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Yesterday saw Donkey Years run a good race, but was given a little too much to do by Mark Walsh. We got a small bit of profit return with him placing, and I think he is worth following in his next races, as he is clearly well handicapped and is going to be winning soon.
I tipped up FRIMEUR DE LANCRAY last time he ran, which was a fortnight ago, and didn't run very well. When that happens, I'm not one to back them again, without them having an excuse, but this time I am, as I think that was simply not a true running and he deserves another chance.
Like I mentioned when I tipped him up last time out, he might appear to be better over further, but when there's testing conditions on a galloping track like Wetherby, I think a shorter trip is also fine for him. There could be a decent amount of pace in this race as well, which will also suit him, as he does have stamina for further.
When you consider his rating over hurdles, being as high as 132, his current mark of 114 over fences makes him well treated and not one to underestimate. The weight he carries in this race is a benefit, as on testing conditions you don't really want to be carrying a big weight, like he did last time. Today he gets in off bottom weight, which is 10st 9lbs when you take the rider's claim into consideration, which is 11lbs lighter to his closest rival.
Sue Smith's had a pretty quiet season so far, so the fact she's had a couple of wins in recent weeks, as well as multiple places and runner-ups, it looks like her horses are returning to form.
18:30 Worcester - Race: 5
18:38 Catterick - Race: 5
18:45 Curragh - Race: 7