Alan Thomson takes an in depth have a look at the At The Races betting Race of the Day on Friday, a aggressive handicap hurdle to round-off the cardboard at Doncaster.
On Friday I am following the Sky Sports activities Racing cameras to Doncaster and essentially the most attention-grabbing race on their card from a punting perspective is the two-mile-three-furlong Leisure Combo Handicap Hurdle (3.30). 13 runners have assembled and this huge area opens up a wide range of betting choices.
The superior going report is nice, good to smooth in locations, with a dry 24 hours in prospect. City Moor is among the most galloping tracks within the nation with a run-in of greater than 4 furlongs.
Kathy Woollacott’s six-year-old has been off 200 days since chasing residence Marajman at Southwell and was positioned at Newbury and Bangor on smooth floor final winter. Market indicators may give a clue to his health.
Positioned 5 instances for Rose Dobbin however nonetheless chasing that elusive victory. The six-year-old once more lacked a flip of foot when operating third to Melburnian and Cuban Cigar at Kelso in October however that was a stronger contest. Cheek-pieces are tried and common rider Craig Nichol is within the saddle.
Arguably the shape horse of the race however stepping up in journey. Jamie Snowden’s four-year-old beat 81-rated Baliyad at Wincanton eight days in the past, making a lot of the operating in that ‘arms and heels’ novices’ handicap hurdle. Cornicello additionally scored at Plumpton in October and located solely Maxcel too robust at Hereford earlier this month.
Alex Edwards rode the gelding to victory at Uttoxeter in early September and runner-up Encashment has since completed third to Cornicello at Plumpton receiving lumps of weight. Finalshot hasn’t rather a lot to seek out with Cornicello on that collateral kind line and never discounted.
Jenni Candlish and Sean Quinlan might be hoping for a change of fortune with the five-year-old, runner-up on his final three outings. His newest effort got here behind Mick Easterby’s in-form mare Pardon Me, profitable on her subsequent begin as nicely off a 5lb greater mark, and Lough Carra additionally posted a great run behind Calliope at Perth in late September. Cheek-pieces are utilized.
Has been off the observe 307 days and little encouragement to be gleaned from his final three runs when beginning at odds of 80/1, 22/1 and 22/1. It is by no means clever to dismiss something from the Dan Skelton yard, nevertheless, and David England is an attention-grabbing reserving.
Received over three miles at Southwell in Might and has been positioned 4 instances this 12 months. Disillusioned on his most up-to-date begin at Sedgefield when beating just one rival residence however has a squeak if that was simply an off-day.
Nicely held behind in-form Fortunate Lover Boy and Robust Crew over two miles at Newcastle 15 days in the past however was famous operating on steadily. Value a attempt at this longer distance however is nicely held by Okavanka Delta on Kelso kind.
She has hinted at means on a few events however Ruth Jefferson’s mare wants to seek out enchancment from someplace to determine. Wears a hood for the primary time.
Nick Gifford’s six-year-old got here good beneath James Davies at Fakenham final month when beating favorite Blended Stealth in a 2m 4f novices’ handicap hurdle. The runner-up was pulled up on chasing debut at Lingfield final week however Cobbs Nook must be of curiosity off a 4lb greater mark.
OKAVANGO DELTA retains knocking on the door and this would not be the strongest occasion he has contested so appears tough to knock out of the body. Cornicello is on a roll and his probability is obvious shifting up in distance.