Enjoy a good Western

Steve Hughes has horse racing tips from Wednesday’s meeting at Doncaster in the UK.

Doncaster stages a competitive jumping card today with big fields attracted by ground expected to ride a fair bit quicker than pretty much anywhere else in the country at present.  An eight race card is on offer but it is the two chases that are of most interest from my point of view.

Doncaster 1.40: Western Warhorse

An impressive and fluent winner of his only point in Ireland in November 2012, Western Warhorse has shown plenty of promise in his short career since then with David Pipe and this fine strapping sort is expected to make a better chaser – he makes his debut over the bigger obstacles this afternoon.

Pipe had a first time chaser winning at Leicester on Tuesday, and none of these have much experience over fences so that should not prove a barrier to the selection.  He was an impressive 12l winner of a novice hurdle at Chepstow just two weeks before the end of last season, which apart from showing off his abilities was an indicator that connections were happy to discard his novice hurdle status for this term as they clearly expected and wanted to go over fences as soon as possible.

He has had a couple of runs over hurdles however this season and ran a cracker on his return at Cheltenham in November when narrowly failing to make all over that stiff 2m5f.  He probably failed to stay 3m at Newbury last time and he is clearly most comfortable making the pace – which he should get the opportunity to do here in this small field.  Chief opponent is the very useful Karinga Dancer, but this keen sort needs top of the ground so although conditions will be better here than anywhere else at the moment, they still won’t be ideal for the favourite.

Doncaster 2.45: Categorical

We have a good mix of experience and youth for this staying chase and it is the old man of the party, Categorical that could be worth following as he has shown plenty in his three starts this season to show he retains his old enthusiasm and is capable of landing a race at this level.

He actually won over 5f on the flat as a juvenile, and at 2m over hurdles, but he is very much a stayer these days and gained his last win back in March in a soft ground 3m chase at Southwell.  He is very versatile as far as ground conditions are concerned and has been kept to largely good ground so far this season.

A strong finishing third in Aintree’s veterans chase in October, he took the same position at Catterick before putting in a season’s best over this course and distance just ten days ago behind Mart Lane.  He has always been able to take his racing well, so the short gap between races is not a concern and able to race off the same rating of 114 today, he merits an each-way wager given his consistency.

Recommended Bets

1pt win – Western Warhorse – 1.40 Doncaster at 3/1 (Betfred)

1pt each-way – Categorical – 2.45 Doncaster at 10/1 (BetVictor)



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