The quality on show isn’t great, but that hasn’t stopped Lewis Jones going in search of some Saturday value at Doncaster. He’s found a 10/1 shot to go to war with….
As Saturday’s go, today is one of the low key days. Everyone now seems to be purely focused on the Cheltenham Festival which starts next Tuesday and it’s unsurprising that the quality of fields at Newbury and Doncaster have suffered as a consequence.
The make-up of the races at Newbury and Doncaster hardly are going to tempt many punters in today either. Most of the events are only paying two places each way and with the usual array of morning non-runners likely, that’s only going to make life more difficult.
However, one race has caught my attention and is worth having a dabble on from Doncaster. The William Hill Grimthorpe Chase at 3:30 looks a tasty race to approach from a betting perspective with many of the rivals likely to bowl out in front, which should set the race up for a dour stayer.
Step forward last year’s Scottish National winner, Godsmejudge, who is one of the best jumpers of a fence currently in training and will stay all day at Doncaster.
I’ve got to admit it, this horse is one of my favourites. Ever since he finished second in the Classic Chase at Warwick last season, I’ve followed him and it wasn’t a surprise when he scooted clear in the big one at Ayr in April.
Perhaps foolishly, I thought he may make up into a Graded performer this season over three miles as he jumps so fluently but handicaps look his bag and there still may be some juice to squeeze out of his handicap mark.
Alan King’s charge is now rated 148 after his wondrous campaign last year and although he hasn’t built on those performances yet, the signs for improvement are encouraging for today’s contest.
Something clearly wasn’t right last time out at Sandown when dropping away tamely but his run before at Cheltenham was riddled with promise, jumping brilliantly from the front before fading in the final stages to finish fourth behind Alvarado in a decent race for the grade.
If back in that mood, he’s a big player in a race that is likely run to suit. Get on with a two points each-way stake.
Profit & Loss Record: Staked: 319pts Returned: 300.62pts P/L: -18.38pts
(Cheltenham ante post book: 2pts West Wizard in Supreme Novices Hurdle 8/1 & 1pts EW Harry Topper in Gold Cup 50/1 & 2pts EW Corrin Wood in RSA Chase 16/1 & 1pt Boston Bob in World Hurdle 11/1 & 2pts Felix Yonger in Arkle Chase & 1pt EW on Kid Cassidy in Champion Chase & 2pts EW on Oscar Whisky in JLT Chase)
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