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Sir Pitt can finally break his duck over hurdles at Doncaster according to our sportinglife.com racing team.
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Sir Pitt - 1.10 Doncaster
Doncaster have performed their usual trick of producing better ground than is available across most of the rest of the country and been rewarded with some decent fields for their interesting midweek card this afternoon.
Furthermore, in agreeing to accept annual members' badges from other tracks that have seen their racing washed away in recent days as being valid for admission, they're also showing that they know how to generate some inexpensive goodwill from racegoers too.
Nesterenko was impressive in a decent contest last time and might have been my selection in the second race, but he's hardly a generous price given that he has thrown his chance away by racing too keenly in the past and it's far from impossible that his old habits might return if the early pace isn't sufficiently quick.
Instead, I'm putting up Sir Pitt in the following contest at 1310, the second division of the 1stsecuritysolutions.co.uk Maiden Hurdle. Indeed I've already backed him and, by my fairly lowly standards, had a few quid on.
A useful performer on the Flat, his prospects early on in his hurdling career were hampered by the fact that he doesn't like really soft ground and found it hard to adjust to the slower pace of hurdling.
But when conditions came right, he produced an unexpected career-best to finish fifth in the Triumph Hurdle behind Zarkandar and anything like a repeat of that should be good enough to see him make favourite Act Alone - a decent bumper performer without looking exceptional - work very hard on his hurdling debut.
Obviously things haven't gone well for Sir Pitt in the last couple of seasons. His former trainer Alison Thorpe quit the game, then one run for Andy Hobbs after a year off offered fairly little encouragement.
But his owner has kept the faith and a first start for Peter Bowen at Ffos Las yielded a great deal of promise before his lack of peak fitness on the testing ground showed on the run-in.
It's taken a while, but Sir Pitt is ready to finally break his duck over hurdles today.