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The Racing League returns this evening as Doncaster hosts the first of six scheduled meetings set to take place during August and early September. There will be seven regions competing as teams for the £2m prize fund, with the champions crowned on the final race night at Newcastle on the 15th of September. All meetings will feature a seven-race card, with each team fielding a maximum of two runners per race. Points are awarded to the first ten places, with the winner claiming 25 valuable points for their team.
The teams for 2022 are:
- London & The South
- The East
- The North
- Wales & The West
It’s a competitive card and I will be having several bets this evening:
5.40pm – Race 1 (Class 3 Handicap)
Galiac sets the standard in the field. He appears to be a progressive type that will enjoy the step up to a mile. In recent runs he has been staying on well over 7f in competitive company and has two respectable wins to his name this season. Mercurius Power is a clear danger following his second-placed finish behind City Runner when last seen. He could be well-handicapped and has proven form over the trip. That’s Just Dandy is one for Team Ireland who is likely to be there or thereabouts. The four-year-old gelding is a consistent performer who often finishes in the places.
Barley, the highest-rated horse in the race, will be partnered by 3lbs claimer Saffie Osbourne. He failed to feature in the competitive Britannia Stakes but did record back-to-back wins prior to his run at Ascot, including a win at this track.
Mostawaa wears first-time blinkers in an attempt to rediscover form, having previously shown a decent level of ability over a mile. He could be one to watch from an each-way angle at a bigger price.
5.40pm Doncaster – Galiac 1pt win @ 5/2 (best price, 9/4 most firms)
6.10pm – Race 2 (Class 3 Handicap)
Fresh Hope heads the market for Charlie Fellowes, fresh from a win at Leicester in lesser company. She is a lightly-raced three-year-old, open to plenty of further improvement, and has shown she has the capabilities to be competitive in this contest. Often ridden by Jamie Spencer, she is usually held up in her races and sent late, running on well. Hayley Turner partnered her at Royal Ascot, where she finished sixth in the Sandringham Stakes and the pair are reunited here.
Alrehb has been performing well in handicap company this season, winning twice and finishing second in a higher-class contest. His last two runs have been disappointing, however, as he failed to be competitive, finishing down the field in both appearances. Ascot Adventure stayed on well when seen for the first time this season at Doncaster, before winning over 7f at Haydock. The four-year-old gelding was dropped 1lbs for his fourth-place finish at Goodwood when last seen which gives him a rating of 89. Princess Rajj has been drifting in the market but is a filly who could run well off a mark of 79. She won at Listowel earlier in the season under a hands and heels ride, beating Listed-winner Galleria Borghese. That suggested there could be more to come from her, 5lbs higher rated here.
Lord Rapscallion’s Epsom run in June represents a good form line and if able to replicate that performance he could be in with a chance at a big price. However, he is a horse who can be inconsistent and the drift in the market doesn’t instil confidence.
6.10pm Doncaster – Ascot Adventure 1pt E/W @ 17/2 (5 places)
6.40pm – Race 3 (Class 4 Handicap)
The market appears strong in the favour of George Boughey trained X J Rascal. An unlucky runner-up at Goodwood, the Kodiac colt missed the break and lost a few lengths at the start. He did well to finish as close as he did and there could be plenty more improvement to come.
Kiss N Cuddle has been performing consistently of late and showed determination to win at Chester on Sunday. Trainer David Evans is currently performing at a 48% strike rate in the past two weeks which clearly indicates that the yard is in excellent form. This is a quick turnaround for the son of Clodovil, but there is plenty in his favour and he should run well once again.
Ignac Lamar is drawn in stall 1, which could be a slight disadvantage, and he is one of the outsiders currently best priced at 50/1. However, he has shown plenty of greenness in his races to date, is now a gelding and may just be able to outrun his odds if able to put in a more professional performance stepping up in trip for the first time.
6.40pm Doncaster – No bet
7.10pm – Race 4 (Class 3 Handicap)
The favourite, Quest For Fun, is bidding for a hat-trick of wins and is fancied to continue his good streak of form. He is up 4lbs for winning at Ayr when last seen, but does have 5lbs claimer Oisin McSweeney onboard here. Juan Les Pins is bidding for a four-timer, unbeaten in two runs since joining Michael Appleby, but is up 7lbs here and was ridden by a 5lbs claimer when last seen which does make this a tough task for him off his current mark.
