Round One Racing League Preview 2022 - Doncaster Meeting

James Mackie | @JMackieRacing

Doncaster - August 03 2022
Doncaster 16:40
Nicola Currie

Mercurius Power

J: Nicola Currie
T: Andrew Balding
Age: 4
Weight: 9-1
OR: 74
Days: 8

The first selection of the 2022 Racing League is the Andrew Balding trained Mercurius Power for team London and the South, who has a consistent profile.

Some very consistent performances of late winning a Class 4 Handicap over a mile at Sandown and then up 5lb to a mark of 77, he went close again over the same C&D only going down by a head.

Player off 3lb lower today, only 2lb above his last winning mark.

Doncaster - August 03 2022
Doncaster 17:10
Kevin Stott

Marshal Dan

J: Kevin Stott
T: Heather Main
Age: 7
Weight: 9-9
OR: 86
Days: 33

Marshall Dan looks to have a big each way chance in the second race of the afternoon with the Heather Main trained seven year old being very reliable of late and has not been penalised by the handicapper.

Going for team Scotland, the gelding has been seen three times this season, finishing third of 10 over 7f at Musselburgh in Class 2 company and then backed that up at Goodwood on soft ground when second to the smart Montassib at Goodwood.

Sent to Haydock when last seen he was a good third behind Tacarib Bay and Fools Rush In and with the pair of them since franking the form, off the same mark of 86 for this event he can't be overlooked.

Doncaster - August 03 2022
Doncaster 17:40
Kieran Shoemark

X J Rascal

J: Kieran Shoemark
T: George Boughey
Age: 2
Weight: 9-9
OR: 80
Days: 7

Race three is the only two year old event of the card at Doncaster on Thursday and X J Rascal for George Boughey and team London and South.

Seen three times to date, the two year old son of Kodiac was a bright winner at Brighton on debut and off the back of that went to Carlisle when fourth in a hot Novice Stakes under a penalty.

Sent to Glorious Goodwood last time out he put up a smart performance on handicap debut to finish a head second and off the same mark has to be feared.

Doncaster - August 03 2022
Doncaster 18:10
Oisin McSweeney

Quest For Fun

J: Oisin McSweeney
T: Julie Camacho
Age: 4
Weight: 9-11
OR: 85
Days: 31

Quest For Fun for trainer Julie Camacho and the Yorkshire team has a big chance in the fourth race of the afternoon with the four year old chasing a hat-trick.

The son of Lope De Vega has really clicked into gear of late winning at Thirsk two starts ago over 6f off a mark of 74 and then backed that up last time out at Ayr over the same trip.

Looking highly progressive and only 4lb higher than his latest win, he looks one of the more likelier winners of this race.

Doncaster - August 03 2022
Doncaster 18:40
Gavin Ryan

Kape Moss

J: Gavin Ryan
T: David Loughnane
Age: 3
Weight: 8-11
OR: 77
Days: 7

One of the more trickier events of the afternoon at Doncaster is the Class 3 Handicap over five furlongs and we think Kape Moss is a big each way contender if none the worse for being turned around quickly.

A winner at Goodwood on his second start this term off a mark of 73, she ran no race at Newcastle, but down 1lb in the weights got back to form when third at Glorious Goodwood in the World Pool Handicap.

Off the same mark, she looks an interesting contender.

Doncaster - August 03 2022
Doncaster 19:10
Saffie Osborne


J: Saffie Osborne
T: Ian Williams
Age: 5
Weight: 9-9
OR: 86
Days: 54

The penultimate selection of the day at Doncaster is the Ian Williams trained Zealandia who is looking for back to back wins and holds a huge chance if in the same form.

Moving over from France this term, she was waited on and given her first start for the yard upped in trip to 12f and went on to win nicely at York.

Looking to have more in the tank off the back of that run he could be dangerous only upped 5lb and with Saffie Osbourne taking off a further 3lb, he looks a player.

Doncaster - August 03 2022
Doncaster 19:40
Adam Kirby

Spirit Of The Bay

J: Adam Kirby
T: Clive Cox
Age: 4
Weight: 9-7
OR: 85
Days: 26

The final event of the afternoon is another tough one to call but the value in the race for us lies with Spirit Of Bay for Clive Cox.

A horse that has been running at Class 2 level and not being disgraced in the majority of his races, placing over a mile at Doncaster and then second again at Ascot behind the talented Soft Whisper, he then went into the Kensington Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot and was a smart fifth of 20.

Not so good when last seen over the same course and distance he has been dropped 1lb by the handicapper and could bounce back to form at an each way price.