It’s here! The Flat season gets under way this weekend and all eyes are on Doncaster and Kempton domestically with a glance at what is going on in Dubai.
Luckily for jumps fans Aintree, Fairyhouse and Punchestown are still just around the corner, but for now I want to smash up Paddy on the level after another fine winning Saturday last weekend. You hear me Paddy?
At Doncaster, the ground will probably ride on the easy side of good. I’m hoping JACK DEXTER will edge towards 4-1 and if he does I will back him each-way in the Cammidge Trophy (2.35pm). He’s just a solid horse who comes to hand early and should run well for Jim Goldie and Fergal Lynch.
The draw will play its part in all the racing at Doncaster so we’ll just have to pray that we’re on the right side at the business end.
In the Spring Mile (3.10pm) I like CERTIFICATE (drawn 7) who hails from the top stable of Roger Varian. This horse stays a mile strong and improved in a short three-year-old career.
A mark of 89 seems a bit tough considering the last two defeats but he should improve 5lb from age three to four so I can take that.
First 5 home
Paddy is paying the first 5 home in the Lincoln Handicap (3.45pm) and I’m going for GM HOPKINS (drawn 21) – who looks fairly treated off 99 having hacked up at Newmarket off 91 last season.
A big field with a decent pace will suit this horse and there is no better trainer in the land than John Gosden.
At Kempton, the 1m 3f Roseberry Handicap (2.50pm) sees Godolphin’s fit and improving NEW YEAR’S NIGHT who should go close. The selection stays strong and has a fine draw in stall 2 to get into a good position.
I like old favourite BOOMERANG BOB in the 6f handicap (3.25pm) who was once trained by the late John Hills.
He has been rated 112 in his time, but is down to 96 after going up 1lb for a fine second behind Pretend last time. He has a good draw in stall 3 and should give us a run for our money.
It’s top class action and US superstar California Chrome should be too good for this field. Others that strike me are TAMARKUS in the Godolphin Mile (12.40pm) (a fine draw in box 1) and TRADE STORM each-way in the Dubai Turf (3.40pm). FLINTSHIRE is my hope in the Dubai Sheema Classic (4.15pm).
So best of luck again this weekend and fingers crossed our sizzling run continues. Yeeehaaa!