At last we have a quality Saturday after the pitiful sight of Channel 4 racing featuring four races from Southwell last Saturday. It did provide a chance to win a small “fun” bet with Penny when I predicted that Clare Balding would sit this particular Saturday out and not host the show, easy money.
Such a big hoo ha about dropping the old team and bringing her in and then she seems to want Saturday’s off.
Maybe it was in her contract that her appearances should be linked to Halley’s Comet being visible. Anyway Nick Luck is a more than able presenter in his own right and the new format is slowly finding its feet.
We get the Lincoln a week late but thankfully we still get it and it provides the usual early season puzzle. The Lincoln is often won by a horse with a touch of class who goes onto much better things but having looked at this market for a week longer than usual I’m convinced there isn’t a potential superstar lurking anywhere and that this years renewal will be won by a good honest handicapper who goes in the ground.
Step forward Chosen Character from the Dascombe/Owen yard who will go from the front and get plenty of these off the bridle. He was in great form last Autumn on similar ground and looks hugely inviting at 33/1 with Skybet who are also paying 5 places! This horse is in with a huge shout because I’m not sure how well the classier types at the head of the market will truly see this trip out.
So settle down for a feast of racing today with several meetings plus the Dubai World Cup, we have gone from starving to a feast in one week, good luck everyone and remember with Aintree next week you really should have me in your corner on a daily basis. I’m at the very top of the BetFan charts for March and we really did smash up the bookies at Cheltenham. I’m heading up to Aintree for three days and I fully expect a similar result. It’s time to take your betting to the next level so let the Don take care of the business.
Back next week for A Grand National Special column.
Doncaster 3.05 – Each Way – Chosen Character @ 33/1 Skybet
(who are paying 5 places)
The Gambling Don