Racing at Doncaster - stats and tips from Racing Post expert ahead of Saturday's Sky Bet Chase meeting

It’s super Saturday at Doncaster with a stellar seven-race card taking stage on Town Moor.

By The Newsroom
Friday, 24th January 2020, 7:45 pm
Updated Friday, 24th January 2020, 7:52 pm
Doncaster Racecourse.
Doncaster Racecourse.

The £100,000 Sky Bet Chase is the feature along with a cracking undercard which features the return of Lady Buttons to her beloved Doncaster.

With over £233,000 in prize money on offer, it promises to be a brilliant day of action and the Racing Post have got your every move covered with tips, analysis, trends and stats for every contest.

The action gets underway at 12.20pm and culminates at 3.50pm. As promised here are those all important fancies:

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No horse has a love affair with Doncaster quite as much as popular mare Lady Buttons.

She is a course specialist on Town Moor, winning all four of her starts at the track, a quite remarkable statistic.

She returns hunting for more glory on Saturday in the £50,000 Grade Two Yorkshire Mares’ Hurdle (2.40pm), a contest she won last year.

The 10-year-old, who won 14 of her 31 career starts was success over fences at the track last month in a Listed contest and reverts back to hurdles for this assignment.

Her Yorkshire trainer Phil Kirby has enjoyed four winners in the last fortnight, a 14% strike-rate and she heads the betting for the two-mile event.

However, she faces a live contender from the Nicky Henderson yard in the shape of Floressa.

The five-year-old was an impressive winner at Newbury on her latest start and also is in receipt of 4lb from her main market rival.

Seven Barrows maestro Henderson has saddled 20 winners from 74 runners on Town Moor in the past five seasons, an impressive 27% and he will be hoping for more glory on Saturday.

Along with Floressa, he saddles the exciting Mister Fisher in the £35,000 Grade Two Lightning Novices’ Chase (12.55pm).

An impressive winner at Cheltenham on his latest start, he looks an exciting horse and can retain the winning thread.

Henderson also runs top-weight OK Corral and Burbank in the feature Listed £100,000 Sky Bet Handicap Chase.

OK Corral was an exciting novice last season, but has disappointed in two starts this season, whilst the latter looked potentially smart when careering away from his rivals to score by nine lengths at Newbury last time out.

Other runners of interest include the Alan King-trained trio Azzerti, Dingo Dollar and Good Man Pat. King landed back-to-back runnings of the three-mile event with Ziga Boy in 2016 & 2017 and he is the winning-most trainer at Doncaster overall in the last five seasons with 23 winners from 111 runners.

Azzerti is narrowly the preferred pick of his trio, given his progressive profile, which included a creditable third in a competitive Listed handicap chase at Ascot in December, however Dingo Dollar cannot be overlooked given he is a course and distance winner and was not disgraced when a fine fifth in the Grade Three Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury in November.

The other Graded contest on the card is the £30,000 Grade Two Albert Bartlett River Don Novices’ Hurdle (2.05pm). Dan Skelton has enjoyed 13 victories at the track in the last five seasons and he saddles the unbeaten Boss Man Fred.

The six-year-old has looked a classy operator in three starts over hurdles and was a course and distance winner at the track in December, bolting up by nine lengths.

Doncaster tips:

12.20pm Hilton Garden Inn Doncaster Handicap Hurdle 2m 3f 88y SKY

Tip: Bbold

12.55pm Napoleons Casino & Restaurant Owlerton Sheffield Lightning Novices' Chase (Grade 2) 2m 78y SKY

Tip: Mister Fisher

1.30pm Sky Bet Britain’s Most Popular Online Bookmaker Handicap Chase 2m 7f 214y SKY

Tip: Very First Time

2.05pm Albert Bartlett River Don Novices' Hurdle (Grade 2) 3m 84y SKY/ITV

Tip: Boss Man Fred

2.40pm Yorkshire Rose Mares' Hurdle (Grade 2) 2m 128y SKY/ITV

Tip: Lady Buttons

3.15pm Sky Bet Handicap Chase (Listed Race) SKY/ITV

Tip: Dingo Dollar

3.50pm British European Breeders Fund (EBF) Mares' Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race SKY

Tip: Kitty Hall

For live results and full racecards, check the Racing Post.