Through The Card: Doncaster, Saturday May 20

There is Flat racing from Doncaster on Saturday evening
There is Flat racing from Doncaster on Saturday evening

Timeform take you through the card at Doncaster on Saturday evening.

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17:50 - OUR KYLIE (7) thrived upon joining Brian Ellison last season, landing her fourth win in five starts in a mares handicap hurdle at the Galway Festival when last seen in July. She won a Flat handicap at Musselburgh off a 2 lb lower mark prior to that, so she is potentially well treated ahead of her return, and looks a solid proposition. ARROWTOWN (2) remains a maiden, but she has shown enough to suggest she is up to winning races off this sort of mark, and is another to consider in the opener.

18:20 - The speedily-bred FLO'S MELODY (9) showed plenty to work on when third in a maiden at Ripon on debut last month, just unable to go with the front two in the closing stages. The second home that day has come out and won subsequently, so the form has a solid look to it, and she seems sure to improve for that experience. Mabo is an interesting newcomer for the same yard for all he's not the obvious one on jockey bookings.

18:50 - HIGH HOPES (2) looked a filly on the up towards the end of last season, winning her final two starts in good style. Her last win at Ffos Las came on soft ground, so likely conditions shouldn't pose a problem, and she won with plenty more in hand than the winning margin suggests that day. A subsequent 7 lb rise could well underestimate her, and she looks the one to focus on with the prospect of even more to come this year.

19:20 - City of Joy showed the benefit of a gelding operation when showing much improved form to win a 1m handicap at this course two weeks ago, but the likely soft ground is a slight concern, so MANDARIN (5) could be the way to go. He landed the odds in good style when getting off the mark at the second attempt in a Newcastle maiden in September, and he remains with potential this year. His sire Lope de Vega's progeny tend to go well with some cut in the ground, and he looks the one to be on at the prices.

19:50 - DIRCHILL (3) showed plenty of greenness but ultimately shaped with plenty of promise on debut in a C&D maiden two weeks ago and he is one to be interested in now. He was outpaced in the rear early on, but gradually got the hang of things and made good headway over a furlong out. The winner of that race looks potentially smart and he is expected to figure prominently with that experience under his belt. Alaadel is an interesting type on paper for William Haggas on his belated racecourse debut.

20:20 - MOOLAZIM (5) made a promising start to his career when making a winning debut at Chelmsford last month and he ran much better than his finishing position suggests at Lingfield last time. He was held up in a race run at a muddling pace and had a hopeless task from his position, staying on in the final furlong. The feeling is he has more to offer and he can prove himself ahead of his mark. SHENANIGANS (4) is another potential improver now handicapping on her return for an in-form yard, and is also worth keeping on side.

20:50 - A most competitive handicap to finish with, but DANNYLEEKIE (5) made a winning reappearance last year, and is down to his last winning mark for this year's return, so he is fancied to repeat the feat. However, JOHNNY CAVAGIN (2) arrives in top form and should make his presence felt also.

Recommendation:

Win back High Hopes in the 18:50 at Doncaster

Placepot permutation:

17:50 - 2, 7
18:20 - 9
18:50 - 2
19:20 - 5
19:50 - 3
20:20 - 4, 5

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