Aintree set for a Noble Gesture

  • By: Man On The Spot
  • Last Updated: October 26 2012, 15:29 BST

14.00 Doncaster: Racing Post iPad App Handicap

Noble Prince: Can land the Old Roan Chase

Marshgate Lane sports the first colours of the Godolphin trio and will appreciate the return to soft ground. Sirvino has both trip and going in his favour as he looks to end a long losing run while the likes of Royal Peculiar and Fulgur remain open to further improvement off their current marks. Bridle Belle and Party Line are others capable of making their presence felt and Lady Kashaan remains on the upgrade as shown by her latest win at Haydock. However, a speculative vote goes to another three-year-old in PROOFREADER who won on his racecourse debut in soft ground in June eased down. A host of subsequent winners finished behind him at Newmarket and there's a strong chance John Gosden's charge is ahead of the handicapper.

14.15 Newbury: Worthington's Whizz-Kidz Stakes (Registered As The Horris Hill Stakes)

Maxentius can boast the highest official rating though he's been beaten a couple of times in heavy ground and it's interesting his yard also run Yarmouth maiden winner Half A Person. Odooj sports the second colours of his owner as Paul Hanagan opts for the July Stakes winner Alhebayeb who finished last in the Prix Morny in August. The latter is trained by Richard Hannon, who has won two of the last three renewals and is also represented by GLEAN today. Ryan Moore's mount was no match for Havana Gold at Newmarket last time but might be up to landing this if handling the testing ground. Boomshackerlacker has won a Listed race in France and makes more appeal than Hasopop while Nottingham maiden winner Tawhid is clearly thought capable of much better.

14.30 Doncaster: Genting Casinos Levy Board Handicap

Steps had Secret Witness and Judge 'n Jury behind when winning last year's renewal. But he's 3lb higher today and a repeat may prove beyond him. Doc Hay won a Listed event at Ascot three weeks ago and beat several of today's opponents at York last month including CAPTAIN DUNNE. The latter looked much more like his old self when runner-up at York a fortnight ago, however and, 10lb lower than his latest win, Tim Easterby's sprinter looks set to run a big race in this. Kaldoun Kingdom and Jamaican Bolt have a bit to find with the selection on latest running and though Ballista remains in fine form, he'd prefer a faster surface along with Cheviot. A drop back to the minimum trip is a worry for the hat-trick-seeking Jack Dexter but York Glory could figure at his best.

14.45 Newbury: Worthington's Champion Shield Navigation Brewery Stakes (Registered As The St Simon Stakes)

HAWAAFEZ continued her good progress with a victory in the Cumberland Lodge at Ascot three weeks ago. She beat Camborne with the Godolphin pair Willing Foe and Songcraft further behind and Marcus Tregoning's filly may not have stopped improving yet. Harris Tweed has stronger form than both Fattsota and Black Spirit but the three-year-old Noble Mission looks a bigger danger on his fourth in the Great Voltigeur at York in August. The remainder have a bit to find on today's terms and are harder to fancy.

15.05 Doncaster: Racing Post Trophy

Aidan O'Brien has won two of the last three renewals with Sir Nicholas Abbey and Camelot so the once-raced Kingsbarns has to come into the reckoning. Sent off odds-on for his debut at Navan, he duly obliged by seven lengths and could be anything. Trading Leather has yet to encounter soft ground but improved to land a Group 2 at Newmarket a fortnight ago. He beat the Richard Hannon-trained Montiridge on that occasion which gives the East Everleigh handler a good pointer to the chances of the unbeaten Van Der Neer, a conditions race winner at Leicester earlier this month. Steeler is a leading contender having won the Group 2 Royal Lodge at Newmarket in good style with Birdman back in fourth. But the latter had also earlier finished behind FIRST CORNERSTONE in the Futurity Stakes at the Curragh where Andy Oliver's colt won over 7f in testing ground. He'll relish this longer trip and should be bang there at the finish. Sir Patrick Moore will have to step up on his recent form in France to figure in this company.

15.15 Newbury: Betfair. Don't Settle For Less Radley Stakes

Momalorka has been running well in Group races without threatening to get her head in front. This looks a bit easier than her recent tasks but VICTRIX LUDORUM makes more appeal. She improves with every start and her latest victory in a valuable sales race in soft ground at Newmarket was her best effort yet. Trapeze is another progressive filly though she has some way to go to match the selection after winning a maiden at Yarmouth while Tantshi ran as though something was amiss when last in a Listed race having made a winning debut over 6f at this track. Steer By The Stars won a handicap at Catterick in good style last time and looks best of the remainder.

15.30 Aintree: Betfred Monet's Garden Old Roan Chase

Another cracking renewal of this Grade 2 handicap that's been won by the likes of Kauto Star, Monet's Garden and Albertas Run in recent years. Wishfull Thinking found life tough last season after a successful novice campaign and may struggle to give weight away to battle-hardened chasers like Nacarat and Gauvain. Pacha Du Polder is only a five-year-old but won three times over fences last season, though was already beaten when falling behind For Non Stop at Newbury in February. Nick Williams' charge would prefer an easier surface, however, while Hector's Choice has more to do than when winning at Cheltenham in April and he was behind Nacarat in the Racing Post Chase at Kempton earlier. NOBLE PRINCE was a big disappointment when pulled up in the Ryanair Chase at The Festival but has everything in his favour again here and is worth another chance.

15.45 Newbury: Bathwick Tyres Handicap

LAHAAG isn't the most straightforward and arguably would have won at York a fortnight ago if not for hanging left in the final furlong and getting beaten a head. Paul Hanagan will be ready for any such antics today and John Gosden's colt can make amends. He makes more appeal than stablemate Sunpass but the inconsistent Sir John Hawkwood is good enough to take this if in the mood. Little Rocky is more exposed and has an 8lb rise to contend with after scoring at Bath last time well ahead of Cool Macavity while Las Verglas Star is not the most reliable but capable on his day. Tigers Tale should be thereabouts again without looking good enough to win.