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Don­caster 1.30 - The ac­tion is a mix­ture be­tween Flat and Jumps and we start with our Flat cap on and a tricky fil­lies race to pick apart.

I have been re­ally im­pressed with Fond­est this sea­son as she is a fair horse on soft ground but I’m wor­ried it might not be soft enough for her.

Through­out the card there are a few Ir­ish raiders and Der­mot Weld’s, BONA FIDE catches the eye here off a mark of 88. I’m sure there aren’t too many daugh­ters of Frankel rated be­low 90 and an un­ex­posed filly like this one could be well ahead of her mark. Weld wouldn’t be bring­ing her over for the day out. Win­can­ton 1.50 - A com­pet­i­tive mares event and I ex­pect IF YOU SAY RUN to be a warm favourite. Paul Nicholls’ mare pro­gressed nicely last year and wouldn’t have been at home in the tacky ground that she faced so of­ten. With the ground cur­rently good to firm at Win­can­ton I ex­pect her to put her turn of foot to good use.

Don­caster 2.05 - If the forecast show­ers turn the ground on the soft side I will be back­ing DONJUAN TRIUMPHANT to gain a de­served suc­cess. An­drew Bald­ing’s charge will ap­pre­ci­ate the re­turn to a lower grade al­though he has proven he be­longs on the top ta­ble with ad­mirable runs in the Sprint Cup and the Cham­pi­ons Sprint. Win­can­ton 2.25 - The good ground will suit BAGS GROOVE as he bids to dou­ble his tally over fences. Harry Fry was al­ways mark­ing time with this horse over hur­dles but he be­came a tidy hur­dler and ran some fine races. I was might­ily im­pressed with his win last time out as I think the form is bet­ter than it looks and if he can progress again he must have a se­ri­ous chance of dou­bling up. Ain­tree 2.40 - This will be very much a prep run for a lot of these horses. A flat, gal­lop­ing track is a must for WAR­RIORS TALE and al­though he has to carry top weight I think he has a solid each way chance. He is only 4lb higher than when he ran Gold Present close at New­bury and only 2lb higher than when he nar­rowly got beat in the Sky­bet Chase at Don­caster. He tends to ap­pre­ci­ate a break be­tween his races so I’m hope­ful he can sur­prise a few to­day. Win­can­ton 3.00 - I be­lieve to­day is the day that IF THE CAP FITS (NAP) surges onto the Cham­pion Hur­dle scene. I was a keen fol­lower of Harry Fry’s horse last year and al­though he missed Spring tar­gets due to in­jury he was sim­ply too good to risk. It may have been a bless­ing in dis­guise as he now has an­other year on his back which makes him a dif­fer­ent propo­si­tion when run­ning in these big races. Noel Fe­hily has the ut­most con­fi­dence in him and I’m ex­cited to see what he pro­duces to­day.

Don­caster 3.15 - I’m go­ing back to the BAYDAR (NB) well in the hope he can fi­nally cash in on his le­nient mark. He has dropped to a very handy mark com­pared to what he was rated at his best and has put in some fine ef­forts with­out win­ning. This has led to much frus­tra­tion for my­self and Ian Wil­liams as we both know he is good enough to be win­ning of this mark. He gets in here with a lovely weight and top jockey An­drea Atzeni takes the ride which is a huge sig­nal of in­tent. I ad­vise a big each way bet. Win­can­ton 3.35 - It is a big risk tip­ping EL BAN­DIT af­ter so long off the track but you get the im­pres­sion he may have been laid out for this and that he won’t be run­ning off 139 for much longer. A very smart stay­ing hur­dler, he made a good im­pres­sion on his chase de­but 543 days ago and should now ex­cel over fences.

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