Doncaster Mile Preview – Saturday 24th March
Last updated: March 22, 2018 by Leon Marshal
The new flat turf racing gets under way at Doncaster Saturday with the Lincoln Handicap meeting. The supporting card includes the Listed Doncaster Mile for four-year-olds and upwards.
Tabarrak tops the ratings
Richard Hannon’s Tabarrak has won two Listed races, most recently beating Accidental Agent at Newbury in September. That was over seven furlongs on good ground but he is proven over a mile.
He tops the official ratings for the Doncaster Mile but carries a 3lbs penalty. He was beaten only a neck by Ballet Concerto at Salisbury in August on good ground but is yet to race on soft ground. Tabarrak is tough and consistent but his lack of a recent outing in these conditions is a slight concern.
Zabeel Prince looked a prospective Group horse when beating Bravery impressively at York in October. Roger Varian’s gelding made a quick reappearance at Ascot but faded quickly to finish well beaten behind Lord Glitters. That race may have come too soon for him and he has won after a lengthy absence in the past.
Zabeel Prince can take a strong hold in his races and Andrea Atzeni may let him bowl along in this small field. Roger Varian has elected to run here rather than carry a big weight in the Lincoln Handicap later in the afternoon.
Crazy Horse makes debut for George Baker
Crazy Horse is an interesting contender, formerly with John Gosden and now trained by George Baker. The five-year-old son of Sleeping Indian was a Group 3 winner as a juvenile and finished sixth in the French Guineas the following season. He ran in the corresponding race last year but faded tamely to finish eighth. He has been gelded since and makes his debut for his new yard.
Intern is a four-year-old gelding by Rip Van Winkle trained by David Simcock. He has earned a step back up in class after easing to a wide margin victory at Wolverhampton earlier this month.
He had previously appeared unlucky when finishing a close fifth to Utmost in a Listed race at Lingfield. Intern had some smart juvenile form when trained by David Wachman in Ireland, notably when third to Capri at Tipperary. If he can transfer his all-weather form to the turf, he will be a live contender here. He certainly enjoys a fitness advantage over his rivals and the booking of Ryan Moore is a bonus.
Born To Be Alive returns from a spell in Dubai for Karl Burke. The four-year-old gelding finished a fair fourth at Meydan last month but trailed home one from last on his most recent outing. Richard Fahey’s Another Touch also has to put a poor run behind him. The grey was a close fifth to Hors De Combat prior to finishing a modest seventh behind Junoobi, both races at Meydan.
Doncaster Mile Betting Tips
Zabeel Prince @3-1 Paddy Power
The Doncaster Mile is due off at 3.00 at Doncaster on Saturday 24th March and will be televised live on ITV4.