It looks a very tricky and busy racing card today and with nine races on ITV Alan has selected two runners from Doncaster and Newbury to get the P&L moving in the right direction...
"he has improved on each start and was especially impressive under a penalty at Kempton last time out"
San Donato can handle this step up in grade
Roger Varian is a man to be on the right side of at the minute, the in-form trainer is running at an impressive 26% strike rate over the last two weeks and he arrives at Doncaster with the hat-trick seeking two-year-old colt San Donato. A winner of back-to-back novice contests in impressive style, he looks like he has plenty more to offer, after winning a decent novice event at Haydock he followed up with ease on the all weather four weeks ago. He has improved on each start and with his impressive pedigree he should be able to handle this step up in grade in his stride.
The one that could chase him home and has to be respected is Charles Hills colt Breath Of Air, he also looked good last time out as he powered away in the style of a smart colt at Newbury last month. The well-bred colt out of Bated Breath looks like he is also on the road to bigger and better things but this is just his third start and preference today is for the slightly more experienced of the two San Donato.
After some superb runs its time for weekender to win again
Young Rascal is a more than worthy favourite for this Group 3 contest at Newbury, after finishing seventh in the Epsom Derby he got up narrowly to beat a 116 rated rival in a Group 3 over one mile three furlongs here last month and that form was boosted when both the third home and the fifth have come out and won on their next starts. However, at the prices I want to take on the Charlie Hills favourite with Weekender.
Weekender doesn't know how to run a bad race and deserves to get his head back in front where it matters. He ran a cracking race to finish third in the Irish St Leger last month and was second in the Ebor off a massive weight two starts ago. John Gosden seldom gets these things wrong and the drop back to 12 furlongs could be just what the four-year-old colt needs to get back in the winners enclosure.
2018 Overall (prior to this week): +84.33 pts
This week so far...
Staked: 2 pts
Returned: 0 pts
2017 P&L +53.30pts
2016 P&L +15.23pts