can realise trainer Charlie Fellowes' long-term plan by winning the Group Three bet365 Sceptre Stakes. The three-year-old has a bit to find with a few of her rivals here on the official figures and past performances, but Fellowes expects everything to suit his charge.

Today's selections

CORK: 4.00 Boyne River, 4.30 Indian Lilac, 5.00 Stylistic Approach, 5.30 Exuma, 6.00 Star Image, 6.30 Free Solo, 7.00 Chagall, 7.30 Sweet Justice.

DONCASTER: 1.10 Mohaafeth, 1.40 Party Game, 2.10 ACKLAM EXPRESS (NAP), 2.40 Roca Magica, 3.15 Onassis, 3.45 Hypothetical, 4.15 Dark Shot.

KEMPTON: 12.55 Toptime, 1.25 Carnation, 1.55 Omnivega, 2.25 Zhui Feng, 2.55 Million Reasons, 3.30 The First Hurrah, 4.05 Badger Berry, 4.40 War Empress.

PUNCHESTOWN: 1.15 Eric Carmen, 1.45 The Sliding Rock, 2.15 Elegant Lass, 2.45 Comporta, 3.20 Dancing Jeremy, 3.50 William Of Wykeham, 4.20 Fame And Joy, 4.50 Pro Bono.

UTTOXETER: 1.30 Giga White, 2.00 Enchant Me, 2.30 Last Royal, 3.05 The Butcher Said, 3.35 Presence Of Mind, 4.10 Flying Verse, 4.45 Lock's Corner, 5.15 Innerpickle.

WOLVERHAMPTON: 4.00 Tilsworth Rose, 4.35 Smokey, 5.10 Max Oclock, 5.45 Ghazaaly, 6.15 Mystery Angel, 6.45 Precisely, 7.15 Perfect Arch, 7.45 Hold Fast, 8.15 Van Dijk.

DOUBLE: Acklam Express and Onassis.