Heavy ground has resulted in plenty of non-runners at Doncaster, but it still makes plenty of appeal for a placepot...
"Pearl Secret is unsurprisingly a warm order for this as he’s a potential pattern-class horse running against handicappers..."
14:10 - Shaleek sets a fairly lofty standard in the opening maiden, with a reproduction of either of her efforts from last season likely to be good enough to make the three. Pretty Primo and, in particular, Silver Lace both strike as having more to offer, but for placepot purposes, a banker is probably the way to go.
14:45 - There's an obvious way to deal with the second and that's to take the two fillies that are officially well in after good recent runs, namely Mata Hari Blue, who escapes a penalty for her win on similar ground at Ripon eight days ago, and Dancing Welcome, who is even further ahead of the handicapper after pulling clear of the rest at Bath last week.
15:20 - Pearl Secret is unsurprisingly a warm order for this as he's a potential pattern-class horse running against handicappers. So long as he doesn't get bogged down in the ground, he ought to take all the beating, and looks a banker.
15:55 - Boss's Destination has at least been improving of late and, with conditions no problem, appeals as more likely that most to give his running. The race is trappy enough to merit a second selection, and it's worth taking a chance on Secret Tune, who needs to put a poor run over hurdles last time behind him, but is potentially the best handicapped of these and has only had two starts for Charlie Longsdon.
16:30 - Even after a trio of non-runners this is just about the most interesting race on the card, with upwardly-mobile sorts in the majority. Both Ahezeemah and Rocktherunway already have solid handicap efforts to their name, but they arguably lack the potential of the likes of Beyond Conceit and Counsel, both of whom have the potential for major improvement now upped in trip and switched to handicaps.
17:00 - Pearl Blue is a must for leg six after shaping so well at Windsor on her reappearance recently. It's hard to think of a reason why she won't go close, but there's obviously room for a back-up in such a big field, and Haajes, who is in form and has conditions to suit, should give it a good shot even if a few might have more in hand these days.
14:10 - 8
14:45 - 3, 13
15:20 - 2
15:55 - 1, 3
16:30 - 1, 7
17:00 - 4, 6
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