Barely have we had time to catch our breath after the thrills and spills of the Cheltenham Festival and we’re off to Doncaster for the Lincoln meeting on Saturday, widely considered to be the traditional Flat-season curtain-raiser.
The Lincoln itself (3.35 Doncaster) can go to FIRE BRIGADE who has set alarm bells ringing for bookies all week. The booking of Ryan Moore for Mike Bell’s 4 year old only adds to the confidence surrounding this progressive colt.
Earlier on the same card, the Cammidge (1.50) can see DANZENO return to some of the form of yesteryear with trainer Michael Appleby suggesting that an early season engagement could see this horse to best effect.
ORIGINAL CHOICE has been there or thereabouts for William Haggas and can finally get on the scoreboard in the Spring Mile (Doncaster 2.25) despite burning the fingers of punters in recent runs.
National Hunt fans need not panic just yet, as Newbury plays host to a vibrant-looking card. The 3m 2f handicap chase at 2.05 will force WOTZIZNAME to defy top weight under Noel Fehily to land the prize but conditions may not be as gruelling as the recent rain suggests and our selection won well last time out and can benefit from that confidence-booster.
Daryl Jacob dons the familiar Souede and Munir silks in the 2.40 and OISTRAKH LE NOIR can cause plenty of headaches for the commentators by scoring for trainer Ben Pauling.
The fillies are out in force at 3.15 and Her Majesty the Queen has a runner who can be backed each-way to give a royal celebration: SUNSHADE steps up in grade but at round about 12/1 can be fancied to give a bold running for her famous owner.
There’s more Saturday afternoon racing from Bangor and Lingfield before we head up t Wolverhampton for an evening card which could see DESERT ACE (in the 7.45) finally improve on a string of runner-up finishes for Graham Lee.
Sunday racing fans can get their teeth stuck into a couple of Jums cards from Ascot and Carlisle, whilst Doncaster keep the Flat party going with their second day of new season action.
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