It is forecast to be a cold
and frosty morning Saturday but I think I have three horses up at Doncaster that should warm the cockles of ones heart as
It really is the end of the Turf season this weekend at Doncaster as ante-post favourite Royal Line heads a maximum field of 23 declared for the Betfred November Handicap at 3.15. The lightly-raced three-year-old colt will bid to give trainer John Gosden a record sixth success in the feature race on the card. He will of course be wearing the famous Sheikh Mohammed family colours the white and maroon silks now being used by the Sheikhs daughter Sheikha Al Jalila.
Topping the weights on 9st 10lb are David Elsworth's Master The World and Top Tug from Alan King's stable. Martyn Meade's Chelsea Lad lines-up but I can’t be having him having flattered to deceive a few times this season. The Godolphin owned Kevin Ryan trained Syphax was unlucky to run in to a bang in form Dark Red last time at York and has to be considered. He hasn’t won as a three-year-old but has gone well a couple of times and remains on a very workable looking rating of 98, the same as when 2nd at York. The distance is a step into the unknown but if he stays I think he has a big shout and at 12-1 looks a decent punt. “He's in good form and we're very happy with him. He ran well last time and this trip should be fine" said the Thirsk handler in the build-up.
There are two Listed heats on the card the first being the Betfred Mobile Wentworth Stakes at 2.05. Sir Dancealot arrives as top rated and gets 7lb from the old warrior Gordon Lord Byron. I think the jolly would prefer firmer underfoot conditions though whereas the nine-year-old has no worries about getting his toe-in. That said Dream Of Dreams is another who won’t mind it soft and though has won over seven this trip of six furlongs is his ideal. The yard hasn’t been among the winners of late but they have been going close over the last few days and the chestnut colt is a tentative pick at 9-1.
The Listed Betfred TV EBF Stallions Breeding Winners Gillies Fillies' Stakes at 2.40 looks to be at the mercy of Vintage Folly from the Hugo Palmer stable. Runner-up in the G.3 Musidora at York back in May on the soft and something was clearly amiss when she was sent to France and ran last in a Group Two. She came back after a couple of months off with a second place in the Listed John Musker Fillies' Stakes at Yarmouth in September and after only four starts she is open to plenty of improvement. Short enough at 15-8 but she is the one for Triple G.