Today’s horse racing preview has two selections coming from Doncaster.
16.10 Doncaster – Free Bets At 188Bet Casino Handicap (14.7f)
Golden Birthday (84)
Golden Birthday comes here looking to keep his 100% record and make it 3-3, Harry Fry’s six year old has impressed diverting from the National hunt to the flat scene with both wins coming under today’s pilot Fran Berry. However, I had a feeling that his win last time out was impressive, but he did not look the same as his first win and the handicapper has slapped only 5lb on him for a six length win which to be fair was far to lenient.
I have him currently rated 84, the handicapper at 83 so there is not much more room there and is coming slightly back to the handicap system, but surely to go well again. Zaidiyn for me is definitely not a 25/1 shot in the tissue price market and is only big as 5/1. Trained by Brian Ellison and ran in top races in Ireland such as the Irish Cesarewitch, his best flat run came on the all weather when posting a rating of 99, so coming here off just a mark of 80 he does deserve to be in the mix.
I am going to take a chance on Zaidiyn purely off the back that he has a similar profile to the likely favourite here and returns to the level for the first time since winning back in 2015. Golden Birthday has to be very much respected, but there does not look much more that the handicapper can give him to stop his progression.
ZAIDIYN : 1pt each way @ SP (BOG)
16.45 Doncaster – ROA/Racing Post Owners Jackpot Handicap (10.2f)
Pouvoir Magique (89)
Ajman King (86)
Gleny’s The Manace (85)
Two big yards here hold the two top spots in the rating’s, Roger Varian’s Ajman King comes here off the back of a win at Epsom when taking a 10f event, that form was recently boosted when Wine List claimed his maiden at Kempton for Andrew Balding. Off a mark of 85 he should be thereabouts once more under his pilot Atzeni.
Gleny’s The Menace has struggled since landing a class 3 at Ascot, the 3lb rise has looked to have stopped him in his tracks and with only a 1lb drop he could still be looking for a place at best. On to the selection in John Gosden’s Pouviour Macique.
He never seemed to get the 12f last time out dropping away tamely in a four runner affair. Drops back to 10f this afternoon and will not be a 1/12 shot as he was when winning at Ayr. There looks more to come from him at this level I think, yard have hit a bit of form once more after taking two good maidens at Newmarket yesterday.
POUVOIR MAGIQUE : 1pt each way @ SP (BOG)