Couldn’t get a post out in time for yesterdays feature at Doncaster in the Lincoln which is probably for the best as I had a day riddled with mediocrity betting wise and not a blistering start to the flat campaign. However i’m making the trip to Doncaster for this card so lets hope I can bag a few….
Starting off with a testing handicap to say the least which is just headed by Karl Burke’s Timeless Act trading at a general 11/2, he won last time out at Newmarket in a fairly big field and is partnered with talented apprentice Clifford Lee, a repeat of that run would obviously see him up there however my fancies for this are the Richard Fahey duo in Ballymore Castle and Invermere. The first of these Ballymore Castle has only one win to his name but has been running fairly well in decent handicaps and has the capability of getting in the frame here if things go his way, he trades at a general 15/2 and Tony Hamilton rides. Invermere however won only a few starts back in an albeit arguably less competitive handicap at Windsor. She acts on good and soft and can go from 7f to a mile with no real issues. If she’s come on over the winter 10/1 could be a decent price for her to get into the frame. Paul Hanagan rides.
2.15 next which is headed by a short priced Godolphin charge in Benbatl, trading at around evens. He’s a Dubawi colt with a pretty nice pedigree which is filled with listed and group wins. He’s also got champion apprentice and one of my personal favourite flat jockeys Josephine Gordon on board, with all that said you’d like to think he’d be there or therabouts and he certainly should be but i’d be willing to take him on with John Gosdens Jewel House. He’s a general 5/2 and has been improving run by run when a decent second when last time out. Frankie Dettori is on board.
It’s pretty much more of the same in the 2.45 with a short priced Godolphin horse heading affairs with Saeed Bin Surror’s Dream Castle at 4/5. He’s a colt out of the outstanding Frankel is entered in the 2,000 Guineas and a couple of Irish Classics so its evident that connections are targeting big things with this one. So like in the previous race he should certainly be there or thereabouts. I am however going to try and take him on though with another John Gosden challenger in Loujain. He made a promising debut when third at Newmarket and that bit of experience could prove to be crucial. He’s from a good family and has champion jockey Jim Crowley on board, trades at a general 5/2.
The feature is the Class 2 3.55 race headed by John Gosdens Muntahaa. He was at the top of the market for the Leger here last season when finishing 4th and before winning a listed event at Chester and a Group 2 at Ascot respectively. He is a classy animal and if he is on his A game he’ll be hard to peg back here. He trades at a general 7/4 and champion Jim Crowley rides. Chemical Charge has a string of very decent second places to his name and is second in the market at 9/4 followed by Godolphins Frontiersman whos a general 4/1 following his sixth place finish in a Group 3 when last time seen at Newbury. Sandro Boticelli won this last year albeit it was a weaker field and he’s been largely disappointing since however 11/1 could be a decent price for him to get in the frame again here with Dettori on board again. Muntahaa will be hard to beat though therefore is my selection.
Another tough handicap is next in the 4.30 and is headed by Richard Fahey’s Carnageo at a general 9/2. He won two of his last three starts which justifies his favouritisim however i’ll be taking him on with Chancery. I believe he’s still got it in him to win at this level after some below par runs in more competitive contests last season. He’s actually joint favourite with some firms and I believe David O’Meara’s charge is a decent enough price at 9/2 to take a chance on. Daniel Tudhope rides.