It’s the start of the Turf Flat season in the UK with the traditional cavalry charge of the 1m Lincoln Handicap (Doncaster 3.35pm) the feature race of the day.
It’s a bit of a lottery and although I seemed to follow Donncha off a cliff last year and I’m going to give him another chance to at least finish in the places here. He was second in the consolation Spring Mile last season over course and distance and the more the ground dries out – the better his chance.
However, in a 22-runner handicap you need a bit of value and I’m drawn to the booking of Ryan Moore for Richard Hannon’s Oh This Is Us out of stall two in a race where Paddy is paying the first 5 home.
He started last season off a mark of 70 but won five times – including over 7f at this track – so shot up the ratings. He’s already had two runs at Meydan so race fitness is assured.
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Mobsta was a good winner of the Cammidge Trophy (1.50pm) a year ago and I really like his chances of going back-to-back here. Hopefully, stall three won’t be a disadvantage over this 6f trip. Richard Fahey’s Birchwood is one to keep an eye on if there is a market move for him. If he’s a springer, jump on.
The Spring Mile (2.25pm) could give the Frankie Dettori ridden NIMR a chance to prove how progressive he is after two wins on the all weather at Wolverhampton. His stablemate, Another Touch, could also be a player at an decent each-way price where Paddy’s also paying the first 5 home.
John Gosden’s Crazy Horse started off last season in Grade 1 company, when sixth to The Gurkha in the French 2,000 Guineas. The Newmarket trainer takes on one of his old charges Cymric, but I expect Crazy Horse to come out on top in this Listed Doncaster Mile 3pm.
We switch to the all-weather at Kempton Park and a couple of old foes are now racing in the same Godolphin colours for the Listed 1m 2f Magnolia Stakes at 2.05pm.
Viren’s Army and Linguistic met last year at Chester, there was only a short-head between them then. Lingusitic didn’t have the clearest passage then and I expect him to get revenge on Saturday.
In the 6f handicap at 2.40pm, Kevin Ryan’s Mont Kiara appeals. He wasn’t beaten far in a big handicap at Newmarket last year and looks to be drawn perfectly in stall on. If he’s strengthened up over the winter, he could out-run his odds at a nice price.
Finally it’s the 1m 3f Roseberry Handicap with a few familiar runners. I like the bottom two in this race. Big Country heads the market after winning at Wolverhampton in February. He joined Mick Appleby’s yard from Irish trainer Charles O’Brien and has some solid form in a couple of hot maiden races in Ireland. He could still be ahead of the handicapper.
At a much bigger price is Fergall who has been kept busy over timber and previously won on the all-weather at Lingfield. He looks on a very lenient mark compared to his jumps rating and has to be worth a few quid each-way.