- Top Class Angel – 2nd
- Valentino Dancer – 5th
- Ventura Vision – 4th, Sky Blue Thinking – 1st
- Dora Penny – nowhere
- Allen Key – nowhere, Golden Mac – 3rd (placed)
So today I have to start with Abbey Magic even at 2/1 because since moving to Henry the Broomhead’s stable, she’s been on fire, and what’s more, she has a stunning record when the ground is good – 5 wins from 8, and she returns to handicap hurdling 3lb lower than when last seen in this type of race. There’s so much to like, but from a ratings point of view, a LR of 150+ puts her a full 50 points ahead of the 2nd-rated form horse, and she’s taken to convert her chase form back into handicap hurdles form.
In the 2:50, Mr Excellency comes at a good price for a horse whose record is four from nine. He stepped up to a couple of Class 2 events at Goodwood, and they weren’t very good, but before that he was in Class 4 events like today and while off a slightly lower weight, he was running from the front and winning them well. So his recent form numbers don’t look so good, but he’s still the RTH selection and he’s still going to have every chance today at what is a very healthy morning price.
Whatever you do, avoid any certainty on the 1:10 at Doncaster where a bunch of 2-year-olds who have raced well and are well-bred come up against Bay of Honour who is bred to win plenty. Look for place prices on horses like Leuven Power, Another Investment and Kingdom Come because they’ve all had a good start and could all progress further at good prices – sometimes in double digits for the win.
Voila. I don’t like much else unless it’s shorter than Rick Moranis in his latest film “Honey I Shrank Myself And Now Only Dogs Can See Me I’m So Small… 2”.