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Doncaster betting tips
There’s great depth to the opener with plenty of these looking well-handicapped on historical form.
SLANELOUGH finds it difficult to get his head in front which is why he is still without a win over fences. However, the nine-year-old has plenty of useful course form, including when finishing third in a much stronger event over C&D last season from a mark of 128. He’s 8Ib lower here which gives him distinct possibilities.
ZALVADOS is a frustrating sort for many reasons but, again, looks nicely treated given past exploits over hurdles and he’s down to career low-mark in handicaps. Paddy Brennan is reunited with him and he holds solid each-way claims.
CHEROKEE BILL has shaped encouragingly for Henry Oliver in both outings this term and can’t be discounted, while OISTRAKH LE NOIR was given a stiff introduction to fences at Kempton on chase debut last time and ought to find this race much easier.
Selections: SLANELOUGH, ZALVADOS, CHEROKEE BILL, OOSTRAKH LE NOIR
13.32 – Sporting Life EBF ‘National Hunt’ Maiden Hurdle – 2m3f
An interesting maiden hurdle with the tentative vote going to the David Pipe-trained BUMPY JOHNSON, who may well have won at Hereford the last day but for making a meal of the final flight. He looks open to further improvement and should at the very least reach the frame.
Colin Tizzard has a really interesting candidate in the shape of ROAD SENAM. A formerly smart chaser when trained in France, he showed distinct signs of promise on stable debut when fifth to Bear Ghylls and left all the impression that he would come on significantly for the run.
Selections: BUMPY JOHNSON, ROAD SENAM
This looks a fascinating match-race between two highly-promising chasers. IBLEO remains a low-mileage eight-year-old who has taken his form to the next level this season.
He won at Sandown last time out, seemingly with plenty in hand, and continued his trend of improving with each start over timber beforehand. A 7Ib rise should prove no impediment towards his chance and, with more to come, he’s a big player.
THE BIG BITE created an excellent impression when making it two-wins from four starts over fences when scoring on return/yard debut at Aintree in emphatic style. Despite racing from a 5Ib higher mark, he’s fancied to go well.
Selections: IBLEO, THE BIG BITE
14.37 – Sky Bet Fillies’ Juvenile Hurdle – 2m
A wide-open Juvenile Hurdle contest with several in with chances. Talking About You is a likeable sort who bids for the four-timer having beaten both MEGAN and HER INDOORS at Aintree last time.
However, I’m inclined to give the benefit of the doubt to the second and third because the hurdles omitted down the home straight which seemed to help the winner more. Megan was heavily supported to beat the top-weight that day and travelled the best for a long way until keeping on at the one pace. She’s weighted to get much closer and is selected to reverse the form.
On the other hand, HER INDOORS will derive on the better ground and although she found one too good again the last day, she looks the type to make her mark in this sphere and shouldn’t be far away with more to come.
Selections: MEGAN, HER INDOORS
15.00 – First Race Special On Sky Bet Tomorrow Novices’ Hurdle – 2m
Sprinter Sacre’s full-brother, FLINTEUR SACRE, won a bumper easily a year ago and, in a traditionally-hot hurdle race at Newbury, was subject to strong market support. He could only manage fourth that day having pulled hard but wasn’t given a hard time once his chance had gone and can easily make amends here with headgear fitted.
Selections: FLINTEUR SACRE
15.45 – Play ITV7 Tomorrow Novices’ Handicap Hurdle – 2m
Plenty of these can be considered in what is the toughest race of the day to assess.
The Donald McCain-trained DONLADD shaped with promise in bumpers and in two novice hurdles. Ultimately, he could never get involved when a staying-on seventh at Newcastle when last seen, but looks well-treated on handicap debut and looks poised to run a big race.
ASHARANN was formerly useful on the flat and having finished a good fourth on his penultimate outing, he failed to build on that over C&D last time. With that said, it’s quite possible the heavy ground was to blame so he’s worth another chance back on a sounder surface.
Selections: DONLADD, ASHARANN
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