CHELTENHAM has been rained off, but Doncaster keeps the show on the road with a top card.
Our man Jack Keene has picked out his best bets on ITV and is hoping to fire in a couple of big-priced winners.
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Thank God for Doncaster. There are some proper bets to be had at Town Moor – Shishkin NAP. Only kidding.
The Yorkshire Rose Mares' Hurdle has attracted a small but select field, and MARIE'S ROCK (2.05 Doncaster) looks the bet.
She looked a very exciting prospect last season and she was right at the top of the betting for the mares' novice at Cheltenham before she suffered a stress fracture and was forced to miss the Festival.
She was undoubtedly Nicky Henderson's first string going into the Gerry Fielden at Newbury – a race eventually won by Floressa – but she was too keen and had a rough trip when a beaten favourite.
That was her first run since a wind op – second time out can often be the time to catch horses after having their breathing tinkered with – and she sports a first-time tongue tie today.
The ground was probably a little lively for her at Newbury, too, as she sluiced through the mud to win at Haydock and Taunton last year.
You can forgive any horse one poor run, especially after a lay-off, and she if she can bounce back on her favoured ground she will take a bit of stopping.
Alan King has had his team in cracking form this winter, and CANELO (3.15 Doncaster) can bag him another big pot in the Sky Bet Chase.
He was a touch over four lengths behind the favourite Cap Du Nord at Newbury in November, staying on for a never-nearer second place conceding 18lb.
He went on to bag the Rowland Meyrick at Wetherby on Boxing Day, travelling nicely and finding plenty on the run-in to beat the talented mare Snow Leopardess.
He is a horse who thrives in soft ground, and the testing ground at Doncaster, plus a 6lb swing in the weights, can help him turn the tables on Cap Du Nord.
That rival is 0-10 on ground slower than Good to Soft. Granted, the form of his second to Royale Pagaille is excellent, but he's never been a soft ground horse and he has to be taken on.
Canelo is still on the up and he can bag the big one.
Saturday selections (advised odds correct at time of writing)
2.05 Doncaster – Marie's Rock 1pt WIN @ 9-4
3.15 Doncaster– Canelo 2pts WIN @ 6-1
- (Column started August 6) rolling P&L: +20.3pts
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