Author: Alan Kelly
Published: 10:09 23/01/2015
Doncaster has been given the green light after this morning's inspection and Madrasa heads the betting for the 1.40 handicap hurdle at a general 4/1, with the expectation that blinkers will have the same positive effect over jumps as the horse landed all three of his flat wins in that headgear. But the top-weight comes with risk attached after unseating last time out, while You've Been Mowed paid the price for consistently finding the frame and looked to have been given a tough opening mark when beaten a long way into fourth on his handicap debut.
Yourholidayisover reverts back to the smaller obstacles after an unssuccessful spell chasing, while Baraboy ran no sort of race when trying to land a Sedgefield double last month, leaving Back By Midnight as the call at 5/1 with Titanbet who are refunding losing stakes on falling horse at Doncaster today.
Back By Midnight has taken a while to get the hang of things, but looked greatly improved when finishing runner-up at Fontwell park two starts back and was traveling strongly in front before making contact with the third flight from home at Uttoxeter when last seen in December.
Had the mount of James Banks put in a clean round then he would have been far closer to subsequent Newcastle scorer Milan Flyer and a drop back in trip combined with the fitting of a tongue-tie (already hooded) suggests that trainer Emma Baker has every confidence that the 6-year-old can shake his maiden tag this afternoon.