Busy day for me at Doncaster on Saturday as we welcome in the start of the new Flat season.
TIS MARVELLOUS (1.50pm Unibet Cammidge Trophy Stakes)
Having his first start since finishing 10th in the Portland here back in September. His form dipped after winning at the Shergar Cup meeting at Ascot and he hasn’t had the benefit of a couple of runs in Dubai which was the case last season. That said, most of his rivals here are also returning after breaks so we’re in the same boat and fingers crossed he’s sharp enough to run a decent race.
AL JELLABY (2.25pm Unibet Spring Mile Handicap)
I’ve been aboard him on the-weather and he’s run well enough without winning. Clive (Cox) has given him a break since January and hopefully he’ll run well – some of his best races came at the start of last season so the hope has to be he is a spring horse and he seems versatile ground wise. It goes without saying this is very competitive.
CHATEZ (3.35pm Unibet Lincoln)
The early races should give us a clue on the draw but looking back on recent Lincolns they’ve been winning from high, low and bang in the middle last year with Addeybb drawn 10. That’s the same stall my fella is coming out of here. He won the Spring Mile over course and distance back in 2015 and finished off last year with a couple of spins over jumps. Obviously at the age of eight it’s going to be a massive ask over this trip but the race does throw up plenty of surprise winners.
ZULU ZANDER (4.10pm Unibet Brocklesby Conditions Stakes)
Not much I can say with this one as it’s the first time I’ll have sat on him. His trainer David Evans is making a bold bid to win the first two-year-old race of the Flat season with four entries.
Looks my best chance of a winner on Saturday’s card. He was very green on debut at Kempton but once the penny had dropped he was doing his best work at the end of the race and even though he couldn’t get on terms with the front two it was still a good effort to take third. Hopefully the benefit of the run will count for plenty but there’re some interesting debutants entered including the Godolphin runner Just You Wait.
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