Saturday Preview. Doncaster Lincoln Meeting. (24/03/2018)
Saturday 24th March 2018
1.50 – Cammidge Trophy Stakes (6f) (Class 1) (Listed)
A tough sprint contest up first at Doncaster and it’s headed by Lancelot Du Lac on the back of his win at Wolverhampton the last day. You could make a case for the majority of these so i’ve tried to look for a bit of value in the field
The one i’ve decided to take a chance on is BLUE DE VEGA for Robert Cowell and Oisin Murphy. He hasn’t progressed as many expected in the last few years but I think he still has enough ability to be at least competitive and he’s a general 12/1 shot to do so.
BLUE DE VEGA – 12/1 (E/W)
2.25 – Spring Mile Handicap (1m) (Class 2)
Another really tough contest to try and get anything out next and it’s the extremely competitive Spring Mile Handicap, a Class 2 contest ridden over a mile.
I’ve narrowed it down to two selections here and the first of these is WHAT’S THE STORY for Keith Dalgleish and Ryan Moore. He’s only had six starts but has won a couple of those including one here on soft ground. His pedigree suggests he should be fine with the step up in trip and could go well here at a general 11/2.
The second one I quite like at a bigger price here is TITUS for Declan Carroll. He’s still lightly raced and has been recently gelded. He didn’t progress as expected last year but I still think there’s a chance he could run a half decent race at big odds.
WHAT’S THE STORY – 11/2 (E/W)
TITUS – 22/1 (E/W)
3.00 – Doncaster Mile Stakes (1m) (Listed) (Class 1)
Moving onto the the Doncaster Mile next a Listed contest that’s ridden over a mile and the one I like here is ZABEEL PRINCE for Roger Varian and Andrea Atzeni.
You can put a line through his run when last seen as there are viable excuses in my opinion as before that he won three in a row and looked highly progressive. Tabarrak looks a live danger and will take the beating.
ZABEEL PRINCE – 13/8
3.35 – Lincoln Heritage Handicap (1m) (Class 2)
Onto the feature itself now and that’s of course the fiercely competitive Class 2 Heritage Handicap that’s the Lincoln, a contest ridden over a straight mile.
The race was won last year by Bravery for David O’Meara as he just foiled a big Ryan Moore gamble and got up close home. He’s here again this year in an attempt to retain his crown at a big price of around 33/1. The competitive nature of this race is once again there for all to see with three of them battling it out for favourtism at the top of the market in Fire Brigade, Lord Glitters and Addeybb.
Ryan Moore has opted to go for Fire Brigade for Michael Bell as his mount in this year’s renewal so it’s no surprise that the money has come for that horse and propelled him to the top of the market. He’s a general 6/1 chance.
Alongside him at the head of proceedings here is Lord Glitters for David O’Meara, Danny Tudhope has opted to jump off last year’s winner Bravery and go with Lord Glitters this time around and you can’t really argue with his decision. This horse was very progressive last term and is known to act on soft.
Addeybb makes up the top three in the market and is been arguably the hype horse of the race. There have been positive noises coming out of the Haggas yard surrounding this one and there’s every chance he could go off favourite. He’s currently best priced of 13/2 and James Doyle takes the ride.
I’m actually going to look away from the market principals here and take an each way chance on LEADER WRITER for Henry Spiller. He rode a very eye catching race the last day at Lingfield and was finishing of strongly. The soft ground won’t be a problem at all for him and the high draw should play into his hands. He’s a general 11/1 chance which I think is a very decent price to have an each way play on.
LEADER WRITER – 11/1 (E/W)