Two good cards for us from Doncaster and Newbury today and tomorrow.
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Back to this afternoon. In the opener, Favorito Buck’s is a warm order to get off the mark for Paul Nicholls since the 4 y.o.’s move from France. Disappointed on debut at Kempton in late December. Tongue-tie fitted and drop in class today. Difficult race to price with so many unknowns. Very recent arrival Lutece could be anything.
The favourite is currently quoted at 5/4. At that sort of price this is more a race to watch.
In the 5.05 Kilcullen Flem steps up to 3m on handicap debut and improvement is expected. I have him in as 7/2 co-fav on my tissue.
Back tomorrow morning with a look at the Saturday action. In the meantime have a look at my website for more on the special charity preview and membership.