Our good friends at ITV are covering some of the action at three different courses for our delectation and delight today, with nine races on view and we’ll have a go at six of ’em.
To Doncasterfirst, where the main event is the Vertem Futurity Stakes, a Group 1 for the 2-y-os, which has attracted a field of eleven, including the obligatory three from Mr O’Brien.
One of those,Magna Grecia, is the short priced favourite at 6-4, after just coming off second best in a tremendous battle with Andre Fabre‘s unbeaten Persian King in the Group 3 Autumn Stakes at Newmarket.
While this horse is probably the one to beat, we think the value may lie in backing Phoenix Of Spain each way at 5-1. Charles Hills‘ colt is already a Group 3 winner and was last seen chasing home the unbeatable Too Darn Hot on this course, with the others well beaten off. This could be the proverbial ‘bet to nothing’, so we’ll do it.
The cameras are also pointed at the first race on the card at 1.45, the Hilton Garden Inn Doncaster Stakes over 6f and we are going to double up in this race, as we have it sussed.
Firstly, have a win bet on the Roger Varian trained San Donato at 5-2.
Secondly, have an each way bet on Mick Channon‘s Barbill at 7-1.
There we are – simples.
Over at Newbury, two Group races are at the heart of the card, starting with the St Simon Stakes at 2.20. This Group 3 contest looks at the mercy of Young Rascal, fresh from having a big hit with Groovin’in 1967*. Frankly, this horse should be unbackable, so at 5-4, er, back it.
The Molson Coors Stakes(or the Horris Hillto traditionalists) at 2.50 has a strong favourite in Chairmanoftheboard at 6-4, after he destroyed his field on debut at Goodwood, sauntering home by eight lengths. However, with that form yet to be tested, we prefer to wimp it by suggesting an each way bet on John Gosden‘s Azano at 4-1. Firmly into the ‘could be anything’ category, this Oasis Dreamcolt must go close.
Finally to Cheltenhamand a punt in two ‘impossible’ races.
The “Matchbook Betting Exchange” Handicap Chaseat 2.00 is a fiercely competitive 16 runner affair but we think Dell’ Arcais the one to be interested in at an attractive 14-1. Still unexposed over fences, this 9-y-o has won off today’s mark over hurdles and can give a welcome boost to the Pipeyard.
The Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdleat 3.45 has even more runners (20) but the fit and fancied Notwhatiam will do for us each way at 7-1. Having its first run for the Skeltons after the obligatory wind op, this 8-y-o scooted up at Uttoxeter and, off just 6lbs higher, will take the beating today (as they say)
That’s it – now off to change the clocks.
Phoenix Of Spain 4.05 Doncaster e/w @ 5-1
San Donato 1.45 Doncaster win @ 5-2
Barbill 1.45 Doncaster e/w @ 7-1
Young Rascal 2.20 Newbury win @ 5-4
Azano 2.50 Newbury e/w @ 4-1
Dell’ Arca 2.00 Cheltenham e/w @ 14-1
Notwhatiam 3.45 Cheltenham e/w @ 7-1 (5 places)
*’Groovin” by The Young Rascals (1967)