Two bets today, including a Nicky Henderson-trained runner in Doncaster's opener.
LOUGH DERG FARMER (best price 6-1) may have got beaten some way by Willoughby Court at Warwick last time (the likes of Dingy Dollar and Lippington were thrashed 75 and 101 lengths respectively and have run well since), but he was by no means disgraced in a race that was run at a furious gallop from the outset and today’s better ground and slightly less taxing opposition should result in him being a little more competitive this time around. Setting off towards the back of the field at the Midland venue, Nicky Henderson’s charge was noted doing some decent late work when many of the field had cried enough and even though he has to improve a shade in order to topple some of the main fancies here today’s there’s a fair chance that he can step up to the plate with that initial experience under his belt.
I JUST KNOW (best price 2-1) was unlucky to bump into a well-handicapped mare in the shape of Two Smokin Barrels at Wetherby last time out and with that horse going on to prove the worth of the form back at the same track next time out, Sue Smith’s charge can be expected to follow suit. Always regarded as a chaser, the son of Robin Des Pres made a bright start to his career over fences with an authoritative display at Hexham and although he failed to follow up under a penalty next at Market Rasen, he still ran with a great deal of credit. That said, the reason for defeat that day may have derived from the sharp nature of the track at the Lincolnshire venue and now racing over a course more in-keeping with his galloping nature, the seven-year-old can get back on track.