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Sunday’s racing tips – 5/2 NAP to continue resurgence in Doncaster sprint

Jonathan Vine 15 Jun 2019
Duke Of Firenze (right) running at York earlier in the season.

Our expert takes a look through all of Sunday’s cards and picks out a strong challenger in the feature handicap at Doncaster as his NAP of the day with Coral on Sunday 16th June.

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3:55pm Doncaster Lakeside Village Outlet Shopping Doncaster Handicap (Class 3) 5f



The fact that the top three in the weights lead the betting in this handicap suggests there are no lurking dangers from the market leaders to worry about on Sunday. Camacho Chief and Storm Over are both proven on soft and bring decent form into the race, but this looks an ideal opportunity for old-timer DUKE OF FIRENZE to continue his summer renaissance.

Two years without a victory meant Duke Of Firenze entered a Class Four Handicap at Thirsk last month running off a career-low mark of 82. Despite carrying surprisingly lengthy odds of 8/1 to post, David Griffith’s ten-year-old snuck home to end his losing streak and the confidence that victory gave Duke Of Firenze was evident at York two weeks later, as Duke Of Firenze rolled back the years again to beat Dark Shot and Copper Knight in a lucrative handicap on Bronte Cup day.

Duke Of Firenze was the pick of many experts heading into the Dash at Epsom. Sadly, Griffiths’ stable star got stuck in traffic at a crucial stage and a strong finish was only good enough to claim seventh. 

A one-pound rise in the ratings seems far from unfair for that near two length defeat. Duke Of Firenze may not have won on six visits to Doncaster, but this is by far the easiest assignment he’s been handed at this venue and Griffith’s ten-year-old has won on softer ground plenty of times during his long, successful career.


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Sunday’s racing tips – 5/2 NAP to continue resurgence in Doncaster sprint

Our expert takes a look through all of Sunday’s cards and picks out a strong challenger in the feature handicap at Doncaster as his NAP of the day with Coral on Sunday 16th June.

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