Jason Weaver: My 5 best bets for Doncaster and Newbury on Saturday’s tellybox

Always willing to take on the shorties is the Weaver Shark.

Doncaster 13:45 – Flaming Princess @ 7/1

Has 3lb to 4lb to find on official ratings, but that should not prove a problem as she is guaranteed to act under the very heavy conditions that are forecast on Saturday. She performed incredibly well in the Flying Childers Stakes at this track before and also when sixth in the Cornwallis Stakes at Newmarket.

She wasn’t beaten far on either occasion and the step up in trip should suit.

She can pick up the pieces late on for trainer Richard Fahey.

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Newbury 14:20 – Young Rascal @ 11/4 

William Haggas’ runner dead-heated in this contest last year with Morando who re-opposes again.

There looks to be guaranteed pace in the race as Spirit of Appin is bound to toe them along at a merry gallop.

The selection has only raced twice this season (in April & May) and has been gelded since we last saw him on Guineas weekend at HQ. It feels as if he has been around forever, but it’s only his ninth life-time start on Saturday.

He still has plenty of room to improve.

Newbury 14:50 – New World Tapestry @ 6/1

Ralph Beckett’s Kinross it’s going to be a very warm order as he fairly bolted up at Newmarket on his debut. However, we’re guessing at how strong that form is.

The selection beat a well-regarded Godolphin newcomer last time at HQ and the fourth from that contest has come out and won easily at Yarmouth also. The Ballydoyle runner has the edge in experience, while the red-hot fav has to reproduce his run under very different conditions.

The price about New World Tapestry looks too big with jockey Sean Levey in red-hot form.

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Doncaster 15:25 Kameko @ 9/2

The only non Aidan O’Brien-runner in the final Group One Flat race of the UK season has done little wrong in three starts to date. His galloping action would suggest that the softer ground is going to suit him perfectly.

He looked as if he had missed a gallop or two when run out of it late on in the Royal Lodge at Newmarket and is joint top-rated in the field. The favourite Mogul is an odds-on favourite on potential – rather than proven ability – and the ground is another unknown for the fav.

Doncaster 16:00 – Makanah @ 20/1 

Looked to be coming with a winning run in the Portland handicap at this venue and then hung away in the closing stages.

Admittedly he has disappointed since up at Catterick, but possibly didn’t handle the undulations there. Back on a flat galloping track with the forecast rain a massive positive to his chances, he looks to be under the radar at a huge double-digit price each-way.

He is drawn in the middle and can choose which way he needs to go from there in a race where Paddy is paying the first 5 home if more than 16 stay in.

*Prices correct at time of publication

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