Top tipster Andrew Mount was among the winners with Olympic Conqueror (13-2) on Friday and has eight selections across six races on Saturday.
ORVAR – (2.20 Doncaster, 1pt ew 17/2)
ORVAR has a similar profile to Han Solo Berger in that he usually struggles in big fields. He finished one place behind that rival when 16th of 20 at York last time but will be much happier in today’s 11-runner line-up. His record in fields of 11 or less reads 6233116248117756152 (5-19) for a profit of £33.16 to a £1 level stake at SP. He’s two from two in smallish fields at Doncaster (10-1 and 100-30) and William Buick is a positive booking.
In-form Kim Bailey has an excellent record with chasers on their first start back after wind surgery, scoring with seven of 15 qualifiers (46.7% strike-rate) for a profit of £11.71 to a £1 level stake at SP. In handicaps only, his record improves to seven from 12 (+£14.71). Two of the five beaten horses finished second (10-1 and 15-2) and the others were seventh (5-2) or pulled up (22-1 and 15-2). ROCKY’S TREASURE makes the long trip up from Gloucestershire for his seasonal debut and was a winner by 15 lengths on his only previous course visit, albeit when the 1-4 favourite.
CLAUD AND GOLDIE was an eyecatcher at Haydock in January on his most recent start, plugging on into a 25-1 fourth in the Peter Marsh Handicap Chase. It was incredibly difficult to come from off the pace at that meeting and runner-up Definitly Red, best of the closers, won easily on his next start. Claud And Goldie won at Kelso on his reappearance last term and his full record here reads 3131 (2-4), improving to 11 (2-2) when rested for at least six weeks. He’d prefer the ground much softer (unlike Rocky’s Treasure) but has form on good ground and looks over-priced at around 25-1.
REVERBERATION – (3.04 Leopardstown, 1pt win 9/2)
REVERBERATION came from further back than ideal on a pace-favouring track here last time, doing well to grab second place behind the progressive Angel Palanas who was completing a hat-trick. There should be more in the way of early pace today and he looks sure to go well again, having clocked a win and two close seconds from his last four visits to this venue.
ZIP – (4.40 Doncaster, 1pt ew, 5/1)
Those ridden patiently were favoured in the 7f Class 4 handicap won by Global Spirit at York on October 9th, with the winner, third, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh all coming from off the pace. ZIP ran a blinder to finish second of 18 after racing up with the early gallop and this consistent sort can reward each-way support again. Since last year’s reappearance (his first start since gelded), his record over 7-7.5f reads 2317412222 (2-10).
CALL ME VIC – (5.00 Cheltenham, 1pt win 10/1)
Fergal O’Brien has won this amateur jockeys’ handicap chase twice in recent years (14-1 and 12-1) and it’s fascinating to see him saddle 13-year-old CALL ME VIC, who has won four of his last five starts in point-to-points. His latest win under Rules for Tom George came off a mark of 120 (at Newton Abbot in July 2018) and his current mark of 122 looks exploitable. The yard does well with new acquisitions and the good ground looks ideal for him.
STORM OVER won at Redcar in May 2017 but that remains his only win on a straight or right-handed track and he was certainly helped by edging left towards the far side rail. His other four wins have all come on left-handed tracks and his full record this way around reads 111024382140 (4-12). He hasn’t had any luck with the draw this autumn – he was pulled out when drawn very wide at Chester in September, had no chance from stall 12 of 12 when tenth here on October 1st and was withdrawn again (stall 13 of 13) ahead of an intended run here nine days later. He’s bagged stall 1 tonight, has been dropped 2lb to a mark of 79 (his latest win came over course and distance in January when rated 83) and his record here or at Wolverhampton when drawn 3 or lower stands at 11231 (3-5), with the first defeat at 14-1 in a Class 3 conditions contest when running off level weights with winner Corinthia Knight, rated 11lb superior.
MY KINDA DAY did well to finish fifth of 14 when making the running into the headwind from a tricky low draw at Newcastle on his penultimate start and was unsuited by the drop to 5f when third from another difficult draw at Southwell next time. He’s a 12-race maiden and isn’t best drawn in stall 9 but could go well if reverting to prominent tactics.
Today’s Best Bets
Orvar – 1pt each-way – 2.20 Doncaster (17-2 William Hill, 8-1 generally)
Rocky’s Treasure – 1pt win – 2.33 Kelso (9-2 generally)
Claud And Goldie – 1pt each-way – 2.33 Kelso (25-1 generally)
Reverberation – 1pt win – 3.04 Leopardstown (9-2 generally)
Zip – 1pt each-way – 4.40 Doncaster (5-1 generally)
Call Me Vic – 1pt win – 5.00 Cheltenham (10-1 bet365)
Storm Over – 1.5pts win – 6.15 Chelmsford (15-2 Betfair, Paddy Power)
My Kinda Day – 0.5pts each-way – 6.15 Chelmsford (17-2 Betfair, Paddy Power)
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