Course and distance winner Lethal Nymph is rated 87 and is only a three-year-old. He has been performing well this season, and drops back down in trip over 6f here, which could suit. Another three-year-old in the field is Mojomaker, who has only 1lbs to find with Lethal Nymph on ratings. He has shown a good level of ability over 6f since being gelded in March, and enjoyed a fruitful debut season as a two-year-old, finishing second and fourth respectively in two Listed contests. His fourth-placed finish was at Redcar in the Two-Year-Old Trophy, finishing behind three useful types in what was a competitive race. There is plenty of speed in his pedigree, being by Mehmas out of an Exceed And Excel mare, and he could be competitive in this field.
Sound Of Iona has been performing well in lower class contests of late, but has risen significantly in ratings and there may be others better handicapped. There are plenty in with a chance of making the frame and whilst Quest For Fun is the likeliest winner, the three-year-olds are capable of showing the improvement needed to be victorious, and Juan Les Pins shouldn’t be ruled out despite carrying top-weight.
7.10pm Doncaster – Mojomaker 0.5pt E/W @ 17/2 (5 places)
7.40pm – Race 5 (Class 3 Handicap)
Alligator Alley has been frustrating to follow at times this season, having shown plenty of ability earlier in his career at Carriganóg Racing with Joseph O’Brien, he has failed to deliver since making the move to David O’Meara’s yard. He has been running well enough over 6f in recent months, but has been disappointing over 5f of late. In his first two runs of the season, however, he did finish in third and fourth, respectively, over 5f, and may be able to rediscover form off this current mark of 85. Spring Bloom is bidding for a three-timer, stepping up in class, now rated 7lbs higher giving him a mark of 81.
Night On Earth finished a close third at Goodwood recently but did have a 5lbs claimer aboard, and has been given a 1lbs rise ahead of this contest. His last two runs have come in relatively big fields and he has held his own on both occasions, giving the indication that he will be there or thereabouts once more. Three-year-old Sir Henry Cotton has four wins to his name this year and is capable of further progression back up in class. Lihou, for in-form trainer David Evans, is often exceptionally consistent but has rarely managed to be first past the post in recent seasons. He is certainly one to consider from an each-way angle, and perhaps with the yard currently performing well Lihou could add to that success with a win of his own here, with first-time blinkers added.
7.40pm Doncaster – Lihou 1pt E/W @ 9/1 (most firms, 5 places)
8.10pm – Race 6 (Class 3 Handicap)
Wynter Wildes has been progressing nicely but did slightly underperform in third when backed into favouritism at Chester on Sunday. She is consistent however, and should go well if ready for the challenge four days on from her last run. Course and distance winner Animato impressed when stepping up in trip to record success here recently. He is 2lbs higher this time out, but remains off a handy mark and should be competitive once again.
Zealandia is an interesting contender with only one run on British soil to his name. He was victorious on debut for Ian Williams in June after making the switch from France, but hasn’t been seen on track since, and has been declared a non-runner twice in recent months. The five-year-old gelding should be fresh if fit and ready for this contest, and runs off a mark of 86. Fair Star has been running in staying contests of late, but a return to 1m4f should suit. The six-year-old son of Sea The Stars has put in respectable performances over the trip in the past and could be able to do so again.
Emaraty Hero sports first-time blinkers in an attempt to return to winning ways, having finished second in both of his last two runs. Scampi is a useful performer but will need to show improvement to be competitive at this level, whilst Croeso Cymraeg has been running well over the trip and may outrun his odds.
8.10pm Doncaster – No bet
8.40pm – Race 7 (Class 3 Handicap)
Course and distance winner Good Birthday heads the market in the final race on the card. The six-year-old is the highest-rated in the race with a mark of 90, but can be inconsistent and hasn’t quite fired this season. Matchless has shown glimpses of good form in similar company recently, but will have to perform better than he did at Ripon when last seen.
Pledge Of Honour has been running well in lower class races this term, and steps up to this class for the first time. He could still be fairly well-treated at the weights, running off a rating of 73, and the trip and ground conditions should suit.
Jean Baptiste has won his last two races and should be competitive once again with 5lbs claimer onboard here. Annandale is 6lbs lower than when finishing fourth at the track behind Matchless in March. His current mark may allow him to be more competitive and he has received plenty of support in the market.
8.40pm Doncaster – Pledge Of Honour 1pt win @ 6/1 (best price, 11/2, 5/1 in places)
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