DONNACHA DELIVERS A BREATH OF FRESH AIR
Doncaster 1.45 – BREATH OF AIR was impressive last time out and the booking of Donnacha O’Brien today is eye catching.
He clearly came forward from his debut run where he was quite disappointing to then beat a next time out winner by three lengths at Newbury.
Cheltenham 2.00 – I’m drawn to the bottom half of the field here because I think carrying a low weight could be key today.
I’m glad Paul Nicholls gave BRAQUER D’OR a break throughout the summer as it is the first time in a long time that he had a sustained period off the track. It would have been tempting for Nicholls to pick up a few summer chases with him but his patience can be rewarded today as this race looks made for him.
Newbury 2.20 – I’m very much looking forward to seeing YOUNG RASCAL run again today. William Haggas rates this horse very highly and deemed him good enough to run in a Derby. It was too much for him on the day but he bounced back after a good break last time out. He should come on plenty for that and should take this before going onto better things next year.
Cheltenham 2.25 – With the omission of We Have A Dream this race could well be at the mercy of REDICEAN (NAP). Alan King won this two years ago with a smart horse and he has laid the selection out for today. It has long been the plan and the good ground should see him in a much better light rather than the soft ground he encountered in the Triumph.
Newbury 2.50 – This is wide open and I’m not convinced the bookies have got it right putting the Channon horse in as a short price favourite. He won very well on debut but that was pretty soft ground and much softer than what he will encounter today. I was impressed with ALMUFTI’s return at Kempton and is a decent horse in his own right. Jason Watson takes the ride and at 11/1 he rates a serious each way bet.
Cheltenham 3.10– This is a tight little race where all runners are closely matched. I’m taking a punt on TOMMY SILVER who perhaps shown his best yet over fences. Harry Cobden is riding well at the moment and I think he might hunt them around before producing him late.
Doncaster 3.25 –I could make a case for a few here but I can’t ignore EAST STREET REVUE at 28/1. Tim Easterby’s charge will virtually be running loose with 7’10 on his back as Robert Dodsworth takes a handy 7lbs off. He has been in fine fettle this year and seems to enjoy a big field.
Cheltenham 3.45 – It doesn’t get any easier as this Pertemps qualifier presents the bookies with another opportunity to take our cash. I’m sticking with my low weight game plan and plumping for REEJAH. Nigel Hawke’s mare won very well here in April. She’s in a bit deeper here but she could be progressive and offers value at 20/1.
Doncaster 4.05 – The final Group 1 of the year and the move on Aidan O’Brien’s well fancied favourite has already began.
However, Mr O’Brien hasn’t quite had the rub of the green this year and I’m looking elsewhere. Turgenev looks a smart horse and will cap a wonderful season for John Gosden but he too is plenty short enough.
I was very impressed with RAAKIB ALHAWA’s debut run where he dispatched of a good field with the minimum of fuss.
These progenies of Kingman are capable of anything and although Andrea Atzeni may have to pick up his whip today, I do expect another big run.