4.15 Doncaster – Bermondsey
Luca Cumani hasn’t had the best of seasons, or couple of years for that matter, with a number of his high profile runners being removed from the yard. However, the Newmarket maestro has a promising horse in the form of Bermondsey, and there is a good chance that the 4 year old son of Galileo could progress past his mark of 93 into triple figures. With the services of the polarizing Jamie Spencer, Bermondsey has a great each-way chance.
Bermondsey is unexposed with just 7 runs under his belt. He has been victorious on two of those starts, with one win coming in 2016. That effort was on seasonal reappearance at Sandown over 10 furlongs, and the horse fairly bolted up, winning by 5 lengths. A victory like that would surely have prompted connections to have high aspirations for their well-bred horse, and he subsequently went off an odds on favourite for a competitive and valuable handicap at Ascot next time out. Completely bombed out that day, finishing last. There were mitigating circumstances for that run, as the ground was very fast, and the horse was stepping up in trip from 10-12 furlongs. Showed that effort was wrong as he returned to form, finishing fourth in another good handicap, back down in distance (at 10 furlongs) and back at Sandown. Was held up that day and finished with a flourish.
Doncaster has a long home straight that typically favours those horses that race off the face. Flat and wide by nature, those runners who like to conserve their energy early, can unleash a long, withering and usually uninterrupted run. This will suit Bermondsey down to the ground and at odds of +450 , he looks a very strong each-way bet.
The market has been made by the unexposed, 3 year old Poet’s Word. A winner last time out, the son of Poet’s Voice has a lot of potential, but his only blip came when there was juice in the ground, and conditions are likely to be similar today.
6.00 Doncaster – Fendale
Fendale is a horse who has not delivered the early promise of his career, but he put one foot forward last time out when returning to form at Ripon. The horse finished fifth in a twenty runner race, but that does not tell the whole story. With such a big field, the field divided into two groups and Fendale actually won his race on his side of the track. Coming to Doncaster will suit with the stiff finish, and he has a draw in stall 13, so can choose to go either side if the horses do decide to split.
Michael Dods is currently in electric form, and Fendale definitely has ability. The horse won his first two starts as a 2 year old that marked him as a potentially smart runner. A current mark of 87 may underrate the son of Exceed And Excel and at odds of 7.0 may underestimate his chances.
4:15 Doncaster – Bermondsey Each Way
Thursday 8th September
6:00 Doncaster – Fendale Each Way
Thursday 8th September