THIS weekend’s racing is pretty poor fare if I’m being brutally honest, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a bet or two to be had. Doncaster hosts its second meeting of the flat season and the highlight from a punting perspective is undoubtedly the Bet365 Handicap (3.30pm) over six furlongs.
Jack Dexter comfortably took the Listed Cammidge Trophy here last month, but he has been raised another 7lb by the handicapper. That is not insurmountable, but there are doubts about him on this slightly better ground and he will be a serious animal if he can land such a competitive handicap off 109.
Sir Michael Stoute’s Duke Of Firenze is always well-supported, although he disappointed on a couple of occasions last year and first time up may not be the time to catch him.
PRODIGALITY looks the best bet at 10/1 with Coral for the in-form Ron Harris stable. The five-year-old took a decent conditions race at Warwick earlier this month and although he has also gone up 7lb, he looks progressive and there could be more to come from him this season.
The son of Pivotal is versatile when it comes to ground conditions and his draw in stall 13 looks good, with the majority of fancied horses drawn high. Luke Morris is once again in the saddle and I fancy the pair to go very close.
The Listed Doncaster Mile (2.20pm) looks too hard to call with so many imponderables, so it’s off to Kempton for my other selections.
Richard Hughes has decided to go to the Sunbury track rather than head up to Doncaster and the champion jockey could enjoy another profitable afternoon.
He is back on board SHAMAAL NIBRAS in the 7f handicap at 2.05pm for his father-in-law, Richard Hannon, and the son of First Samurai should strip fitter for his seasonal reappearance here a fortnight ago. This course and distance winner is capable of winning off this sort of mark and is well drawn in stall three.
Hughes and Hannon could notch a quickfire double as GLEAN should take all the beating in the conditions race at 2.40pm. The Raven’s Pass colt won his maiden first time up last term and looks to have too much for tomorrow’s rivals.
The Listed Snowdrop Fillies’ Stakes (3.15pm) is probably the highlight on the card and it is very interesting that Ger Lyons sends over LILY’S ANGEL from Ireland to contest this. The daughter of Dark Angel moved from Richard Fahey’s yard last autumn and quickly rattled off a four-timer, including three wins on the all-weather.
She was outclassed in a Group Two at Meydan in February, but has been running against far better animals than she will take on tomorrow. She must carry a 3lb penalty but I don’t think that will be enough to stop her from stall four.
Finally, I’ll also be having a few quid on NAZREEF in the London Mile Qualifier (3.50pm). Hughie Morrison’s six-year-old won this race really impressively last year and is only a pound higher. Solar Deity is respected but his presence might mean we get a decent price about my selection.
SHAMAAL NIBRAS e/w 2.05pm Kempton
GLEAN 2.40pm Kempton
LILY’S ANGEL 3.15pm Kempton
PRODIGALITY e/w 3.30pm Doncaster
NAZREEF e/w 3.50pm Kempton