Stuart Redding’s TV Tenner Saturday tips – Saturday 25th March

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The daffodils are in full bloom after a glorious week’s weather and Saturday’s Lincoln meeting at Doncaster is another sure sign that spring is in the air.

The first turf Flat meeting of the year kicks off with the Brocklesby for unraced juveniles. Money often talks in these races so I can’t recommend a bet at this stage. If forced for a selection I would have to go with Richard Hannon’s €225,000 colt Persian Force, a brother of Gubbass who won first time out for the same yard last season.

The Cammidge Trophy looks likely to concern DILIGENT HARRY and Garrus. I narrowly prefer Clive Cox’s four-year-old. Soft ground was a valid excuse when he flopped at Ascot in October but he had previously made giant strides during his first season of racing, including minor honours in a couple of Group 3 contests. There should be more to come from a colt who made his debut less than fifteen months ago.

A BOY NAMED IVY is one that catches my eye in the Spring Mile. The grey gelding had a mixed record last summer but produced some solid efforts, most notably when finishing runner-up at Thirsk in September. He won his first start for Michael Dods last April and is back to the same handicap mark now.  

The Listed Doncaster Mile has attracted just four runners and Chindit should be hard to beat, but at odds-on and with plenty of other races to study this weekend, I’m happy to watch and save my pennies for the big race 35 minutes later.

MUJTABA is understandably favourite for the Lincoln. The son of Dubawi was unbeaten in all three starts last season, including his handicap debut at Redcar in October where he looked like a potential Group horse. He represents a yard with a great record in this contest. There are a few at longer prices to consider with bookies set to offer enhanced each-way terms. WHAT’S THE STORY is one. He wasn’t in great form last summer but he kicked off 2020 with a second in the Listed race on this card and the handicapper has given him a chance. 

On a day with something for everyone, the ITV cameras are also heading to Kempton for some All Weather action. FELIX looks the one to be with in the Listed race. He has finished out of the frame in just one of his ten All Weather starts and was better than the final result on turf at Meydan three weeks ago, because he was forced wide and left badly positioned when the pace quickened.

The 2m handicap looks wide open but BANDINELLI is the most appealing option. He has thrived since a gelding operation and took his form to another new high when stepping up to this trip here in November. A 5lb higher mark is unlikely to be the limit of his ability.

Jumping fans have two races from Kelso to enjoy. The consistent DIAMOND STATE looks sure to go well in the 2m5f handicap hurdle. A mistake three out proved costly at Musselburgh last time but that third was still among the best efforts of his career. It is a positive that Conner McMann returns to the saddle because he has been on-board for both previous victories.

RAE DES CHAMPS looks a big price at the currently available 10-1 in the mares’ handicap hurdle. Rose Dobbin’s five-year-old showed a good attitude to get off the mark when making her handicap debut at Musselburgh last time out, beating Saryshagann by almost a length. That came against the boys and she will appreciate dropping back into mares’ only company. 

Bets

1.15 Doncaster: No bet

1.35 Kelso: Diamond State £1 win

1.50 Doncaster: Diligent Harry £1 win

2.05 Kempton: Felix £1 win

2.25 Doncaster: A Boy Named Ivy £1 win

2.40 Kempton: Bandinelli £2 win

3.00 Doncaster: No bet

3.15 Kelso: Rae Des Champs 50p each-way

3.35 Doncaster: Mujtaba £2 win and What’s The Story 50p each-way

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