For a horse that’s only contested two handicaps in a 16 race career, run Kingman to less than five lengths in a Royal Lodge Stakes and finished a close-up second in the Group One Prix Jean Prat, my selection for the Lincoln Handicap on Saturday fills me with pure punting joy.
Add to the mix, that he ran a superb trial for this big pot at Wolverhampton, was unlucky not to catch Salateen on his seasonal debut, and gets to race from the same mark then you can understand why I make YUFTEN (Doncaster 3.35pm) a solid wager to land the cavalry charge money.
In such a big field, and with Paddy paying the 5 home we can afford to have a back-up bet and I banked a very sneaky 25/1 about TOP NOTCH TONTO ages ago having been told that this was his long-term target.
He’s half that now but the old boy is very well weighted on some of his previous form. More importantly he has a run under his belt which should have brought him to peak fitness for this straight mile rush. Any further rain would be a bonus. The cream on the cake is the 7lbs allowance of his jockey, the promising Ben Robinson.
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John Gosden landed the Doncaster Mile (3pm) twice in the late 90’s with Airport and Canyon Creek and in CRAZY HORSE he has a youngster capable of making massive strides this year.
Thought good enough to contest the French 2,000 Guineas last year following an unbeaten juvenile campaign, the son of Sleeping Indian was far from disgraced at Deauville in finishing sixth.
Subsequently given a mid-season break, the four-year-old finished off his campaign with placed efforts in Group Three and Listed company in France and has reportedly pleased Gosden no end at home.
Any juice in the ground would be a huge plus and this could merely be a stepping stone back to Group company as it was for last year’s winner Belardo.
Finally, when I first saw this horse in the parade ring on his second start at Doncaster last April, the song “Monster’ came straight to mind, with the words: “Is that a monster coming over the hill.”
The giant GUNMETAL ran too green to do himself justice that day, but back-to-back wins at Salisbury and Newmarket showed he was a young horse to follow.
However, I expect the Charlie Hills’ charge to be a different proposition altogether this term and he starts off in the 6f handicap at Doncaster 3.20pm. With a winter of growth under his belt and a mark of 87, he looks too tempting to resist after my Sunday roast.