They won't be racing at Doncaster this weekend. I had actually backed Magic Lily at 5-1 on Monday for the Listed British EBF Gillies Fillies' Stakes but sadly the last meeting of the 2019 Turf season has been lost to the weather. They have had biblical like amounts of rain up there, Doncaster Council has warned some residents to evacuate their homes because the River Don is breaching its banks!
The main meeting is now on Saturday is Wincanton and they have a couple of Grade Two heats on their card but we have odds-on jollys in both of them and they aint betting heats for me. Kelso has a seven-race card but I don’t fancy anything there in the mud whilst Aintree also hosts seven races, each of them a tricky handicap, and I am steering clear of that.
That brings me to Southwell on the Fibresand where they start racing at 4.40. The forecast suggests it’s likely to be raining up there still but at least they race! It should be noted the course favours prominent horses as it is very difficult to accelerate and make up ground and due to the nature of Fibresand it tends to also be a good stamina test.
It’s the 5f strip (actually 4f 214 yards) at 5.10 for the Betway Supporting Responsible Gambling Handicap. Requited has two wins here, one over track and trip and one over 6f, from four runs and has the prominent racing style that very much suits the track. All being well the three-year-old will blast out of stall one and won’t see another horse! The fact he stays six is seen as a plus and few trainers have more success here than Hughie Morrison. Grab the best price you can when they chalk-up.
Lexington Flair is an interesting runner in the Betway Median Auction Maiden Stakes making his debut at the age of four but I can’t be backing him at the likely price with no experience.
They face two-miles 102 yards at 6.10 for the Betway Live Casino Handicap. Wadacre Galoubet generally races pretty prominently and won here over 1m6f last time tracking the leader before outstaying the opposition in the final furlong. He has improved for being sent over further and as a three-year-old might have more to come yet anyway. He should get a nice lead here from the likes of Caged Lightning and Echo and both aren’t exactly the strongest of stayers so I think he can slipstream them early before seeing the trip out best when the others cry enough!
Bo Samraan tries this surface for the first time in the 1m4f Betway Handicap at 7.40. The colt arrives looking to notch a hat-trick, his last two wins on pretty testing ground which bodes well for him liking Fibresand. He likes to front-run, another plus, and I think he might be able to steal a march on main rival Grazeon Roy and nick this.
That’s my three of Saturday evening; you could have a little Patent bet if you so wished to pay for a curry or a beer or two Saturday night – they all win treat yourself and do both :o)