14:00 Doncaster

Tuesday 30 June 2020


attheraces.com Handicap

Class 3  |   6f 2y  |   Good to Firm  |   13 Runners  |   Turf

Weighed In

Off time: 14:06  |   Winning time: 1m 11.69s

Age: 4|  Weight: 9-7  |  J: R Havlin |  T: M J Attwater|  OR: 92|  D

Useful sprinter at his best, never in the hunt in the Group 3 Palace House on reappearance and often faces similar stiff tasks; this a lot easier and handicapper giving him a chance, so cannot be dismissed.

Age: 5|  Weight: 9-6  |  J: Megan Nicholls |  T: Jedd O'Keeffe|  OR: 91|  C|  D

Winner from a 4lb higher mark at Newmarket last year but after that win, went downhill pretty quickly and has only beaten a handful of horses home in four starts; cheekpieces now tried but can only be watched at present.

Age: 6|  Weight: 9-6  |  J: B A Curtis |  T: Roger Fell|  OR: 91|  D

Just three wins in 29 starts so finds getting his head in front hard, but on a fair mark if he can bounce back; yard have done well in these mid-grade handicaps during June and if there's a good pace for him to aim at, has chances.

Age: 5|  Weight: 9-5  |  J: Hollie Doyle |  T: Archie Watson|  OR: 90|  D

Had a whale of a time in 2018, winning four times, but unsurprisingly has found life a lot harder since then, with the handicapper in charge; coming back down to a good mark now but needs to start finishing races off a bit better.

Age: 8|  Weight: 9-4  |  J: Connor Beasley |  T: G A Harker|  OR: 89|  CD

Another that's hard to win with, and hasn't won since 2017 but that does hide the fact that he often runs well in big-field handicaps; has run respectably in two starts since racing resumed, and with conditions fine, should be thereabouts.

Age: 4|  Weight: 9-3  |  J: T Eaves |  T: K A Ryan|  OR: 88|  C|  D

Good record at the track, a win and a second from two starts, but a little disappointing on reappearance (after being gelded) when finishing weakly at Redcar; may come on for that and return to this venue could spark a revival.

Age: 8|  Weight: 9-2  |  J: James Doyle |  T: C F Wall|  OR: 87|  CD

C&D winner here back in 2018, that being the last time he got his head in front, but ran perfectly well when third on reappearance at Newmarket at the beginning of the month; acts on all ground, and looks weighted to win again.

Age: 5|  Weight: 9-1  |  J: Faye McManoman |  T: N Tinkler|  OR: 86|  D

Pops up in his turn and on a winning mark at present, should strip fitter for a couple of recent outings and ran respectably here last September; there are reasons for thinking a better effort may be forthcoming.

Age: 4|  Weight: 9-1  |  J: L Morris |  T: D M Loughnane|  OR: 86|  D

Won a couple as a juvenile for Ed Walker but never really went on from that, and left that yard end of last year; gelded, and ran much better on first start for new yard at Haydock though, so could be on the way back. Watch market is the advice.

Age: 7|  Weight: 9-0  |  J: Rachel Richardson |  T: T D Easterby|  OR: 85|  CD

Useful sprinter at his best, likes it when there's plenty of cut in the ground, which he may not get here; usually needs a spin or two to get him fit, and best watched today.

Age: 6|  Weight: 9-0  |  J: D Nolan |  T: D O'Meara|  OR: 85|  D

Another that frequently runs well in big-field sprint handicaps but finds actually winning hard; back down to a winning mark now though, and should have come on for a recent run, so could give it a good go from the front.

Age: 7|  Weight: 8-13  |  J: Aiden Smithies |  T: N Tinkler|  OR: 84|  C|  D

Has some plus points, such as a course win to his name and is on a fair mark, but tends to do his winning in lesser company than this and may need the outing, having been off since February.

Age: 4|  Weight: 8-12  |  J: S De Sousa |  T: N Tinkler|  OR: 83|  CD

Very useful juvenile, winner of three starts but has found life a lot harder since then; some decent efforts last year suggest she's still got races in her though, and a very interesting jockey booking today (14% strike rate for the yard).


Fighting Irish199
Weight: 9-5|  Age: 5
T: H J L Dunlop  J: Non Runner


Wentworth Falls (7/2), Ice Lord (7/2), Admirality (4/1), The Great Heir (10/1), Muscika (11/1), Citron Major (12/1), Triggered (16/1), Princess Power (16/1), Corinthia Knight (18/1), Flavius Titus (18/1), Fighting Irish (20/1), The Cruising Lord (28/1), Flying Pursuit (40/1), Athollblair Boy (50/1)

The pace in this race may well come from those drawn low, with Musicka and Fighting Irish two of the more likely ones to take them along, and the former has chances of making all if coming on for his seasonal reappearance. He finds winning hard though, and a chance is taken on PRINCESS POWER to pick him off late. She was very useful as a juvenile and her mark was basically too high last year, but it's dropping to something more workable now and the booking of Da Silva is eyecatching. She's worth a small bet. Triggered, The Great Heir and Admiralty are others to consider in an open race.
  1. Princess Power
  2. The Great Heir
  3. Muscika
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