Through The Card: Doncaster, Friday January 26

There is jumps racing from Doncaster on Friday
There is jumps racing from Doncaster on Friday

Timeform take you through the card at Doncaster on Friday...

"Is a good sort physically, the type to make a hurdler..."

12:50 - BLAKERIGG (4) looked an interesting one sent chasing for his handicap debut at Kelso last time, well bred and with the physique for it, too, but he was weak in the market and ended up well held. He has been dropped 4 lb in the weights since, though, and this race won't take much winning, so he could be worth chancing. Doktor Glaz sets the standard on form and is expected to prove the biggest danger.

13:25 - CRACKING DESTINY (3) cost £100,000 after winning an Irish point by 30 lengths in March last year, and has shown enough to work on in a couple of starts in bumpers so far to suggest he's up to winning races under Rules. He has been well found in the market on both occasions, showing the benefit of his debut experience when finishing fourth at Ludlow last month, not unduly punished. Cracking Destiny is a good sort physically, the type to make a hurdler, and now having his stamina stretched on debut in this sphere, he is fancied to enhance Nicky Henderson's already excellent record at Doncaster.

13:55 - MOUNT MEWS (1) was useful over hurdles, with some strong form, including a second-place finish in a Grade 1, and judged on his chase debut win at this course this month, he should prove at least as good over fences. He's from a family that have thrived in this sphere, and he was value for much more than the seven-length margin suggests last time (admittedly in a race lacking depth), jumping well and travelling strongly. There is significant scope for improvement and it will be disappointing if he doesn't follow up here.

14:30 - Hard to get away from the claims of NUBE NEGRA (8) who has created a good impression in a couple of juvenile hurdles so far. He made a winning start at Market Rasen in November and then finished runner-up to the very exciting Apple's Shakira at Cheltenham last month. The conditions of this race mean that he comes out well at the weights (still a four-year-old) and unless one of the hurdling newcomers is above average he should take plenty of beating.

15:05 - BAKO DE LA SAULAIE (5) was progressive over hurdles in 2016 and made a promising chase debut over fences at Newcastle last month. He immediately matched his fairly useful hurdles form, shaping much better than the bare result, blundering the last (had jumped fine up to that point) and weakening on the run-in. Bako de La Saulaie seems sure to improve for that initial experience and is well up to winning races from this mark.

15:40 - DOES IT IN STYLE (12) didn't show much in juvenile hurdles last season, but he starts out in handicaps off a basement mark as a result, and judged on his reappearance run at Leicester last month, he should be winning races sooner rather than later. He went in first-time cheekpieces that day (retained), travelling with more fluency than usual, though he wasn't fluent at the last and was always held on the run-in. Does It In Style has been raised 3 lb for that run, but looks well up to defying this mark for his excellent yard.

16:10 - ONE OF US (18) was clearly better with his return under his belt when seeing the race out thoroughly to score at Ascot last month, ultimately doing it in ready fashion. A subsequent 4 lb rise in the weights looks fair for that win and, in a race that isn't as competitive as the numbers suggest, he is fancied to follow up. Kempton-scorer Muthabir is an admirable sort who should go well, along with Big Penny and Allez Jacques.

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