BetVictor: Doncaster preview - Friday, July 4

Doncaster Racecourse
Doncaster Racecourse

Duelling Dragon (2.20) was a beaten favourite on his first visit to a racetrack when only fifth on debut at Lingfield Park in February.

However, David Barron’s 3-y-o will likely be seen in a much better light on his turf debut.

The Henrythenavigator gelding travelled well before ultimately being out-paced with the step up in trip fancied to suit as should a gelding operation; if losing your proverbials won’t make you concentrate then nothing will!

Barron’s Jofranka (5.25) may not be an obvious candidate in the closing five furlong handicap.

However, the daughter of Paris House looks a progressive type who should thrive on Doncaster’s forecasted fast ground and Graham Gibbons back in the plate.

Despite being unplaced on all three starts thus far this term the filly needed a few runs under her a belt to get into tip-top shape last season; her form figured reading like a countdown - her first five runs of 2013 reading 54321.

Although she has been beaten on all three runs so far this term the filly has been well backed on all three runs and only beaten by a cumulative nine lengths; she looks a leading player from an unrevised mark of 76.

Jeremy Noseda’s Flawless Pink (3.25) is an unfashionable, yet inevitable selection for the fillies’ maiden over seven furlongs, bidding to follow up from an excellent second on debut at Lingfield behind William Haggas’s well supported Felwah.

The More than Ready filly will have to make her way across from stall thirteen but has no better jockey than the excellent Seb Sanders on board and is entitled to progress with the form of last month’s run already working out well.

Noseda can double up with Outback Traveller (4.00) in the seven furlong handicap with the 3-y-o getting 8lb from his elders.

The Bushranger colt made a pleasing reappearance when second at Lingfield on his return and built upon that further with an impressive win at Newmarket last month; he is a confident selection from just a 5lb higher mark.

I’m Harry is surely to be popular in the mile and a half handicap after George Baker’s 5-y-o recently racked up a five-timer however preference lay with Gambol (5.05) on just his second start in handicap company.

He showed promise in three maidens split six months apart and ran an excellent race tried at a mile and a half for the first time when chasing home subsequent scorer Thecornishcowboy at Beverley.

The Sheikh Hamdan owned gelding looks sure to go well and has recent G1 winning jockey George Baker in the plate for the first time to help his cause.

Punters looking for a nice shorty to get stuck into will probably have earmarked John Gosden’s Allegria (4.35) as the unfortunate horse to have their hard-earned on after impressing last time out at Haydock.

The Dalakhani filly made all to beat the smart pair of Button Down and Montbazon over a mile and a half in impressive fashion, indicating there was plenty more to come now handicapping.

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