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Doncaster preview: Portland Handicap (14.35)

| 12.09.2015

Bogart can take advantage of a drop in the weights to land the ultra-competitive 5f Portland Handicap at Doncaster (14.35).

The Kevin Ryan trained gelding is on a long losing run, having not scored since beating Goldream by 3/4 of a length at York back in 2013 off a mark of 97.

However the six-year-old has posted a number of solid efforts, including when runner-up to Muthmir in this contest last year off 93.

Bogart showed plenty of pace to race at the head of affairs and kept on well to be beaten two lengths by a horse that has gone on to win Group races and is now rated 115.

It was a cracking effort in receipt of just 7lb from Muthmir, and Bogart backed it up with a solid third of 26 to Huntsmans Close in the Ayr Silver Cup off the same rating.

The son of Bahamian Bounty is now able to race a mark of 90, 7lb lower than when last victorious, and that makes him dangerously well-treated on the pick of his form.

Bogart also comes into the contest having shaped well in his last three starts, and another plus is that the stable know what is required to win this contest having saddled Halmahera to land a hat-trick of successes from 2002-2004.

With the ground fine and, with Shane Gray in the saddle, everything looks in place for a massive run.


Barnet Fair has a good record in big field sprint handicaps and rates a big danger.

The Dandy Nicholls trained gelding is not the easiest to win with due to his come from behind tactics, but is useful when things do drop right as he showed when winning the Stewards’ Cup consolation race at Goodwood last year.

Barnet Fair went close to landing that race for a second time when a fast finishing second to Golden Steps on his penultimate outing, and shaped as if still in form last time out at York when ninth of 20 to Caspian Prince.

The seven-year-old is not badly treated on the pick of his form off a rating of 93 and, with Paul Hanagan in the saddle, looks sure to be thereabouts at the business end of affairs if the gaps appear at the right time.

Coral’s top tip: Bogart has become dangerously well-treated and looks cracking value to go one better than last year and land the spoils.



David Metcalf

A lifelong Manchester United supporter, David has over 25 years’ experience in the media industry having worked for regional and national newspapers. He is a huge horse racing, football and greyhound fan and has done interviews on various radio and TV stations, including talkSPORT and Sky Sports, whilst working as a PR front man for a betting firm. David has also written for most of the top Premier League football fan websites, and produced a Cheltenham Festival guide with former eight-times champion national hunt jockey Peter Scudamore, MBE, after helping him to set up a syndicate for his trainer son Michael.