Friday racing preview: Popmaster bids to get back on song at Doncaster

Doncaster Racecourse stages the first of two consecutive days of action on Friday with a competitive seven-race card.

Thursday, 22nd April 2021, 2:21 pm
Jockeys make their way out from the weighing room at Doncaster Racecourse. Photo: Mike Egerton - Pool/Getty Images

The action gets underway at 1.05pm, with the finale at 4.30pm. We have previewed the pick of the action with stats and analysis.

The feature race of the day is the £11,500 Handicap at 2.15pm over six furlongs. Popmaster won his first two career starts and has run with promise in two subsequent runs since. The three-year-old was an eyecatching second at Pontefract last time out and can progress again here. Seven Brothers won his first two starts last term, before finishing down the field at York in the Gimcrack Stakes on his final outing in 2020. He has been gelded since and is an interesting candidate here.

Army Of India was a dual winner last term and finished last in the Molecomb on his final run last term, whilst Red Fascinator has progressed with every run and looks capable of further improvement this term.

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Whenthedealisdone finished a good third behind a subsequent Listed winner at Salisbury last term and looks another likely to take a step forward this term along with top-weight Victory Heights who looked in need of the run when fifth on his reappearance at Lingfield on All-Weather Finals Day.

Tinochio, well-beaten in a valuable Listed event at Redcar in October and Shark Two One, who finished fourth at Doncaster in the Listed Doncaster Stakes on Town Moor in October, complete the eight runners.

Elsewhere on the card, five runners go to post in the £9,250 five-furlong Handicap (1.40pm). Autumn Flight is unbeaten in two starts on the All-Weather this term and is a danger if transferring that form back to the flat. His main danger looks to be the 11-year-old Secretinthepark who shaped with plenty of promise at Newmarket in a better race than this last time.

Son And Sannie was unplaced on his return at Musselburgh and needs to improve to play a leading role here. Powerallied and Tanasoq complete the quintet.

The other feature contest of the day is the £9,250 Handicap over 10 furlongs at 2.50pm. Top-weight is Side Shot for John and Thady Gosden who bids to back up a good second on his return to action at Kempton in March. Second on turf last term at Newmarket, he looks capable of taking a step forward this term.

Taravara ran a race full of promise when second at Nottingham on his debut for Clive Cox earlier this month and with normal improvement expected, he looks of interest along with Colonel Faulkner who was a beaten favourite at Musselburgh earlier this month over a mile.

Oceanline and Reams Of Love complete the quintet and need to take a big step forward to get involved here.

Doncaster selections

1.05pm Credence Star

1.40pm Secretinthepark

2.15pm Popmaster

2.50pm Side Shot

3.25pm Sashenka

4.00pm Molly Shaw

4.30pm Frow

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