Victor Chandler: Zain Eagle one to watch at Doncaster

Doncaster Racecourse
Doncaster Racecourse

A fantastic two days racing start at Doncaster tomorrow, with Saturday’s feature 0.95 mile handicap attracting 29 entries and some very talented animals.

Zain Eagle (7.35) is making his debut for Robert Cowell after leaving disgraced trainer Gerard Butler and looks a fascinating contender, bidding to follow up success at the track last season.

The danger looks to be Ansaab, who was a game scorer at Pontefract last week. Alan McCabe’s 4-y-o was well punted that day and looks potentially chucked in from a 2lb higher mark.

Richard Hughes looks set to return and is booked to ride boss Richard Hannon’s Monsea (7.05), chasing the hat trick in the mile handicap after wins last term at Haydock and Kempton.

The well-bred Manduro colt made light work of his opening mark of 85 on handicap debut at Kempton over seven furlongs and should improve with age and with a trip.

His revised mark of 90 looks very fair with the form of his debut at Ascot in particular working out especially well.

On Friday, James Fanshawe’s progressive sprinter Green Money (4.35) can make his seasonal beau a winning one, in the closing five furlong handicap. The 4-y-o has been a revelation since sent handicapping, winning three of his last four starts including winning well over course and distance last season. He looks well treated from a 5lb higher mark for his win last time out at Yarmouth.

Moviesta won last season’s six furlong handicap en route to success in the G2 King George Stakes at Glorious Goodwood and a similar future could be in store for William Haggas’ Zaraee (3.25) who fits a similar profile and is likely to have Paul Hanagan in the plate. The 3-y-o impressed in wins at Haydock and Chester under Hanagan and despite disappointing on his two runs on Town Moor, is taken to bounce back in his first foray into handicap company.

In the Championship, Doncaster Rovers have two difficult games to stay up, hosting Reading at the Keepmoat before travelling to Leicester on the last day of the season. BetVictor make Reading 5/4 favourites, Donny 21/10 and the draw 5/2.

Yeovil and Barnsley now look down and out, with both sides 1/1000 and 1/50 on respectively to go down. Relegation prices: Blackpool 5/4, Doncaster 11/4, Millwall 7/2, Birmingham 5/1 and 12/1 Bar.