Who To Follow At Doncaster On Saturday - 29/01/22

Doncaster - January 29 2022
Doncaster 14:45
Joshua Moore

Unanswered Prayers

J: Joshua Moore
T: Chris Gordon
Age: 6
Weight: 10-12
OR: 126
Days: 21

The final Grade Two of the day is the Albert Bartlett River Don Novices' Hurdle over three miles and Unanswered Prayers for Chris Gordon could be tough to beat.

Being seen in two bumpers last term and running to an average level he has massively improved for the step over hurdles.

Making his seasonal debut in October, he won well over two miles, beating a nice type for Dan Skelton who has since franked the form.

Stepped up to 19f at Warwick he finished first past the post was demoted to second in the stewards rooom, still running to a high level.

In November he took on Grade One Challow Hurdle winner Stage Star and finished a fair second behind him with the Paul Nicholls runner obviously franking the form since.

Unanswered Prayers, did the same last time out on his first try at 2m5f, giving his best run of the season to beat another nice type for Nicholls at Wincanton.

He looks a stayer in the making and should go well.


Trainer To Follow - Paul Nicholls

Paul Nicholls is not known for having many winners in January but seems to be coming into a bit of form and at Doncaster on Saturday holds some big chances.

In the first race of the day he fields Gala De Corton who is looking to land back to back wins at the track having won over two miles last time out.

Quickly after that he has Roque it for the same connections in the handicap chase with the eight year old looking to get back to his form from two starts ago.

In the Yorkshire Mares' Hurdle he holds leading claims with the favourite Miranda, who is already a course and distance winner, taking this race last year and heads into the race in good form.

Finally, in the Sky Bet Handicap Chase he has big each way claims with the JP McManus owned Kapcorse who was a bold winner last time out on his first start for over a year.

Jockey To Follow - James Bowen

James Bowen is a trainer bang in form heading into the Town Moor meeting and he could easily add to his good run with some nice chances across the card.

In the Yorkshire Mares' Hurdle he sits on Anna Bunina who is looking to cause an upset against the favourite Miranda.

He gets the mount on another John McConnell trained horse in the River Don Novices' Hurdle with Mahler Mission not without a chance in the three mile event.

Finally, in the Sky Bet Chase Fussil Raffles looks to have a very good chance if running to his past form over fences.

Bowen heads into the meeting sporting a strike rate of 35% for the last two weeks having landed seven winners from his last 20 rides.

James Mackie | @JMackieRacing