Saturday 26 Ocotber 2013

2.40 Doncaster – Download The Racing Post Mobile App Handicap

With three-year-olds winning four of the last six runnings of this particular handicap it may be wise to concentrate on such. Van Percy is a horse I feel has a decent handicap in him, but his free going ways accompanied with an apparent lack of pace in today’s race mean Ennistown and Thomas Hobson are the ones to concentrate on.

Both horses have form on soft ground and while it was tough to split them I’ve just given the nod to ENNISTOWN. Hailing from the inform Godolphin yard his mid-season break seems to have revitalised him.

The application of a hood has also played a major part as has racing on ground with cut in it. Obviously the hood stays on today and with the ground coming up soft he is sure to run a sound race.

While I do think his mark is still a little high, given past three-year-old winners of this race there may be a chance he is a pattern level performer down the line. He may be still be progressing and hopefully it allows him to do so against a field of mostly older handicappers.

He’s a well bred son of Authorized out of a classy mare who had form on soft ground. Further down her pedigree there is stamina so today’s step-up in trip to 12 furlongs may oust further improvement.

He has won over this distance, but it was a farcical race. His latest two wins at Haydock and Pontefract seems to suggest a step-up may help so fingers crossed that’s the case.

His draw in one is not ideal and a lack of pace wouldn’t show him in his best light, but with the hood still on, a big field running and him progressing I hope he can continue his winning run.


1pt each-way ENNISTOWN @13-2 (Bet Victor, Coral)

4.25 Doncaster – Nursery Handicap

In an open looking seven furlong nursery I’m hoping the soft ground on Town Moor can spark TANCRED into winning ways.

Formerly with Peter Chapple-Hyam, but now in the care of the very much in form Tony Coyle this son of Oratorio has a pedigree which suggests cut in the ground may be key.

Plenty of his sire’s progeny love to get their toe in and with the ground now soft and the selection showing glimpses of form in various decent races he may strike today.

On debut he ran a nice introductory race in a decent York maiden on fast ground. That race has thrown up horses who combined have gone on to win 11 races with the winner going on to score in a Group One.

His second start at Pontefract was a step up on his first run as he seemed to get more competitive, but being hampered didn’t do his chance any good and in the circumstances he ran well. Next up at Warwick I felt he ran disappointingly, but his latest start in a strong looking handicap showed he may be coming back to form.

The winner of that race looks smart while the second home has since scored twice. Tancred’s draw in one and him also being slowly means his run is worth marking up too.

Hopefully he continues that progression here today for an inform trainer. The soft ground may see him in a much better light.


1pt each-way TANCRED @11/2 (Coral, Sky Bet, Stan James)

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