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Phoenix Of Spain is reported to be thriving ahead of his bid for Group One glory at Doncaster - check out all the hot tips from the gallops.

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PHOENIX OF SPAIN (4.05 Doncaster)

Charlie Hills can take centre stage with a juvenile double on the last Group One weekend of the 2018 campaign at Doncaster on Saturday.

Phoenix Of Spain boasts some top class form and he can land the featured Vertem Futurity Trophy.

The Faringdon Place team have had to endure a somewhat indifferent season with the team often just out of sorts, but they have been in better nick over the past few weeks and the exploits of Phoenix Of Spain has done much to lift the gloom.

The powerful grey looked a smart sort when landing the Group Three Acomb Stakes at the York August meeting, and booked his place in this line-up with a very good second to Europe's best two-year-old Too Darn Hot in the Group Two Champagne Stakes at the Doncaster Leger meeting.

Everything has gone according to plan since that performance. There have been no hold ups, and he has been working impressively. He looks ready for the step up to the highest level, and the increase in distance, and he could prove the value bet to beat the likely favourite Magna Grecia.

Turgenev has done everything right at home since his Newmarket success but stablemate Kick On isn't to be ignored either, with some in the John Gosden camp preferring the big grey in this race.

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29-1OR: 111
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BREATH OF AIR (1.45 Doncaster)

Breath Of Air can reward the switch from his intended race at Newbury to Town Moor and kick off the meeting on the right note for Hills in the Listed Doncaster Stakes over six furlongs.

There were one or two long faces among the stable's followers when this son of Bated Breath was beaten six lengths at Salisbury on his debut, but he proved that performance to be well short of his real ability when he hosed up at Newbury on his only subsequent start.

His recent work suggests he should cope with the demands of the step up in class, and, even though connections believe he will get seven, he will have no problem sticking to this less demanding trip. Garrus could turn out to be the biggest danger with Frankie Dettori in the saddle for Jeremy Noseda.

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HAPPY POWER (2.15 Doncaster)

Happy Power can see off old rival Constant and win the Scott Dobson Memorial Nursery for Andrew Balding.

The pair met in what looked an ordinary novice at Hamilton over six furlongs, and Constant came out best in finishing second to subsequent Group winner East.

But things did not go right for Happy Power during the race, and time has shown he faced a very tough task in trying to concede 3lb to Karl Burke's juvenile, and a massive 11lb to the winner. Now with a 5lb pull, and over an extra furlong, he looks capable of reversing the form.

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28-9OR: 83BF
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CHAIRMANOFTHEBOARD (2.50 Newbury)

Chairmanoftheboard can see off the well-fancied Al Mufti in the Group Three Molson Coors Stakes at Newbury.

There was mega confidence behind this son of Slade Power on bis debut at Goodwood a couple of weeks ago and he delivered a very easy eight length win after cruising clear from the two furlong pole.

Although he lacks experience and is coming here pretty quickly from that debut effort, he won so easily he deserves to take his chance. The runner up, Sir Busker, had won his previous race from two highly rated juveniles from the Lambourn area at the September meeting here, and he should have no problem handling the ground.

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MAKTABBA (3.20 Newbury)

Maktabba is fancied to go close for William Haggas in the Conundrum Consulting Novice Stakes (Div II).

A son of Dansili out of the listed winner Mudaaraah, he has been showing plenty in his preparation for this debut effort, and he should want plenty of beating, despite some well regarded rivals in opposition.

He's narrowly preferred over Chelmsford third Muchly.

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GLANCE (3.55 Newbury)

Glance can make it two wins from four starts in the Listed Byerley Stud Stakes. Ralph Beckett knows plenty about this Dansili filly's family, and will know her dam was more than at home on ground Glance should experience here for the first time here.

Having beaten the useful Sunday Star on her second start at Goodwood, she did not appear to be at her best at Newmarket last time, when both Sunday Star, and the winner Mot Juste, who was also behind her at the Sussex course, finished well clear. She looks worth another chance.

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DUKHAN (4.30 Newbury)

Hugo Palmer's horses continue to impress in their skin and Dukhan shaped well enough at Ayr when last seen. He's spent a couple of months on the sidelines but resumes in Newbury's Georgie Busher 90th Birthday Handicap and looks a good bet under Jason Watson.

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38-6OR: 89BF
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RIPP ORF (4.35 Doncaster)

Ripp Orf missed out on the chance to enhance his brilliant Ascot record after being balloted out of the Balmoral Handicap last weekend but the teak-tough handicapper can make amends in the crownhotel-bawtry.com Optional Claiming Handicap.

David Elsworth feels the horse has lost none of his mid-season shine and he showed when second off a 1lb lower mark last time that the assessor has yet to fully catch up with him.

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Ripp Orf has been on the go all season

MOVEWITHTHETIMES (4.55 Cheltenham)

Movewiththetimes showed some very useful form in novice chases in the first half of last season and he looks the one to be on in the Move Over To Matchbook Novices' Chase at Cheltenham.

Paul Nicholls has in team in great nick for the early exchanges of the season proper and this seven-year-old was meeting more formidable opposition when a close fourth in this corresponding race 12 months ago.

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711-3OR: 140
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FOXTAIL HILL (3.10 Cheltenham)

Foxtail Hill loves it around Prestbury Park and he is fancied to repeat his 2017 success on his reappearance in the Randox Health Handicap Chase.

Nigel Twiston-Davies' nine-year-old saw off Le Prezien in game style to land what was his only win last season and because of that lack of success has a lower rating this time around.

He is reported in good form for his comeback, and will love the ground.

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911-1OR: 138CD
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GUMBALL (2.35 Cheltenham)

Philips Hobbs has his team in great nick and he can strike with Gumball in the Masterson Holdings Hurdle.

He did not quite live up to his impressive win at Chepstow just under a year ago but was still one of the best juveniles around and was second to We Have A Dream in the Grade One at Aintree in April.

He gets a handy 8lb from another smart performer Redicean, and he may be the better suited to undulating course.

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