Cautiously optimistic for the return of the flat season, I generally do better here but the first meetings are always tricky as we aren’t sure how each horse will be on their return. And often it does take a month or so to get into the swing of things. That being said there is three that I like today.
In the 14:45 we have Gulliver at 17/2 who I’ll be playing each way. His best form last year was winning the Coral Sprint Trophy off a rating of 102. A race that he will be looking for a hat trick if he ends up there this year having won it in 2019 as well. His first start this year was a very close second to the consistent Tranchee, before a couple of 7 furlong races where he finished 6th and 8th of 8 respectively. The return to 6 furlongs will suit here and the two races at 7 have conveniently seen his mark drop from 109 down to just 1 higher than his last winning mark of 102. With race fitness of his side over some of the other rivals I can see him going close off of top weight.
Today’s big race, the Lincoln see‘s Skybet go 7 places with most having 6. Always a decent contest to get the flat season off to a bang. The one I’ve selected here, mainly as a result of the extra places, is Born To Be Alive at 28/1. He has returned from almost three years off in excellent form, a second and third before a pair of wins most recently in the Lincoln Trial. He runs here off the same mark as that day and though some of the younger horses bring a bit more class. I think 28/1 is a bit of an insult for a horse in such good for and can hopefully be in the top 6 for us.
Finally I’ve gone for another each way play in Emaraaty Ana at 8/1 in the Cammidge at 3:45. On the back off a good 2 year old season, he stepped his form up last year with two third places over 6 furlongs in a group three and a listed race. He then found the Nunthorpe understandably a little too hot up in group one company over five furlongs. He has subsequently been gelded and given a wind up, if squeaking out a little bit of an improvement I think down in class and back to his preferred six furlongs he has as good a chance as any here.
2:45 Kempton - Gulliver 17/2 0.5pts each way
3:10 Doncaster - Born To Be Alive 28/1 0.5pts each way (6/7 places available)
3:45 Doncaster- Emaraaty Ana 8/1 0.5pts each way