Doncaster tips and Friday’s racing preview

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Majeyda may be returning from a lengthy absence, but she appears the class act in the 32Red Fillies’ Conditions Stakes at Wolverhampton.

Charlie Appleby has made no secret of his desire to get a few runners qualified for All Weather Championships Finals day and this Fast Track qualifier offers Majeyda an ideal opportunity to book her ticket for the Good Friday card.

She has clearly had her issues, though, as she has not been sighted since finishing down the field in a Listed event at Royal Ascot back in June.

The Street Cry filly had been viewed as a Classic contender at the start of the season and she shaped with promise when third in the Nell Gwyn, beaten just half a length, before going on to tackle the 1000 Guineas.

She was far from disgraced in being beaten just over four lengths in sixth by Miss France, which made her Ascot run all the more disappointing, in some respects.

Majeyda still boasts a mark of 103, though, which puts her upwards of 7lb higher than all of her rivals and well treated under the conditions of the race.

Paul Nicholls pitches Saphir Du Rheu straight into Grade Two company as he makes the switch to fences in the Fuller’s London Pride Novices’ Chase at Newbury.

The five-year-old made excellent progress over hurdles last term, winning at Sandown before going on to lift the ultra-competitive Lanzarote Hurdle and finally the Welsh Champion Hurdle.

However, his exertions perhaps told when he ran down the field in the National Spirit Hurdle at Fontwell on his final start, finding nothing under pressure and being beaten as a 2-5 favourite.

Saphir Du Rheu always looked the type who would excel over larger obstacles in due course and he can prove that impression to be correct in this two-and-a-half-mile heat.

Zaidiyn is well thought of by Brian Ellison and can continue on the upward curve in the Massarellas Centenary Novices’ Hurdle at Doncaster.

As a half-brother to Zaynar and Zaidpour, he certainly has the pedigree to make a big impact in the National Hunt sphere and he thoroughly impressed with his six-length win at Bangor on his jumps bow.

He made a couple of minor jumping errors that day but still won with plenty in hand and looks a classy recruit.

* Selections -

Doncaster: 12.15 Smiles For Miles, 12.45 Zaidiyn, 1.20 Free Thinking, 1.55 Orby’s Man, 2.30 Big Water, 3.05 Seas Of Green, 3.35 Magnimity.

Dundalk: 6.10 Boom The Groom, 6.40 Rightway, 7.10 Love Rosie, 7.40 Art Scene, 8.10 Nedera, 8.40 Halarath, 9.10 Minot Street.

Musselburgh: 12.05 Silver Vogue, 12.35 Style Setter, 1.10 Things Change, 1.45 Mount Haven, 2.20 Ballycool, 2.55 De Chissler, 3.25 Masirann.

Newbury: 12.25 Karezak, 12.55 Comeoninger, 1.30 Call The Cops, 2.05 Saphir Du Rheu, 2.40 Lamool, 3.15 Thomas Brown, 3.45 Great Try.

Wolverhampton: 3.55 Coursing, 4.25 Simply Black, 4.55 Jolly Red Jeanz, 5.25 John Reel, 5.55 MAJEYDA (NAP), 6.25 Al Muheer, 6.55 Lucky Lodge, 7.25 Almanack.

Double: Majeyda and Saphir Du Rheu.