National Anthem and North Wind have good claims at this level but so does ABEL HANDY, who has been running well for his new connections and ought to be able to make the most of a lenient mark before long. James Watt is more flexible than some regarding the state of the ground and is another to consider for his new yard.
Bryan Smart has hit form this week and Wrenthorpe, the pace angle on the far side, looks sure to give it a good go despite the ground being quicker than preferred. However, HAROME (nap) scored off a 3lb higher mark at Ayr when last dropped to Class 4 level and has by far the strongest claims. Savalas is next best.
Richard Fahey holds a strong hand, with BLADES EQUAL preferred to Fev Rover. Two of the selections three half-siblings to reach the racecourse won on debut and the other finished second at 22-1. Fellow newcomers Method and Bright Apparition also have possibilities, while Mark Johnston’s Branston Lion, too green to do himself justice on debut, can be expected to do much better here.
La Trinidad had a bit up his sleeve when scoring on last week’s Beverley handicap debut but he arguably looked better the further he went over the extended 1m there so the drop back to 7f is a slight concern and he’s opposed with JAANEH. The fact she went off 7-4 favourite in a novice on her reappearance suggests her homework must be better than she’s produced on the track to date and an opening mark of 62 could underestimate her, particularly as this step up to 7f promises to suit. Almqvist was better than the result on his recent return from a break and also makes the shortlist.
Roger Fell’s DOUBLE MARTINI shaped quite well back on turf at Leicester recently and could be the answer. The lightly raced Serenading got her career back on track at Yarmouth and is in the right hands to progress, while Muraahin, another who has seen a lot less of the track than most at this level, is respected on the back of a good comeback run at Lingfield. Long-standing maiden Bertog is hardly one for maximum faith but he was threatening headway when stopped in his run on his reappearance and is well treated on his peak form.
Yarmouth scorer MAGICAL MORNING looks useful and is taken to defy a 7lb penalty. His main dangers may be Vega Magic, Daniel Deronda and well-bred newcomer Hydros. The last-named colt will be feared most if he’s strong in the betting.
The in-form Lacan would have to be respected if he’s again turned out quickly. Broctune Red has possibilities if building on last week’s effort and Thornaby Spirit may show improvement but the suggestion is DANCING SPEED on his second start for a new stable.
Market support for Elector, who makes his debut for David O’Meara, would be significant but HARROVIAN didn’t get the rub of the green when second at Haydock on his comeback and can go one better. Archie Perkins has possibilities at a price but the biggest threat is likely to come from Ironclad.
The well handicapped FRAMLEY GARTH has strong claims if he can build on his effort at Pontefract 11 days ago when denied a clear run at a crucial stage. If the rain stays away, Beatbybeatbybeat is another to consider having shown she can be competitive from this sort of mark last year.
There may well be more to come from DUBIOUS AFFAIR, who was successful at Yarmouth on her first attempt over 1m6f and debut for Charlie Fellowes. Second choice is Bear Valley, who is well treated back under this code. Zuba has possibilities upped in distance and Rory And Me looks quite interesting.
Doncaster tipping summary:
12.15pm – Abel Handy
12.45pm – Harome
1.20pm – Blades Equal
1.50pm – Jaaneh
2.25pm – Double Martini
2.55pm – Magical Morning
3.25pm – Dancing Speed
3.55pm – Harrovian
4.30pm – Framley Garth
5.05pm – Dubious Affair