3.15 Doncaster – Sky Bet Best Odds Guaranteed Handicap Hurdle
With Toronado Bob, Atlantic Roller and Kayersberg all set to run there may be a decent gallop set and so play into the hands of WAKANDA. Sue Smith’s charge put a sound run together last time out, over course and distance, after disappointing in a strong novice event on his penultimate start.
A former Irish runner this five-year-old son of Westerner may now be showing signs of settling in to his new base up north. His latest effort, in a race I think plenty will under-value, was eye-catching for me.
Having been a little weak in the market he was held-up off a steady pace and took a keen hold throughout. Once settled he then looked a little out of position, caught out by the increase in pace. He stuck on well enough and probably did well to finish as close given how keen he was.
He managed to fend off a 134 rated rival, who in truth maybe wasn’t suited by the way the race was run, but he was two lengths clear and also gave him a pound in weight.
Although he was beaten a fair way by the first three they look pretty useful. The second has since given the form a solid look while the winner is interestingly entered in a Grade Two contest this weekend.
This is the selections first try in handicap company in an open looking race. Toronado Bob in now nine and runs for the first time in 188 days. Atlantic Roller is obviously a horse that has experienced problems and although representing top connections is poor value. Kayersberg returns from a break and is a one-paced horse and there to be shot at late.
Bearing in mind Wakanda finished ahead of a 134 rated runner last time he may get in lightly off 119 here in a race that looks set to be run to suit.
2pts win WAKANDA @6/1 (William Hill), 11/2 (general)