Racing at Doncaster - stats and tips from Racing Post expert ahead of Friday meeting

Over £81,000 in prize money is on offer at Doncaster for day one of their two-day Sky Bet Chase meeting on Friday.

Thursday, 23rd January 2020, 8:49 pm
Updated Thursday, 23rd January 2020, 8:49 pm
Doncaster Racecourse. Picture: Marie Caley

The action includes a cracking Listed event and a valuable handicap chase.

Racing at Town Moor gets underway at 12.40pm and finishes at 3.55pm.

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Barbury Castle trainer Alan King is the leading trainer at Doncaster in the last five seasons, saddling 23 winners from 111 winners, an impressive 21% strike-rate.

He looks to have leading claims in the £20,000 Listed Sky Bet Fillies’ Juvenile Hurdle (2.25pm) with the progressive Midnights’ Gift.

The four-year-old has won two of her three starts over hurdles and chased home the hugely exciting Marie’s Rock in Listed company at Taunton last time.

This trip and flat track should suit, whilst she is unbeaten with Tom Cannon aboard.

Chief amongst the opposition is Nigel Hawke’s progressive Guardia Top.

The four-year-old has a high cruising speed and has won three of her last five starts, as she aims to provide her Devon trainer with a second victory on Town Moor.

Following the news that champion jockey Richard Johnson broke his arm in a fall at Exeter earlier this week, Brian Hughes has become odds-on favourite to win a first champion jockey title.

He has a number of good rides at Doncaster on Friday, a track at which he has ridden 11 winners at during the last five seasons.

In the feature £30,000 Sky Bet Best Odds Guaranteed Handicap Chase, Hughes partners the progressive Hawk High, who has filled the runner-up spot on his last three runs.

Trained by Tim Easterby, who is enjoying a 14% strike-rate in the last 14 days, he has leading claims in a wide-open 12-runner contest.

The pick of Hughes’ other rides looks to be Pogue in the opening £8,035 Handicap Chase (12.40pm) for trainer Donald McCain.

The seven-year-old has finished runner-up in his last four starts, but looms genuine and off his current mark, has hopes in this event.

Seven Barrows maestro Nicky Henderson is always worth following at Doncaster and he has a couple of interesting novice hurdlers on the card.

In the 1.15pm, he runs newcomer Glynn who was bought for £85,000 in April following a point-to-point victory, whilst France De Reve runs in the 2.55pm.

The five-year-old is owned by JP McManus and finished second on her latest start at Taunton.

This race looks a winnable opportunity for the daughter of Lord Du Sud.

Selections for Friday’s racing at Doncaster

12.40pm Sky Bet Britain's Most Popular Online Bookmaker Novices' Handicap Chase (2m 3f)

Tip: Pogue

1.15pm Sporting Life EBF "National Hunt" Maiden Hurdle

Tip: Glynn

1.50pm Sky Bet Best Odds Guaranteed Handicap Chase

Tip: Hawk High

2.25pm Sky Bet Fillies' Juvenile Hurdle (Listed Race)

Tip: Midnights’ Gift

2.55pm First Race Special On Sky Bet Tomorrow Novices' Hurdle

Tip: France De Reve

3.25pm Enter Itv7 Tonight Novices' Handicap Hurdle

Tip: Wakool

3.55pm Sky Bet Extra Places Every Day Handicap Hurdle

Tip: Who’s In The Box

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