Doncaster 2.35 (Portland) tips – D’Leau to make a big splash

Doncaster 2.35 (Portland) tips - D'Leau to make a big splash

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Soie D'leau

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Betting Tip: Soie D'leau @ 16/1 with bet365

As usual, this is ultra competitive with 22 set to go to post. The class act amongst them is Double Up who represents last year’s winning stable and deserves serious respect now dropping back into handicap company after not being totally disgraced in the Group 1 Nunthorpe last time, although he’s 7lb higher than for his last success at this level and may be vulnerable to a better handicapped rival.

There are several who might fit that bill, but none appeal more than the Kristin Stubbs-trained SOIE D’LEAU, who has been progressive over the last two seasons and is coming off a career-best at Haydock last Saturday, when holding off Confessional in a tight finish. That was on soft ground, so the forecast rain is no worry, and it was a just reward for what looked an unlucky defeat at Sandown previously. He doesn’t quite get home over 6f as he showed when fading into seventh (of 28) in the Stewards’ Cup consolation race, and this intermediate trip is probably ideal for him. His small stable has sent out just eight winners in 2016, but half of those have come on the last fortnight and that clinches the each-way bet at bet365’s 16/1, with five places up for grabs.

The aforementioned Confessional is slightly better off with the selection, so he should again be on the premises, while JUDICIAL won quite cosily over this trip at Chester last time and looks to be on the upgrade. Julie Camacho’s four-year-old likes to be dropped in off a strong pace, which is guaranteed here, so it’s hard to resist a little each-way on him too at 18/1 with the Stoke-based firm.

Betting Tip: Soie D'leau @ 16/1 with bet365

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