Race of the Day on Sky Sports Racing: Okavango Delta can get off the mark in aggressive Doncaster handicap hurdle | Racing News

Alan Thomson takes a near search at the At The Races betting Race of the Working day on Friday, a competitive handicap hurdle to spherical-off the card at Doncaster.

On Friday I am adhering to the Sky Athletics Racing cameras to Doncaster and the most intriguing race on their card from a punting viewpoint is the two-mile-three-furlong Leisure Combo Handicap Hurdle (3.30). 13 runners have assembled and this huge subject opens up a wide range of betting options.

THE GROUNDWORK

The advanced heading report is very good, fantastic to comfortable in destinations, with a dry 24 hrs in prospect. City Moor is a person of the most galloping tracks in the place with a run-in of extra than 4 furlongs.

Leading FANCIES

Stratton Oakmont

Kathy Woollacott’s six-12 months-previous has been off 200 times considering that chasing dwelling Marajman at Southwell and was positioned at Newbury and Bangor on delicate floor very last winter. Sector alerts can give a clue to his health.

Okavango Delta

Put 5 moments for Rose Dobbin but nonetheless chasing that elusive victory. The 6-yr-aged all over again lacked a switch of foot when working third to Melburnian and Cuban Cigar at Kelso in Oct but that was a more powerful contest. Cheek-parts are experimented with and common rider Craig Nichol is in the saddle.

Cornicello

Arguably the sort horse of the race but stepping up in journey. Jamie Snowden’s four-12 months-previous defeat 81-rated Baliyad at Wincanton 8 times in the past, earning most of the operating in that ‘hands and heels’ novices’ handicap hurdle. Cornicello also scored at Plumpton in October and located only Maxcel as well potent at Hereford earlier this month.

Jamie Snowden
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Jamie Snowden’s Cornicello has gained 2 times this year

Finalshot

Alex Edwards rode the gelding to victory at Uttoxeter in early September and runner-up Encashment has given that completed 3rd to Cornicello at Plumpton getting lumps of pounds. Finalshot has not a ton to obtain with Cornicello on that collateral kind line and not discounted.

Lough Carra

Jenni Candlish and Sean Quinlan will be hoping for a modify of fortune with the five-year-old, runner-up on his very last a few outings. His newest effort came at the rear of Mick Easterby’s in-form mare Pardon Me, profitable on her future get started as effectively off a 5lb increased mark, and Lough Carra also posted a fantastic operate powering Calliope at Perth in late September. Cheek-parts are applied.

Turnaway

Has been off the track 307 days and tiny encouragement to be gleaned from his past a few operates when starting up at odds of 80/1, 22/1 and 22/1. It is never clever to dismiss anything from the Dan Skelton yard, even so, and David England is an appealing scheduling.

Dan Skelton
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Turnaway makes a to start with get started this period for Dan Skelton

Kings Creek

Won about 3 miles at Southwell in May well and has been positioned 4 moments this year. Unhappy on his most latest commence at Sedgefield when beating only 1 rival residence but has a squeak if that was just an off-working day.

Video game Beaaa

Perfectly held guiding in-kind Lucky Lover Boy and Solid Workforce about two miles at Newcastle 15 times ago but was pointed out working on steadily. Worthy of a try at this extended length but is perfectly held by Okavanka Delta on Kelso kind.

Change Spouse

She has hinted at ability on a pair of situations but Ruth Jefferson’s mare needs to find improvement from somewhere to figure. Wears a hood for the first time.

Cobbs Corner

Nick Gifford’s 6-12 months-previous arrived very good underneath James Davies at Fakenham past thirty day period when beating favourite Blended Stealth in a 2m 4f novices’ handicap hurdle. The runner-up was pulled up on chasing debut at Lingfield last 7 days but Cobbs Corner has to be of interest off a 4lb better mark.

THE VERDICT

OKAVANGO DELTA keeps knocking on the doorway and this would not be the strongest occasion he has contested so seems to be complicated to knock out of the body. Cornicello is on a roll and his likelihood is very clear transferring up in length.