BetVictor: Doncaster preview - Saturday, August 16

Doncaster Racecourse
Doncaster Racecourse

There’s an excellent Saturday card on Town Moor with the seven furlong handicap the feature, won by Mark Johnston’s filly Shebebi last term, and King Torus (4.15) taken to follow-up his recent course and distance for Ruth Carr and James Sullivan.

The 6-y-o was a G2 scorer as a 2-y-o and whilst losing his way in his final few months with the Richard Hannon yard, he has since become a revelation since joining Carr, winning two of his last three starts.

Last month’s success at the track has already been franked with the third and fifth winning on their next start and that he bettered that further when sixth in the hugely competitive International Handicap at Ascot. He remains in good form and the one to beat.

The sprint handicap on the card looks just as competitive and Jamaican Bolt likely to be popular, always knocking on the door and undoubtedly handicapped to run a big race. Robert Cowell has the pair of Normal Equilibrium and Iffranesia and both warrant respect with the trainer’s reputation as a ‘Sprint King’ however Oh So Sassy (4.50) gets the nod for the team of Chris Wall and George Baker.

Baker chooses the filly over stable-mate Pearl Blue, coming out on 5lb better terms after last month’s run at Newmarket. The selection was second at the track last season and boasts some very useful form in sprint handicaps, winning at both 5f and 6f. She should remain competitive from an unrevised mark of 90, with the stable in red-hot form.

Derbyshire was disappointing when a beaten favourite over course and distance last month and whilst it would be no surprise to see Kevin Ryan’s charge spring back to life with the headgear off, he is overlooked for Luca Cumani’s’ Pleasant Valley (5.25) and Shane Kelly in the plate.

The filly was progressive through maidens eventually shedding the tag at the fourth time of asking two weeks ago when easily getting the better of Jeremy Noseda’s 500,000 guineas filly Shama’s Crown. The pair pulled clear of the field and whilst the handicapper has given her a chance leaving her unchanged on a mark of 78, the daughter of Shamardal can prove him wrong in style, landing a nice pot along the way.

Nanton would be a popular winner in the lucky last although Tim Easterby and Rachel Richardson have formed a habit of farming these apprentice handicaps and Prophesy (6.00) is worth a chance well-drawn in stall one.

The 5-y-o has improved on all six starts this term including beaten just three lengths last time out at Redcar. The selection has plundered down the weights to a career low of 67 and he can capitalise under the excellent Richardson, who is terrific value for her 3lb claim.

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