Racing today on Sky Sports Racing: The Okavango Delta can cross the mark in the competitive Doncaster Hurdle | Racing news

Alan Thompson takes a closer look at the betting race at Friday’s At The Races, a competitive hurdle to cancel the ticket in Doncaster.

On Friday I follow the Sky Sports Racing cameras to Doncaster and the most interesting race on their card from a kicking perspective is two miles three furlongs Combo Recreational Obstacle Handicap (3.30). Thirteen runners are grouped and this large field opens up a wide variety of betting options.


The advanced go report is good, fine to smooth in places, with a 24 hour dry expectation. Town Moor is one of the most galloped tracks in the country with over four furlongs.

leading amateur

Stratton Oakmont

Six-year-old Cathy Woollacott had been out for 200 days since chasing Maragman for home in Southwell and was placed in Newbury and Bangor on soft ground last winter. Market signals can give an idea of ​​his fitness.

Okavango Delta

She placed five times for Rose Dobbin but still chased after that elusive victory. The six-year-old again lacked a role when running third to Melbourneian & Cuban Cigars at Kelso in October, but that was stronger competition. Cheek pieces and regular cyclist Craig Nichol were both piloted in the saddle.


Arguably the typical horse for racing but stepping up in flight. Four-year-old Jimmy Snowden beat the 81st-ranked Baliyad in Wincanton eight days ago, making the most runs in the beginner’s “hands and heels” hurdle. Cornicello also scored at Plumpton in October and only found Maxell too strong at Hereford earlier this month.

Jamie Snowden’s Cornicello has won twice this season

The final shot

Alex Edwards rode the winning gelding at Autoxeter in early September and has since finished second to Encashment finishing third to Cornicello at Plumpton receiving blocks of weight. Finalshot didn’t have much to find with Cornicello on this side model line and it’s not discounted.

Love Kara

Jenny Candlelish and Sean Quinlan will be hoping to change fortunes with the second-placed five-year-old in his last three starts. His final effort came behind Mick Easterby’s In-Form mare Pardon Me, which she succeeded on her next start. In addition to the top 5 lb mark, Lough Carra also posted a good range behind Calliope at Perth in late September. Cheek cut is applied.


He was off the track 307 days and discouraged from getting from his last three runs when starting at odds of 80/1, 22/1 and 22/1. It is never wise to rule anything out from Dan Skelton yard, however, David England is an interesting booking.

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Turnaway made the start of the season for Dan Skelton

Kings Creek

She won over three miles at Southwell in May and has been placed four times this year. He is disappointed in his latest start at Sedgefield when he only beats one rival home but has a squeak if it’s just an off day.

pa game

He was kept well behind Lucky Lover Boy and Strong Team over two miles at Newcastle 15 Days Early but was noted for running steadily. Worth a try over this longer distance but is held up well by Okavanka Delta in Kelso form.

Partner switch

I’ve hinted at ability on a couple of occasions, but Ruth Jefferson’s mare needs improvement from somewhere for the number. Wearing a hood for the first time.

Cobbs Corner

Six-year-old Nick Gifford came in well under James Davies at Fakenham last month when he beat favorite Blended Stealth in the 2m 4f Novices’ Handicap. The runner-up was drawn in a debut chase at Lingfield last week but Cobbs Corner should be the subject of interest from the 4lb top mark.


Okavango Delta He keeps knocking on the door and it wouldn’t be the strongest event he’s been through so it seems hard to get out of frame. Cornicello is alert and his opportunity is clear to go the distance.

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