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Doncaster Racing Tips: Groundbreaker should take all the beating

Timeform’s Adam Houghton highlights a NAP, Next Best and Each-Way selection at Doncaster on Saturday.

“Groundbreaker remains with potential now stepping up to a mile and a quarter, particularly if settling better in a first-time hood.”

NAP: Ground-breaking selection

Groundbreaker – 16:10 Doncaster

Groundbreaker showed plenty of ability when last seen filling the runner-up spot at Kempton in December, racing freely in the early stages but sticking to his task well under pressure to pass the post just a head behind the winner. That form sets the standard in this line-up and Groundbreaker remains with potential now stepping up to a mile and a quarter, particularly if settling better in a first-time hood. Several interesting newcomers feature amongst the opposition, but Groundbreaker rates by far the most solid proposition as he tries to open his account at the third attempt for Andrew Balding, who won this maiden with Bangkok in 2019.

EXC1.13

Trainer: Andrew Balding
Jockey: David Probert
Age: 3
Weight: 9st 5lbs
OR:

NEXT BEST: Diligent Harry holds obvious claims

Diligent Harry – 13:50 Doncaster

Diligent Harry had valid excuses when last seen finishing down the field in the Bengough Stakes at Ascot in October, the soft going clearly not playing to the strengths of a horse who has done all his winning up to now on the all-weather. He developed into a smart performer on that surface during the first half of 2021, winning three times and producing an even better effort in defeat when third in the Chipchase Stakes at Newcastle. Crucially, Diligent Harry also showed his effectiveness on turf in the Hackwood Stakes at Newbury, when beaten just a neck behind Happy Romance, and a repeat of that form will give him every chance now back on better ground in this listed contest.

SBK9/4

EXC3.4

Trainer: Clive Cox
Jockey: Adam Kirby
Age: 4
Weight: 9st 8lbs
OR:

EACH-WAY: Mitigator could have more to offer

Mitigator – 17:16 Doncaster

Mitigator was gambled on and duly regained the winning thread on his latest outing at Kempton, just needing to be driven out to land the spoils by a length. That was only his third start for the Patrick Leech stable (formerly trained by Lydia Pearce) and the manner of that victory suggests he retains most of his old ability despite spending 826 days on the sidelines before returning this year. Still unexposed beyond a mile, Mitigator could even have a bigger effort in the locker and a 3 lb rise in the weights for his Kempton victory is unlikely prove beyond him somewhere down the line.

EXC1.23

Trainer: Patrick Leech
Jockey: Tyler Heard
Age: 6
Weight: 9st 7lbs
OR: 62

Saturday 26 March, 1.50pm

Market rules

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Lay
Garrus

Diligent Harry

Bielsa

Mondammej

Mo Celita

Volatile Analyst

Justanotherbottle

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Saturday 26 March, 4.10pm

Market rules

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Lay
Groundbreaker

Almuhit

General Idea

Togai

Surrey Knight

Seal Of Solomon

Battani

Dizzy Ed

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Saturday 26 March, 5.16pm

Market rules

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Lay
Carter Cowboy

Mitigator

Invincible Soldier

Lord Torranaga

Pips Tune

Zambezi Magic

Dynakite

Straitouttacompton

Gold Standard

Masque Of Anarchy

Alpine Sierra

Wots The Wifi Code

Firewater

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