Saturday racing preview: Ryan Moore makes trip to Doncaster for twilight meeting
Doncaster Racecourse stages the second of two consecutive days of action with a twilight meeting on Saturday evening.
The eight-race card gets underway at 4.10pm and concludes at 8.00pm. We have previewed the pick of the action.
The feature race of the evening is the £11,500 Andrews Wedding Day Celebration Handicap (5.55pm) over 10 furlongs. Godolphin have made a sensational start to the season and Silent Hunter is a fascinating runner for Saeed bin Suroor. Ridden by champion jockey Oisin Murphy, the five-year-old has only had three career starts, but impressed when last seen at Newcastle in December when scoring by four and a half-lengths.
Ryan Moore also makes the trip to ride on Town Moor and partners Fierospeed who has been progressive on the All-Weather of late. Unbeaten in his last starts on a synthetic surface, the four-year-old needs to prove he can transfer that form to turf. Sir Michael Stoute saddles the unexposed Thibaan who was well-beaten at Yarmouth on his latest start, but had previously looked a nice prospect when scoring at Doncaster over this course and distance in August.
Wait Forever was sixth at Doncaster on his return to form and is capable of taking a step forward with that run under his belt, whilst the quintet are completed by Highwaygrey who shaped as if in need of the run when fourth to Arc hero Waldgeist’s brother Waldkonig at Pontefract last time out. He remains an interesting prospect dropped in grade.
Elsewhere on the card, the £9,250 Handicap (6.30pm) over 12 furlongs sees Sir Michael Stoute and Ryan Moore team up with Law Of One who is chasing a first success on turf. The four-year-old is related to Oaks heroine Light Shift and the son of Galileo was an easy winner at Wolverhampton in October. An opening handicap mark of 82 looks fair and he is of interest. A Star Above progressed well through the handicap ranks last season with two wins, before an excellent second at Glorious Goodwood. He was perhaps over the top when beaten at Ascot in September and looks capable of taking another step forward this term.
Squelch was a three-time winner last term and whilsr the five-year-old disappointed when beaten at Musselburgh in September, it is too early to write her off, given she boasts winning form over the course and distance on Town Moor. Sweet Celebration, fourth at Newcastle last time out and Byron Hill complete the five runners.
The £9,250 Fillies’ Handicap (7.30pm) is another interesting event which features the unexposed Quickstep Lady. A good second at Newmarket in September, she has shaped with promise on two starts on the All-Weather this term. She looks the pick of the six runners along with Angel Of The Glen, a dual winner on turf and a solid second on his comeback at Newcastle along with Gale Force Maya, who was fourth at Redcar last time out and open to more improvement.
The £5,800 Maiden Stakes (4.45pm) features €55,000 purchase Armor for Richard Hannon. The debutant is a son of No Nay Never and looks worth monitoring, whilst in the £8,050 Maiden Stakes at 5.20pm, Godolphin are doubly represented with Long Tradition, a four-year-old son of Shamardal and Chief Of Staff who are both making their racecourse debuts.
5.20pm Chief Of Staff
7.00pm Temple Lock
7.30pm Quickstep Lady
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