The rain’s in time for Raadobarg

Doncaster selections Saturday 11th September

The final day of four at Doncaster and the action will take place on completely different going to when we started the week thanks to some heavy showers yesterday afternoon. I am finding it difficult to get an angle on the big race where I can’t oppose Hurricane Lane, so I am focused on four supporting races on the card. We kept up our winning week with Able Kane scoring at 13/2 (advised) on Friday.

Doncaster 1.45: Whenthedealinsdone & Treacherous

Two against the field for the fiercely competitive Portland.

WHENTHEDEALINSDONE was perhaps a little disappointing at York last time, but he was drawn on the wrong side of the track and I am inclined to overlook that effort. Prior to that he had been progressive since being fitted with cheekpieces winning 2-3. That included a smooth success over 5f at Glorious Goodwood as well as producing a last to first effort to win at Windsor.

He has previously won over 6f so this extended 5f won’t be an issue for him and trainer Roger Teal knows what it takes to win this race having saddled Oxted to win this in 2019. His Goodwood win came with some cut in the ground, so the overnight rain should not trouble him unduly.

There is plenty of pace drawn high and that should play to the advantage of confirmed hold up horse TREACHEROUS. He has not yet won in 2021, but his last success came in the Stewards Cup consolation race at Goodwood and he goes well in a big field where he can get plenty of cover before being delivered for a late run. That was the case at Windsor for their valuable sprint final last month – although arguably he possibly got there a few yards to soon and was caught on the line. He has plenty of form on good-to-soft and was second here in June on his only previous visit to the track.

Doncaster 3.00: Glorious Journey

I am looking to take on the two improvers in the field with the more experienced GLORIOUS JOURNEY.

Danyah is graduating out of handicap company here, whilst Laneqash is unproven on a soft surface and must prove he can back up an admittedly fine yet belated reappearance in the Hungerford. By contrast Glorious Journey has no obvious negatives. A real 7f specialist, he chased home arguably the best horse in the world at that distance, Space Blues at York. Prior to that he had won a Group 3 at Newmarket, and was simply not quick enough against the best 6f sprinters in the July Cup.

He has winning form on soft ground at group level in the past, and the obvious tactic here will be to sit in behind proven front-runner Danyah before pouncing in the closing stages.

Doncaster 4.05: Dark Jedi

One of the most consistent performers in training you know you are going to get a wholehearted performance from DARK JEDI and the softening ground will not be a problem for this 5yo.

We last saw him finish a brave third on fast ground at the York Ebor meeting and whilst he has been tried at various distances, this 12f trip does seem to be his optimum. He won well at Ripon in July at 12f and probably his very best efforts last season came with cut, such as his second in the Old Borough Cup at Haydock.

Favourite Title is clearly a classy individual, but has shown more than a few signs of temperament, holding his head at a very awkward angle under pressure and he does not look one to be taking a short price about.

Doncaster 5.10: Raadobarg

But for the softening of the ground overnight it is unlikely RAADOBARG would even be turning up to Doncaster this afternoon. Now it has arrived though he looks the one to be on in the finale.

He fairly sluiced home in one of the big early season 3yo handicaps at Haydock in May on heavy ground, proving he belongs at this level. His Royal Ascot race in the Britannia came a couple of days before the deluge that fell on the track, so in the circumstances his eighth place was more than respectable, however you could see he was a little uncomfortable on the surface.

Trainer Roger Varian has played the waiting game before unleashing the colt again and he can be rewarded for his patience as I think Raadobarg is a prospective group horse when he gets his favoured cut in the ground.

Recommended bets:

1pt each-way – Whenthedealinsdone – 1.45 Doncaster – 9/1 Paddy Power (1/5 odds 1st 6)

0.5pts each-way – Treacherous – 1.45 Doncaster – 20/1 Paddy Power (1/5 odds 1st 6)

1pt win – Glorious Journey – 3.00 Doncaster – 3/1 general

1pt win – Dark Jedi – 4.05 Doncaster – 7/2 general

1pt win – Raadobarg – 5.10 Doncaster – 3/1 general

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