Horse Racing tips: Thursday’s best bets at Doncaster includes an 11/2 play

Timeform fancy Hasty Parisian (13:35) to do the business at Doncaster.

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13:00 – GOOD BYE

Good Bye caught the eye when running on well in fourth at Fontwell last time, and that form has worked out nicely with the second and third both winning next time out. Good Bye is able to run off the same mark here and that could be generous given how well he shaped at Fontwell.

13:35 – HASTY PARISIAN 

Hasty Parisian showed something to work on in bumpers, hitting the frame on both outings, and he also made an encouraging start over hurdles at Warwick last month, finishing second to Saint Segal, a rival who had been runner-up in a Grade 1 on his previous start. Hasty Parisian was flattered to get within three lengths of the eased-down winner, but it was still a promising effort and he is entitled to improve for the experience. This more galloping track will suit, and he can open his account.

14:10 – AJAY’S WAYS

Ajay’s Ways was well backed on his chasing debut at Fakenham last month and he justified that support, scoring by half a length. Victory looked unlikely when he was hard-ridden after the third-last, but he stuck to his task well and his stamina kicked in late on. He is open to further improvement over fences and looks sure to appreciate this three-furlong longer trip.  

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14:45 – ROAD WARRIOR

Road Warrior thrived on his racing last season, rattling off a hat-trick, and he has also put together a string of good efforts this term. He bounced back to winning ways at Sedgefield on Boxing Day and has run at least as well in defeat on two subsequent starts at that course, finishing runner-up on both occasions. He is operating at the top of his game at present and looks set to launch another bold bid under 10lb claimer Peter Coleman, whose record on the horse reads one win and one second from two starts. 

15:20 – ICONE D’AUBRELLE

Icone d’Aubrelle made a winning start at Bordeaux in September and is seemingly held in high regard as he has been given three Cheltenham Festival entries. The form he showed at Bordeaux looks the best on offer and he is open to plenty of improvement having joined Neil Mulholland after only one start. He should prove difficult to beat in a race lacking depth. 

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15:50 – SCARPIA

Scarpia produced his best effort yet when landing a conditional jockeys’ handicap hurdle by 11 lengths at Plumpton last week. He got a good front-running ride in a race that developed into a test of speed, but it was still impressive how he scooted clear and he has an obvious chance off the same mark here. He was suited by the return to less testing ground at Plumpton and conditions are also likely to be suitable at Doncaster. 

16:20 – MOONAMACAROONA

Moonamacaroona was disappointing at Fontwell last time but the testing ground offers a valid excuse and it could be worth overlooking that effort. Prior to Fontwell, Moonamacaroona, a dual bumper winner, had finished runner-up in a two-and-a-half-mile mares’ maiden hurdle at Market Rasen, and the way she shaped there suggests an opening mark of 107 could be lenient. She has been given a wind operation and a short break since her Fontwell flop, and she can get back on track.

Thursday Doncaster tips

13:00 – GOOD BYE
13:35 – HASTY PARISIAN 
14:10 – AJAY’S WAYS 
14:45 – ROAD WARRIOR
15:20 – ICONE D’AUBRELLE
15:50 – SCARPIA
16:20 – MOONAMACAROONA

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