Our resident tipster likes a couple of runners at Doncaster this afternoon.
Doncaster looks set to beat the weather and provide today’s sole jumps action, though heavy ground is likely even at this free-draining track.
That won’t bother either of today’s bets, starting off with the Keith Reveley-trained REDKALANI in the 3m handicap hurdle which opens the card (due off 12.15pm). The eight-year-old has yet to get his head in front after nine starts but has shown plenty of promise along the way, including when runner-up in a Hexham bumper run on heavy.
On more than one occasion he has given the distinct impression he will need a proper stamina test to be seen at his best, and that is exactly what gets here on his first try over three miles. He will also strip fitter for last month’s reappearance fifth at Newcastle, his first run in handicap company and his first outing since March.
The real clincher for the bet is his stable record at the track. Since taking out a licence, Reveley has had more winners here than anywhere else and most were ridden by his son James, who is making a name for himself in France and is looking increasingly polished in the saddle. It would be no surprise if the selection was another winner for them given he has yet to show his hand to the handicapper and has conditions to suit.
Next up is the Fergal O’Brien-trained LOVELY JOB, who takes on eight rivals in the novices’ handicap chase (2.25pm). The ground wasn’t soft enough for him when making his chasing bow at Leicester last month, yet he still ran a cracker to finish second to a progressive sort, with a 14-length gap back to the third who franked the form when winning at Musselburgh earlier this week. That experience will have done him the world of good and he’s entitled to come on for the run, his first since April.
In all truth, this Irish point winner has been biding his time in bumpers and over hurdles and it’s to his credit that he managed to win a maiden at Newcastle last January. The ground was soft on that occasion and when he won his point-to-point, so today’s conditions are right up his street and the step up to three miles for the first time is another positive as he looks an out-and-out stayer. Paddy Brennan takes the ride and the partnership rate nap material.