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The Racing League – Our Top Three Tips For The Opening Night At Doncaster

The Racing League returns for its second season on Thursday. With regional teams battling for supremacy, there is plenty to get behind, and we have three top bets for the action alongside an exclusive promotion courtesy of bet365, which is offering £50 In Free Bets to new customers when you sign-up and bet £10.


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Ascot Adventure (6.10 Doncaster)

In the second race of the day, ASCOT ADVENTURE looks to have been given the perfect amount of time off ahead of his next contest.

Clive Cox’s four-year-old has run three races this season, running particularly well on the first two occasions at this track and at Haydock. He opened with a fourth of 18, beaten under a length, before following up with a victory off a mark of 85. Both were after breaks of at least 50 days from the track.

As such, he was probably returned to action too quickly after his success when only fourth again at Goodwood, this time beaten five lengths. He is down 1lb from that run, in which he had to carry 10st 1lb, and has been given 60 days between races.

That should prove ideal for him and based on his victory at Haydock, in which he flew home to nab success, he should be well-suited by conditions with his mark still winnable.


18.10 William Hill Best Odds Guaranteed Racing League R2 (Handicap) (Horses registered to Racing League)
Result
5th 10/1


X J Rascal (6.40 Doncaster)

If his Goodwood run is anything to go by, X J RASCAL will be winning this without breaking sweat.

Having missed the start by over ten lengths, William Buick managed to massage his mount back into the race. Remarkably, this son of Kodiac responded by driving up the rail and was only denied by a head despite his extraordinary deficit from the off.

That suggests that he could even be Group quality let alone winning a handicap off a mark of 80, the same one off which he raced at Goodwood. George Boughey has deliberately turned him out quickly to make use of this mark, which is unsurprising.

He is a very strong favourite for “The East” team and as long as he does not miss the break and has retained his fitness, he should be winning.


18.40 William Hill Build Your Odds Racing League R3 (Handicap) (For horses registered to Racing League)
Result
2nd 15/8


Juan Les Pins (7.10 Doncaster)

Having made the switch to Mick Appleby’s yard recently, JUAN LES PINS has taken his form to a new level.

The five-year-old has won three times on turf, all of which happen to have come in his last three races. He scored on his final start for Ed Dunlop in a Redcar claimer, but Appleby started him over 6f at Newbury within a week of having him. It paid off, as he scored off a mark of 72.

However, the horse would prove even better treated as he stepped out at Nottingham. He won again by 2¾ lengths despite not being the quickest away. Yet, he still won decisively.

He is up another 8lb in what will likely be a more competitive race, but his last run did not test him to any extreme. There is more to come from him as a sprinter and he can gain a success for Appleby and “The North”.


19.10 William Hill Play Responsibly Racing League R4 (Handicap) (For horses registered to Racing League)


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