Bets Of The Day: Quill to show more in weak Doncaster contest

Trainer Richard Fahey could have a winner at Doncaster on Friday
Trainer Richard Fahey could have a winner at Doncaster on Friday

Alan Dudman's last column found 12/1 winner Lackamon, and he's looking for more success in his latest stint in the chair, starting with Doncaster on Friday...


"The run in Scotland was arguably in a much deeper race than this (winner Shrewd was very good). He travelled okay for a large part, but got outpaced on the sharp turn for home three out, then stayed on. The long finish at Doncaster should help him too, and at 6.6011/2 he is a bet against a moderate bunch."

Back Quill Art @ 6.6011/2 in the 16:10 at Doncaster

15:40 Doncaster - Oppose Lavelle runner in hot race


Trainer Emma Lavelle sends the giant See The World to Doncaster on Friday, and he's set to run over hurdles for the second time in his career in what promises to be quite a strong contest.

The six-year-old is infamous/famous of course - he recorded an astonishing victory on bumper debut at Wincanton last January - and joined an elite club in the process as one of the limited number of horses to win having traded at 999/1 in-running on Betfair. It was a truly bizarre effort, he pulled himself up then took off, eventually storming to a four-and-a-half length success. Jockey Aidan Coleman's post-race interview revealed a priceless reaction.

See The World fans had to wait a whole ten months to see him in action again - but it was a flat effort in November; admittedly in a quality Novices' race, but he was beaten by 24 lengths and reportedly lost a shoe behind Modus.

When a horse puts up such a remarkable display (as he did at Wincanton), backers tend to think it can happen again and I've been guilty of this in the past - and cling to a belief that it might be next time. But this could be a really decent race; trainers Paul Nicholls, Nicky Henderson, Dan Skelton and Tom George all have runners, whilst overnight favourite Big Chief Benny 4.2016/5 for Alan King has an official rating of 133.

See The World was mentioned as a Cheltenham bumper horse but he didn't make it to the 2015 Festival, and for a strapping sort there might be a hint of temperament to go with a stop-start career.

The exchange offers four places for this race, and with such a large field, I'm happy to take him on.


16:10 Doncaster - Art to attack his rivals

Quill Art has a golden opportunity to get off the mark over hurdles, and could be well handicapped from a mark of 97.

The 16:10 doesn't look a particularly strong affair, and any contest that houses Mazovian as market leader (he was trading at 4/1 overnight) makes it winnable in my book. Some races have bad favourites - he could be one of them.

Regarding the selection; Richard Fahey's four-year-old failed to show much (bar the Wetherby run) in his first few spins over hurdles, and the official assessor saw fit to lower him 7lb prior to his handicap debut at Musselburgh - where he showed a bit more ability.

The run in Scotland was arguably in a much deeper race than this (winner Shrewd was very good). He travelled okay for a large part, but got outpaced on the sharp turn for home three out, then stayed on. The long finish at Doncaster should help him too, and at 6.6011/2 he is a bet against a moderate bunch.


Friday's Recommended Bets

Lay See The World in 4 TBP market @ 1.804/5 in the 15:40 at Doncaster
Back Quill Art @ 6.6011/2 in the 16:10 at Doncaster


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