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IT’S the final day of the turf flat season and I am hoping we can sign out with a bang in company with Sea Fox (nap) in the seven-furlong handicap at Doncaster at 1.35.
The sole three-year-old taking on the older horses in this class two affair, the David Evans runner has finally been shown some mercy by the handicapper, after starting the season in the elite company of Barney Roy and Dream Castle in the Greenham Stakes at Newbury when he was predictably outclassed in the closing stages, finishing six of the 10 runners.
He subsequently found a mark of 100 too hot to handle, but having dropped to 90 here his chance is clear to see following two much better efforts over 7f at Thirsk and then over a mile-and-a-quarter at Newbury.
In an ideal world a fast-run mile would arguably suit him better and I suspect the Lincoln could be on his radar next season, but a rapidly run seven with some give in the ground here could enable him to get a good toe into the race and overhaul his rivals inside the distance.
Of course in such a competitive event there are any number of dangers including the evergreen Bertiewhittle, Robero, Bravery and Right Touch, but the youngster gets the nap vote at a double-figure value price.
The big betting race of the day, the Betfred November Handicap at 3.15, looks a red-hot heat and John Gosden’s youngster Royal Line could well be chucked in being an unexposed sort.
However, there is better each-way value elsewhere in this mile-and-a-half event and the each-way nod goes to Eddystone Rock who could relish this step back up to a mile-and-a-half. He just gets the nod over the likes of Storm King and Syphax.
The Listed Wentworth Stakes at 2.05 could go to the rapidly improving Terentum Star, while I shall be having a few hard earned pounds each-way on Feebs in the concluding nursery at 3.50.
Over the sticks, the Badger Ales Trophy (Wincanton 3.35) looks a cracking opportunity for the Harry Fry-trained Fletchers Flyer.
This lightly raced nine-year-old has won first time out in three of the last four seasons and, following a below-par run in the Irish National in April, the handicapper has kindly dropped him to a winning mark of 143.
This will be only his eighth chase start and he can get the better of Present Man.
The Elite Hurdle at 3.00 can got to the Kim Bailey-trained Charbel on his return to the smaller obstacles. He was left chasing the mighty shadow of Altior twice last season over fences and this looks a good decision from his astute handler to return him to timber for this valuable contest.
Finally, in the evening have a second glance at a couple of entries at Wolverhampton. Off a mark of 59, Billyoakes (nb) has a solid each-way chance in the 6f handicap at 4.50, while Acrux may be able to land the finale for David O’Meara at 7.50.
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