The flat season is now under way after the cracking day we had at Doncaster yesterday and though just the three meetings this afternoon it is high on quality and fingers crossed we have highlighted some of the best bets from across the cards to end the week on a high note!
Doncaster stages another high class card following on from yesterdays Lincoln curtain raiser and the best bet on the card looks to be the Richard Hannon trained FOX CHAMPION in the novice stakes at 2:35pm.
Champion jockey Silvestre De Sousa takes the ride for his new employers King Power and the twice raced 3 yr-old has a big reputation at home which suggest this will be the starting point for a fruitful season before moving onto bigger and better tasks.
He went close at the track on debut, only beaten a nose by Must See The Doc, before making no mistakes by scoring at Kempton in a really quick winning time which suggested he has the potential to move into group company before this season is out.
The step up to 7 furlongs should bring further improvement, and if replicating the form he is showing at home really should take the beating in what looks a competitive race and the form line should be well worth following.
Trainer Paul Nicholls is going all guns blazing in the hope he secures another Trainers Championship and he looks to hold the aces at Ascot this afternoon where we expect him to be amongst the winners with SCARAMANGA in the 2:45pm contest.
The 4yr-old was off the mark recently at Taunton, in what looked a decent contest and the style of victory suggested that there is plenty more to come. Nicholls had touted the boodles handicap at Cheltenham for the improving type, and though didnt make the cut for that race looks as if plenty of big prizes are in his grasp this spring.
Rated as high as 80 on the flat for James Fanshawe, the selection clearly has a good cruising speed which will be beneficial around Ascot, and the form of the debut run at Ludlow was boosted yesterday with Petit Palais scoring for Tom George.
Praeceps looks the main danger and looks a horse to follow, but it is Scaramanga we expect to take the beating and looks a decent bet at the current price of 7/2
A quality card from Ascot this afternoon where the banker of the day looks to come in the staying handicap hurdle at 5:05pm where we expect the Nicky Henderson trained KINGS RYDE to take all the beating and should prove hard to beat.
The lightly raced 7 yr-old scored cosily at Wincanton last time out when returning from a long absence, and though raised 5lb for the victory still looks really well handicapped from a mark of 132. If he was carrying 5lb extra that day it is hard to imagine he wouldn’t have still won and with this looking an easier contest you would have to think he should prove hard to stop and looks the type to progress onto bigger and better things.
Black Bible looks the main danger with talented rider Jonjo O’Neil taking the ride, but the one that jumps off the page is Kings Ryde and should prove hard to beat if not bouncing from the comeback run at Wincanton last time out.