Through The Card: Doncaster, Wednesday February 24

There is racing from Doncaster on Wednesday
There is racing from Doncaster on Wednesday

Timeform take you through the card at Doncaster on Wednesday.

"Conditions will suit today, and he has a big chance returned to the larger obstacles with regular partner James Reveley back on board."

14:00 - A large field heads to post for our opening contest of the day, but Divine Spear looks to be some way clear of his rivals, having showed plenty of promise to open his account at Ludlow last time. He gave smart novice Baoulet Delaroque a lot to think about when chasing him home on hurdling debut here last month and is expected to keep improving. Nicky Henderson's runner has bags of potential, and rates as a confident selection. Chic Theatre is another who's expected to keep progressing and could give the selection most to think about, whilst The Unit may build on his second at Huntingdon last time to be involved.

14:30 - Lou Vert is the obvious starting point, and will have come on for his UK debut at Taunton, when he was perhaps found out by a heavy-ground slog at Taunton. The better ground should be to suit today, and he can go close. A chance is also taken on the likeable Our Thomas, who may well have bumped into one when chasing home Jaleo at Catterick last month, and he has shown enough form so far to suggest that a race of this nature is within his remit.

15:00 - Fingerontheswitch was progressing well before posting a rather disappointing effort at Cheltenham in December, but that was a muddling affair overall, and he is worth giving another chance to resume his progression after being given a short break. Peter Bowen's yard are in better form now than they were when Henllan Harri was last seen in December, and he is worth including here now back over hurdles from a workable mark and now sporting a first-time visor.

15.30 - An exciting line-up, with several familiar names taking their chances. A good starting point is the 2013 Scottish National winner Godsmejudge, who hinted at a return to form when finishing second to Sky Bet Chase winner Ziga Boy here last time. He remains on the same mark, and looks in with a big chance today. Saint Are's connections will have the Grand National in mind, but he will need to improve on his most recent form if he's to have any chance of repeating last year's gallant second to Many Clouds. Benbens could also feature, whilst it could well come too soon for Shotavodka, who produced a really tired fall in bottomless conditions at Exeter last time. Instead, a chance is taken on Night of Milan, who's something of a course specialist, and racked up his third win here from 11 starts over hurdles last time. Conditions will suit today, and he has a big chance returned to the larger obstacles with regular partner James Reveley back on board.

16:05 - Major Malarkey continues to ply his trade admirably at the grand old age of 13 and has every chance today after running well in this sphere of late, but he may well be booked for second place behind Paint the Clouds, who won this race last year on the back of an absence, and can do so again today. He will take all the beating with a top amateur on board, and is given the vote. Cave Hunter has been running with credit and may well stake a claim for place honours.

16:40 - The Bumper splits into two Divisions for our final two contests, with marginal form to work with in either. In this race, Ballycrystal makes the most appeal of those with experience. He ran well on his first start under Rules at Musselburgh and is bred to be a thorough stayer, so could well have more to offer away from such a sharp track. Vive Le Roi, who was asked a little too much of him when put in a hot race at Cheltenham last time, is also worth including, dropped markedly in class today. Focaccia is well bred and makes the most appeal of the newcomers.

17.10 - Rather Be has already shown he's something of a tricky customer, unseating his rider on debut before showing greenness when winning next time out. However, that form was fairly useful, and he's fancied to double up here for his powerful connections. Groundunderrepair made a good start four months ago at Carlisle and heads the dangers, whilst Snowleopardess could be the best of the newcomers.

Recommended bets:
Back Divine Spear to win in the 14:00
Back Night in Milan to win in the 15:30

Placepot permutation:
14:00 - 1
14:30 - 2, 8
15:00 - 3,7
15:30 - 4, 8
16:05 - 4
16:40 - 1, 2
= 16 lines

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