Author: Alan Kelly
Published: 11:47 18/11/2014
Monksgold looks the best bet on Doncaster’s seven-race card today and should land the Cash Out On The Betdaq+ App Handicap Hurdle at 3.20 for trainer Alan King.
The gelding makes his handicap debut and is very much, unexposed after a faltering campaign last time. His trainer admitted the six-year-old was “wrong for most of last season” but has been encouraged by progress over the summer and hopes are high the son of Gold Well can live up to potential this term and land some winning bets for his followers.
Monksgold was never travelling well on his hurdling debut at this course in March where he was a distant sixth behind odds-on favourite Tistory. He showed promise when making up ground from the rear on his next run but given much to do, couldn’t get on terms with the two race leaders and finished third.
Held up again on his final outing in April, Monksgold stayed on well to finish a much closer third behind stable mate Ned Stark, a useful animal who won on his chasing debut earlier this month. He comes into the race off a handy mark and looks the most open to improvement of the 9 runners. At 5/2 available with Sky Bet, Monksgold looks a better option than market rival Cloud Creeper, as short as 7/4 in places. The latter has winning form last season but doesn’t appear to have made much progress despite Philip Hobbs yard being in red hot form at the moment.
Of the remainder, Boruma commands most respect after looking the winner until falling last time out but it’s unknown what that may have done for his confidence. Paloma’s Prince figures prominently in the betting market and was a decent performer on the flat. However on the evidence of his handicap hurdle debut at Worcestor last time, Richard Phillips’ charge will need to improve dramatically to figure today.