Although the jumps season is now getting interesting I’m sticking to the flat and to Doncaster’s final flourish, November Handicap day.
The big race itself looks a tricky affair and I’ll be watching that betless. But I am very interested in two earlier in the card.
In the opener at 11.50 Mick Channon is sending his WONDERFUL WORLD (9/2 Coral, Ladbrokes, Skybet) on the long trip up to Yorkshire and he looks to have a great chance. He’s down in grade here on the back of a good second to the useful looking Gisburn in a nursery at Newbury over the same trip and similar conditions that will be faced here. He’s up 2lbs for that but has plenty going for him.
The favourite He’s A Gentleman was unlucky last time, starting slowly but finishing well. The concern is that he’s started slowly now on all four of his starts and he’s upped in both trip and grade here. He looks vulnerable and is worth taking on. Straits of Moyle has gone up in the weights and will need to find more. I’m A Gambler may be the one to give our selection most to do. He’s won three of his last five and ran well enough last time in a valuable sales race here. He’s the main danger I think but I think Wonderful World’s chance is better than his price suggests.
TOMFRE (5/1 generally) is one that has done favours for us before and I turn to him again in the 1.25 race at Doncaster. He won this race last year off only a pound lower and has a very strong record when faced with these conditions (7f on soft). His track record is excellent also (2 from 3 with the defeat coming on good to firm when up in class). It looks competitive enough but I think he has almost everything in his favour and I’d have him a point shorter than the odds you can still get on at.