Welcome to Friday, where Doncaster and Sandown both hold excellent racecards, and punters are not holding back in the morning markets as Daryl Carter talks you through.
"Today's first-time visor and return to a sounder surface for just the sixth time in his career could see this three-year-old outrun his odds of 66/1 off of a reduced handicap mark of 87 (opening mark 97)."
Money Talk - Doncaster
Money Talk continues to highlight the Betfair Sportsbook big-money moves to keep you in the loop. This section will now highlight market moves between 1:00 am and 9:00 am.
Plus lots more, i've never seen the markets so lively between the above hours.
The market says LAY!
Which horse is the Betfair Sportsbook market suggesting to Lay?
16:00 Chester - Hapap 10/11 OUT 13/8
The morning market sees Hapap take a significant drift with three other horses, including the well-supported Aegis Power in opposition. The market suggests laying.
Mark your card - Doncaster
The Betfair Sportsbook is paying extra places today!
Today's opening contest at Doncaster, the 13:10 Coopers Marquees Maiden Stakes, owner outfit Godolphin, has won two of the last three, including with a debutant in 2019 - Saeed bin Suroor trained both horses. Today's representative is trained by Charlie Appleby, Bay Of Honour 3.7511/4.
Six of the last ten SP favourites have won the 13:40 Flying Scotsman Stakes.
In contrast, only two favourites have won the 14:10 Wainwright Flying Childers Stakes, both were trained out of the Hannon yard, though, and he saddles Armor 2.255/4. The Organiser has been well supported overnight from 10.09/1 into 6.05/1.
Stradivarius 1.9010/11 will look for a second Doncaster Cup Stakes at 14:40. Trueshan 3.259/4 running will be subject to a course walk this morning (ideally wants soft ground).
In the 15:15 racehorselotto.com Mallard Handicap, shrewd trainer Emmet Mullins runs Sevenna Star. Mullins rarely left English shores without a victory during the jumps season last term, but he is zero for 11 on the flat. His runner Sevenna Star 5.04/1, is well-handicapped on old form and gambled on overnight.
The 15:45 Cazoo Handicap three-year-olds are one for 17 in the last ten years, and only one favourite (joint) has scored in that time. A negative against today's favourite Asjad 5.04/1.
Notebooks at the ready - A race to follow
The 13:40 Cazoo Flying Scotsman Stakes is always a race to follow and produces classic campaigned horses for the following season. Every single winner in the last ten years has gone on to be rated 108 plus.
Horses for courses
This section highlights horses that have won twice or more at today's tracks and could be in with a chance today.
14:30 Sandown - Farsi Lane - Has won here twice (100%)
14:30 Sandown - Lyndon B - Has won here twice (50%)
15:25 Chester - Revich - Has won here three time (38%)
16:05 Sandown - Andaleep - Has won here three times (43%)
18:15 Salisbury - C'Est No Mour - Has won here twice (67%)
No horse at Doncaster today has won twice or more at the course. Here are those with 100% records.
Weighted to go well
"Weighted to go well" highlights horses running that are more than 10lbs below their last winning handicap mark.
17:05 Chester - King Of Tonga - Has won off 83 runs off 68
This section highlights a trainer, owner or jockey who is in excellent current form and their runners or rides for the day.
Trainer Marcus Tregoning is operating at a 27% strike rate and has had three winners from his last 11 runners, but seven have also placed in the first three. Today he runs two horses: 13:40 Ribhi 4.57/2 at Doncaster and 14:30 The Turpinator 9.08/1 at Sandown.
Trainer Jim Goldie is today's furthest traveller. He has made the 245 mile journey from his base to Doncaster with Sir Chauvelin 51.050/1 in the 15:15 racehorselotto.com Mallard Handicap.
Race of the day
Today's race of the day is the 14:40 Doncaster Cup Stakes, where staying king Stradivarius will look to win the race for the second time.
There's not too much more to say about Stradivarius, who has swept all before him over the years, and although he may not be the banker of times gone by, he still very much sets the standard in this contest.
His chances have been significantly increased now Trueshan is out, and it's hard to pick holes in him other than his age.
He did seem to lack his old zest at York, but his attitude was excellent when seeing off Spanish Mission, but that race may have left a mark just 21 days ago.
His pace is certainly still intact, and that may be the deciding factor in today's race, but you wouldn't blame anyone for trying to take him on.
Rodrigo Diaz has improved leaps and bounds with every single start this year and is by far the most interesting runner in the field. This step-up in trip based on his performance at York behind Hukam in the Group 3 Geoffrey Freer Stakes looks a good move and one that will likely see him improve further.
He has plenty to find on the figures, but he is the most appealing candidate to take on the favourite.
He may lack the pace of the market leader, but he will surely get the strong gallop curtesy of Nayef Road, who won't want a tactical affair given he stays further, and there is little doubt that Diaz will be sticking on firmly at the finish.
Jamie Spencer is an interesting booking for the yard with a 20% strike rate and amassing over £2.5 million in prize money, and the pair do hold a 100% (1-1) record here at Doncaster.
If you want to roll the dice, like me, then he is the one to side with.
Nayef Road is likely to get his own way on the front end in this contest with a lack of pace options, but he is yet to match his high-class form from last year and earlier this term in four starts.
He could be on the downgrade, but he has conditions to run his race and doesn't have too much to find with the favourite on their meeting at Ascot when making his seasonal reappearance.
He was third in a St Leger here some time ago, but you would be highly disappointed should he prove good enough to win this contest.
Timeform offer up three of their best at Donny Don
The Timeform team head back to Doncaster today and offer up three of their best bets.
Have a small each-way bet on Vasari to bounce back at huge odds
I've backed two in the 15:45 Cazoo Handicap, Chairman Of The Board, who I think the trip is perfect for, and Giorgio Vasari mentioned in the stat of the day above.
Giorgio Vasari 67.066/1 made a low key return to action for this yard at Chelmsford on the all-weather, but he was given a very easy ride out the back of the field and was only beaten four lengths by a rapid improver.
He was highly tried in group company (including a Group 1) for Aidan O'Brien as a two-year-old for which he wasn't up to the level, however, only one of those (Group 1) was on good (good to soft) ground for which he wasn't disgraced behind Lucky Vega.
Good ground is the key to him, as is the headgear - he won as a two-year-old in first-time blinkers.
The fitting of the tongue-tie didn't work earlier in the year for his old yard, and those two efforts can easily be written off. Outside of those, his form figures on good ground or better read 251, and the debut second came behind a now 115 rated horse with the win in first-time blinkers.
Today's first-time visor and return to a sounder surface for just the sixth time in his career could see this three-year-old outrun his odds of 66/1 off of a reduced handicap mark of 87 (opening mark 97).
That's all from me, folks! Don't miss Saturday's massive clash at Leopardstown, my god, what a race the 14:45 is!
Have a great weekend, but most of all, be lucky, and until Monday, I bid you farewell.
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