Author: Alan Kelly
Published: 11:17 18/02/2015
National Hunt fans are handed their fair share of entertainment on Wednesday afternoon with action from Ludlow and Doncaster, the latter being a favourite venue for Ikorodu Road who appears strong 8/1 value for the day's Betbright Cheltenham Festival Fund Veterans' Handicap Chase at 3.25 according to Freebets.com's racing tipster, Alan Kelly.
The 12-year-old has always threatened at Doncaster with no finishes lower than fifth to the Bay's name at the venue, that favouritism for the course further illustrated back in 2012 when Ikorodu Road beat Junior in a thrilling sprint for Grimthorpe honours. The mount of Gavin Sheehan did not get to show itself at Catterick last month after a fall and is priced well at 8/1 with Bet365 to bounce back with victory in Wednesday's Veterans' Handicap Chase at Doncaster.
Threats from the seven-strong opposition begin with the Jonjo O´Neill-trained Burton Port, ridden on this occasion by AP McCoy. The 11-year-old Bay is just 3lb higher in the weights from his narrow defeat in the Bet365 Gold Cup in last season’s grand finale at Sandown, although was well beaten in this race last year.
Becher Chase scorer Oscar Time represents the Waley-Cohens for the three-mile contest and enters in strong form following three victories in its previous four outings, still very resurgent despite the 14-year-old being the oldest in the field. Bottom-weight AACHEN meanwhile displayed form at Newbury in January, the Venetia Williams-trained Bay having last tasted success just over 13 months ago at Sandown.