Tom Stanley gives us two tips for Saturday's racing at Doncaster and Cheltenham.
Betting feature of the day is the Sky Bet Chase at Doncaster and they’re paying 4 places down to 13 runners should it get that low. Very generous. I like Dolatulo who missed his intended Rowland Meyrick run due to racing being abandoned. He looks fairly treated based upon his win in that race last year and shaped with plenty of promise on reappearance at Aintree. One who’s well being has to be taken on faith is Gullinbursti, so too that of the yard, but he has the visor back on and I like his chances. He travelled well in the first time visor at Aintree and it was no surprise to see it persevered with at Sandown next time. He then had 20 months off before his return at Ascot without the visor and I fancy connections were happy to get a run into him without the headgear and bring it back when fully tuned up. He raced a little more off the pace that day too and more prominent tactics should ensue. He’s back off his last winning mark and his trainer has a 30% strike rate here over the last 5 years. Gullinbursti was a disappointing 11/2 shot in this 2 years back but no visor that day and he was 10b higher.
Over at Cheltenham, the BetBright looks a cracker and I’d want to take on Djakadam at the prices. Favourites have a poor record in the race and this is a hot one. He deserves to be at the head of the market but he’s very short. Smad Place is my most likely idea of a bet, particularly as he looks set to resume with the tactics which worked so well at Newbury. Sam Winner could be worth a cheeky play too but it’s not a race to go crazy with. I like Annacotty in the feature handicap on the softest ground he’ll have encountered for a while. He was sent off favourite last time but his trainer suggested he may be a horse that is the fresher the better and he has apparently been showing more at home of late after 6 weeks off than he was prior to his December run. He’s been eased 1lb and on the basis of his November course win that shouldn’t be beyond him.