Author: Alan Kelly
Published: 16:58 23/10/2015
Plenty of great action under both codes on Saturday afternoon and punters can get off to a flying start with Sew On Target for the in-form Colin Tizzard stable in Cheltenham's opener at 2.10pm at the 7-1 generally available. The ten-year-old's form over the two mile trip ( 2m 1/2f on new course ) at Prestbury Park reads 2-2-1 and if the son of Needle Gun can run up to any of those performances Brendan Powell's mount should take plenty of beating off a mark only 3lb higher than when running out a convincing winner on the course last December.
The feature race at Doncaster is the Racing Post Trophy at 3.45pm which looks likely to be faught out by the 1-2 in Newmarket's Royal Lodge Stakes, Foundation and Deauville, but with only seven runners the contest makes little appeal from a betting perspective, unlike the 5f sprint handicap at 2.35pm in which it could be worth taking a chance with the David Nicholls-trained Kimberella at the 25-1 available with Boylesports.
There is no doubt the mount of Adrian Nicholls is hard to fancy on recent efforts but a running-on sixth at Catterick behind fellow rivals Arctic Feeling and Adams Ale suggested the five-year-old may not be finished for the season just yet and if the gelding can return to anything like the form he showed during the summer is easily the one to beat off a mark of 90, his lowest since finishing a creditable fourth in a valuable York handicap back in May.
The horse got off the mark for the season back on the Knavesmire in July when giving Adams Ale 6lb and a three quarters of a length beating and meets that rival off level weights on Town Moor. That victory, however, was not the best performance by Kimberella this year, that came in Ripon's presigious Great St Wilfrid Stakes when failing by just a head to hold the winner Don't Touch who was receiving 2lb.
Richard Fahey's three-year-old is now unbeaten in five starts, has a rating of 106, and is widely expected to make his mark in Group company when beginning his 2016 campaign. Third in that Ripon race was Tatislu who went on to claim Ayr's Silver Cup so the form is rock-solid and a reproduction of that effort by Kimberella would give the sprinter an outstanding chance on Saturday off a 4lb lower mark. Whether the horse is capable of running up to that form at the end of a long season is open to question but at a big price is certainly worth chancing.
1 Point Win Sew On Target 7-1
1 Point Win Kimberella 25-1
1 Point each-way double ( Boylesports )