4.25 Doncaster: Class 3 Handicap, 7f
Favourite Shared Quality looks to be in with a major chance. He was a shade unlucky on his seasonal reaperrance in a hot race over 6f but finished well. The step up to 7f should suit. He has form on soft ground too. Only concern is that he is now 10lb higher than his last win. I missed the big early prices and he is now too short for me. Says he’s one to take on with two well overpriced alternatives in this field.
Twin Appeal: Still generally lightly raced, was progressive as a three year old. Won two races and placed in two more. Has been back off a long break last month at Ayr. He didn’t quite get the run of the race but wasn’t beaten up in the closing stages when the bird was flown. He finished a fine 4th in this competitive handicap eventually. Best form is on quick ground but he finished a close runner-up on heavy in the past, so soft conditions may not be a problem today. —
11/1 William Hill – 5pts Win
Athletic: Hasn’t shown anything in two starts this season. But he looks a mad price, given that he slipped further in the mark to a handy 89. He was only a neck beaten in a better race off 96 last season and subsequently confirmed that with two more good performances. He is a 7f specialist who loves the mud, so conditions are very much in his favour today. 3lb claimer Danny Brock is competent and well worth his allowance. With conditions to suit and a drop in class today, Athletic could easily outrun his big price tag. —
25/1 William Hill – 5pts Win