Race of the Day on Sky Sports activities Racing: Okavango Delta can get off the mark in aggressive Doncaster handicap hurdle | Racing News

Alan Thomson requires a near seem at the At The Races betting Race of the Day on Friday, a competitive handicap hurdle to spherical-off the card at Doncaster.

On Friday I’m pursuing the Sky Sports Racing cameras to Doncaster and the most interesting race on their card from a punting standpoint is the two-mile-3-furlong Leisure Combo Handicap Hurdle (3.30). 13 runners have assembled and this significant field opens up a range of betting solutions.

THE GROUNDWORK

The highly developed likely report is good, superior to smooth in destinations, with a dry 24 hrs in prospect. City Moor is one of the most galloping tracks in the region with a run-in of additional than 4 furlongs.

Major FANCIES

Stratton Oakmont

Kathy Woollacott’s 6-calendar year-old has been off 200 times given that chasing residence Marajman at Southwell and was positioned at Newbury and Bangor on delicate floor previous winter. Industry alerts can give a clue to his exercise.

Okavango Delta

Put five times for Rose Dobbin but still chasing that elusive victory. The 6-yr-outdated once more lacked a switch of foot when jogging third to Melburnian and Cuban Cigar at Kelso in Oct but that was a much better contest. Cheek-pieces are tried using and regular rider Craig Nichol is in the saddle.

Cornicello

Arguably the form horse of the race but stepping up in excursion. Jamie Snowden’s 4-year-old beat 81-rated Baliyad at Wincanton 8 times ago, building most of the jogging in that ‘hands and heels’ novices’ handicap hurdle. Cornicello also scored at Plumpton in October and observed only Maxcel much too sturdy at Hereford previously this month.

Jamie Snowden
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Jamie Snowden’s Cornicello has gained twice this year

Finalshot

Alex Edwards rode the gelding to victory at Uttoxeter in early September and runner-up Encashment has given that concluded third to Cornicello at Plumpton acquiring lumps of excess weight. Finalshot has not a ton to obtain with Cornicello on that collateral sort line and not discounted.

Lough Carra

Jenni Candlish and Sean Quinlan will be hoping for a modify of fortune with the 5-calendar year-previous, runner-up on his final a few outings. His most current hard work came powering Mick Easterby’s in-type mare Pardon Me, profitable on her future begin as very well off a 5lb larger mark, and Lough Carra also posted a excellent run guiding Calliope at Perth in late September. Cheek-parts are utilized.

Turnaway

Has been off the monitor 307 times and very little encouragement to be gleaned from his past a few operates when starting off at odds of 80/1, 22/1 and 22/1. It truly is never smart to dismiss anything from the Dan Skelton lawn, even so, and David England is an interesting booking.

Dan Skelton
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Turnaway tends to make a 1st begin this season for Dan Skelton

Kings Creek

Won over 3 miles at Southwell in Could and has been placed 4 times this calendar year. Let down on his most current start off at Sedgefield when beating only a person rival household but has a squeak if that was just an off-working day.

Activity Beaaa

Nicely held driving in-form Blessed Lover Boy and Strong Team around two miles at Newcastle 15 days back but was famous operating on steadily. Well worth a consider at this lengthier length but is very well held by Okavanka Delta on Kelso variety.

Change Partner

She has hinted at capability on a few of occasions but Ruth Jefferson’s mare requires to discover enhancement from somewhere to determine. Wears a hood for the initially time.

Cobbs Corner

Nick Gifford’s six-year-old came fantastic underneath James Davies at Fakenham last thirty day period when beating favorite Blended Stealth in a 2m 4f novices’ handicap hurdle. The runner-up was pulled up on chasing debut at Lingfield very last 7 days but Cobbs Corner has to be of fascination off a 4lb better mark.

THE VERDICT

OKAVANGO DELTA retains knocking on the doorway and this wouldn’t be the strongest event he has contested so looks difficult to knock out of the body. Cornicello is on a roll and his chance is crystal clear moving up in distance.

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