A week on from that absolute cracker of a card at Ascot for Champions Day we have the last big UK flat meeting of the season, the Racing Post Trophy meeting at Doncaster. Obviously not as big as the card at Ascot but nevertheless still a good one. First big race on the card is the 2.05 which is the Class 1 listed Doncaster Stakes. Some decent horses down to go in this and the one that catches one’s eye the most is Mark Johnston’s Comedy School. An impressive winner when returning at York the other week at 8/1 and still lightly raced compared to some of these. I wasn’t really going to go into the Handicaps on the card as I’d be here all day, however in the 2.40 5f Class 2 Handicap there is a horse down to run called Soie D’Leau. He’s raced very well in big fields all season including a few occasions at Doncaster itself, a certain each way chance that i’ll be definitely looking at having myself. Moving on to the showpiece itself the Group 1 Racing Post Trophy which was won last year by outsider Marcel after odds on favourite Foundation got a troubled passage. However last year’s contenders really haven’t gone on to much at all. Foundation hasn’t won this term and I dont think the winner Marcel has either. Deauville who raced in this and finished down the field in 5th went on to win the Belmont Derby in America but make of that what you will. That being said there is a strong line up again this time which is headed up by yet another Galileo AP O’Brien horse in Yutacan. A huge gamble that has seen it backed all the way in to 4/5. Very lightly raced finished 2nd to Capri at the Curragh who was down to go in this until the other day and won a 1m maiden there not long before. I do think Yutacan is on the short side mind, and i’ve personally stopped backing Ryan Moore on short priced favourite as he’s given some of them rides that have been nearly as bad as my diet. That is why my selection in this will probably be each way on Rivet, trading at 5/1 he won the Champagne Stakes here at the Leger meeting and won very impressively at York before that. He was slightly disappointing when finishing 5th behind Churchill in the Dewhurst last time out but I can see him bouncing back and running well here. There is a chance of yet another O’Brien 1-2 or even 1-2-3 as he also runs The Anvil and Finn McCool who are both at big prices and are definitely worth looking at as each way bets considering Lancaster Bomber got up for second at 66/1 in the Dewhurst. David Elsworth has said he expects his runner in this Sir Dancelot to be travelling well up until the 1f mark and has gone on to say he’d be disappointed if he wasn’t in the frame so he could be another one you might want to consider as an each way bet, trading at around 15/2 and which the champion jockey Jim Crowley on board. All the best!
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