third at Newbury. Simply Business was going well when he made a bad mistake and his rider lost his tack.
2.25 – Doncaster – Humbert. 1 pt e/w. Available at 12/1. (Generally available – 1/5 odds first 5)
The opening day of the flat season and it supplies us with both the Spring Mile and the Lincoln. It doesn’t pay to get too involved with any draw advantages at this stage. Taqdeer, What’s The Story and Original Choice are towards the head of the market but single figure prices in a race of this nature don’t make much appeal. Preference at a bigger price is for Humbert, even though he has his questions to answer. He hasn’t been seen on turf since October 2016 and his last four starts have all been on the AW. Those outings have produces three victories and a close second, his narrow defeat coming from today’s mark which is two pounds lower than for future handicaps. He has to prove the suitability of testing conditions but there is soft ground influences in his family and his Trainer appears confident he will handle it. He is drawn a bit far away from the likely pace but he has a good jockey and the yard’s horses are running well.
2.50 – Bangor – Hit And Run. 2 pts win. Available at 11/2.
3.15 – Newbury:
Roksana. 1.25 pts win. Available at 10/1.
Jet Set. 0.75 pts e/w. Available at 18/1.
3.25 – Bangor – Rosmuc Relay. 3 pts win. Available at 7/2.
3.35 – Doncaster:
Leader Writer. 1.25 pts win. Available at 12/1.
Ballard Down. 1 pt win. Available at 14/1.
Grey Britain. 0.5 pts e/w. Available at 20/1. (Coral, Skybet – 1/5 odds first 6)