Doncaster 1.50 (Portland Handicap) tips – Holmeswood honed for success

Doncaster 1.50 (Portland Handicap) tips - Holmeswood honed for success

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Betting Tip: @ Holmeswood @ 13/2 with ladbrokes

It seems like I’m not the only person who fancies HOLMESWOOD for this as he’s 5/1 clear favourite across the board at the time of writing, with the rest at 10/1 or bigger. Still, I’m going to put him up here as he ticks all boxes and I’m struggling to make a strong case for anything against him. Like most sprint handicappers, he’s at the mercy of the assessor and paid the price for rattling off a hat-trick in the space of a month last summer, going up 15lb in the process.

However, he’s back down in the weights after some less than stellar efforts in the first part of the season – he’s now 1lb lower than for his last win – and his latest third (of 19) over a similar trip at York was a clear signal he was ready to take advantage. That performance can be marked up as he did best of those coming off the pace and also the ground was faster than he likes. Good ground suits him ideally and with a little rain forecast on Friday conditions should be perfect for him, with Silvestre De Sousa renewing the partnership another plus.

His stablemate Dakota Gold and Amanda Perrett’s Open Wide are feared most of his rivals.

Betting Tip: @ Holmeswood @ 13/2 with ladbrokes

All odds were correct at time of posting.

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