13:30 Doncaster - Bailey's Spinner to showcase jumping talent
I'm looking forward to seeing Red Spinner take a step up in grade on Saturday, and the 13:30 looks a decent handicap on Town Moor. I'm also looking forward to seeing Buywise later on the card (as a committed member of the fan club), but I couldn't bring myself to tip him!
Kim Bailey's six-year-old has scored in both starts over fences, and has gone up a further 8lb for his latest success at Warwick.
The jumping performance there was excellent, especially given that course can be a difficult track for a novice to jump. He handled the series of five fences down the back straight with aplomb, and flew over the open ditch with great gusto. His nimble feet served him well - and he looked a mature jumper - despite his relative inexperience.
The Paul and Clare Rooney-owned gelding is now racing from a mark of 143, but he pummelled his two rivals at Warwick in soft ground. That victory added to his narrow win on a quicker surface on debut at Leicester. There should be plenty more to come from his current rating, and the fact he's bred to really make his mark over fences, makes him of great interest here.
Bailey has said that Red Spinner could suit running at Donny, and whilst he scored in soft recently, the better conditions on Saturday could be ideal
15:25 Lingfield - Spencer to guide Intrude home
This 0-95 handicap is worth £7,246 to the winner, and there's a chance that David Simcock's Intrude can reverse recent form with prolific all-weather winner Forceful Appeal.
The pair met on January 16th, but that was Intrude's first run in four months and he finished well beaten. However, he is 2lb better off with that rival today, and I fully expect to see an improved horse - as he simply looks a better animal on the artificial surfaces.
The four-year-old landed quite a nice handicap last September at Wolverhampton - beating some good horses for the level in Santefisio, Hakka and Heisman. Considering he's only had three starts on the all-weather (and I'm hoping one of those was a rusty outing), there should be more improvement to come from a mark of 90.
Jockey Jamie Spencer rides him for the first time on Saturday, so the tactic might well be to sit and wait behind front-runner Solo Hunter. In fact; there's every chance that horse won't be pestered for the lead, so you might want to consider a back-to-lay on Solo Hunter from a bigger price - as he might try to slip the field.
But hopefully there's a bit more progression in Simcock's Intrude.
Saturday's Recommended Bets
Back Red Spinner @ 7/2 in the 13:30 at Doncaster (Sportsbook price)
Back Intrude @ 7.6013/2 in the 15:25 at Lingfield
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