Horse Racing Tips: Timeform’s 7 best bets for Doncaster on Wednesday

Timeform take us through the card with a top tip for every race.

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13:45 – Paros

This doesn’t look an overly strong novice hurdle and PAROS is the one to beat based on his French form. He beat a now-useful sort on his hurdling debut in France and started 7/4-on for his British debut at Sandown, but his inability to settle caused him to run below form. Nico de Boinville tried to settle him in the rear but he had pulled himself into a prominent position by the third flight, and he found little once asked for an effort in the closing stages. Paros goes in a first-time hood now and is worth another chance to build on his previous form.

14:20 – The Late Legend

THE LATE LEGEND has thrived since going over fences this season, winning five times and not finishing out of the frame since making his reappearance in August. He produced a career best to resume winning ways in a handicap over course and distance last time, going with plenty of zest in front and always holding the runner-up after jumping the last. That pair pulled miles clear of the remainder, so a subsequent 8 lb rise in the weights is justified, and it is hard to rule out further progression given his record this season.

14:55 – Patroclus

Nicky Henderson does well at Doncaster and PATROCLUS looks a hurdler to follow after his victory at Exeter last time. He cost £150,000 after finishing runner-up in an Irish point and filled the same position on Rules debut at Warwick in December. However, he landed strong support at Exeter last time, his stamina kicking in dropped to two miles on testing ground, pulling clear of the third with the runner-up. That form was boosted when the third won next time out, and the step back up in trip returned to a sounder surface will be in his favour. There should be plenty more to come from Patroclus.

Mac Swiney Kevin Manning Doncaster October 24, 2020

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15:30 – Guitar Pete

Plenty of these are either past their best or have shown signs of temperament, so it looks a grand opening for GUITAR PETE who is seemingly as good as ever since turning 11-years-old. He showed he retains a bulk of his ability when hitting the frame in a competitive handicap at Wetherby on his return from eight months off in November, and was in the process of running well when making an uncharacteristic jumping error and falling four out at Kempton last time. This will be his first foray into veterans’ company and he should prove too strong for these now back at a left-handed track.

16:05 – Big Bresil

A competitive staying handicap, but the one who makes plenty of appeal is the lightly-raced BIG BRESIL. He cost £170,000 after finishing runner-up in a point and built on his Rules debut when making a winning start over hurdles at Exeter last season. That form isn’t anything special, but he shaped with plenty of promise when finishing second to one ahead of their mark on his handicap debut at Bangor last month, recording an excellent timefigure. The step up to three miles will be in his favour now and there could be even more improvement in him, so he has to be high on the shortlist having been raised just 3 lb in the weights.

16:35 – Captain Cattistock

CAPTAIN CATTISTOCK showed he retains a good deal of ability when third on debut for Fergal O’Brien at Wincanton recently and, with a fitness edge over plenty, he gets the nod to open his account for his new stable. Silsol was a classy type for Paul Nicholls and has scored in points for Will Biddick, so he’s considered along with Law of Gold, who is open to improvement if fully tuned up for this.

17:05 – Skytastic

An interesting bumper, but SKYTASTIC created an excellent impression when making a winning start in a similar event at Newbury in November, and that race has worked out incredibly well, with five subsequent winners coming out of the race. Given he is a Flat-bred, it is possible that connections have kept him away from deep heavy ground over the winter, and conditions here will be right up his street. These connections had an impressive winner of a listed bumper at Newbury on Sunday and Skytastic is another potentially smart recruit.

Timeform’s top picks at Doncaster:

13:45 – Paros
14:20 – The Late Legend
14:55 – Patroclus
15:30 – Guitar Pete
16:05 – Big Bresil
16:35 – Captain Cattistock
17:05 – Skytastic

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