Best bets for the horseracing Saturday 23rd March - The start of the Flat season

The Flat is back!  I am a huge fan of the Flat as any regular visitor to the site will know and I love the first day of the Turf horseracing season. Summer is around the corner and we have all the big meetings to look forward to. 

The Turf season begins at Doncaster, Town Moor, with the Lincoln Handicap meeting on Saturday. It's a bit of a stuttering start to the Flat season once again with racing Saturday and Sunday at Doncaster then no more Turf action until next weekend. The BHA does make me wonder at times, surely we could of had a meeting or two in the week. Anyway, we race at Doncaster on Saturday and my fancies for the first day of the Flat season can be found below. The going is soft, heavy in places. 

Best bets for the horseracing at Doncaster

The first race of the flat season is the Listed William Hill Doncaster Mile Stakes at 1.20. Charyn was fourth in the G.1 Irish Guineas, third in the G.1 St James's Palace Stakes and third in the G.1 Sussex Stakes, all won by Paddington last season, running with credit throughout the spring and summer without winning. Just over a length behind the re-opposing Knight in the G.2 Celebration Mile at Goodwood when last seen he could easily pick up this prize. That last effort at Goodwood was after a busy four months and those efforts must have taken a toll. I think he can collect a much-deserved victory here and have the 9-4 this morning. Knight will love the underhoof conditions, only ever run on soft or heavy, and with the visor on for the first time, he is the obvious danger. 

The next race of interest to me is the 6f Listed William Hill Cammidge Trophy Stakes at 3.00.  Baradar caught my eye earlier in the week looking at the entries and the six-year-old will run. He was generally running over a little further last year, actually finished third in last year's Lincoln, and won here over six-and-a-half in the summer. His final run of last season at Ascot in October was too bad to be true and as one that will like the soft going and who goes well here, albeit all four runs over further, he is fancied to get this season off to a winning start. I am on at 4-1. Marshman is feared most but would surely have liked better ground. 

We have a couple at the head of the betting for the Mile Lincoln Handicap at 3.35 that are far too short for me in a race like this. I have had an each-way investment on Farrh Too Shy at 25-1 (1/5 6-places). I was a huge fan of her sire Farrh and the mare has winning form on soft over the trip plus to my mind a mark of 92 gives her every chance to make the places at least here. Jockey Benoit de la Sayette knows how to win this race and she has gone well fresh in the past. The two at the head of the market, Chazzesmee and Liberty Lane have to be feared along with Johan amongst others. 

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