With a right royal snowstorm blowing towards Blighty, Seymour Biz provides you with tips for 8 encounters in the hope that at least some will take place and be televised on Saturday. He backs Duke Of Navan to take advantage of the handicapper’s largesse, if the groundstaff at Doncaster can pull out the stops.
The weather looks like playing havoc with the weekends racing with snow and ice expected in all parts of the UK, not only does it affect the courses themselves but it prevents people travelling, that includes horses, trainers, jockeys and of course punters. As I write Kelso’s meeting, which had a Grade 2 and a Listed Race on offer, has been abandoned. Such a shame it was one of their top meetings of the year. Doncaster has cancelled Fridays meeting in the hope of getting Saturday’s to take place and they will hold a further inspection at noon tomorrow – with the weather forecast looking trepidatious I am not hopeful. Newbury on the other hand has a slim chance and inspects for Friday at 4.00pm on Wednesday, we may get some news then on Saturdays card. So I will give brief summaries of their cards and a run through Lingfields meeting as that is where the television cameras will probably end up.
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Doncaster’s meeting is sponsored by William Hill and the first race, the High Five Handicap Hurdle has some nice hurdlers, but Westend Story stands out. At 2.25 the Great Cheltenham Offers Handicap Chase has Duke Of Navan on a good mark and can take this from Kaitlyn Riki, Tom Gretton’s charge, who has won his last two races. The 3.00 is a Mares Novices Hurdle and Henry Daly has entered Black Tulip who ran poorly last time at this venue after winning at Warwick. She can be given another chance at a big price. The 3.35 is the Grimthorpe Handicap Chase, an interesting race with top class contenders, Bigbadjohn is favourite from the Twiston-Davies stable who won well last time at Kempton but tends to jump left, that would be helpful round here. However I do like Vincente who unseated last time but had previously run a neck to Perfect Candidate, he can take this contest.
Newbury has two television races scheduled, first is the 2.05 the Elite Racing Club Supporting Greatwood Veterans Handicap Chase with some great old timers on the card. Halo Moon is favourite and he was second last time at Doncaster at a big price but he hasn’t won since 2016. Phillip Hobbs sends Lamb Or Cod who was second to Vyta Du Rock on New Years Day, the stable is coming back into form and can take this contest. The 2.40, the William Hill Supporting Greatwood Gold Cup Handicap Chase looks to have Paul Nicholls holding the keys to this contest. He has four runners declared and I take Sametegal as the best of the bunch, he ran a shocker last time over three miles but was badly hampered at the first, this step back to two and a half will suit. His last three runs have been solid prior to that last one and they can set him up for this. Evan Williams’ On Tour can run a big race at a good price and chase the selection home.
2.25 Doncaster – Duke Of Navan
3.35 Doncaster – Vincente
2.05 Newbury – Lamb Or Cod
2.40 Newbury – Sametegal
At Lingfield we start with a five furlong dash, then a maiden, after that the Betway Handicap then a Listed race the 32Red Spring Cup Stakes in which Aiden O’Brien has two declarations. Here are my selections for these four races should they be televised.
1.30 Lingfield – Malaysian Boleyn
2.00 Lingfield – Porrima
2.35 Lingfield – Brother Tiger
3.05 Lingfield – Mendelssohn
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