Doing Fine can give Rebecca Curtis a winner on Day One

Back Doing Fine each-way for National Hunt Chase


Doing Fine

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Betting Tip: Doing Fine @ 14/1 with skybet

This race is starting to lose its reputation for producing shocks following a change in conditions, so it might pay to not look too far down the betting list for the winner. That said, it’s hard to ignore the chances of a couple of British-trained runners in Cogry and Doing Fine, who finished first and second respectively at Warwick last month.

Just a neck separated the pair at the Midlands venue, where the going was testing, and better ground at Cheltenham would be in favour of the runner-up. Trained by Rebecca Curtis, who saddled 2012 winner Teaforthree, Doing Fine won at the first time of asking over fences at Ffos Las in October, getting the better of Carole’s Destrier by a neck. That looks very good form now as the second has gone on to greater things and is rated 152, while you can ignore his next two runs in November and December as the stable were struggling for winners during that time. Out of decent staying mare Howaya Pet (placed in the Irish National), he should get the trip doing handsprings. Thunder And Roses needs to jump better than he did last time but he’s another dour stayer who will be finishing stronger than most.

A lot of punters steer clear of this race but it’s becoming easier to find the winner (three of the last four favourites have obliged) and the credentials of Sego Success look rock-solid, However, for the reasons given above, the vote goes to DOING FINE, who looks a cracking each-way bet.

Betting Tip: Doing Fine @ 14/1 with skybet

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