The Flat is back! It’s the first meeting of the 2019 Turf season Saturday 30th March at Doncaster

Having had a quiet start to the week it’s all systems go on Saturday with the Dubai World Cup meeting – see dedicated page – and the Turf season getting underway here in the UK. I have a total of ten bets running in just over four-and-a-half hours!

In Britain, the flat season kicks off at Doncaster with the Unibet Lincoln Raceday and the Unibet Lincoln Handicap over a mile the feature race at 3.35 this Saturday. I touched on some stats to consider earlier in the week (see separate post).

The yard of Charlie Appleby has been flying here and out in Dubai and as well as hopes out in the Desert on Saturday at the Dubai World cup he also could claim the prestigious mile handicap with Auxerre. James Doyle rides as he is back in the UK rather than out in Dubai and the colt ticks lots of boxes: He is a four-year-old, carrying 9-3 with winning form over a mile. He is in fact 3 wins from 4 career starts and should still be improving in fact I think could well be winning black type sooner rather than later. There has been money for him all week but I did hold off until the draw was made; he was drawn in stall 17 – twelve of the last fifteen winners were drawn in 9 or higher. I have the 7-2 that was about on Thursday.

There have been bags of cash for Remarkable this week, in from 20-1 to 9-2, for the Listed Doncaster Mile Stakes. The gelding has not been seen since September 2017 having moved from Gosden to David O’Meera. I can’t get involved but good luck to those that have lumped on. Sharja Bridge is the odds-on jolly.

Over at Kempton on the Polytrack earlier in the afternoon, they have the Listed Matchbook Magnolia Stakes over 1m2f due off at 2.05. Matterhorn has been in fine form for the Mark Johnston yard and looks a fair punt at 7-4 to notch his fourth win of the year and seventh career victory. A similar effort to when he won over track and trip earlier this month should suffice.

Be lucky