Doncaster Duo


4/1 Remember Now of serious interest

Remember Now has the tongue-tie refitted in the 2.20 at Doncaster and that makes him of serious interest at the 4/1 on offer.

Jonjo O’Neill’s gelding looked very progressive when winning a couple of handicaps back in the spring, most notably when slamming Sure Josie Sure by four lengths in a decent contest at Ayr off a mark of 117.

He subsequently disappointed when sent off the heavily backed 3/1 favourite for the ultra-competitive grade 1 Swinton at Haydock off a revised mark of 127 and it was a similar scenario on his comeback tun at Haydock last month where he trailed in last to Desert Cry having been backed down into the 2/1 market leader.

However he has reportedly had breathing problems which could well account for those way below par efforts, and it’s interesting that connections are now refitting him with the tongue-tie in a far weaker contest.

If that works the oracle then he is potentially well treated off his current mark of 125 in my eyes, and it would be no great surprise to see him bounce back for a yard that can do little wrong at present.

At 4/1 he would look massively overpriced if doing so, and at those odds he is certainly worth chancing given that his ultra shrewd connections have a habit of getting their horses to rise like phoenix’s out of the ashes.

Daily Sport recommended: 4pts win Remember Now (4/1 generally available – use BOG firms)


13/2 Rustarix has plenty in his favour

Rustarix has a good record fresh and makes plenty of appeal at 13/2 in the 2.55 at Doncaster.

Alana King’s gelding took advantage of a drop in the weights to land a 3m handicap at Cheltenham on his seasonal reappearance last year when staying on well to beat Swing Bill by a length off a mark of 120.

Although he subsequently failed to go on and score again he did finish a creditable second at Stratford off a mark of 121 and starts this campaign on just 116 – 4lb lower than his win at Presbury Park.

That gives him an outstanding chance at the weights, and given that he has twice won after lengthy lay-offs it could well be that first time up is the time to catch him.

If that’s the case then he is simply too well treated to ignore, and at 13/2 looks solid each-way value.

Daily Sport recommended bet: 3pts each-way Rustarix (13/2 Stan James)

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