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Friday, 28 January 2011

The start of a big weekend

There are a couple of decent meetings today at Doncaster and Fontwell. I won’t be spending too much time on these this morning as tomorrow we have the splendid “Trials” meeting at Cheltenham, and the Skybet Chase at Doncaster.

Fontwell opens with a beginner’s chase of 5 runners for horses yet to win a chase. Paul Nicholls sends Definity which is odds-on, but the enigmatic STRAW BEAR is also entered. This grade 1 hurdler is having his 7th chase race today, but what makes him interesting is that AP McCoy renews his association with the horse. He’s been in the saddle whenever the horse has done well – including when he won the Christmas hurdle in 2007 which was the last time the horse won. If anyone can win on STRAW BEAR, McCoy can and the morning odds of 11/4 look fair. There’s nothing else that jumps out from the card.

At Doncaster, the class 3 handicap chase at 3:40 could provide the day’s wager. It is over the odd trip of 2m3f and there is one horse in the race that will suit this sort of trip – Russian Flag. His last run was a stinker, but there were only 4 runners in the race and it was won by Matuhi off OR125 (now 10lb higher on OR135) so I can forgive him that run as before that his form was progressing well. Russian Flag does not stay a yard further than 2m3f (and this trip may be stretching his stamina) and the going is also probably a bit quick for him (needs the word “soft” in the going description), but he has claimer Alex Mirriam in the saddle and he seems to get the best from him. He was the horse that my heart wanted to wager on but, with questions over going and trip and form, the fav SAGALYRIQUE, who would prefer 21f-plus, looks a better wager at 100/30. It was a bit round the houses way of going about things, but the others look more like 2-milers and have bigger questions to answer than the fav who won LTO.

Doncaster 3:40 SAGALYRIQUE, 1pt win @ 100/30 (Stan James)

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  1. SAGALYRIQUE is now 7/2 with Betfred who also offers best odds guaranteed. Take that with Betfred and if the SP is longer (ie. 4/1 or greater) then you'll be on at those odds.

  2. SAGALYRIQUE wins! Stayed the trip really well beating off the challenges. SP was 11/4, so you were well-in with 100/30, and would have done even better with 7/2.


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