Friday’s racing tips – 2/1 NAP to snap up first Group win at Doncaster

Alligator Alley (left) winning at York last month.

Alligator Alley (left) winning at York last month.

Our expert takes a look through all of tomorrow’s races at Doncaster and highlights a strong challenger in the feature Group Two sprint as his NAP of the day with Mr Green.

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3:45pm Wainwright Flying Childers Stakes (Group 2) 5f

The ratings may suggest Wheels On Fire is close to the top two in the market. I have to disagree with that and I’d be amazed if the winner of this year’s Flying Childers didn’t come from one of the two protagonists.

A’Ali has been running in France since defeating his rivals in the Norfolk Stakes. Simon Crisford’s juvenile powered home from off the pace to win the Prix Robert Papin. James Doyle then struggled to find some much-needed cover, after a tricky draw, in a high-quality renewal of the Prix Morny and A’Ali faded out of contention at the furlong pole.

I don’t think there’s any doubting that, of the top two, A’Ali has the most class. Yet, dropping back to five furlongs seems a strange move and this is, by some way, the fastest ground Frankie Dettori’s mount has ever encountered. ALLIGATOR ALLEY (NAP), on the other hand, has won on both of his appearances on fast going and I fancy Joseph O’Brien’s raider could cause a minor upset.

Alligator Alley was my each-way selection in the Molecomb Stakes at Glorious Goodwood, having watching O’Brien’s colt saunter to an effortless five-length triumph on his final outing on home soil. Donnacha O’Brien found a wall of rivals between himself and leader, Liberty Beach at Goodwood. By the time he had jostled through a gap and asked his mount to track down the winner, the highest they were able to finish was second.

On the back of that, Alligator Alley went to post as the short-priced favourite for the Listed Julia Graves Stakes at York. Donnacha and his mount were stone-dead last after being hampered coming out of the stalls, but the young jockey didn’t panic, working his way back into the race and swerving around fading leader, Dr Simpson to secure a very taking victory.

Given a clean break and a problem-free passage through the race, Alligator Alley would have won that Listed contest by much further than he eventually did and the way he battled back after a sticky start was the sign of a maturing sprinter. I fancy he may have A’Ali’s number on Friday.