Saturday’s Daily Double – Best bets in two ITV races at Doncaster
Jon Vine takes a look through Saturday’s ITV races and rolls his best bets into this Daily Double, covering two races at Doncaster on Saturday 29th February.
It’s been a little while since I’ve delved into the murky realms of daily tips, having spent nearly all of the last month writing previews for every race at the 2020 Cheltenham Festival. We may be a couple of weeks out from the main event of the season, but ITV Racing viewers have an excellent afternoon of action to take in on Saturday.
With storms set to batter the British Isles once again this weekend, I’ve restricted my selections to Doncaster – the venue least likely to be waterlogged. I’ve rolled my selections in Doncaster’s top two races into this each-way Daily Double. Racing Tips double currently returns 29/1 with Unibet.
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Saturday’s Daily Double
Dolos proved at Sandown that he was capable of carrying top-weight to victory and the bookies fancy Paul Nicholls’ charge will show his class once again. I, on the other hand, feel he might struggle to give ten pounds to DESTRIER, who should relish the track at Doncaster and the first-time tongue-tie could make a huge difference.
Dan Skelton’s charge impressed as a novice, rounding off an excellent first season over fences with a fine third in Grade One company at Aintree. Destrier hasn’t been able to kick on this term. Skelton’s charge found Janika a little too classy in the Haldon Gold Cup, before his tank emptied rapidly on the uphill run to the line at Cheltenham.
Destrier finished just over half-a-length behind Dolos when they met at Exeter. The gap between the two in the weights is four-pounds wider this weekend, and a flat, galloping, left-handed track will suit Destrier more than Exeter did. Skelton boasts a near 25% strike rate at Doncaster this term, and I fancy Destrier to book his return ticket to Aintree with a fine display on Saturday.
Worthy Farm is a novice progressing in the right direction, but I think it’s worth taking a chance on the gutsy YALLTARI bouncing back from that terrible showing at Ascot.
Despite boasting a strong record when fresh, ground conditions that were favourable and plenty of market support, Venetia Williams’ stayer ran no sort of race. I’m prepared to put a line through that run and, based on everything Yalltari showed last season, he should be in with a very strong chance here.
All of his best performances have come on left-handed, galloping tracks like Chepstow and Uttoxeter, so Doncaster should be ideal. The ease in the ground is definitely in his favour and Yalltari by no means handicapped to the hilt off his current mark of 144. I’m expecting a much-improved performance.