Tips and analysis for Friday’s meeting at Doncaster

Doncaster Racecourse stages the first of two consecutive days of racing on Friday with a seven-race card on Town Moor.

Thursday, 4th March 2021, 2:26 pm
Doncaster Races. Photo: Tim Goode - Pool/Getty Images

The action gets underway at 2.15pm, with the finale at 5.35pm. We have previewed the action with stats and analysis.

One of the feature races of the afternoon is the £12,200 Handicap Chase at 3.25pm. Top-weight Ravenhill Road boasts plenty of smart form for Sue Smith and has undergone wind surgery since his latest start when a creditable third at Wetherby on Boxing Day. A reproduction on the pick of his form will see him go close here.

Pogue is a course and distance winner for Donald McCain and has shaped with encouragement in two runs this term. A good second at the track last time, she also benefits from a mares’ allowance here and has to be of interest under champion jockey Brian Hughes. Others who warrant a mention include Master Work who scored for the second time over fences at Taunton in December and Purdhomme who scored by a neck at Doncaster on his latest outing.

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Elsewhere on the card, the £5,800 Novices’ Hurdle (2.50pm) looks another fascinating event featuring Gylo who was purchased for 40,000gns and bids to get off the mark at the second time of asking over hurdles. He won a jumpers’ bumper on his latest start and looks a likely player. Timberman has shaped well in two jumpers’ bumpers for Fergal O’Brien and is another capable of being a leading player along with Mad Barry who shaped well when third on hurdling debut at Chepstow in October.

Elsewhere, the Mares’ National Hunt Novices’ Hurdle (4.00pm), Aggy With It bids to defy top-weight for Dan Skelton. She returned to form when winning a jumpers’ bumper at Kempton and will be suited by ground conditions. Docte Dino is another mare coming into the race on the back of success in a jumpers’ bumper at Lingfield.

However, the one of interest is the Nicky Henderson-trained Fantastic Lady who fell last time out when in the lead and should go close if none the worse for that mishap in what looks a fascinating event.

The other £12,200 event on the card (5.35pm) is a Veterans’ Handicap Chase in which Ozzy Thomas is a leading contender following a strong third at Uttoxeter last time. Aubusson, a winner at Lingfield in December and Twojayslad, successful on his last two starts are others to note.

Doncaster selections

2.15pm Golden Robin

2.50pm Gylo

3.25pm Master Work

4.00pm Saturn N Silk

4.30pm Bootlegger

5.05pm Heart Of A Lion

5.35pm Aubusson

Tips and analysis via Betting Expert