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Jatiluwih didn't jump with much fluency through his round of jumping at Ludlow, but that wouldn't have made much of a difference even if he was immaculate, as the winner did it with total ease and it wouldn't been difficult to beat her. The selection travelled through the race like a threat, despite his rubbish jumping, but was booked for either 2nd/3rd before his bad blunder, which David Maxwell managed to remain seated, somehow. Hopefully Jatiluwih will slide a few more pounds down the handicap, as with a clear round of jumping he will be tough to beat.
I recently tipped up Lady Tremaine, who didn't appreciate a steady gallop when finishing 5th of 9 at Chepstow. Even though that result didn't exactly boost the form of her previous win at Bangor, I still think she is better than a mark of 108, so I'm taking a chance on AFTER THE FOX who finished a close runner-up to Lady Tremaine in the Bangor race.
After The Fox was given a very good ride by the inexperienced jockey, Miss Anna Johnston, who took the initiative and led from start till nearly the finish. This horse was rather unlucky not to win that day, and if he had jumped the last better, I think he would've just about held on from the strong finishing Lady Tremaine. He was well supported that day, and was backed into 5/1 after opening up at much bigger odds, which suggests connections were really going for it that day. It's interesting that they've decided to put him up to 3m, after racing over 2m in their most recent start, and the furthest he's been tried over is 2m 6f. He is much shorter in the market this time around, for obvious reasons, but it will be interesting to see if the money comes in again.
Quick Draw caught my eye in this now he's back over fences and up in trip, but the top weight is off-putting, especially when you consider the long run in that Doncaster has to offer, it can catch a lot of horses out and carrying a big weight is a burden. BRETNEY looked the safer option, and I get the impression this track and trip will suit him down to a tee. He is a lightly raced chaser, with only 3 starts over the larger obstacles, which has produced two 3rd place finishes, and a win on his most recent start. His most recent win came in a pretty weak race, but he dealt with that calibre of opposition very professionally and easily. This race is obviously a tougher race, but the fact he gets in at the foot of the weights makes him an attractive bet in my eyes. He is only rated 95, and receives weight from every horse in the race. He will be staying on when the others are tiring, and combined with the low weight, I can picture him motoring up the straight. There is a chance he will be one of the first off the bridle, as he won't have as much speed as some of the others, but he will have the stamina edge on them. Henry Daly remains in great form with 3 wins from 8 runners in the last fortnight.