Doncaster's Saturday Preview - 26/01/2019


Chebsey Beau won over hurdles on New Years Day, for the first time since the summer of 2015, and looks to make it back-to-back victories in the Doncaster opener - the Alan Wood Plumbing And Heating Handicap Hurdle.

He was caught badly outpaced with plenty left to do that that before four out, but rallied to the cause and stayed on well up the run-in, beating Kalajki into second and Ballynanty into third - the latter boosting the form by winning a week later at the same venue.

3lb rise for the 9yo, but Danny McMenamin continues to take off a valuable seven.


Dynamite Dollars appears to be the star name remaining in the four-runner field for the Grade Two Napoleons Casino & Restaurant Owlerton Sheffield Lightning Novices' Chase.

Lalor's absence should hand the initiative to Paul Nicholls 6yo, who can do his Arkle fans plenty of favours by winning for the third time this season on his first visit to Town Moor.

Has beaten the Kayley Woollacott 7yo along with fellow rival Kalashnikov already this term, and has the chance to prove it on good ground.

Leading player.


Commodore Barry was a winner for us over Christmas, and can make it five from six in the Grade Two Albert Bartlett River Don Novices' Hurdle.

His win here over the Festival period certainly caught the eye, after badly hanging left he rallied late and like all great Champions, was able to win ugly.

Prior to that there were a couple of easy successes at Southwell, and looks a promising youngster for Kim Bailey going forward.

Golden opportunity to take it to the next level.


Talented mare Lady Buttons, who is unbeaten this term, puts that record on the line in the Grade Two Yorkshire Rose Mares' Hurdle.

Winning her last three - with a win over this course and distance gives Lady Buttons plenty of chances stepping up to this grade, and must continue to build on this form if going to beat similar horses with equally impressive forms.

Last two wins were chases with the previous win over hurdles at Wetherby, mainly on good to soft ground.

Twenty-eight days off should give her the right amount of time to come back and produce another impressive display.


Big field for the Listed Sky Bet Handicap Chase, so we have compressed it down to two selections.

Firstly, Dingo Dollar surely holds strong credentials for this contest, having scored over this course and distance last term, but also finishing third in a top handicap (Ladbrokes Trophy) at Newbury eight weeks ago.

Has been rested since then for this and will be a well backed favourite, meanwhile Calipto has been busy in the same timeplan for Venetia Williams, notching up a decisive win at Wincanton three weeks ago.

Couple of unseats this term so will need to prove his reliability, but at 20/1 with most bookmakers at the time of writing, looks to have the stamina set now upped in distance.


Cougar's Gold finished a nose-second at Ffos Las in December - denying him and Peter Bowen a quick fire double, but looks to now make amends for Einsley Harries in the Sky Bet Extra Place Races Handicap Chase.

The 8yo had only competed six days earlier when streaking clear to land a Handicap Chase at Uttoxeter under this jockey.

Does find it hard to usually win this time of year, but a change of fortunes seemed on last time out.


16:25 - NONESUCH

Nonesuch made an encouraging debut for the Champion Trainer against male opponents at Ludlow, and now takes on her own sex in the Doncaster closer - the British E.B.F. Mares' Standard Open NH Flat Race.

Despite just the one run, she looks to have a better profile on paper, and can use her experience to her advantage against many of these.

Should be in the mix.