1.50 Doncaster: Our Verdict
Our racing team weigh up their best bets in the Sky Bet Money Back race on Saturday – the 1.50 at Doncaster.
George Bowen can repeat this victory at the Curragh off a nice mark
Ian Ogg – Dinkum Diamond
He may be knocking on a little now but the handicapper has given Dinkum Diamond a chance and he proved that the flame still burns brightly when going close over a mile at York last time. He races from the same mark here which is 3lbs lower than his most recent success, just over 12 months ago. The return to seven furlongs won't trouble this course winner (who hit the frame here on his penultimate start) and nor will the quick conditions but a number of his opponents have something to prove on both fronts and the old boy can kick start the Candy celebrations before Limato struts his stuff at the Breeders' Cup.
Will Hayler – Shady McCoy
Like the stubborn fool I am, I'm going to ignore the advice to walk away and give one more try for Shady McCoy after nothing really worked out last weekend. Left isolated and without vital cover when the nine runners decided to spread the width of the Rowley Mile course, Shady McCoy still managed to get himself into contention at the furlong-pole, despite the ground being softer than ideal and the mile once again stretching his stamina. Back over seven furlongs, on ground officially described as being between good and good to firm, and in a bigger field where he will surely be able to be covered up for his customary late challenge, it's time to go into bat once again with Shady McCoy safe in the knowledge that the money back concession will be triggered if he can run into the frame.
Ben Coley – George Bowen
This is as competitive as it gets but George Bowen may be poised to end a frustrating season on a high. Richard Fahey's horse has been a major eye-catcher on four of his last five starts but, for a variety of reasons, hasn't been able to capitalise on a plummeting handicap mark. He's now 9lb lower than when sent off favourite for a better race than this at York last October and had previously shown that a mark of 91 is well within his compass when winning at the Curragh. The concern here is the seventh furlong, as he's yet to place over this distance, but he's had only limited opportunities to do so and did look to get the trip perfectly well on a couple of occasions when again hard done by. His style of racing leaves him hostage to fortune but, surrounded by pace, things may well pan out perfectly here.
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